Should the Blackhawks trade Patrick Kane? Is it a certainty Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun becomes a free agent? Could the LA Kings pursue Brad Richards? Is this Todd Marchant’s final season? Read on for the latest.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Tim Sassone reports a “small faction of Blackhawks nation” calling for the club to trade Patrick Kane, based on his 1 goal, 5 assist performance against Vancouver. Sassone dismissed the possibility of Kane being dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a ridiculous suggestion by that “small faction”. Kane is one of the ‘Hawks core players and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards recently reports Florida Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos said he has one very general talk with goalie Tomas Vokoun’s people, saying it is premature to assume Vokoun will depart via free agency in July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers will likely wait until June before opening serious talks with Vokoun, who appears willing to consider staying with the Panthers.
ESPN.COM: Dan Arritt recently reported the Kings are expected to make a run at Dallas Stars center Brad Richards if he hits this summer’s UFA market, adding the Kings had interest in Richards at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arritt points out the Kings would have the cap space to sign Richards but wondered if he wants to come west. As Arritt pointed out, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s possible Richards might not be available if sale of the Dallas Stars goes through by the end of May to businessman Tom Gaglardi.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks veteran forward Todd Marchant admitted he’s uncertain as to what his future holds, acknowledging this season could be his last.