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WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe wonders if the Jets decide to pursue a goalie this summer (like Toronto’s James Reimer) if they’ll trade or buy out current starter Ondrej Pavelec. Wiebe also wondered what it would cost the Jets to land Reimer, as well as the cost of signing the pending RFA to a new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have nearly $50 million invested in 12 players next season, and with several key players to re-sign or replace, cannot afford to take back too much salary. It could cost the Jets at worst a young player, or a best a draft pick and/or a good prospect.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma wonders if Canucks center Ryan Kesler might think twice about moving on if the club replaces head coach John Tortorella and changes their system.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible, but it depends upon who they hire as Tortorella’s replacement. Even then, that might not be enough to convince Kesler to stay.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdey wonders if the Oilers will consider re-signing Ryan Smyth for one more season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Oilers could see if they can land better talent first via trade or free agency before sending Smyth a one-year contract offer. At this stage in Smyth’s career, the Oilers could be the only club willing to sign him.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa recently speculated on the future plans of Bruins backup Chad Johnson, who like Anton Khudobin last year could depart via unrestricted free agency.