The latest on Vincent Lecavalier, Tyler Seguin, Daniel Briere, Braydon Coburn, Shawn Horcoff, Tim Thomas and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Oilers may have inquired into the availability of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury but it’s believed he’s not available…The Penguins may have to let Pascal Dupuis go and “there’s plenty of talk” they could move James Neal as well. The Senators could have interest…Fifteen teams made inquires about Bruins forward Tyler Seguin but with Nathan Horton departing via free agency they’re unlikely to move Seguin now…The Chicago Blackhawks still hope to re-sign Ray Emery, who could attract the interest of his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers, if he hits the free agent market…An unnamed teams contacted the Senators about Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen but were rebuffed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins claim Fleury won’t be dealt. Ditto Neal, though his name could pop up in next summer’s rumor mill depending upon what the salary cap could be for 2014-15. I don’t see how the Penguins can re-sign Dupuis when they’re about to sign Kris Letang to an expensive eight-year extension…The asking price for Seguin was rumored to be expensive (top ten pick, star roster player, prospect), but with Horton gone now, the Bruins must keep Seguin unless someone meets the rumored asking price. I don’t see that happening…The Flyers are believed seeking a veteran goalie with one or two years remaining on his contract. Failing that, they could pursue Emery…
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff has a list of teams he’d play for but his contract ($5.5 million per season with two years remaining) is problematic…There’s lots of interest around the league in Vincent Lecavalier and Daniel Briere. The Islanders could make sense for Briere as he could play alongside John Tavares…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Oilers are willing to pick up half of Horcoff’s salary, I don’t see them finding many takers in the trade market. Ditto for Ales Hemsky and his $5 million salary for next season…Briere’s preference could be remaining in the Eastern Conference playing for a club close to Philadelphia in order to be nearer his sons.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBruin reports the NY Rangers were shopping the negotiating rights of pending UFA winger Ryane Clowe…The LA Kings made some progress in contract talks with pending UFA blueliner Rob Scuderi but there’s still no deal…Fifteen teams have interest in Daniel Briere.
TSN: During a recent “Insider Trading” segment, Darren Dreger and Ryan Rishaug claimed it’s still possible Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn could end up in Edmonton. The two clubs spoke constantly during the draft but failed to reach agreement on a deal…Pierre LeBrun reports the Detroit Red Wings made an offer to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Alexander Edler, while the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens also expressed interest…Bob McKenzie reports the Buffalo Sabres could retain Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller until next year’s trade deadline in order to maximize their value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers were rumored to have offered up Magnus Paajarvi as part of the return for Coburn, but the Flyers wanted a better young forward. And no, I don’t believe the Oilers would part with Nail Yakupov for Coburn. If Craig MacTavish dreams of making that deal, he should wake up and apologize…The Wings and Ducks interest in Edler is understandable as they could use a skilled veteran puck-moving blueliner, but the Canadiens already have P.K. Subban, and I believe they need a top-two shutdown defenseman…It’s understandable why the Sabres might consider retaining Vanek and Miller for next year’s trade deadline, but it could also prove an unnecessary distraction throughout next season.
NHL.COM: Dan Rosen reports Vincent Lecavalier met over the weekend with the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. He’s also expected to meet with the Florida Panthers today.
SPORTSNET.CA: Patrick Hoffman recently speculated over potential destinations for former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas if he decides to return to the NHL next season. Hoffman suggests the Islanders, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Flames and Coyotes as possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since Hoffman’s article appeared the Blue Jackets and Coyotes have re-signed Sergei Bobrovsky and Mike Smith respectively so scratch them off the list. The Islanders, Flyers and Flames, however, could be worthwhile options, especially if he’s willing to accept a reasonable short-term (two-year) contract.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a tweet from RDS’s Renaud Lavoie reports the Washington Capitals have decided to let center Mike Ribeiro go to the free agent market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ribeiro reportedly sought a four-year deal worth $5 million per, too much for the Capitals, who have limited cap space and younger key players like Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson to re-sign.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Rob Rossi reports the Penguins and Pascal Dupuis, despite their mutual desire to reach agreement on a new deal, haven’t moved closer toward one. Talks with Matt Cooke haven’t broken off, but it’s believed the club can’t afford both.