Updates on the Devils, Sabres, Wild and Flyers.
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Mike Sielski reported on speculation over where New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise could end up this summer, listing the NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild as rumored suitors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t dismiss the possibility of Parise joining the Rangers if he and the Devils are unable to come to terms on a new contract. The Blueshirts will have the cap space, and have built toward Cup contention in recent years. Signing him, however, is another matter.
WGR550.COM: Paul Hamilton reports Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier recently updated his team’s off-season status. Regier said no decisions had been made yet on pending UFAs Brad Boyes and Jochen Hecht. He’ll look at the UFA and trade markets to bolster his club, and doubts a new CBA on the horizon will hurt the market. Hamilton said he knows Regier has been trying to trade center Derek Roy for nearly a year, but Regier’s comments seemed to leave the issue open, saying he expects Roy to return for next season “at this point”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regarding Roy, if the Sabres can find a taker for him and get a reasonable return, they’ll trade him. Otherwise, they won’t.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo recently reported Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and forward Guillaume Latendresse will meet soon to discuss his future. Given Latendresse’s recent injury history, Russo doubts the Wild qualify his rights at $2.5 million, meaning they’ll have to negotiate a different contract or he becomes a UFA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Latendresse won’t find many takers if he hits the UFA market as his injury history will dampen interest. The smart move would be to re-sign a one-year deal with the Wild for less than $2.5 million, and hope to parlay a strong, healthy performance next season into a more lucrative, long-term deal.
CSNPHILLY.COM: John Boruk believes the Philadelphia Flyers need a better backup than Sergei Bobrovsky. He recommends shipping Bobrovsky to the minors next season where he can be a full time starter, and bring in a more experienced backup on a short term deal. He lists Tomas Vokoun, Johan Hedberg, Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Chris Mason as free agent targets to fill that role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a bad suggestion by Boruk, though the one problem is they could lose Bobrovsky via waivers if they demote him or attempt to recall him during the season. If they’re committed to Ilya Bryzgalov as their starter, they should try to trade “Bob”, even though (as Boruk suggests) his poor play down the stretch may have hurt his trade value.