The latest on Jake Gardiner, the Devils could shop a forward, plus a look at some rumors kicking around the hockey blogosphere. 

Leafs management expects to re-sign Jake Gardiner.

Leafs management expects to re-sign Jake Gardiner.

TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran reports Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis doesn’t foresee any problems re-signing RFA defenseman Jake Gardiner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Gardiner’s been the subject of frequent trade speculation since last season, I believe the Leafs intend to hang onto him for a while.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti speculates UFA forward Ryan Carter is waiting for the Devils to move a forward before re-signing with the club. They currently have 14 forwards under one-way NHL contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only “expendables” I see on the Devils are Michael Ryder, Damien Brunner, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.


As things are rather quiet for rumors reported by the MSM, here’s my take on some trade chatter kicking around the ol’ hockey blogosphere:

Joe Thornton to Ottawa, Patrick Marleau to Pittsburgh. No, and no. Thornton and Marleau made it quite clear earlier this summer they’re unwilling to waive their respective movement clauses. They haven’t changed their minds. If Thornton was willing to waive his, it wouldn’t be for a rebuilding club like the Senators, but rather a genuine Cup contender. As for the Penguins, they’ve made their moves for the summer.

Rangers could trade Derick Brassard. As the NY Post’s Larry Brooks recently reported, Brassard will either be re-signed to a multi-year deal worth between $5.2 – $5.6 million annually, or an arbiter will award him a one-year deal worth around $4.5 million. I don’t see the Rangers moving him.

Evander Kane to the Islanders. I don’t expect the Jets to shop Kane anywhere this summer. While I’m sure they’ve received offers, I expect they’ll keep him to start the season and see how things go from there.