Buyout candidates, this summer’s thin NHL free agent market, and more.

Could the Rangers buy out Brad Richards this summer?

Could the Rangers buy out Brad Richards this summer?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch listed Ilya Bryzgalov, Roberto Luongo and Brad Richards as likely amnesty buyout candidates this summer. There’s talk the Flyers might retain Bryzgalov and buy out Daniel Briere instead. He also considers a Luongo buyout possible but unrealistic. If Richards is bought out, “don’t rule out a return to Tampa Bay”…Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery could be well-positioned for a significant UFA contract this summer, especially if he helps the ‘Hawks to a deep playoff run…Expect Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey to move on via free agency this summer. The Flyers and Senators could be among the interested clubs…Expect the Flyers to make another pitch for Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle…The Red Wings listened to offers for Valtteri Filppula at the trade deadline but opted to retain him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could also buy out Bryzgalov and Briere as they’re pressed for cap space next season, even with Chris Pronger’s inevitable placement on LTIR. Remains to be seen what they’ll do, but amnesty buyouts of one or the other, or both, is a  possibility…The Canucks still hope to move Luongo for a return this summer, so a buyout seems unlikely…Richards could be bought out, but the Lightning also have cap issues, so unless they dump some salary, they won’t have room for Richards, unless its at a discount…Emery could move on, but don’t rule out his inking a short-term deal to stay with the Cup favorite Blackhawks…Hainsey will certainly attract interest, though I daresay the offers will be for less than the $4.5 million per season he made on his current contract…If the Flyers want Yandle, the reported asking price is two top forwards, one of which must be a first line center…Unless Filppula is willing to reduce his salary demands (he’s rumored seeking over $5 million per season), the Wings will let him walk this summer.

OTTAWA SUN: Mike Zeisberger noted this summer’s UFA market has thinned drastically. Among those potentially available are  Jarome Iginla, Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss, Ryane Clowe, Patrik Elias, Niklas Backstrom, Sergei Gonchar, Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro and Tyler Bozak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Add to that list Mike Smith, David Clarkson, Michael Ryder, Valtteri Filppula, Mark Streit, and Andy McDonald. There’s  plenty of second-tier talent to choose from,  but when it comes to star talent, it’s a shallow pool this summer. It’s been that way for some time, as teams have re-signed players to long-term contract extensions well before their UFA eligibility dates.

BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports the Maple Leafs success this season has diminished rumors they’ll trade Phil Kessel in the off-season…The Bruins could look to re-sign Patrice Bergeron this summer. He has one year remaining on his current deal…The New Jersey Devils could lose forward Patrik Elias and David Clarkson to free agency…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I never bought into the Kessel trade rumors when the Leafs were struggling, and I certainly don’t buy into them now. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing reports of how much easier it would be to part company with Kessel now that the Leafs have returned to the playoffs…I’m sure Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would love to re-sign Bergeron, but his recent brush with concussion could factor into the negotiations…Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has a long-standing policy against re-signing his UFA players during the season. Once the Devils season is over (which could be in about two weeks or less), I would expect he’ll begin contract talks by then. Elias will have to accept a pay cut, while Clarkson quite rightly will seek a raise. Should be interesting to see how Lamoriello plays this.  It could result in Clarkson re-signing and Elias walking.

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports the Flyers are undecided over an amnesty buyout of Ilya Bryzgalov. It’s possible they could bring him back next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remember, the Flyers can either go the amnesty buyout on two players this summer or next, or they can buy out one this summer and one next summer. They could, for example, decide to buy out Daniel Briere this summer and Bryzgalov next summer.

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9 Responses to Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – April 14, 2013.

  1. alforducks says:

    I don’t understand the thinking in Jersey. Because of the Koy signing they knew that they had to give up a #1 draft pick to the league. Last summer they drafted 29th and that seemed to me would have been the time to forfeit the pick. Doubt they will do it this year as they will be drafting in one of the top 14 slots and if I am not mistaken the draft is in Jersey this year, not exactly a great promotion to the local fans if they forfeit this year.
    If they use this years #1 that means they must forfeit next years #1 and if they lose anymore free agents and the slide continues, it could be a top 10 pick. I don’t get the reasoning behind Jersey’s decisions ?

    • Canadian King says:

      Agreed, I thought the same thing at last years draft. Lou is “lou”sing his edge I think (sorry), he has made some puzzling moves or non moves the last few seasons.

  2. Brandon says:

    Whatever team signs/resigns Clarkson needs to make sure they slot him cap wise carefully into their lineup. He is a 2nd line guy who could slide into an overpaid 3rd line guy if not played properly.

  3. deuce says:

    I hope the Habs buy out Travis Moen..That guy should just donate his pay cheque to charity..He is doing nothing out there…Keep Kaberle for 1 more year and let him walk..

  4. Jrd18 says:

    Agree with the jersey logic, or lack of. Unless they were hoping to have a first round pick via trade one of these years so they aren’t without. It still doesn’t make much sense though.
    I highly doubt the Canadiens are going to buy out a guy making 1.8 mill. It will,if they use another one, will be either kaberle or bourque.
    People have to remember ya they buyout looks awesome in relation to cap relief but we just went through a lockout because teams weren’t making money. Why would a team just hand a guy 10′s of millions to walk away. Guys like bryzgalov, luongo, Richards, that’s a lot of money.

    • Canadian King says:

      Your right about the teams complaining about not making money but Bryz, Lou and Richards are all on teams that can afford to buy guys out and not affect their bottom line too much, especially Philly and the Rags.

    • Mark says:

      What else are they to do? You wouldn’t buy out a guy making 1-2M over someone underachieving at 10m would you?? It’s all about the product on the ice.
      As for lockouts it’s all part of the game.

  5. No1DuckFan says:

    What is going on with Lou Lamoriello? I think he’s lost his marbles and he hasn’t used the forced option to forfeit the pick (last year would have been a good time to do so) and now he’s destined to get better picks and perhaps better players…

  6. WHS says:

    The Coyotes may want the Flyers #1 pick, and it could be in play in a trade for Keith Yandle instead of one of the forwards, but it depends on who is available at that spot and where they pick.

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