Is Rick Nash all but assured of being dealt this summer? Could Teemu Selanne return next season? What’s the latest on P.A. Parenteau’s contract talks? Read on to find out!
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace believes Blue Jackets management “cannot state the obvious truth”, which is team captain Rick Nash is “virtually assured” of being traded before the June draft. ”The market for him will expand as the playoffs move from round to round”, explains Arace. “Teams will fall shy of expectations and will see Nash as the missing ingredient. Howson will get his price, or something close enough.”
Mark Znidar interviewed NBC NHL play-by-play man Doc Emrick, who doesn’t believe the Blue Jackets are in danger of relocation, but stressed the importance of getting a good return for Nash to properly rebuild.
Shawn Mitchell recently reported the possibility the Blue Jackets, in search of a number one goalie, could shop their first round pick – potentially first overall – as trade bait.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder if the Vancouver Canucks would have interest in that first round pick? Or the St. Louis Blues? As for Nash, I have to agree with Arace that his time with the Jackets is over, as they’ll find a better market for Nash following the playoffs than they did at the trade deadline, just as I expected leading up to this year’s deadline. There will be more teams, with more cap space, and willingness to spend, than there was at the trade deadline. That’s why most deals involving big name players still under contract usually occur in the off-season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne doesn’t know what his future will be and intends to make his decision during the summer, a trend he’s followed over the past several seasons. The Ducks also remain hopeful of getting prized prospect Justin Schultz under contract before July 1st, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple recently reported NY Islanders winger P.A. Parenteau, who could command up to $4 million per season on the open market, remains hopeful of re-signing with the Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He might have to accept a little less than that to remain with the Islanders.