Updates on Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Alexander Semin, Matt Carle, Zach Parise and Scott Clemmensen.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper on the effects Ryan Suter’s potential departure would have upon the Predators’ roster, especially upon the contract talks with RFA blueliner Shea Weber, who has some contract options facing him this summer, including re-signing a multi-year deal, or possibly signing an offer sheet.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek on why Suter’s rumored departure from the Predators isn’t the certainty some observers seem to believe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Duhatschek noted, and which I’ve been pointing out for several days now, the Predators are expected to offer him a lengthy contract worth his market value. Money and term aren’t the issue, as their ownership is committed to retaining their best players (hello there, Pekka Rinne), so it could well come down to how comfortable Suter feels playing in Nashville and if he feels his best chance for winning a championship lies in Nashville. If Suter stays, that could certainly have a positive effect upon Weber’s contract talks.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes this season is Alexander Semin’s last with the Washington Capitals, noting his low point production and seeming indifference in this year’s playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Capitals were to re-sign Semin, it would be for considerably less than his current $6.7 million salary. Whether you agree with Simmons’ opinion of Semin’s attitude, it’s an opinion apparently shared around the league. Not that he wouldn’t land with another NHL team, as you should never underestimate the willingness of NHL GMs to over-pay for free agent talent, but he probably won’t get any long-term deals. And of course, there’s always the KHL, which would be more than willing to pony up big bucks to bring him home. Should be an interesting summer for Semin.
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS: Frank Seravalli recently speculated on pending UFA defenseman Matt Carle’s future with the Flyers. GM Paul Holmgren would like to re-sign Carle, who could receive up to $5 million on the open market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Holmgren is willing to pay Carle a raise, he could stay. If not, I believe he’ll test the market, and considering how thin it is in quality talent, he could land a lucrative new deal elsewhere.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Cited a recent interview by ESPN.com’s Craig Custance with agent Wade Arnott, who represents New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise. Arnott hinted the Devils recent playoff run “probably bodes decently” for his client’s potential re-signing with the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they march to the Stanley Cup, that could clinch Parise’s return, unless the ownership’s rumored money troubles makes it impossible to afford him.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov recently speculated over whether the Florida Panthers re-sign pending UFA goalie Scott Clemmensen, or promote Jacob Markstrom next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Panthers GM Dale Tallon pulls a swerve and either trades Markstrom or Jose Theodore, or stuns everyone by bringing back Roberto Luongo,my guess is Clemmensen departs via free agency, clearing the way for Markstrom as Theodore’s backup next season.