Latest on Ryan O’Reilly and Scott Gomez, the Bruins face a cap crunch next season and more.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports there’s nothing new regarding the Colorado Avalanche’s contract talks with center Ryan O’Reilly, other than management claims communication is ongoing with Mark Guy, O’Reilly’s agent. “The Avs have two offers on the table to O’Reilly: five years at $17 million or two years at $7 million”, write Dater, who believe $3.5 million per season is in line with other Avs like Matt Duchene, and they aren’t interested in paying the $5 million per season the O’Reilly camp is seeking. Mark Kiszla, meanwhile, recently feared the standoff might result in the Avs trading O’Reilly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Avs offers are fair ones and in line with what Duchene is earning, but O’Reilly is currently making far more in the KHL, so he can afford to hold out. Perhaps a compromise at $4 million per might end the deadlock.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports it could take several days for the San Jose Sharks to reach a decision about signing UFA center Scott Gomez.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont recently reported the potential salary cap squeeze resulting from the potential re-signings of goalie Tuukka Rask and winger Nathan Horton could force the Bruins to shed some salary to become cap compliant…Dupont wondered what kind of package the Bruins could offer if the Montreal Canadiens were to put P.K. Subban on the trade block…He feels if the Calgary Flames are on pace to miss the playoffs again, it would be prudent to shop team captain and pending UFA Jarome Iginla before the April 3 trade deadline…The Toronto Maple Leafs remain the front-runners for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, but that could change if another team with shaky goaltending stumbles early…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Re-signing Horton, eligible for UFA status, isn’t a certainty, which could address part of that cap squeeze problem for the Bruins…Dupont noted the Habs aren’t shopping Subban, but if they were, the last team they’ll trade him to is the Bruins…I also believe Iginla will be shopped by the trade deadline if the Flames are out of the playoff chase by then…Dupont suggested “Chicago”? as a team with shaky goaltending that might stumble early. So far, the ‘Hawks are 2-0 with Corey Crawford and Ray Emery between the pipes. I don’t believe the Blackhawks are a serious contender for Luongo.