The latest for Mother’s Day from the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, Edmonton Journal, Hockey Night in Canada, and more. Enjoy!
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes the NY Rangers (if they’re eliminated from this year’s playoffs) will join the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the chase next month for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash…One reason Simmons feels Ryan Suter shouldn’t re-sign with the Predators is they lack the kind of forwards needed to win a championship.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has been quietly trying to move Nash but is having difficulty finding serious interest right now. Garrioch claims the San Jose Sharks could revisit interest in Nash, as GM Doug Wilson has informed the Blue Jackets the Sharks would “sweeten the pot” in June…Expect Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke to make a pitch to the Oilers for the first overall pick…The Flyers, Wild and Red Wings could have interest in Nashville’s Ryan Suter.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports Nash’s appeal should grow as contenders fall out of playoff contention, suggesting the possibility the NY Rangers could revisit their interest in the Blue Jackets winger if they should fall short in this year’s playoffs. He guessed the Sharks and Boston Bruins could be among the bidders.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson also suggests the Rangers pop-gun offense this spring could have them revisit their interest in Nash…If Nashville Predators gritty forward Jordin Tootoo becomes a UFA, he could be a good fit with the Edmonton Oilers…The Blues could be in the market for a top-two defenseman to pair with Alex Pietrangelo and some think they might offer up wingers T.J. Oshie or David Perron to get one…Matheson can see the Flyers trying to acquire Ryan Suter’s rights from Nashville if he and the Predators fail to hammer out a new contract next month, but isn’t discounting the possibility he could be re-signed.
CBC.CA: During the second intermission “Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in Canada last night, Tim Wharnsby listed the top available UFA defensemen under 30, noting the drop-off in talent after Ryan Suter, and as a result believes Suter’s desire for a long-term contract won’t scare off potential deep-pockets suitors like Detroit. Elliotte Friedman believes interested teams will have to put a lot of bonus money into the deal to get him signed. Friedman and Healy also discussed the possibility of the Predators shopping his rights, and the possible returns, if they’re unable to reach agreement with Suter on a new contract.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson reports New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise seemed to leave the door open a bit regarding a potential return with his recent comments on the club’s performance this spring, citing the good young players who’ll be with the club for a long time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Nash is moved in the days leading up to the NHL Entry Draft weekend next month. There will be more interest in Nash at that point, because there will be more teams with more cap space and willingness to spend, even with the uncertainty over a new CBA hanging in the air. Teams will be keen to land a star like Nash, believing he can improve their championship aspirations…If the Rangers march to the Stanley Cup, they could pass on Nash…Not sure how serious the Bruins could be in Nas, as GM Peter Chiarelli seems reluctant to break up a roster which is only a year removed from winning the Stanley Cup…Regarding Suter, as I’ve said several times, it’ll be how strongly Suter believes he can win a championship with the Predators (not money or term) that’ll determine his future…Tootoo could be a good addition for the Oilers, but Predators management seem willing to re-sign him…If the Blues were to shop a forward, I expect it would be Oshie. Yes, Perron has the concussion history, but he’s been the better performer of the two, especially in the post-season…The further the Devils go in this year’s playoffs, the better their odds of re-signing Parise, provided their ownership can afford to re-sign him.