The NHL 2012 Entry Draft is over, but the trade rumors involving established players continue. Read on for the latest.
KUKLA’S KORNER: A roundup of tweets from TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Among the notables: A Rick Nash trade might not happen until after July 1 as the Blue Jackets asking price remains high…Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle was in play but asking price was expensive, and it appears Coyotes have “pulled him back” for now…The Penguins clearing cap space may be to pursue Ryan Suter, not Zach Parise. Penguins won’t try to deal for their rights before July 1…Maple Leafs and Panthers remain most interested teams in Roberto Luongo, but Canucks aren’t rushing to move him…McKenzie suspects Cory Schneider will sign new deal with Canucks prior to Luongo being dealt…Negotiations between Jets and Ondrej Pavelec will resume now that the draft is over.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reported earlier today a source claimed the Penguins were working to acquire Ryan Suter’s rights from Nashville. The source also believes Penguins GM Ray Shero could convince Suter, who apparently wants to remain in the Western Conference, to join the Penguins. Another source, meanwhile, confirmed the Flyers and Red Wings had interest in Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports it appears Capitals winger Alexander Semin and defenseman Dennis Wideman are headed for the UFA market on July 1.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils management have work to do to re-sign captain Zach Parise, including making a competitive offer (which is expected) and perhaps proving they’ll be financially stable to maintain a good team around him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To summarize: No Nash trade until probably post-July 1, Coyotes were listening to offers for Yandle but not actively shopping him, the Penguins could try to sign Ryan Suter or Zach Parise via free agency, there’s a limited market for Luongo but he’s apparently not close to being dealt, contract talks with Pavelec and the Jets continue, Semin and Wideman are likely headed to free agency, and it remains to be seen what happens with Parise this week.