The latest from the Edmonton Journal, Boston Globe, TSN, plus updates on the Maple Leafs, Rangers and Blue Jackets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson sees four options for New Jersey captain and pending UFA Zach Parise: re-sign with the Devils, or sign with either the Red Wings, Rangers or Wild…He doesn’t put much stock into Dominik Hasek returning next season to the NHL…He believes the suggestion by ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers for the Blackhawks to pursue Penguins center Jordan Staal by offering up Dave Bolland is a good one…He suggests NHL teams pitch an offer sheet to Capitals RFA blueliner John Carlson…A shallow UFA pool means Red Wings UFA Jiri Hudler should get his $4 million per season from somebody this summer. Matheson suggests the Lightning and Senators as possible destinations…Wild coach Mike Yeo wasn’t pleased with winger Devin Setoguchi’s play, which could make Setoguchi expendable. The Wild would love to move up from their number 7 overall spot in this year’s draft…Matheson wondered if the Wild might take a run at Kings UFA winger Dustin Penner, citing the fact Wild GM Chuck Fletcher was assistant GM on the Ducks 2007 championship team, with whom Penner played…Kings forward Jarrett Stoll could also attract interest. Matheson suggested the Sharks or Canucks could use a player like Stoll…This season could be “make or break” for the Oilers’ Devan Dubnyk to prove himself as a starting goalie…Matheson suggests the Avalanche offer up center Paul Stastny to the Coyotes for a young defenseman like Brandon Gormley and “another piece” like young forward Mikkel Boedker…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I share Matheson’s take on Parise’s off-season options and the possibility of Hasek returning to the NHL…The “Bolland-for-Jordan Staal” suggestion is interesting, but not one I see happening, as the Penguins aren’t in any hurry to move Staal…Good luck prying away Carlson from the Capitals with an offer sheet. Besides, if Drew Doughty didn’t get one last summer, why would any team pitch one this summer, especially with a new CBA on the horizon?…Don’t see Hudler as a fit with the Lightning or Senators, as those clubs want to build up with affordable young players…Not sure if Wild management will give up on Setoguchi just yet, as he was hampered last season by injury…Kings GM Dean Lombardi recently hinted at re-signing Penner, who’s regained his form in this year’s playoffs…Stoll will certainly attract interest around the league if the Kings fail to re-sign him, but he would prefer staying in Los Angeles…Concur about Dubnyk…Why would the Coyotes agree to that trade? Don’t see them making such a bold move, and certainly not for Stastny.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli remains confident about his roster’s core. As for his UFAs, re-signing center Chris Kelly is his priority. Shinzawa believes the Bruins can replace Dan Paille and Gregory Campbell from within their organization if both players depart via free agency. He doubts pending UFA blueliners Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon or Mike Mottau will return. Shinzawa also believes that, despite Chiarelli’s claim he’s not inclined to trade Tim Thomas, the goaltending situation remains unclear, especially with RFA goalie Tuukka Rask to be re-sign. He suggests maintaining the status quo may just be the wise move…Nashville Predators defenseman Hal Gill could re-sign with the team on July 1st…The Toronto Maple Leafs could use Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, but the Duck they’d prefer is Jonas Hiller, as the Leafs most pressing need is in goal…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending on how the salary cap situation shakes out, I believe the Bruins can get Kelly re-signed. I concur with Shinzawa’s take on the other Bruins pending UFAs, and believe they could keep their goalie tandem intact for next season…If Gill doesn’t re-sign with the Predators, he shouldn’t have much difficulty finding another NHL team to play for…Don’t expect Getzlaf or Hiller to be wearing Leafs jerseys anytime soon.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie recently suggested Anaheim Ducks prospect Justin Schultz could become the third most-pursued player in this summer’s UFA market if he doesn’t re-sign with the Ducks before July 1st.
TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk reports Maple Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis recently admitted the team would be looking for a veteran goaltender this summer, though he wouldn’t specify which one. Speculation has linked the Leafs for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, while Feschuk noted UFA options include Tomas Vokoun, Scott Clemmensen, Martin Biron and Alex Auld. Other trade options could include Boston’s Tim Thomas or LA’s Jonathan Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ideally, the Leafs don’t want to give up on James Reimer and would like to keep promising Ben Scrivens in their future. Acquiring Luongo and his big contract would pretty much ensure both of those guys have no future in Toronto. Thomas, if available, has only one year left on his contract, but a better option could be Vokoun, who could be had for a one-or-two year deal as a short-term solution until Reimer or Scrivens are ready.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the NY Rangers will have cap space to work with this summer, though it’s anyone’s guess how much it’ll ultimately be under the next CBA. Brooks believes the Rangers will seek a defenseman to play the right side with Marc Staal, suggesting if they pursue Nashville’s Ryan Suter, they’ll have to shed a salary or two to also add a scorer like Rick Nash or (dream on) Zach Parise. He also believes they’ll attempt to re-sign Michael Del Zotto (RFA) and pending UFAs Martin Biron and Brandon Prust.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline believes the Blue Jackets will soon start getting serious about moving Rick Nash via trade. Portzline believes it’s highly unlikely Nash gets traded during the Stanley Cup Final, but suggested the Jackets could get their best offers during the first round of the NHL Entry Draft on June 22nd, and in the days leading up to the July 1st UFA deadline.