The latest on Shane Doan, possible trade targets for those who failed to land Rick Nash, options for the Flyers after failing to sign Shea Weber, plus updates on the Red Wings and Stars.
USATODAY.COM: Kevin Allen reports the Nashville Predators are now trying to recruit Phoenix Coyotes UFA winger Shane Doan. Predators coach Barry Trotz praised Doan, calling him the kind of player “we would want on our hockey club”, admitting his team is among those interested in the Coyotes captain.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports the Sabres remain interested in Doan and Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan, but suggests the club has a “recruiting problem”, in that they’re not an attractive destination for players hoping to win the Stanley Cup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an uncomfortable truth about the Sabres. It’s a good hockey town, but not a destination for players who want to play for a Cup contender. They’ll have to build themselves into contention, and show a commitment toward maintaining that status, to become more attractive to top stars. As for the Predators, retaining Shea Weber might help in their efforts to woo Doan, but they could be in the same situation as the Sabres.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz looked at possible options for the San Jose Sharks now that former Blue Jackets right wing Rick Nash has been deal to the NY Rangers. Though Alexander Semin, Shane Doan and Bobby Ryan are available in the UFA/trade markets, Kurz doesn’t expect the Sharks will be in the running for them. Kurz also doubts the Sharks will move 36-year-old defenseman Dan Boyle, who’s been mentioned in trade rumors in recent weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, what you see is what you get for the start of this season, Sharks fans.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Sarah Baicker reports the Flyers remain interested in Shane Doan, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren declined to comment on any interest his team might have in Bobby Ryan. Despite failing to sign Shea Weber, Holmgren claims to be confident in his current defense, especially in his young blueliners.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still wouldn’t rule out any chance of Holmgren attempting another move to bolster his team.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan doubts the Detroit Red Wings will go the offer sheet route to improve their team. He also doubts the Wings will trade forward Valtteri Filppula, seeing him as a key building block.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika believes the additions this summer by the Stars of Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr means veteran Stars Brenden Morrow and Stephane Robidas will be back with the team next season, though he isn’t sure where they fit into the team’s long-term plans.