Speculation about the Maple Leafs contacting UFA goalie Marty Turco, the possibility of the Predators re-signing Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, plus getting Alexander Radulov back, and Nikita Filatov could be returning to Russia.
SPORTNET’s Mike Brophy yesterday tweeted the Toronto Maple Leafs had been in contact with UFA goalie Marty Turco.
TSN’s James Duthie subsequently tweeted Turco hadn’t directly spoken with the Leafs, but the team asked his agent some questions. Turco said playing for the Leafs would be a dream come true.
SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard tweeted he’d been informed by Leafs GM Brian Burke his team had no interest in Turco.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan also reported Burke had told him via e-mail the Leafs weren’t interested in Turco.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke may have to be more specific. Is he denying his team had any contact with Turco’s agent? Or is he saying he has no interest after speaking with Turco’s agent? The reason I note this is if Burke did in fact make inquiries about Turco but opted to pass, it would appear he’s shopping around for a veteran goalie.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson, responding to a reader’s e-mail, believes the Nashville Predators, despite being a budget team, are well-positioned to retain defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. He also said he wouldn’t be surprised if Alexander Radulov, who’s been playing in Russia in recent years, returns to the Predators next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently noted on The Hockey News, the Predators could re-sign both, but the amount it’ll take to do so will take a big chunk out of their payroll, leaving little room to re-sign other key players and bolster their offensive depth. If Radulov did return, he’d have to play out the final year of his entry level contract, the base salary of which is worth less than $1 million. That would be affordable for the Predators, but there’s no guarantee Radulov, who is earning considerably more (around $4 million per season, tax-free) will return.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports a Russian newspaper recently claimed Ottawa Senator winger Nikita Filatov, who is currently playing with their farm team in Binghamton, is negotiating a return to the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Filatov does indeed return to the KHL, we can officially close the book on his short-lived NHL career.