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.

Will the Bruins move Thomas this summer?

 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.

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42 Responses to Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – May 27, 2012.

  1. Jrd18 says:

    Hurdler could also be a good option for a team like Boston who needs some secondary scoring and has a few third line guys to make decisions on.

    I don’t know why they even mention Getzlaf or hiller.

    You’d have to think with the success new jersey is having Parise is staying. I can also see the devils picking up a younger cheaper goalie like Bernier and I think luongo will not be a devil.

    Staal going to chicago is interesting especially with a couple reports saying the black hawks could move Kane. Imagine Kane on a line with either Crosby or malkin.

    The rangers seem to be taking over for the leafs where every single player is going there. Nash, Suter, Parise… There’s 25 mill/year.

    I really don’t see Columbus getting what they wanted for Nash, to many other teams will be “talking about moving there forward” and it will lessen the willingness to overspend

    • gravitymike says:

      Sorry Jrd18, the Boston isn’t hurting in secondary scoring. They finished second in the league behind Pitt in goals for. Horton was sorely missed, but Krejci and Lucic over 60 pts. Bergeron (64 pts), Seguin (67) and Marchand (55). Even the 3rd line averaged over 30 pts apiece. Chiarelli likes his team, which is why I think he’ll keep Thomas at least until the trade deadline. He can then use Thomas’ $5 mil salary hit to resign Seguin(RFA), Lucic(RFA), Hortion(UFA) and Marchand(RFA) in 2013, if he chooses to sign them all. I see Thomas’ salary as an escrow account towards 2013, don’t spend it, he’s gonna need it.
      If the Bruins are gonna spend $4mil for a small 3rd line center who never scored more than 25g why wouldn’t they just keep Kelly? He’s established himself as a leader, had a career year and handles the PK.

  2. Tom says:

    I would want Kane back if we were to trade Staal, no less. Either Kane or Seabrook. Of course it wouldn’t be Staal for Kane or Seabrook straight up, but something based on that

  3. TheAngryMuppets says:

    Anyone see nash to the sharks for pavelski or clowe, niemi, and a second? Thoughts? Please don’t hate on the muppet.

    • TheAngryMuppets says:

      Ok, I reevaluated… maybe a first instead of a second? Also, I think suter will be a hawk and parise a ranger.

    • Steve says:

      As much as the Sharks want Nash, I see him going to the Rangers – the Sharks are going to try to move Marleau but his $6.9MM per year for the next couple of years and his age will be somewhat of a hinderance. The Sharks need to move Murray and look at someone else aside from Nash. I’m sure Stuart is going to resign with the Sharks at a hometown discount – but again, he is 32. So, I can see the Sharks packaging a deal together where they get some scoring and a d-man – but they will have to give something up, like Pavelski and Clowe.

  4. DurtMchurt says:

    I agree Vokoun is the best fit for the Leafs…if he decides to sign here.
    I doubt Pheonix takes on Stastny’s contract.
    I’ll start putting thought into where Nash will go after Parise settled.
    Bolland ++ for Staal is an interesting proposal. I’m starting to doubt he moves at all untill the trade deadline though.

    Can any Av’s fans give me some insight on Mcleod? I haven’t seen him play much. He seems like a good pickup for a team needing grit.

    • Peterman says:

      Highlander is actually a decent player. His first couple years he showed good puck instincts and even scored 15G playing on Arnason’s wing. Next year he started on Duchene’s wing but couldn’t find chemistry and Sacco relegated him to enforcer duty only. He’s been pidgeon-holed ever since, which is sad because he has the skills to be a Tie Domi, Prust, Neil type player who can take regular shifts. It doesn’t sound like we will re-sign McLeod. I anticipate he’ll find a nice third line role on another club and start producing points again (to go along with a ton of PIMs)

  5. Micki says:

    Vokoun may be a fit in Toronto, but it would not surprise me if he prefers to join the Bolts instead.

    The Penguins may be in no rush to trade Staal, but is it not time to shake up the Penguins a bit and finally let Staal be more than a 3rd line center? I would LOVE to see Staal as a Blackhawk.

    Minnesota will look to build on this team, not shake it up. Setoguchi will stay.

    Why would Parise sign with the team he just defeated? Rangers will want size, speed, and a scorer’s touch. That name is Rick Nash.

    Detroit will be offering the most money this off-season. Expect them to take Suter. I say Parise goes to the Wild, Red Wings, or Montreal.

  6. Cliff says:

    Here is a handgrenade. Three way deal: Pittsburgh gets Kessel and Coulumbus’s 2nd overall pick, Columbus gets Malkin and Kulemin, Toronto gets Nash and Tangradi. Pittsbugh gets to make a big splash in the hometown draft and cap relief to find a third line center when staal moves up to the second line. Columbus gets a lock, barring injury, for the hometown all-star game and a reolution to the Nash situation that provides immediate help rather than having to ice a rebuilding team in the year they host the all-star game. And Toronto gets a couple more big Burkesque players. Talk amongst yourselves.

    • JJB says:

      Just to bring this into perspective

      Pittsburgh gives up Malkin + Tangardi
      Columbus gives up Nash + 2nd overall
      Toronto gives up Kessel + Kulemin

      Penguins get Kessel + 2nd overall
      Columbus gets Malkin + Kulemin
      Toronto gets Nash + Tangardi

      So the Penguins give up the best player in the deal and don’t even get the 2nd best player in the deal back. The Jackets + Leafs make out like bank robbers in that deal! Had I read that the Penguins also end up with Schenn and the 5th Overall somehow I could maybe see it.

    • Icebear says:

      Bah hahahaha you are smoking some good stuff.

    • Ed Van Impe says:

      Malkin for Kessel? Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … pass the bong over here …

  7. CoachBowman_2003 says:

    With a thin ufa market, I think teams should not be in a rush to sign those UFA’s to over inflated contracts. But should rather bring in prospects that can crack the line up at a lesser price, and it’s a less bigger gamble,if the experience does not pan out. Better a 850,000 a year flop than a 4 or 5 million one with a no trade clause one.

  8. Cliff says:

    For the grammar nazis thats Staal with a capital S and resolution with a small s.

  9. ThommyBoy says:

    Leafs don’t panic. Parise is the Americain Crosby. Grab him if you can. Bozak, Kadri, Graboski,Colbourne, are getting older and more expericied. Have three young cheap goalies. Instead of one expensive one. Go with the hot hand always. Defence is looking good, keep adding. Players will want to go to Toronto. They are building success for the next years. Watch out. Go Marlies. Keep building depth incase someone gets hurt your season isn’t over.

  10. Grizzledbear says:

    I’ll still say that the Wings nab both Suter and Parise on July 1st. If the Devils can get their finacial situation straightened out before then, maybe Parise stays in NJ, but there’s no indication that’s going to happen right now. Suter seems to be all but sure to leave Nashville at this point. The ability of the Wings to pay both of these players and also allow two good friends like Zach and Ryan to play on the same quality team is quite the selling point.

    When you think about what David Poile gave up in order to acquire the 3 average players that he did before the trade deadline (A.Kostitsyn, Gaustad and Gill), you have to wonder why he didn’t throw out a big package like that for a legitimate top 6 forward who was signed past this current season instead? Bringing in a host of rental players wasn’t going to induce a top player like Suter to re-sign with the club. Now, Poile will likely lose Suter (with Weber not far behind) and have little to nothing to show for all those draft picks he gave up at the deadline (assuming that most if not all his trade acquisitions sign elsewhere during free agency). Poile may be left begging his troubled Russian, Radulov, to stick around, which is 50/50 whether he will or not.

  11. Steve says:

    I see Hudler with a team like Winnipeg, or maybe Columbus. He has an ego, and wants money, he’s a decent player, but not a great one

  12. Chief says:

    Staal to habs?? :)

  13. Chem22 says:

    If the leafs sign Anaheim Ducks prospect Justin Schultz, they would than move Schenn or Franson along with the 5 pick to Edmonton for the first pick in the draft, others like Gagne,Smyth, Colburne, Armstrong and Riemer might be involved somehow in the trade.

  14. James Crackhorn says:

    Bylsma needs to have Staal on Malkin’s line. He scored many goals as a rookie playing with Malkin. Give Kunitz back to Crosby. And for the love of all things decent deal away either Michalek or Martin.

  15. ACR says:

    Even though it’s just ESPN’s conjecture, I agree there’s almost no chance of a Staal for Bolland trade.

    Mostly because if the Pens are forced to part with Staal, they’re gonna want a haul in return, since it basically means completely changing the “big 3 center” system they’ve used for years.

    They won’t abandon that plan without a heavy reward. And Chicago won’t give up that much.

    A team like Edmonton or Carolina on the other hand would.

    And I image the asking price for Staal will be more along the lines of: Staal and a medimum upside prospect for a Staal-caliber player but younger in age, a 2nd line semi-veteran (age 30-34)defenseman, and a high upside prospect.

    • Tom says:

      So like Staal and Harrington for Bolland, Morrin and Hjalmarsson and possibly a pick? I like that deal

      • Eddie is the greatest says:

        Morrin would lonk great along side Crosby

      • CM says:

        bolland and morrin… but taking a bad contract back for staal aint happenin.
        Staal, Despres,michalek for bolland morrin and seabrook

        • Tom says:

          Hjalmarsson isn’t a bad contract, he is a solid 3rd D that won’t be getting a raise anytime soon because he is signed until 2019 or so

  16. Miokid says:

    I don’t think a lot of people think real cap space through.

    When a team has a lot of cap space, you have to look at the entire team first. Yes. NY has 47 million spent next year, and 40 the year after.
    That’s a lot of room! Except for the fact they have 7 guys who played HUGE for them this year, with contracts that are expiring pretty quick, that were all <2.0 million.
    Considering that players like Stepan, McDonagh and Hagelin will be making more on their next contract than the 3 million total they currently are.. NY doesn't actually have massive cap room.

    If you take for example the Calgary Flames, who have an older group; when they have 17 million in space, they have a pure 17 million. They aren't dealing with kids on their entry contracts that in a couple years will be tripling up in hit.

    Just some food for thought, I can't stand when people go crazy about how much cap space a team has because half their team is on entry level contracts… you have to resign them at some point of time… and it won't be cheap!

  17. Ed Van Impe says:

    Staal for Bolland? What a joke … In Shero We Trust …

  18. theBawss says:

    i say Staal to Habs once they figure out what to do with gomez! perfect #1 center! :)

  19. Bill Placzek says:

    “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…”
    Between Hawk homer Jesse Rogers and this guy, you have to wonder if they understand the sport, the value of most players, and that their job includes RESEARCH to make valid argument points.
    Rah-Rah may look good in the Phoenix newspaper but makes Matheson look plain dumb in hockey circles.

  20. NikK says:

    -Bolland for Staal? Keep dreaming. I think the best deal IF you are going to trade Staal- and believe me, they absolutely will not trade Staal- is to Anaheim for Bobby Ryan. A young centre for a young winger, both have size, Ryan is a scorer, Staal is a shut-down guy who can be the perfect #2.

    -Chicago is not trading Kane… he is one of the most clutch players in the league, and he will regain his scoring touch. The team will trade Sharp before they trade Kane.

    -Rick Nash will go to Boston after they make cap space and collect Assets trading Thomas to the Blackhawks.

    -Leafs: where to begin?
    -Schultz will sign with the Leafs. The writing is on the wall here.
    -They are not trading Luke Schenn. When they eventually make the playoffs, you need a guy like that who will block shots, hit hard, play a ton of minutes, and be a beast. His game is better suited for Carlisle than Wilson. Look at Girardi as an example of the value of hard nosed players. (Also why they should have never ever ever ever traded Keith Aulie)
    -They will try to acqurie Edmonton’s 1st overall pick; I beleive Phaneuf goes the oher way, but only if Burke is able to get over his own ego. As a Ducks fan, I’m not sure he can.
    -they will make a serious pitch to acquire a centre, but I dont think they will this year. They will be very serious about Parise, and may land him. next year, they get the centre they need.

    -Hudler will sign somewhere and it will not matter in the least.

    -Tampa has no interest in Hasek. They will throw a boatload at Vancouver for Schneider and make vancouver rethink their game plan. They will not touch Luongo- maybe nobody will.

  21. Sandy says:

    Anaheim is not trading Getzlaf. He is a #1 centre and right now they have no one to take his place. That would really weaken Anaheim so why would they do it?

    Hudler is interesting. No one outside of Detroit knows him like Paul McLean. Question is.. would Ottawa consider him. They need another top 6 forward while the younger players develop. Alfie is out either now or the end of next season… so there is room. But if Hudler wants 4M — will he get it?

    Schultz — would he not go to a team where he has a chance to play in the NHL now? I thought the Leafs had a lot of depth at the defense position… As for their goaltending.. I think the future is Reimer & Scrivens.. but they need a vet for a couple of years until one of these young players can take over the #1 job in goal.

  22. willyjones says:

    I think the leafs needs to take a hard look at Vokun, hes a Vet who can still play 50 games plus and help Reimer out, if the leafs could sign him to a 1 or 2 year deal at 2 million a year.

    I think that would be a solution, but they could also lose Scrivens as he is a rfa and maybe ready for the show.

    Leafs will try to get parise but i think he resigns with Jersey or Detroit, money wont be the issue it will be going to a contender.

  23. Pat says:

    Stop suggesting Brent Seabrook for anybody … He’s practically untouchable on the hawks as he’s their best defenseman and the ONLY physical force they have on the blue line

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