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EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson isn’t saying Nashville Predators GM David Poile will try to trade defenseman Shea Weber this summer, but if he did, there would be plenty of interest. Weber cannot be traded until July 24, the date the Predators matched his offer sheet from the Flyers…He’s heard the Oilers offered Mark Fistric a three-year, $1.5 million per season contract but Fistric seeks $2 million. Talks have stopped for now…If the Oilers seek role players for next season, Matheson suggests former Oiler Raffi Torres as one option…The Blues might not have enough cap space to re-sign pending UFA center Andy McDonald…Matheson expects Ray Emery to re-sign with the Blackhawks this summer.
Matheson also believes Flyers forwards Sean Couturier and Matt Read are available. The Flyers are seeking a two-top defenseman and believes Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien could be had…”The feeling is” the Dallas Stars might be willing to part with either Alex Goligoski or Trevor Daley.
Finally, Matheson noted the Dallas Stars need a first line center, suggesting new GM Jim Nill shop winger Loui Eriksson, noting the Stars already have a bevy of young wingers in their pipeline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: When it comes to Shea Weber’s trade status, Matheson’s like a pit bull on a steak. Sure, he’s not saying the Predators will trade Weber, but he loves suggesting the possibility. Meanwhile, Poile has stated he intends to rebuild around Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne…Maybe the Oilers and Fistric agree to $1.75 million per?…Not sure what Torres’ plans are for next season, but if the Oilers made a pitch, he might listen…I also doubt the Blues can afford to keep McDonald…Matheson makes a good point about Emery and questions if he could handle 55-60 games per season…The Flyers have repeatedly denied Couturier or Read are available, but it could take one of them to land a top-two defenseman via trade. I have my doubts the Jets move Byfuglien this summer. If the Jets fail to make the playoffs next season, however, he could be available next summer…Goligoski or Daley could be shopped for more physical blueline depth or as part of a deal for a first line center. I don’t believe Nill will shop Eriksson, who’s been consistently among the Stars best forwards for several seasons.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio wondered if the Flyers might pursue David Clarkson this summer as a replacement for Ruslan Fedotenko.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Clarkson would fit in well with the Flyers and his style of play would quickly make him a fan favorite in Philadelphia. That being said, however, I doubt Holmgren pursues him, as the pressing need is for blueline depth, especially a skilled puck-moving defenseman with a right hand shot.