Shane Doan waiting for assurances on Coyotes sale, Sharks and Blue Jackets haven’t discussed Rick Nash in months, while the asking price for Nash and Bobby Ryan seems too rich for the Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anything related to Shea Weber’s offer sheet from the Flyers will appear in the “News” section, as it’s very straightforward: The Predators either match the 14-year, $100 million offer, or they don’t and receive compensatory picks. No speculation required.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Shane Doan’s agent says his client continues to wait for some assurance the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to an ownership group headed by Greg Jamison will be completed. Terry Bross said he hopes to hear some reassurance from the Jamison group by Friday. Doan’s first choice is to re-sign with the Coyotes, and Bross confirmed he’s been negotiating with GM Don Maloney, though progress has been stalled over the ownership situation.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Jose Yohe reported the Penguins have interest in Doan, but it appears he’d prefer to remain with the Coyotes.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Jeremy Lynn examined possible options for the Blackhawks besides Doan, including former Washington Capitals right wing Alexander Semin. Lynn also suggested center Jason Arnott, along with blueline options ”Carlo Colaiacovo (St. Louis Blues), Michal Rozsival (Coyotes), Pavel Kubina (Philadelphia Flyers) and Matt Gilroy (Ottawa Senators).”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Bross said earlier this month, Doan is willing to wait for as long as it takes for assurances the sale of the Coyotes to the Jamison group goes through. Wouldn’t surprise me if this carries on for another month.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports a source claims the San Jose Sharks haven’t had talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets regarding Rick Nash in “months”. The Jackets sought Logan Couture as part of the return for Nash, which is a non-starter for the Sharks.
Kurz also cited a report from CBC’s Elliotte Friedman claiming the Sharks recently offered up defenseman Dan Boyle to the NY Rangers for Marian Gaborik, but the deal fell through because of the latter’s shoulder surgery. A source, however, called that rumor “completely false”. Friedman also claimed there’s interest in the 36-year-old Boyle, whose limited no-trade clause kicked in on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Blue Jackets want Couture, the Sharks won’t have any interest in trying to acquire Nash. Teams might be interested in Boyle, and perhaps GM Doug Wilson is willing to listen, but it also doesn’t mean he’ll be moved, as his absence could leave a significant hole on the Sharks blueline. Unless they’ve got a suitable replacement, it might be best to retain Boyle.
ESPN.COM: James Murphy reports the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks had “exploratory talks” regarding Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, but a source claims Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t want to part with David Krejci or Milan Lucic. The same source also said the Bruins have dropped out of the Rick Nash sweepstakes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiarelli seems reluctant to significantly shake up a roster which is only one year removed from winning the Stanley Cup. Can’t say I blame him.