Should the Bruins shop Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin? Who could the Flyers pursue as a replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov? What moves could be in store for the Oilers? Read on for the latest.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa considers the options facing Bruins management in the post-season, which could include dumping some salaries to free up space to re-sign goaltender Tuukka Rask and perhaps winger Nathan Horton. Shinzawa suggests Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly could be shopped, believing the former the more likely to be moved. He also suggests a “brassier” move could be shopping 21-year-old Tyler Seguin.
Kevin Paul Dupont, meanwhile, took note of Seguin’s and Brad Marchand’s poor performance in the Stanley Cup Final, suggesting they could’ve been hampered by injury. If not, however, he speculates about one of them being dealt. Dupont was particularly critical of Seguin, noting he hasn’t developed as anticipated, while the player he was trade for (Phil Kessel) has blossomed into one of the league’s top scorers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wasn’t that long ago the universal agreement was the Bruins got the better of the Kessel deal with Toronto. Now, a Boston pundit is openly musing over Seguin’s future with the Bruins. Seguin certainly struggled this season after returning from Switzerland following the lockout, but it’s believed he’s been hampered by a nagging hip injury. Marchand struggled in the Final but throughout the earlier three rounds was his usual abrasive, effective self. He also wasn’t the only Bruin who struggled in the Final (hello there, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg). I doubt GM Peter Chiarelli hits the panic button and moves either guy. I would instead anticipate he tries to trade Peverley and/or Kelly (as they’re reportedly not going the compliance buyout route) to free up sufficient cap space to re-sign Rask and possibly Horton and Andrew Ference.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK/PHILLY.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: Jason Brough mused over potential replacements for bought-out Flyer goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, listing Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, Chicago’s Ray Emery, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Phoenix’s Mike Smith as possibilities, as well as elevating deadline day acquisition Steve Mason into the starter’s role.
Sam Carchidi suggests the Flyers could consider an affordable veteran backup like Emery, Jose Theodore, Evgeni Nabokov or Dan Ellis.
Tim Panaccio reported Flyers GM Paul Holmgren dismissed the possibility of acquiring Luongo via trade, but Panaccio wondered if he could reconsider should the Canucks buy out Luongo. Panaccio also noted the Flyers remain very interested in Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, and wondered if the Ducks might expand a trade to include goalie Jonas Hiller. Ultimately, he feels they’ll go the free agent route, possibly targeting Mike Smith.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks decide to buy out Luongo, Holmgren will pounce in a hurry. Otherwise, the Flyers options appear limited to the free agent market. The Ducks might have to dump some salary, but I don’t believe they’ll move Hiller to do it. If Smith hits the UFA market, I expect Holmgren will pursue him.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis cited comments made by Oilers commentator Bob Stauffer wondering if Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn might be available and if the Oilers could get him. Jim Matheson, meanwhile, reported Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was in the bidding for Jonathan Bernier before his trade to the Maple Leafs last weekend. Matheson speculated if MacTavish might have interest in Boston’s Anton Khudobin or Chicago’s Ray Emery as a backup for Devan Dubnyk. He considers acquiring Buffalo’s Ryan Miller a longshot possibility.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones reports MacTavish wants to add size and secondary scoring.
OTTAWA SUN’s Bruce Garrioch recently reported the following via Twitter: “There have been no talks between Oilers and Senators about a deal involving Hemsky in months. Doesn’t sound active at this juncture.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Flyers can find a suitable replacement for Coburn, I’ll be shocked if they move him now. They need to bolster their defense, not deplete it. I consider Miller a “no shot” to be dealt to Edmonton. I don’t believe Hemsky would fit into the Senators plans at all.