Updates on the Coyotes, Avalanche and Red Wings – September 7, 2013.

Coyotes close to re-signing Mikkel Boedker, the Avalanche could be in the market for blueline depth, and Daniel Cleary to make a decision where he’ll sign on Sunday.

Coyotes close to re-signing Mikkel Boedker?

Coyotes close to re-signing Mikkel Boedker?

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the following via Twitter: “Hearing RFA F Mikkel Boedker is on verge of agreeing to terms on a 2-year deal with PHX. Not quite official just yet but likely imminent.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the dollars will be close to what Marcus Johansson received today from the Capitals (two-years, $4 million).

DENVER POST: Mike Chambers claimed the Colorado Avalanche tried to improve their blueline this summer. Chambers believes they have plenty of cap space to improve their defense this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche have over $10 million in cap space. The question is, will they use any of it to bolster their defense?  

Some decent veteran options remain available via free agency (Ron Hainsey, Ian White) who could be had at bargain prices now. Ryan Whitney is also available, though his reduced mobility is a problem. Hal Gill would provide leadership and experience, but age and injury are catching up with him. Tom Gilbert and Carlo Colaiacovo are also available.

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Daniel Cleary still wants to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings, but he’s not interested in a professional tryout contract. Cleary claims he’s spoken with three other teams and will make a decision where to play on Sunday.


  1. hal gill???????yes he has experience, but he is slower than a 3 legged turtle.he will make a good asst coach, but his playing should have expired by now.

    • Even slow Hal Gil is one of the best penalty killing defenseman in the league. He is big in front of his net, good at clearing, and his long stick can make up for it. He most certainly is a 3rd pairing guy now, but he still has one more useable year in him.

      • Ha! Gill just got a try out with the Flyers

  2. Avs should have picked Jones if they wanted to improve their defense.

    • Totatally agree. McKinnon will likely be a great player but franchise defensemen, like jones likely will be, don’t come around very often.

  3. Like to see Sharks pick up Cleary or Brunner for insurance, but don’t know if they have the cap space to do so, or if Brunner would accept less than the 3 mil he’s been asking for….

  4. If there was any truth at all to the rumour involving the Statsny being available, then he’s the kind of guy that should be shopped for help on the back end. The Avs have a ton of tallent up front and could/should move some of it to help them both in net and on D.

    • Yes, but his value has decreased over the past three years. His declining performance isn’t going to get them a top 4 defenseman, which is what they need.

  5. Now I’m a Sens fan and I also love Cowen quite a lot. However we proved last year we don’t really NEED Cowan. With two future guys coming up in Ceci & Borowiecki and enough other forward prospects to make a trade later (Prince, Stone, DaCosta), maybe the Sens should call up the Ave’s and offer up Cowen to grab another top 6 forward. Ryan-Spezza-Michalek should make a great 1st line, but I am not 100% sold on the 2nd line.

    Now for me it would have to be a deal around Parenteau or O’Rielly not Stasny.

    • If he holds out it’s probably not going to last very long. As Lyle has summarized previously, he, Kadri and the others really don’t have that many options other than determine how long a term they should sign for. Ceci’s inexperience will likely land him in Bingo this year and Borowiecki is still a project and really doesn’t handle the puck that well. Cowen’s size along with some offensive upside makes him a coveted asset however he needs to prove he can stay healthy before he gets offered the big $.

  6. Does anyone else think of “Clarence Boedker…You are under arrest” everytime you see an article about Mikkel or it just me.