Ryan Suter could test this summer’s UFA market, Rick Nash trade could happen soon, Sheldon Souray reportedly rejects a one-year offer from the Stars, and more.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile remains optimistic about getting defenseman Ryan Suter re-signed, though he intimated Friday the blueliner could test the UFA market on July 1. Poile said he’d remain in constant contact with the Suter camp, saying unless something changes in the near future, the blueliner will “take a peek” at July 1.
Poile also said a couple of teams had contacted him regarding the rights to Alexander Radulov, adding there’s “urgency” to this situation, as it appears Radulov could be moving toward a return to the KHL. The Predators GM also said he’s spoken to the representatives for pending UFA Jordin Tootoo, but so far the two sides aren’t close to a deal.
Poile also recently acknowledged there was mutual interest with pending UFA center Paul Gaustad toward getting a new contract done.
EXAMINER.COM: Jim Diamond reports the Predators want to bring back RFA forward Colin Wilson. Poile said his intention isn’t to trade Wilson but to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears increasingly likely Suter will test this summer’s UFA market, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be returning to the Predators. He could field offers to see if there’s anything better from another team. If so, he can contract Poile and give him a chance to match or best the top offer…Radulov’s rights could be moved in the coming two weeks, though if that happens, there’s no guarantee he’ll re-sign with his new team…Wilson’s been mentioned in trade rumors but if Poile’s comments are anything to go by, he intends to keep him.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace believes a Rick Nash trade could occur next week, likely on Thursday or Friday, the opening night of the NHL 2012 Entry Draft.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox reports expensive, accomplished players like Nash, Patrick Kane, Jay Bouwmeester and Roberto Luongo could be available for trade. Cox doubts the Leafs get into the bidding for Nash, who may have scratched Toronto from his list of preferred destinations, suggesting instead they might make a pitch for Luongo. He also feels they could make an aggressive pitch for soon-to-be Anaheim Ducks UFA prospect defenseman Justin Schultz. Cox doubts they’ll make a grand play to move up from the fifth overall spot in the first round of this year’s entry draft.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James doubts the Red Wings get into the bidding for Nash, citing what’s expected to be a steep asking price from the Blue Jackets. Shes suggests the NY Rangers and Vancouver Canucks are the most likely destinations, as well as the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Nash isn’t moved before Friday, his availability will overshadow the Entry Draft. It was thought Nash didn’t want to go to a West Coast team, but it’s possible he may have broadened his list since February to facilitate a trade. I’ve heard talk of the Canucks offering up Luongo if he were willing to go to Columbus, where his former goalie coach now works with the Blue Jackets. It would certainly be a blockbuster move if that were to be done, but one wonders just how keen Luongo would be to go to a perpetually rebuilding team like the Jackets. As for the Leafs, it would make more sense to target Luongo than Nash, but we’ll have to wait and see if Burke, who has a history of making major deals, can pull off another one, for either player.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Pending UFA blueliner Sheldon Souray has reportedly rejected a one-year, $3 million contract offer from the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The piece suggests Souray may be seeking a long-term deal as he’s bounced around a bit in recent years. Perhaps he’ll get one, but it could be this offer from the Stars may be the best one he gets. It’s a gamble on his part.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks and pending UFA blueliner Sheldon Brookbank remain far apart on a new contract.