The latest on Semin, Doan, Whitney, Garrison, Langenbrunner and more.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby mused on the possibility of the Devils losing Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise, or both…The Predators still believe they have a good chance to re-sign Ryan Suter, who’ll test the UFA market…Columbus is still shopping Rick Nash, and the Senators and Flyers are believed to have interest…If the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan, they’ll likely want a defenseman as part of the return after losing Justin Schultz…The Penguins might have interest in NY Rangers UFA forward Brandon Prust…The Islanders could have interest in Devils UFA blueliner Bryce Salvador.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater wonders if Washington Capitals UFA winger Alexander Semin would be a good fit with the Avalanche.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports the Capitals are unlikely to make a big splash in the UFA pool.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports the delay in selling the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group leaves the futures of pending UFAs Shane Doan and Ray Whitney unclear.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Florida Panthers’ free agent needs aren’t as dire as they were a year ago. It’s believed the Panthers have interest in Canucks goalie (and former Panther) Roberto Luongo, who is being shopped via trade, and continued to negotiate with pending UFA blueliner Jason Garrison, who intends to test the market.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports the Carolina Hurricanes intend to be active in this summer’s UFA market. They could make a pitch for New Jersey’s Zach Parise.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the Islanders will look to bolster their blueline via free agency. One target could be New Jersey’s Bryce Salvador. Others include Ottawa’s Matt Carkner and the Rangers’ Steve Eminger. Forward options could include Alexander Semin and Buffalo’s Brad Boyes.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chris Kuc reports the Blackhawks could look at bolstering their defense, and believes if Martin Brodeur’s available, they could consider him as a short-term goalie option to mentor Corey Crawford. A source claims the Blackhawks are shopping defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika suggests the Stars, despite having more money to spend this summer, might not make a big splash in the UFA pool.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will focus on defense in the UFA market. Though Ryan Suter is available, more realistic options include Jason Garrison, Matt Carle, Carlo Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival and Bryan Allen.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports veteran forward and UFA Jamie Langenbrunner hopes to re-sign with the Blues.