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OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch considers Montreal the “most obvious landing spot” for Vincent Lecavalier…If the NY Rangers buy out Brad Richards, Garrioch expects the Tampa Bay Lightning could try to bring him back on a tw0-year deal…It’s believed the Blues are “sniffing around” to determine the trade value of David Perron and T.J. Oshie…The Sabres are listening to offers for Thomas Vanek…Scott Gomez likely won’t return with the Sharks…There’s speculation the Bruins, to become cap compliant next season, are shopping forward Rich Peverley…Garrioch claims he’s hearing the Canadiens are shopping center Tomas Plekanec, who has three-years left on his contract with a no-trade clause…The Stars “are offering” Erik Cole around the league. Garrioch suggests shipping him back to Carolina…There’s talk the Avalanche are trying to see if the Maple Leafs have interest in Paul Stastny…One rumor claims the Panthers were interested in Matt Duchene but the Avs quickly turned them down…The Flames are rumored to be shopping Mike Cammalleri…The Flyers might have interest in former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas as a short-term goalie solution. They’re also rumored to have held talks with the Sabres about Ryan Miller…Garrioch also reports the Senators could go the trade route for a top-six winger. One option could be Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, though the asking price (a first round pick, top prospect or a defenseman) is high. The Sharks and Flyers are also believed interested in Ryan…The Oilers are willing to deal Ales Hemsky. The Senators had interest in the past but he might not be the right fit for them…Free agent possibilities for the Senators include Chicago’s Bryan Bickell or Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Montreal may seem an “obvious” destination for Lecavalier, but not if he doesn’t want to play under the intense scrutiny he’d face from fans and media…The Bolts could try to bring back Richards, but GM Steve Yzerman might have younger options in mind…There’s been complaints in the St. Louis media about the Blues players having an undeserved sense of entitlement. Moving Perron and/or Oshie would certainly address that…If the Sabres intend to move Vanek or Ryan Miller this summer, they might have to absorb part of the remaining year of their salaries…If the Bruins aren’t using compliance buyouts, dumping salaries like Peverley via trade is their only option…The “trading Plekanec” rumor will be seen as the setup for taking on Lecavalier. Plekanec, however, would have final say…I doubt the Hurricanes would bring an ageing Cole for a third time…The “Stastny to Leafs” rumors have kicked around for a while. Don’t see the Leafs taking on that $6.6 million salary for next season…I don’t believe the Avs intend to move Duchene, even if they draft Nathan MacKinnon…Cammalleri’s $7 million salary for next season (and $6 million cap hit) makes him difficult to move unless the Flames pick up part of his salary…I’m not sure Thomas even wants to return to the NHL…If the Flyers want Miller, they’ll have to convince the Sabres to pick up part of his salary…The Ducks could be forced to shed salary this summer, but it remains to be seen if they’ll move Ryan…I don’t believe the Senators have interest in Hemsky or his $5 million salary…As for Bickell and Dupuis, there’s a good chance both players remain with their current teams.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports Toronto, Montreal, and Detroit are expected to have interest in Lecavalier, offering up something in the neighborhood of three years and between $4.5 -$5 million per season…Names rumored in play in the trade market include Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Kris Letang could also be in the market if he and the Penguins fail to reach an agreement soon.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Bruins UFA winger Nathan Horton is seeking something in the 5-6 year range worth $6 million per season. If the Bruins cannot re-sign him, possible replacement options include Jarome Iginla, David Clarkson and perhaps Vincent Lecavalier, though he’d have to play right wing rather than center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was speculation Horton might accept a little less than $6 million to remain with the Bruins but still wants a five-or six-year deal. That could prove too expensive for the Bruins. There’s also Horton’s injury history to consider. Despite the bad feelings over Iginla’s last-minute spurning of the Bruins for the Penguins, I think they could still work something out if there’s genuine interest on either side. Clarkson would probably be a better fit. I don’t expect Lecavalier would want to go to Boston as a right wing.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports the NY Islanders have no interest in Roberto Luongo. Contract talks with Evgeni Nabokov remain stalled, and they’ve yet to reach a decision on a compliance buyout for Rick DiPietro. Trade options could include Buffalo’s Ryan Miller or St. Louis’ Jaroslav Halak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller has a limited NTC where he picks eight teams he won’t accept being dealt to. Halak lacks such a clause but he does have a recent injury history which could hamper his value.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika lists possible free agent options at center for the Stars, including Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss, Tyler Bozak, Daniel Briere, Valtteri Filppula, and former Stars Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos said he is not actively negotiating with Stephen Weiss and the other Panthers pending UFAs (Jose Theodore, Tyson Strachan), and said the club would entertain trade offers for Weiss prior to the start of the free agency period on July 5
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Weiss and the Panthers are going to part ways come July 5.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky remain stalled.