Updates on Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Alexander Semin and Brenden Morrow.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline recently pointed out no Canadian teams were on Rick Nash’s list of approved destinations (Boston, Detroit, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose), leading to the obvious assumption he doesn’t want to play in Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guess that doesn’t make Nash a “good Canadian boy” after all? Actually, it’s not unusual, many Canadian-born players for whatever reason prefer playing in the United States. Looking at Nash’s list, it appears he wants to go to Cup contenders only, and the best ones right now are in the United States, not Canada.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Mark Whicker believes the Anaheim Ducks should put the Justin Schultz situation behind them, and doesn’t believe a Bobby Ryan trade should be part of their future. Regarding Ryan’s comments over the draft weekend regarding the trade rumors about his name, Whicker feels Ryan should treat a trade rumor like a compliment, and suggests perhaps a full year under head coach Bruce Boudreau or maybe on a line with Teemu Selanne could fix things.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things have gone quiet on the Ryan trade front since GM Bob Murray said he’d speak with the winger once he returned from the draft. Either things have been smoothed over and Ryan’s not going anywhere, or Murray is quietly fielding offers for Ryan and could be waiting for the right moment this summer to swing a deal.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Dmitry Chesnokov reported there’s no truth to a rumor CSKA Moscow made a three-year, $30 million offer to former Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin, but instead made a two-year offer worth around what he was earning annually ($6.7 million) with the Capitals. Chesnokov recently interviewed Semin, who said he had no idea yet where he’ll play next season and no timetable to reach a decision. Chesnokov believes the Detroit Red Wings have made a couple of inquiries about Semin, whose agent maintains would prefer to play in the NHL next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chesnokov is one of the most reliable sources on Russian NHL player. Good to see him cut through some of the speculation surrounding Semin, who I feel will eventually get an NHL contract, though it might only be one or two years, for less than he made in Washington, as he’ll have to silence the critics and overcome the bad reputation that hovers over him in NHL circles.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged involvement in recent trade talks which could soon yield a deal. Rutherford claims Dallas Stars captain and left wing Brenden Morrow is believed available and the Blues might have interest in him. The NY Rangers, San Jose Sharks and LA Kings might also be in contact with the Stars.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports, however, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk claims his plan is for Morrow to remain in Dallas. Morrow, who has “an airtight no-trade clause” said he wants to remain with the Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues may have contacted the Stars about Morrow’s availability, but if we take Nieuwendyk at his word, Morrow’s not going anywhere.