Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – April 1, 2012.

The latest from the Edmonton Journal and NY Post, plus updates on the Lightning, Penguins and Ducks.


What could it cost the Oilers to re-sign Gagner?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports LA Kings backup Jonathan Bernier is on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s radar, but the Kings won’t trade him until they first sign a veteran who was a starter somewhere else. The Kings also need a winger with speed…He wonders where the Leafs will find a quality starting goalie, unless the Flames are willing to move Miikka Kiprusoff or can convince the Canucks to part with Cory Schneider  for James Reimer and Jake Gardiner…Most NHL types feel the NY Rangers have the inside track to get Anaheim Ducks prospect defenseman Jason Schultz, who could become a UFA this summer…Matheson believes the Detroit Red Wings could have the inside track to outbid the Minnesota Wild for Zach Parise if he tests this summer’s market, because of their winning tradition…It’s going to be tough for the Edmonton Oilers to find a comparable for Sam Gagner in a new contract. San Jose’s Logan Couture was taken in the same draft but Matheson doesn’t see Gagner accepting less than $3.5 million per season. Jame van Riemsdyk, also taken in the same draft, has a six year deal with the Flyers worth $4.2 million per season, but doesn’t have as many career points as Gagner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bolts had interest in Bernier, have to wonder if the Kings ask for Brett Connolly or Teddy Purcell…I don’t believe the Leafs would part with Gardiner, as Luke Schenn would be the more enticing trade chip…Remains to be seen where Schultz ends up, but it doesn’t appear he’ll be signing with the Ducks…The Wings not only have a winning tradition, they’ll also have lots of cap space. Parise or Ryan Suter could be wearing the winged wheel next season…Gagner could get $3.5 million per, but on a short-term (two year) deal. If he wants three years or more, I think the Oilers want him signing for $3 million per.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Scott Gomez’s concussion could prevent the Montreal Canadiens from potentially buying out the final two years of his contract. “It would seem impossible Gomez could be cleared to return prior to a training camp physical, thus further complicating both the future of the center”, writes Brooks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And if they’re not allowed to bury salary in the minors under the next CBA, and if there’s no amnesty buyout period, the Canadiens could be stuck with Gomez for another season.

TBO.COM: Martin Fennelly recently reported the Lightning must get it right when they shop for a new goaltender this summer. “There are no excuses this time around. The Bolts have cleared payroll and have amassed draft picks, two first-rounders and four second-rounders, and need to be ready to strike”, he writes, listing Vancouver’s Cory Schneider and LA’s Jonathan Bernier as possible trade targets.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Dave Molinari reports the Penguins priority this summer could be finding a new backup goalie. Brent Johnson is a UFA and was recently sidelined by injury, while Brad Thiessen did little this season to suggest he’s ready to inherit the role full time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s several good backup options available this summer (Josh Harding, Martin Biron, Al Montoya, Ray Emery,Chris Mason, Johan Hedberg, Scott Clemmensen, even Tomas Vokoun) if the Penguins wish to go that route.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports popular Anaheim Ducks enforcer George Parros, a UFA this summer, faces an uncertain future, as he’s been a healthy scratch regularly over the past six week.


  1. I don’t seethe kings looking for an experienced former starter. Quick is clearly the man in LA. They have two good young goaltenders in the AHL who could back him up and be options if he’s injured. And goalie coach bill ranford has done a great job mentoring quick and bernier. So what’s the need for a old guy past his prime?

    If the king’s trade bernier to Tampa bay no way do they ask for Purcell. They’ve been there and done that. He was a good king before and won’t be next time either.

  2. Why wouldnt Parise want to sign long termnm with the best ownership in pro sports ..the Wings ! I say they get Weber too!

    Cory Schnieder will not be traded!!

    Burke will buyout Connolly and Komisarek and send Lombardi to the minors and sign Shultz to big $$$ to play with Gardner who is untoucable !!

    Oilers will sign Gagner as there are very few good centers in the league ….they will however part with Pajaarvi and Omark to get what they need on the back end!

    Brent johanson will not be the back up in Pitt they would be smart to add Clemenson!

    If the Leafs sign a superstar forward Parros will be a Leaf!
    If for any one reason to beat the Boston Bruins next year!

    Gomez is stunting Montreals future re build big time !!!

  3. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Pens go after Montoya. Has looked pretty good on a bad Isles team and could be had for probably less than $700k. Almost have to think if Lidstrom hangs it up, Wings go after Weber, if not, then Parise. Not comparing quality of players, just need.

  4. I think Tampa makes a splash and off the wall, might look at doing something with Montreal and Price. Canadiens would love Lecalavier and a pick or prospect, and Price is going to cost a pretty penny as an RFA. Montreal might be willing to look elsewhere for goaltending.

    Everything I have heard leads me to believe the Oilers are going to take a big physical center at the draft, which one? I dont know and might be willing to trade down to get a Forsberg or Galchenyuk. Maybe swap with the Isles and throw in an Omark for Harmonic.

    Even if they dont make a deal like above, Gagners future will depend on the player they draft. Gagner has proven he sucks as a 3rd center, and they are stuck with Horcoff there anyways. If they pick a young hotshot Center who can step in, move Gagner. If the kid can’t, give Gagner a 1 or 2 year deal at 3.5, keep him for now, and move him when the kid is ready.

    Oilers will not be drafting any Defenceman. The team has made it clear they have enough young prospect D in the system, and and there is no one in the draft ready to step in as a d-man.

  5. Weber is a RFA this summer, so it would be more likely that the Wings would go after UFA, Suter. My guess is that the Wings go hard after Parise first. And don’t count Carolina out of possibly landing Parise. Zach liked playing for current Canes asst. coach, John MacLean, when he was the Devils coach and is friends with Eric Staal. Would still say the Wings have the inside track for Parise though.

  6. ESPN reported around the deadline the Pens did already inquire about Harding. They didn’t come close to trading him, as the Wild said afterward. But he seems to be their top choice as of now.

    I’d say it’s safe to say they will not being going after Hedberg. Though the city’s always liked him, with how quickly the similar aged Johnson’s performance fell, they’re gonna go much younger. Biron would fall into that category too.

    In my estimation the legitimate candidates are Harding, Clemmenson, Montoya, Emery, Mason, and Anders Lindback.

    I also think the new back-up’s deal could likely be for just one year. Because while Thiessen looked young in spots, he still went 3-1 in his 4 games played while Johnson went 3 wins in 13 starts this year. Another full year in the AHL and he may be ready to take the back up reigns.

  7. I hate to say it but a goalie that would look good backing up Fleury would be Gustavson from the Leafs. They play a similar style when the goaltending coach isn’t trying to make him play like Giguere

  8. “Hey, Vancouver! Mind if we ship our best defensive prospect to your for your backup goaltender?”