The Bruins and Blackhawks face shedding salary before this season starts, plus more Mike Green speculation.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports there’s plenty of speculation linking Capitals defenseman Mike Green to the Detroit Red Wings, who are in need of a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot. Gormley notes the Capitals lack a second-line center and spoke of how Capitals coach Barry Trotz praised Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist, but believes they would have to sweeten the deal if they hope to pry Nyquist out of Detroit.
If they’re interested in moving Green for a center who, like Green, is eligible for UFA status next summer, Gormley notes that list of potential candidates includes Boston’s David Krejci, 28, Nashville’s Mike Fisher, 34, and Arizona’s Antoine Vermette, 31. He also notes Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly might be available, plus the intrigue surrounding San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Wings would consider moving Nyquist for Green. The Bruins appear keen to re-sign Krejci. Fisher is out four-to-six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon, while the Coyotes have sufficient depth on their top-two defense pairings. Thornton would have to approve a trade to Washington and at this point he’s unwilling to waive his movement clause. O’Reilly could be available following his upcoming arbitration hearing, but the Avalanche will want more than Green.
SI.COM: Allan Muir reports on the inability of Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to improve his roster because of budget constraints. With Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to re-sign, Chiarelli could be forced to move either recently-resigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski or veteran blueliner Johnny Boychuk.
BOSTON GLOBE: Amelie Benjamin reports recently re-signed forward Jordan Caron ($600K) could be dealt before the season begins. She cites Chiarelli’s comments earlier this month suggesting Caron might need a fresh start with another club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By re-signing Caron to an affordable one-year deal it becomes easier to move him than if he remained unsigned. While moving Boychuk, who’s earning over $3 million for next season, would free up more cap space, Chiarelli could instead trade Bartkowski as well as Caron.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Tracey Myers reports Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman still has to shave off over $2 million from his payroll to get under this season’s $69 million salary cap. He also have over $65 million invested in 15 players for 2015-16. While Myers expects someone “or more than one someone” will have to move, she doesn’t believe the club faces a massive turnover as it did a few years ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They also have some younger players (Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy) becoming restricted free agents next summer. While there’s talk of trading Johnny Oduya ($3.375 million) to get under this year’s cap ceiling, his departure won’t free up additional space for 2015-16. That explains why the Patrick Sharp trade rumors won’t go away.