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RDS.CA: Roger Leblond analyzes the respective statuses of pending UFAs Mike Ribeiro, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley, wondering if the trio can convince NHL teams to take chances on them. Alfredsson and Heatley are in obvious decline, while the Arizona Coyotes management publicly stating “behavioral issues” were behind their decision to buy out Ribeiro could hurt his chances of signing with another NHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson has stated he’ll either play with the Red Wings or retire. That decision is expect in August. Heatley is well past his prime and will be fortunate to land with another NHL club. Ribeiro is 34 and still has the skills to be a second-line center, but his departure from the Coyotes could certainly hurt his free-agent value. Still, I can see him landing with a club on a one-year deal before training camp opens in September.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James suggests Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers as a possible trade target for the Red Wings in their search for a right-handed defenseman. “Myers is Buffalo’s top defenseman and the asking price is going to start with one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Tomas Jurco,” writes St. James. “Buffalo might well ask for Anthony Mantha, but the Wings aren’t relinquishing him. One player alone wouldn’t do it, though — there would likely be a high draft pick involved, too, maybe even a second player, someone in his mid-20s.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That high asking price from the Sabres will likely ensure Myers remains in Buffalo. The Wings will probably have to look elsewhere for a more affordable option.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports former Rangers and Predators defenseman Michael Del Zotto has reached a moment of truth in his NHL career. Cut loose by the Predators, the 24-year-old Del Zotto has become an unrestricted free agent unable thus far to land with a new team. Brooks suggests it’s due to a perception Del Zotto is difficult to coach…Brooks also wonders if the Columbus Blue Jackets might be a worthwhile destination for UFA goalie Martin Brodeur.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible Del Zotto could face having to do a training camp audition this September to earn himself a contract…The Blue Jackets appear content with Curtis McElhinney as their backup for Sergei Bobrovsky.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom has requested a trade, and it’s believed three teams have expressed interest. “We’re exploring that for Jacob”, said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation.”