The latest on the Flyers, Bruins, Devils, Penguins and Capitals, plus an update on Jaromir Jagr.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren remains unsure if he’ll re-sign veteran winger Simon Gagne as the club has limited cap space. Seravalli speculates Holmgren doesn’t want to sign Gagne without clearing cap space first as it’ll hurt his leverage on the trade market. One option could be to move Braydon Coburn, though that’s something Holmgren seems reluctant to do. They could also put Andrej Meszaros on LTIR along with Chris Pronger if he’s not healthy enough to play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers were keen to land Coburn during the draft weekend but talks fell through. It remains to be seen if Coburn will be moved, but there’s a feeling Holmgren isn’t done making moves this summer.
BOSTON GLOBE: In the wake of the Bruins re-signing goaltender Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract, they are above the cap ceiling. Fluto Shinzawa suggests they could free up cap space by making a trade, though they can also place Marc Savard on LTIR.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports the Devils signing Marek Zidlicky gives the club seven defensemen (Zidlicky, Andy Greene, Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, Mark Fayne and Peter Harrold) under contract for next season, leaving little room for one of their younger blueliners to crack the lineup. GM Lou Lamoriello “strongly hinted” he could try to move another defenseman before the start of the season to make room. Lamoriello also said there haven’t been any significant talks with Adam Henrique apart from his one-year qualifying offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having re-sign Zidlicky and Harrold, they won’t be dealt. I don’t see Greene or Larsson being shopped. Salvador, Volchenkov or Fayne could be trade candidates, though the expensive contracts of Salvadore and Volchenkov would be tough to move.
TRIBLIVECOM: Rob Rossi reports the Penguins “have not aggressively explored trades of defensemen Matt Niskanen or Brooks Orpik”. Both are in the final year of their contracts and GM Ray Shero hasn’t rule out making a trade to free up cap space. Orpik also has a limited no-trade clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Orpik’s value as a shutdown defenseman to the Penguins, Niskanen could be the one who gets shopped.
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley reports the Capitals now have around $5.7 million in cap space after re-signing Karl Alzner. Gormley believes they’ll have around $3.7 million remaining once they re-sign forward Marcus Johansson. GM George McPhee said he’s not interested in what remains on the free agent market, but said it would “be nice to try and get one more big-name guy in there.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McPhee will likely keep an eye on the trade market but it doesn’t sound as though he’ll rush out to find a deal.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski cited a report from the blog “Canes Country” which cited Jaromir Jagr’s agent confirming the Carolina Hurricanes are on his client’s radar.