Updates on Shane Doan, Alexander Semin, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Kane and Milan Lucic, plus other options for teams which failed to land Shea Weber.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, in New York this week attending the NHL-NHLPA labor talks, made his first official visit as a UFA to the New York Rangers. He also reportedly has offers from “Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh – one of them reportedly at four years, $30 million.”
NEWSOBSERVER.COM’s Chip Alexander reported via Twitter Carolina Hurricanes Jim Rutherford considers it “unlikely” he’ll sign Doan, based upon some of the offers he’s getting.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doan also has ties with several members of the Rangers coaching staff, including head coach John Tortorella. Still, one shouldn’t read too much into the visit, as he was already in town for the CBA talks. Doesn’t mean he’s not interested in joining the Rangers, but there are lots of other clubs who’ve made formal offers, and his priority remains re-signing with the Coyotes if their ownership situation is sorted out soon.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan responds to readers’ questions wondering if the Detroit Red Wings might consider signing former Capitals winger Alexander Semin. He claims pursuing Shane Doan is the Wings priority, but that (and Semin’s bad reputation) doesn’t mean they won’t make a pitch for Semin. If they do, however, it’ll be a short-term contract of one or two years.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM’s Chip Alexander reported via Twitter Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he’s ” still looking to add a top-6 forward. Says still interested in one-year deal with Semin”, adding “Rutherford has had several discussions in past week with Semin’s agent.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes have been consistent in their interest in Semin, though they don’t want to offer up more than a one-year deal. Given the opportunity to play with the Staal brothers and Jeff Skinner, on a club with some promising talent on the roster, Semin should seriously consider giving the Hurricanes a shot for a season.
NBCSPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane admitted trade rumors about him have at times troubled him. Still, he’s getting plenty of support from his teammates and head coach Joel Quenneville.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Chris Boden reports Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson, who’ve appeared frequently in Blackhawks trade rumors of late, shrugged off the speculation when interviewed during the team’s recent fan convention, while center Dave Bolland (linked to Vancouver and Roberto Luongo in the rumor mill) laughed off the question.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rumors about Kane seem to come from pundits calling for the Blackhawks to move him. As for Crawford, I believe they want to stick with him, and saw pursuing Martin Brodeur as bringing in a short-term mentor for him. Hjalmarsson was reportedly available but things have gone quiet on that front of late. I don’t believe Bolland is being shopped, to Vancouver or anywhere else, as that would further weaken them at center.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards, reporting on the Florida Panthers stocking up on goalie prospects, noted a potential trade with the Vancouver Canucks regarding Luongo hasn’t gone anywhere, though it still could as training camp doesn’t start until September.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty dismissed trade rumors regarding Bruins winger Milan Lucic, believing they make “zero sense”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An opinion I share.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently looked at possible targets for clubs who failed to land Shea Weber, suggesting Phoenix’s Keith Yandle and Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester as trade options, or Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, Winnipeg’s Tobias Enstrom and the Islanders Mark Streit as UFA options next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would prove costly to pry Yandle away from the Coyotes. The asking price for Bouwmeester could be a top-six forward. Given the trend in recent years of teams re-signing their key UFAs to long-term contracts, Edler, Enstrom and Streit might not be available next summer.