Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – March 16, 2014.

The latest on Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Miller, Paul Stastny, Rene Bourque and more.

Will Ryan Miller re-sign with the Blues?

Will Ryan Miller re-sign with the Blues?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports whether Ryan Miller re-signs with the Blues depends upon their playoff performance and his salary demands.  Garrioch suggests the Canucks and Ducks could be good options for Miller, who wants to play on the west coast…The Flames will continue their search for a new GM in the off-season. One candidate could be Capitals GM George McPhee, whose contract is up following this season…The Flyers haven’t talked contract with Steve Downie. He wants to re-sign but Garrioch claims there was talk he was shopped at the trade deadline…The Avalanche have put off contract talks with pending UFA center Paul Stastny until the off-season. There’s talk the Predators could pursue him if he tests this summer’s free agent market…The Flames didn’t trade Mike Cammalleri at the trade deadline because the best offer was a third-round draft pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Miller doesn’t re-sign with the Blues, forget about the Canucks and Ducks as options. Miller doesn’t want to play for Canadian teams (especially a rebuilding one) and I believe the Ducks will re-sign Hiller.  If Miller’s smart, he’ll re-sign with the Blues, as they are his best chance to spend the next several years playing for a genuine Stanley Cup contender…Given McPhee’s recent record with the Capitals, is he really a good choice for the rebuilding Flames?…The Flyers will need what cap space they have to re-sign other key players. Downie could be odd man out…Stastny says he’ll willing to accept a hometown discount to re-sign with the Avs. How much of a discount remains to be seen…No wonder the Flames opted not to move Cammalleri at the deadline. A third-round pick is an insulting offer.

NJ.COM: Randy Miller recently reported Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, claims there’s a “really great chance” his client re-signs with the New Jersey Devils. It’s expected Jagr will seek a one-year deal and Svoboda says he’s not seeking to break the bank.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Jagr doesn’t re-sign. He’s had a terrific season with the Devils, proving to critics (like me) that he still has enough left in the tank to be an effective scoring forward over the course of a long NHL season.

CBC.CA: Guillaume Lefrancois recently reported the Canadiens face a difficult decision regarding winger Rene Bourque, who’s earning an annual cap hit of over $3 million per season through 2015-16 but hasn’t performed to expectations. It’s possible Bourque could be bought out in June, but Lafrancois suggests it might be best to wait until next summer to do so. Buying him out this summer would cost over $1.66 million per season for the next two seasons, and over $833K per season over the final two years of the buyout term.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Lefrancois notes there are some factors (the salary cap for next season, the cost of re-signing P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov) which could affect a possible buyout of Bourque this summer. If the Habs wait until next summer, it’s one season at $1.66 and one season at $833K. That might be the better way to go.

9 Comments

  1. I really hope macphee doesn’t end up in calgary. Their rebuild will take a while but patience is the key. Before it is all said and done Burke will put his stamp on that team. Man I wish the flames had the rebuild buffalo has going on. Man oh man

    • If you want a solid rebuild, here’s a tip – hire Darcy Regier.

      • what Robert said…

        Regier set all this up for Murray. Hire Regier and hire him now.

        You want a first rounder for McGratton? Regier’s your man.

    • McPhee & Burke in the same room deciding the fate of the Flames Future ?
      Yep, two giant ego’s battling it out, that’s what I would want as a Flames fan.

  2. Yeah and a 3rd for hemsky ain’t an insult? Crap return on a guy who has been PPG for sens. He’s always had star skill. The media hyped up everyone into thinking hemsky wasn’t worth a dime when many players with comparable stats would get a first and top prospect or another good forward in return. Oilers should of never moved him. Especially a good vet. Oilers will keep taking a step forward like they did with Perron and scrivens then take two steps back. It’s too bad the market was garbage for hemsky and the oilers because he really is a good player with tremendous skill.

  3. A third round pick is better than no pick. I really hope the Flames have the inside track on re-signing Cammalleri, otherwise any pick is better than no pick.

  4. Hey Lyle I dont mean to be a jerk but the Habs cant buyout anybody we have used both our compliance buyouts the first one on gomez and the second on kaberle so with bourque we are screwed

    • The Habs don’t have compliance buyouts left, but they can still buy out players under the normal buyout rules (two-thirds the remaining value over twice the remaining tenure).

    • those were only free cap hit buyouts you can buyout as many players as you want but it will cost you