A listing of the top-10 remaining UFAs, plus the latest on Vincent Lecavalier, Mike Green, Mike Ribeiro and Jeff Petry, plus an update on the Bruins and Maple Leafs.
SPORTSNET.CA: Luke Fox lists the top-ten remaining unrestricted free agents. They are: Daniel Alfredsson, Steve Ott, Tomas Vokoun, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Roy, Lee Stempniak, Mike Ribeiro, Martin Brodeur, Devin Setoguchi and Andre Benoit.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi suggests the news of Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher sidelined four-to-six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon could intensify rumors of the Preators interest in Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Or perhaps that injury was why the Predators signed Olli Jokinen? As Carchidi suggests, stay tuned…
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan believes Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green could be the best fit for the Detroit Red Wings, who seeks a top-four blueliner with a right-handed shot. Khan feels Green is destined to be traded after the Capitals signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik a week ago, noting they have eight defensemen under contract for 2014-15. Khan notes the Capitals list of potential trade partners for Green is short, listing the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks as other possible destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals will try to convince the Wings to part with one of their good young forwards, perhaps a center as they still lack depth at that position. It’s also possible the Capitals could move Green in a straightforward salary dump if they add a center in a separate deal via trade or free agency.
CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters wonders if anyone will take a chance on former Arizona Coyotes center Mike Ribeiro, who was bought out of the remaining three years of his contract because of “behavioral issues”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think a team will, but it could take until training camp or even preseason until a club signs him. Ribeiro remains skilled but he’s garnered a reputation over the years as difficult to work with. It’s a safe bet if a club does sign him it’ll be a one-year deal worth far less than the $5.5 million annually he was to earn with the Coyotes.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Despite the Oilers re-signing defenseman Jeff Petry to a one-year, $3 million contract, Jonathan Willis speculates a trade remains a possibility. Willis notes having Petry under contract improves his trade value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is in the market for a center. It’s possible Petry could be used as trade bait to bolster their depth down the middle.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty suggests Lee Stempniak and Peter Mueller as affordable free-agent options for the Boston Bruins, but doesn’t see Dany Heatley as a viable target.
TORONTO STAR: Rosie DiManno cautions Leafs fans to expect a quiet summer for their club. She claims no one is calling about Dion Phaneuf or James Reimer, and dismissed the Martin Brodeur-to-Toronto rumors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless a rival club calls up Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis with a mind-blowing offer, what you see is pretty much what you’ll get heading into training camp in September, Leafs fans.