Reaction to the Cory Schneider trade, Canadiens interested in Vincent Lecavalier, Senators talk contract with Daniel Alfredsson, and much more. Happy Canada Day!
VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Iain MacIntyre reports the Canucks had no choice but to trade Cory Schneider after failing to move Roberto Luongo’s big contract, while Jason Botchford criticizes the embarrassing way management handled this situation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reaction from most Vancouver fans and pundits were a mix of shock and frustration. Shock over the trading of Schneider. Frustration over GM Mike Gillis’ inability to move Luongo last year when he seemingly had a better chance to do so. Two years after coming within a game of winning the Stanley Cup, the Canucks appear to be falling apart.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin confirmed he met with pending UFA center Vincent Lecavalier, acknowledging his interest in the former Lightning captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t blame Bergevin for his interest, but I doubt Lecavalier signs with the Habs. Rumor has it the Lecavalier camp is seeking a four-or five-year deal worth up to $5 million per season. The Canadiens can afford it, but I think that’s too long to invest in a center in his mid-thirties whose best years are behind him. In the short term, it could be a good addition, but one which becomes a hindrance over the long run.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators have started contract negotiations with Daniel Alfredsson’s agent. The Senators hope to re-sign him to between $4-$4.5 million per season, though he could command $6 million on the open market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Relax, this will get done. Alfredsson doesn’t want to play with anyone else, and the Senators want to bring him back.
TORONTO SUN: Having acquired Dave Bolland from Chicago yesterday, Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis feels he’s not done dealing yet. He could use both compliance buyouts by the July 4th deadline, and Mike Komisarek is expected to be one of them. Nonis’ goal remains to re-sign Tyler Bozak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The addition of Bolland has some Leafs fans believing this means Bozak won’t be re-signed. Bozak could indeed hit the market but I don’t believe Bolland is his replacement. Bolland is not a first or second line center. He does his best work on the checking lines. Bozak, though not a true first line center, at least has good chemistry with Phil Kessel, though he would be a better fit as a second line center.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was unsuccessful in his efforts to land Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacTavish was also interested in Cory Schneider before the Canucks dealt him to the Devils.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff did little to dispel rumors Alexander Burmistrov could sign with a KHL team. Cheveldayoff said he’ll continue contract talks with Burmistov in hopes of reaching an agreement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Burmistrov camp could also be using the threat of the KHL to force the Jets into trading him.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames GM Jay Feaster believes he had a good day at the 2013 NHL draft.