Pending UFAs whose playoff performances has improved their value, and updates  on the Sharks and Stars. 

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently listed Dustin Penner, Francis Bouillon, Alexander Semin, Bryce Salvador, Matt Carle and Mike Knuble as pending UFAs who’ve been using the playoffs to improve their value.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of these, Semin and Carle should generate the most interest if they hit the open market this summer.

Could the Sharks trade Niemi?

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Brodie Brazil recently responded to e-mail questions from Sharks fans, saying he believes the club could be involved in at least one “wow!” trade this summer, pointing out that GM Doug Wilson recently said players with no-trade/movement clauses have windows of opportunity to be moved, similar to Dany Heatley’s last summer.  Brazil also dismissed speculation of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash coming to San Jose, saying Nash doesn’t want to go there  touched on the rumored interest in Columbus’ Rick Nash and doubted the Sharks would shop Antti Niemi unless they’ve got a plan to suitably replace him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. Given Wilson’s comment about possibly moving players with trade/movement clauses, I concur with Brazil we could see another “wow” trade from the Sharks, comparable to their shipping out Heatley last summer. Unless Nash has a change of heart, it doesn’t seem like he’ll become a Shark this summer.

Also, I misread Brazil’s comments on Nash, as he was referring to Nash not wishing to be in Columbus any longer. My apologies for the error and any confusion it may have caused, and my thanks to those of you who pointed it out. I do recall a rumor prior to this year’s trade deadline suggesting Nash wouldn’t want to be dealt to a Western Conference team. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika recently addressed a reader’s question regarding the possibility of the Stars signing Brad Boyes or Jiri Hudler, suggesting it would be better if the Stars promoted a player in their system than signing Boyes, and feels the Wings could be the only team capable of getting the best out of Hudler.