The latest on Paul Stastny, Jarome Iginla, Thomas Vanek, Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Brad Richards, Radim Vrbata, Matt Moulson, Willie Mitchell and more.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports Paul Stastny is the Blues top priority. They’ll also seek forwards to bolster their bottom-six. “Some options for the club include Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen, Winnipeg’s Olli Jokinen, Arizona’s Radim Vrbata, the New York Rangers’ Brian Boyle, the New Jersey Devils’ Steve Bernier and former Blue Lee Stempniak, who most recently played with the Penguins”, reports Rutherford.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper compiles a list of potential offense target for the Nashville Predators. Among them are Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek, Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Moulson and Derek Roy.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika doesn’t expect the Stars to snag Paul Stastny but suggests center Mathieu Perreault and goalie Anders Lindback could be options.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere believes the Devils compliance buyout of Anton Volchenkov means they could get into the bidding for Paul Stastny.
BOSTON GLOBE/CSNN.COM: The Bruins await Jarome Iginla’s decision as he tests the UFA market, as finding a replacement for him could be difficult with their limited cap space. Joe Haggerty reports one option could be former Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata. Montreal, Tampa Bay and San Jose also had interest.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports goalscorers Thomas Vanek and Jarome Iginla are atop the Minnesota Wild’s free agent list. The Wild had interest in Paul Stastny but he appears destined for St. Louis or elsewhere. It appears the Wild won’t get into the bidding for Matt Niskanen.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings are aggressively pursuing Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle, but are out of the Christian Ehrhoff sweepstakes.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports Brad Richards could be an intriguing option for the NY Islanders, though he could command three years and between $10-$12 million.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres have interest in “former Sabres players Steve Ott and Matt Moulson, plus Montreal’s Brian Gionta. More importantly, all three list Buffalo as a possible destination, according to various sources.”
SUNSENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports the Florida Panthers have plenty of cap space and defensive needs to address, plus a need for depth on right wing. Possible targets could include Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Anton Stralman and Radim Vrbata. They could also be in the bidding for Dave Bolland, Matt Moulson or Jussi Jokinen.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports the Rangers are prepared to lose Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot and Anton Stralman to free agency. They’ve reportedly checked in on Dan Boyle and Mark Fayne.
WASHINGTON POST: Alex Prewitt reports the Capitals have expressed interest in Matt Niskanen.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson reports the Lightning would like to add a right-handed blueliner to balance out their defense. “Dan Boyle, Matt Niskanen and Anton Stralman are the biggest names on the market who play the right side.” Erlendsson also reports on other possible free agent targets for the Bolts. “Potential goaltenders include Thomas Greiss, Al Montoya, Justin Peters and Martin Brodeur. And if Tampa Bay is looking for a lower-line center, it could consider Brian Boyle, Manny Malhotra, Steve Ott or possibly Brad Richards, though that is considered a long shot.”
TRIBLIVE.COM: Josh Yohe reports Nikolai Kulemin and Benoit Pouliot rank high on the Penguins free-agent list.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman reports former Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell begins his search for a new team today. One destination could be the Minnesota Wild, with whom he’s had informal talks.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli lists several bargain free agent targets for the cap-strapped Flyers, including Peter Mueller, T.J. Brennan and Anders Lindback.