Erik Karlsson upbeat over his contract talks, speculation Jay Bouwmeester could be dealt, a rumor Evander Kane is unwilling to re-sign with Jets, and update on the Oilers plans for the first overall pick.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Allan Panzeri reports Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson remains upbeat over his contract negotiations with the club, noting it’s still early and there’s no rush to get a deal done. Karlsson doesn’t foresee any problems getting a deal done and doesn’t see holding out in his future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The one certainty is Karlsson is going to get a hefty raise. It just remains to be seen how hefty it’ll be. Rest assured, Senators fans, Karlsson will be re-signed. The Senators won’t trade him, nor will they allow another club to sign him away with an offer sheet.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson believes if the Flames decide to make a major move during next weekend’s entry draft, it could be defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who gets shopped. Johnson also feels Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff won’t be moved, basing that opinion in part upon the recent coaching hires. He suggested Bouwmeester as a trade candidate because incoming head coach Bob Hartley failed to mention the blueliner in a recent interview in which he didn’t mention Bouwmeester when listing the core players on the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps it was simply an honest oversight on Hartley’s part. Still, “Jay-Bo” has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, though his $6.68 million per season cap hit and “no-trade” clause makes moving him difficult, though not impossible. If such a move happens, it’ll be the second time Bouwmeester gets traded during the entry draft weekend. The last time was June 2009, when he was dealt to the Flames from the Florida Panthers.
RDS.CA’s Renaud Lavoid took to Twitter to report he’d heard ” from a player on Winnipeg that (Evander)Kane doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal?” Lavoie added, “Kane has no arbitration rights, he’ll get a QO from the Jets, scored 30 goals…can he be traded?” and appeared to suggest some Jets players weren’t impressed with Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word in the Winnipeg media, Kane or Jets media about this, though I daresay this’ll blow up over the course of today, sparking a response from one of those camps. Kane’s name has kicked around the rumor mill since the Jets moved to Winnipeg a year ago. No disrespect to Lavoie, but I’d approach this one with caution until we get further clarification.
SPORTSNET.CA’s Mark Spector took to Twitter to report the Edmonton Oilers “won’t trade No. 1 overall pick. Also won’t decide until Thursday night, Friday morning who they’ll take.”