Will the Senators trade Jason Spezza this summer? Could Martin Brodeur join the Avalanche as a backup? Will Paul Stastny hit this summer’s UFA market?
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports on the possibility the Senators could shop captain Jason Spezza this summer. He believes the Senators could try to move him for a strong return. Garrioch cites a league source claiming Spezza has a modified no-trade clause, in which he submits a list of ten teams to which he would refuse to be dealt. GM Bryan Murray appeared non-committal over Spezza’s future, as he has a year remaining on his contract. Garrioch believes Spezza’s in line for a seven-year, $49 million deal, which at this stage the Senators may not be willing to do. He also claims the Senators listened to offers for their captain near the trade deadline, with Anaheim and St. Louis expressing the most interest. Garrioch feels the best time to move Spezza is during the NHL draft weekend in June, claiming the asking price could be a player who can help right now, a top prospect and a first round pick. In other words, a package similar to what they gave up to land Bobby Ryan from Anaheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading Spezza would leave a huge hole at center for the Senators. Still, if they’re unwilling to commit to him long term, or if he’s unwilling to do so, then it’s best to move him this summer for the best possible return and continue to rebuild with youth.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny is making the case to be re-signed with his playoff performance thus far. Stastny is eligible for UFA status this summer, but has indicated he would accept a hometown discount to re-sign with the Avs.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater, responding to reader e-mail, believes the Colorado Avalanche should re-sign Nathan MacKinnon as soon as possible. He points out the longest deal MacKinnon can receive under NHL rules is an 8-year contract…Dater also doubts Martin Brodeur would join the Avalanche as a backup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stastny made $6.6 million per season on his current contract. He’ll have to accept a pay cut if he hopes to remain with the Avs. The earliest the Avalanche can open contract talks with MacKinnon is next summer, when he has a year remaining on his contract. Brodeur isn’t signing with the Avs. He’ll want to go to a team where he’ll get some decent playing time. He won’t get that backing up Semyon Varlamov.