Daniel Alfredsson might play more than one season, Jay Bouwmeester on a charity mission, an update on PK Subban’s contract talks, the Canucks could seek a prized prospect from the Panthers for Roberto Luongo, and a call for Evander Kane to take the Jets latest offer.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Allan Panzeri reports Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson apparently feels so good he’s considering playing another season beyond the upcoming one, though he won’t make that decision until next season. Alfredsson also dismissed speculation he was unhappy over his current contract, acknowledging he made most of his money in its first three seasons. He’ll earn $1 million this season in actual salary though the cap hit remains $4.875 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson knew what he was getting into with this deal when he signed it. He’s a stand-up guy who has every intention of honoring that final year, even though he’ll be paid well below market value for a player of his age and skills. If he decides to return for another season beyond this one, the contract will be determined by his performance this season.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is headed to Ghana to support the “Right to Play” charity. Trade rumors continue to swirl about Bouwmeester, with the latest claiming the Detroit Red Wings allegedly made an offer for him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve been saying for weeks Bouwmeester’s trade value could be on the rise, as there are several teams in need of a quality defenseman. Remains to be seen how much truth there is in this rumored offer by the Red Wings.
CANOE.CA: The usually loquacious P.K. Subban has been quiet regarding his contract negotiations with the Montreal Canadiens, other than to express his optimism a deal will get done.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And it will get done, so those Habs fans chewing their nails over this should relax. Plenty of time left to get him signed.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports the Canucks would have interest if the Florida Panthers were to offer up prospect center Nick Bjugstad and a draft pick for Roberto Luongo, but Panthers GM Dale Tallon is reluctant to part with him. The Canucks, meanwhile, remain in the bidding for Phoenix Coyotes UFA Shane Doan (who’s reportedly in Vancouver to meet with Canucks management), leading Kuzma to suggest there might not be any movement on Luongo until the Doan situation is resolved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks management certainly aren’t in any hurry to move Luongo, nor are the Panthers desperate to land him. If Tallon is unwilling to part with a promising prospect, he’ll go into next season with Theodore and Clemmensen as his goalie tandem.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless believes Evander Kane would be “wise” to take the Jets current six-year, $29 million contract offer. He also believes any offer sheet for Kane will be immediately matched.