A look at which notable players remain in the UFA market, plus the latest on the Bruins, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Stars and Wild.
BOSTON HERALD: The pickings are slim following the frenzy of free-agent signings yesterday. Among the notables still available are Radim Vrbata, Dany Heatley, Mike Ribeiro, David Legwand, Mikhail Grabovski, Ville Leino, Nikolai Kulemin, Steve Ott, Olli Jokinen and Martin Brodeur.
BOSTON GLOBE/CSNNE.COM: Fluto Shinzawa examines the Bruins options as they deal with losing Jarome Iginla to free agency. One could be finding a top-nine forward via trade, suggesting Johnny Boychuk ($3.36 million) as a possible trade chip. Joe Haggerty, however, reports the Bruins weren’t comfortable dumping salary by moving a player like Boychuk, Brad Marchand or Chris Kelly to free up room to re-sign Iginla.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending upon how much it costs to re-sign RFAs like Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, the Bruins could face having to shed some salary before the season starts in October.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings, having failed to land a right-handed defenseman via free agency, could turn to the trade market to address that need. Kulfan suggests Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry could be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Petry would be a more affordable trade target than Myers or Byfuglien.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports James Reimer’s trade request might not be fulfilled. GM Dave Nonis said if the right deal can’t be found he expects Reimer to be in training camp come September.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trade market for goalies was soft prior to the start of free agency. It’s not much better now. Reimer could indeed remain a Leaf heading into next season.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Tracey Myers reports the Blackhawks signing of Brad Richards pushes the club above the $69 million salary cap by over $2.2 million. GM Stan Bowman told Myers he had “some ideas in what we’re going to do. That will play itself out over the summer as we prepare for training camp. We’ve got an idea and we’ll certainly make it work.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could involve trading either Johnny Oduya ($3.375 million) or Nick Leddy ($2.7 million).
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, noting Stars GM Jim Nill’s claim he likes his team’s defense, could still subtract veteran blueliner Sergei Gonchar.
TWINCITIES.COM: Chad Graff reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher still seeks a defenseman to round out his group.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish still needs to add a center and intends to keep up the search to find one.