Post-NHL Entry Draft Rumors – Saturday, June 23, 2012.

The NHL 2012 Entry Draft is over, but the trade rumors involving established players continue. Read on for the latest.

KUKLA’S KORNER: A roundup of tweets from TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Among the notables: A Rick Nash trade might not happen until after July 1 as the Blue Jackets asking price remains high…Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle was in play but asking price was expensive, and it appears Coyotes have “pulled him back” for now…The Penguins clearing cap space may be to pursue Ryan Suter, not Zach Parise. Penguins won’t try to deal for their rights before July 1…Maple Leafs and Panthers remain most interested teams in Roberto Luongo, but Canucks aren’t rushing to move him…McKenzie suspects Cory Schneider will sign new deal with Canucks prior to Luongo being dealt…Negotiations between Jets and Ondrej Pavelec will resume now that the draft is over.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reported earlier today a source claimed the Penguins were working to acquire Ryan Suter’s rights from Nashville. The source also believes Penguins GM Ray Shero could convince Suter, who apparently wants to remain in the Western Conference, to join the Penguins. Another source, meanwhile, confirmed the Flyers and Red Wings had interest in Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.

Semin done in Washington?

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports it appears Capitals winger Alexander Semin and defenseman Dennis Wideman are headed for the UFA market on July 1.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils management have work to do to re-sign captain Zach Parise, including making a competitive offer (which is expected) and perhaps proving they’ll be financially stable to maintain a good team around him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: To summarize: No Nash trade until probably post-July 1, Coyotes were listening to offers for Yandle but not actively shopping him, the Penguins could try to sign Ryan Suter or Zach Parise via free agency, there’s a limited market for Luongo but he’s apparently not close to being dealt, contract talks with Pavelec and the Jets continue, Semin and Wideman are likely headed to free agency, and it remains to be seen what happens with Parise this week.


  1. TSN just reported JVR for Luke Schenn. The Schenn brothers are reunited.

  2. This is awesome for the Leafs and probably just as good for Philly.

  3. Jvr is injury prone and will get hurt

    • So is Jordan Staal look what Carolina gave up for him

    • Flyers win this deal by a lot … they got a young, tough physical d-man with upside who gets to play with his brother and the pressure of Toronto is off … the Leafs get an injury-prone head case … when did Brian Burke get so stupid?

  4. If JVR can stay healthy, this is a win-win deal for both teams.

  5. This is my idea of the Pens offseason. They have 14.667 million in cap space right now. If they could dump Martin, it is completely possible that they get both (Shero could convince Suter to come here, even though he wants to stay in the western conf.). That being said, I’d rather them go after Parise, he is a fantastic 2-way player that could help fill the void left by Staal. Instead of the Pens getting in a bidding war with another team about Suter, why not go after their backup plan instead (Wideman, Carle, Garrison or Allen). This is what I think will happen (more so what I want to happen, also assuming that Martin is traded):

    1. Sign Parise to a long-term deal worth in the neighborhood of $7 million per

    2. Sign Allen to a short contract (2 or 3 years) worth about $3.5 million

    3. Sign Wideman or Carle to a short contract (2 or 3 years) worth about $ 4.5 million



    That leaves us with about $3 million in cap space, which could be used at the trade deadline. Thoughts?

    • More likely:
      Crosby centering Dupuis, Cooke/Kennedy/(FA)
      Sutter centering Cooke/Kennedy/(FA)

      Assuming they keep Martin, they will have 14.666mil to re-sign Asham and Niskanen (combined 3.5-4mil) and add free agents.
      Don’t forget that this also means accepting having Vitale or Jeffery AND Despres, Engelland or Lovejoy in the line up “by committee” full-time. Also ,league minimum is .525mil and you’ll have 2-3 all year, so there’s another 1.5mil.
      So, that leaves about 9-10mil to sign an NHL forward, an NHL defenseman, and trade deadline deals, assuming we’re good with havin 2 non-regular NHLers in the line up every day. After that, Sid neeeds a new cap hit and after him, Gino.

    • Allen & Carle suck, Shero won’t touch either … Shero learned his trade from David Poile who believes in stockpiling d-men … that said, Suter is the target and has been all along … can you imagine the PP with Suter & Letang manning the points? I still say the Pens have get bigger, they were too easy to play against last year. Cooke turned into a lady Byng candidate, dump him … get rid of Kennedy & Park and let Sullivan walk … try to get Steve Ott … Ott & Suter and maybe Moen may put the Pens over the top …

      • I’d rather get Parise than Sutter. Wideman is good and Allen is the type of D that we need. They can’t be any worse than the M&M pair

  6. JVR was a good pick up for Toronto. Anytime you can add a guy with a good skill set who plays a two-way game, and has good size, its a good move.

    JVR can play C/W as well, he plays anywhere up front, so it will give Carlyle some flexibility in his top 6. Also, I’m hoping Carlyle can get JVR to play with more of an edge and become that power forward he was projected to be when he was drafted. Carlyle is known for getting his players to play with more physicality.

    • I don’t believe he has ever played center nor do I believe he ever will. Just because he has some size doesn’t mean he can play center.

      • he was a center until he started to play with the flyers i think

  7. Tom

    Good points, but I think the Pens may want to move Orpik off the #1 defense. He is getting a little older and may not be the shut-down, physical defenseman he once was

    • He is still better than anyone else that we have. Maybe they can trade orpik for another shutdown D (Girardi for example)

  8. Ed Van Impe, you seem to be contradicting yourself with your assessment of Luke Schenn. Why the sudden support…Homer?

    Ed Van Impe says:
    June 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Flyers win this deal by a lot … they got a young, tough physical d-man with upside who gets to play with his brother and the pressure of Toronto is off … the Leafs get an injury-prone head case … when did Brian Burke get so stupid?

    Ed Van Impe says:
    June 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Yeah, Luke Schenn has had a ton of spectacular seasons … homer