A listing of where each club stands with their compliance buyouts, a list of which free agents the Canucks should pursue or avoid, plus the latest on the Sharks and Oilers. 

Despite his improved play this season, could Brad Richards become a buyout candidate?

Despite his improved play this season, could Brad Richards become a buyout candidate?

SPORTSNET.CA: Luke Fox has a listing of where each NHL teams stands on using their compliance buyouts before the deadline ends on June 30. Among the potential compliance buyout candidates are Buffalo’s Ville Leino, Detroit’s Jordin Tootoo, Florida’s Ed Jovanovski, Los Angeles’ Mike Richards, New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov, NY Rangers’ Brad Richards, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone and Vancouver’s David Booth.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson lists free agents he believes new Canucks GM Jim Benning should consider pursuing and those to avoid. He considers Matt Moulson, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Santorelli, Steve Ott, Brian Boyle, James Reimer (RFA) and Dan Boyle as worth pursuing, while Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik, Paul Stastny, Ryan Callahan, Dany Heatley, Jonas Hiller and Mike Cammalleri on his “don’t pursue” list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d avoid Moulson as he wasn’t very impressive for the Wild in this year’s playoffs, though he was apparently nursing an injury. If they want Reimer they stand a better chance of acquiring him via trade. I concur with those on his “don’t pursue” list, for as Jamieson notes, the big knock against them is the cost. 

NBC SPORTS:  Jason Brough wonders what plans new Canucks GM Jim Benning has in store for Ryan Kesler. He was reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause before the trade deadline for Anaheim, Colorado, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Pittsburgh. The Ducks still seem interested in Kesler, while Brough considers the Avalanche an “interesting trade partner”, while the Blackhawks lack the cap space. It remains to be seen if the Penguins new GM (whoever it may be) has interest in Kesler. Brough speculates the Red Wings and Lightning could be interested.  It’s also possible Benning could retain Kesler.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks will have a projected $11 million in cap space, but also have all their core players under contract next season. Benning can free up cap space by using a compliance buyout on David Booth ($4.25 million). If he gets a terrific offer for Kesler he could consider it, especially if the center indicates he wants out of Vancouver. The Ducks, in my opinion, have the young assets to tempt Benning, but he might be reluctant to deal Kesler to a Conference rival. 

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t likely to be active in this summer’s UFA market. “It doesn’t mean we won’t add people, whether it be trades or potential free agency going forward, but if you asked me right now, I would say probably not”, said Wilson. Kurz writes of speculation Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau could be dealt this summer as Wilson plans to turn over to a younger core of players. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. Sounds like Wilson could be busier via trades than free agency this summer. If he does shop Thornton or Marleau there will be interest in them, though given their ages and new contracts it could prove difficult to work out a deal. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples doesn’t put much stock into speculation of the Oilers offering up their first round pick (third overall) plus Nail Yakupov to the Florida Panthers for the first overall pick.