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PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports if the Flyers re-sign the recently-acquired Mark Streit to a big-money deal (he’s believed seeking as much as $5.5 million per season on a three-year deal), it would “all but confirm” the club intends to buy out forward Daniel Briere and possibly goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering their limited cap space and need to bolster their defense, I’d say a compliance buyout of Briere or Bryzgalov is a certainty. One of those two, perhaps both, will be cleared from the Flyers cap space in the coming weeks.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Josh Yohe reports Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero said he won’t get rid of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, voicing his support for the netminder and suggesting Fleury’s struggles may be personal. Fleury agent maintained his client wants to remain with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, no trade or compliance buyout for Fleury, at least not for this coming season. If Fleury doesn’t improve next season, however, Shero’s patience could come to an end. Shero also said Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, who both are eligible to become unrestricted free agents next summer, won’t be going anywhere.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Buffalo Sabres director of amateur scouting Kevin Devine said his club has contacted the Colorado Avalanche to express interest in the first overall pick. Dater wrote “immediate speculation” on one deal “goes like this: goalie Ryan Miller, center Mikhail Grigorenko, a defensive prospect and the No. 8 pick to the Avs for the first pick.” He believes the Avs should reject such an offer, citing Miller’s age, salary and UFA status next summer, and doesn’t consider Grigorenko in the same class as Nathan MacKinnon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t know where Dater got that “immediate speculation” from, as I doubt that’s what’s been offered by the Sabres, if they’ve made a serious pitch at all. Still, I agree with Dater such a package offer from the Sabres wouldn’t be worthy of parting with the first overall pick.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James noted the lack of quality defensemen in this summer’s UFA market, suggesting if the Detroit Red Wings wish to upgrade their defense, they’ll have to go the trade route. It could, however, prove costly. “The Wings have an excess of forwards, but in order to trade for a high-end guy — like Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, for example — it’s going to cost talented young players or blue-chip prospects or a mix of both”, writes St. James.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Concur. To get quality, you’ve gotta part with quality, and if the Coyotes shop Yandle, they won’t just give him away, contrary to the wild speculation of internet armchair GMs.
NEWSOBSERVER’s Chip Alexander reports goalie Dan Ellis “said he and Canes are “talking back and forth.” Indicated no offer on table, calling it “holding pattern.” Wants to come back.”