The latest on Daniel Briere, Michael Del Zotto, P.K. Subban, Jaromir Jagr and Michal Neuvirth.
985SPORTS.CA: recently reported of rumors linking Montreal Canadiens forward Daniel Briere to the Buffalo Sabres. Reports from Toronto claim Steve Ott would be headed to Montreal in the deal.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported the following via Twitter: “Daniel Briere is a proud guy and obviously isn’t happy with his situation. How long before both the player and team look for a better fit?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine agrees to swap Ott for Briere he should resign at once. Briere is clearly past his prime now and overpaid at $4 million per season until the end of 2014-15. Ott is a gritty two-way forward who would be a good addition to the Canadiens’ checking lines even as only a rental player this season. Briere may be a proud guy but he’s no longer the star he once was during his glory days with the Sabres. Unless the Sabres get a good young player included in the return from the Habs, acquiring Brierewould be a big mistake. I also believe the Habs will have to eat part of Briere’s salary to make a trade happen.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the representatives for NY Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto hope to meet with Rangers GM Glen Sather today to accelerate his efforts to trade the 23-year-old blueliner. Brooks cites league sources claiming the Rangers haven’t been aggressive in their effort to move Del Zotto.
DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater reports the following via Twitter: “Hearing Rangers have asked about Barrie”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s really quite simple: Sather must lower his rumored asking price of a top-four defenseman. There’s interest in Del Zotto but nobody wants to pay that price to get him. As for the Rangers interest in Tyson Barrie, if that’s who they’re seeking from the Avs in exchange for Del Zotto, I believe the Avs hang up the phone.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance doubts Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban receives an offer sheet from a rival club if still unsigned this summer. He believes the Habs, with their deep pockets and cap space, would match any offer for Subban. He also doubts the New Jersey Devils shop Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Canadiens should re-sign Subban before July to avoid another club forcing the Habs to match an offer sheet worth far more than what they’d prefer to pay. I have no doubt, however, they’ll match any offer for Subban.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov wants to remain with the Capitals. With Brooks Laich soon to return, Gormley believes Martin Erat’s ice time will diminish, which could push his agent to once again ask management for a trade. The longer Philipp Grubauer remains with the club the more likely Michal Neuvirth will be traded. He speculates the Islanders and Flames could be possible destinations for Neuvirth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Orlov merely wanted the chance to play. Now that he’s getting it, he’s a happy camper. I doubt the Caps will find any takers for Erat, meaning they’ll have to buy him out this summer. They should have better luck moving Neuvirth, who’s under contract for $2.5 million per season through 2014-15, but shouldn’t expect to get much back in return.