Latest on Michael Frolik and Mikhail Grigorenko, plus my take on Martin Brodeur, Evander Kane and Michael Del Zotto.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless believes Michael Frolik controls his own future with his new one-year contract with the Jets. “Frolik will now have some time to prove he’s worth the money his agent asked for or settle for closer to what the Jets are offering. Or he can walk and get overpaid on July 1”, write Lawless. The two sides can resume contract negotiations after January 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: as Lawless suggests, if Frolik has a good season (20 goals, 50 points) it could cost the Jets over $5 million annually to keep him off next summer’s UFA market.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if the Oilers should pursue promising young center Mikhail Grigorenko, who’s struggled so far to crack the Buffalo Sabres lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Oilers need more experienced depth at center. Pass on Grigorenko.
It’s been suggested the Minnesota Wild could be the only remaining destination for free-agent goaltender Martin Brodeur. Sure, if they can shed Niklas Backstrom’s contract, Josh Harding remains sidelined by MS symptoms and they don’t re-sign Darcy Kuemper. Otherwise, no.
Phoenix Arizona Coyotes have been listed as a possible destination for free-agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Not sure why they would need another puck-moving defenseman, unless they’re planning to move Keith Yandle for a scoring forward.
Winnipeg Jets left winger Evander Kane is linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the blogosphere rumor mill. Doesn’t make sense to me. The Leafs already have James van Reimsdyk and Joffrey Lupul, recently signed David Booth and brought back Leo Komarov. In the wake of their re-signing Jake Gardiner, they now have no room to take on additional salary. They’ll have to give up a solid return to land Kane, and the Jets have shown no indication they intend to move him this summer.