The NHL Trade Deadline is over, but the trade and free agent rumors go on.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson toyed with the idea of trading defenseman Dan Boyle prior to the club’s recent winning streak. Garrioch suggests Wilson can revisit trading Boyle, who has one year left at $6.6 million, in the off-season…There’s a belief Ryane Clowe could re-sign with the NY Rangers…The Winnipeg Jets tried unsuccessfully to move young center Alex Burmistrov, who isn’t coach Claude Noel’s cup of tea. Garrioch claims the Sabres passed on shipping Drew Stafford to Winnipeg for Burmistrov…The Coyotes tested the trade waters on defenseman Keith Yandle, but he didn’t move because they set the asking price high. Garrioch believes he could move this summer…Minnesota Wild winger Dany Heatley could be a buyout candidate this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle can provide a list of eight teams he won’t accept being dealt to, but ultimately his future could depend on if the Sharks make the playoffs, and how far they advance…If Clowe keeps his salary demands reasonable (and I have a tough time believing he sought an eight-year deal), the Rangers could re-sign him…I have a hard time believing the Sabres would take on a struggling Drew Stafford, who has two years and $8 million remaining on his contract. Not a smart move for a financially responsible team like the Jets…If the Coyotes do trade Yandle, they’ll want at least a good young scoring forward as part of the return. Can’t blame ’em for setting the asking price high. Teams which won’t pay it at this point in the season (hello there, Philadelphia Flyers) could be more interested this summer…For those interested in Heatley’s buyout calculation, check it out here. If they go the compliance buyout, the same calculation applies, only it won’t count against the Wild’s cap.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl and Mike Harrington reported Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott hope to speak with Sabres GM Darcy Regier regarding his rebuilding plans. Regier has suggested the process could take years, which might not fit well into the future plans of Miller (32), Vanek (30) and Ott (30), who all have one season remaining on their respective contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on this later today in my THN.com column. It’s possible all three could be on the trade block this summer.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report from the Miami Herald that Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss claimed his agent and GM Dale Tallon have resumed contract talks. Weiss is eligible for UFA status this summer, but he claimed contract talks were going well, and he would love to finish his career with the Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting development on Weiss, whom most observers assumed would depart the Panthers via free agency this summer. He’s coming off a six-year, $18.6 million contract worth an average annual salary of $3.1 million, but his actual salary for this season is $4.1 million. He’ll obviously seek a raise (I’m guessing between $5-$6 million per) and will get it either from the Panthers or somebody else this summer in the UFA market.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports the Toronto Maple Leafs listened to offers for defenseman Carl Gunnarson but weren’t impressed with any of them. Gunnarson is a restricted free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gunnarsson won’t cost much to re-sign, but I wonder if he could become trade bait, singly or perhaps in a package deal for a goalie if GM Dave Nonis still feels the need to land a veteran goalie in the off-season.