Check out the latest on Stephen Weiss, Tuukka Rask, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Daniel Cleary and more.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports the Calgary Flames offered up their three first-round picks (6th, 22nd and 28th overall) to the Colorado Avalanche for their first round pick (first overall) but their offer was rejected…Friedman also reports there’s a belief the Avalanche, Lightning and Predators won’t move their picks, but the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to move their pick (fifth overall) for the right offer…The Florida Panthers and pending UFA Stephen Weiss are in contract talks. The Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs have contacted the Panthers to express interest in acquiring Weiss’s rights if they’re unable to reach an agreement on a contract…The San Jose Sharks are talking contract extension with Logan Couture…The Flyers are talking contract extension with Claude Giroux, but have to wait until “all their buyout stuff” is finished before agreeing to a new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche obviously want more than just first round picks. They also want at least a good young NHL player as part of the deal…The Hurricanes could seek a good young defenseman as part of the return for their pick…We could know by the draft weekend if the Panthers will re-sign or trade Weiss…I don’t foresee the Sharks having any difficulty re-signing Couture, who could make between $6-$7 million per season on an eight-year contract…Once Briere and/or Bryzgalov are bought out, expect the Flyers to announce Giroux’s re-signing soon afterward, probably for $7 million per season on a seven-or eight-year deal.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont speculates upon the potential impact of Evgeni Malkin’s new contract might have upon Henrik Lundqvist’s contract negotiations with the NY Rangers. Dupont believes there’s “a remote chance” the 31-year-old Lundqvist could make more than Alexander Ovechkin’s league-leading $9.538 million per season…Bruins starter Tuukka Rask could see his salary double from the current $3.5 million per season…Patrice Bergeron could earn an eight-year contract extension comparable to Zdeno Chara’s $6.917 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lundqvist could get perhaps $8 million per season, but given his age, it’s the length of the deal which could be a sticking point…Rask could get at least $6 million per season on an eight-year deal…I concur with Dupont’s take on Bergeron’s next deal with the Bruins.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports the Maple Leafs will use a compliance buyout for Mike Komisarek but not for John-Michael Liles.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the impending coaching change for the Rangers and lack of affordable depth at center on the open market, it appears less likely the Blueshirts buy out center Brad Richards…Brooks suggests the Predators re-signing Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract extension could have an effect upon the Rangers contract talks with Ryan McDonagh. He wonders if five years, $25 million could be enough to prevent him receiving an offer sheet from a rival club, like the Edmonton Oilers…He wonders what kind of bounty the Penguins could receive by shopping Kris Letang.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Retaining Richards could make it difficult to re-sign McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, and would prevent them getting into the bidding for this summer’s significant free agents…Brooks makes a good point about the impact of Josi’s contract upon the Rangers efforts to re-sign McDonagh…If the Penguins trade Letang, they’ll be in the market for a skilled puck-moving defenseman.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Red Wings have to decide if they’ll re-sign Daniel Cleary or use the savings to pursue someone else on the UFA market, like David Clarkson or Bryan Bickell. Cleary also has to decide if he’ll accept a hometown discount to remain with the Wings or test the market.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Buffalo Sabres, who hold the eighth overall pick, are hoping to move up in the draft. Vogl notes the Sabres “have ammunition” as they also have the 16th overall pick and two second round picks, plus goalie Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek have made it known “they’d be accepting of trades”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keep an eye on the Sabres in the coming weeks, as they could be making one or two significant moves this summer, which could involve their draft picks, Miller and/or Vanek.