The latest on Dion Phaneuf, Mikhail Grabovski, Jaromir Jagr, Mason Raymond, and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis cited a recent interview with Bill Watters on Oilers Now claiming he’d heard a rumor the Edmonton Oilers could be interested in Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. Watters also had harsh words for Phaneuf, questioning his play and leadership. Bob Stauffer, the show’s host, doubts the Oilers have interest in Phaneuf.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some in the Toronto media want to run Phaneuf out of town on a rail. While I think the Leafs captain faces an uncertain future in Toronto, I agree with Stauffer that Phaneuf is unlikely to land in Edmonton this summer. Phaneuf’s cap hit ($6.5 million) for next season and his UFA status next summer make him a tough sell.
SPORTSNET.CA: Luke Fox compiled a roundup of recent NHL rumors. He wondered if the Anaheim Ducks might be a destination for former Leaf Mikhail Grabovski, citing the fact former Leafs GM Brian Burke now works as a pro scout for the Ducks…Jaromir Jagr might have interest in the Carolina Hurricanes, but they might not have interest in him. While GM Jim Rutherford is rumored to be seeking a “big name”, Jagr apparently isn’t his target…Brenden Morrow’s camp reached out recently to the Montreal Canadiens…Former Canucks winger Mason Raymond was interested in joining the Calgary Flames, but they were reportedly cool to the idea.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grabovski to the Ducks might not be a bad idea, as he’d certainly be more affordable now, plus there is the Burke connection…The guessing game over Jagr’s destination could continue for a while…Morrow’s wife is from Quebec and he apparently wouldn’t mind playing for the Habs. He could be a good addition in terms of leadership, but age and injury have taken a toll on his skills…Raymond struggled to regain his former 53-point form from three years ago. Still, for clubs seeking scoring depth on the wing, he could be an affordable option.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere wonders what moves Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has in mind to replace the now-retired Ilya Kovalchuk. “Do the Devils sign someone like Jaromir Jagr, who has slowed down but is still capable of scoring goals? Do they try to make a major trade, perhaps having to give up some of their top prospects?” asks Chere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The options aren’t the best. Still, Damien Brunner, Mikhail Grabovski and Mason Raymond are available if Lamoriello prefers to use his new-found cap space on affordable, short-term free agent measures.
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals GM George McPhee doesn’t intend to spend his remaining $3.9 million in cap space right away, preferring to wait and see what develops over the summer. “McPhee seems to think that by waiting, he might be better able to address the Capitals’ needs when they become more apparent in training camp or at the start of the regular season”, wrote Gormley.