Updates on Rick Nash, Alexander Semin, Roberto Luongo, and Jonathan Bernier, plus the latest on the Panthers.
SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille, working off a recent comment by Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson he wants NHL-ready forwards “first and foremost” in a return for Rick Nash, looks at the six teams on Nash’s “wish list” and their “potential trade pieces”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As things stand, there’s apparently nothing new in the Blue Jackets efforts to move Nash, nor any sign those six clubs (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, San Jose and NY Rangers) have made serious offers to Howson.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals GM George McPhee hasn’t discussed the possibility of re-signing Alexander Semin. Gormley claims Semin has received interest from Pittsburgh and Carolina but is apparently holding out for a two-year, $10 million deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll be waiting a while for that kind of deal. While NHL general managers usually have little restraint when it comes to spending on free agent talent, Semin is one of those rare exceptions where a bad reputation – deserved or not – is having an adverse effect upon his market value. If he hopes to play in the NHL this season, he may have little choice to be to sign a one-year deal for under $5 million .
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford claims the Chicago Blackhawks have been “mulling over” the idea of acquiring goalie Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks, and have had talks with the Canucks, including apparently offering them center Dave Bolland as part of the return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anything’s possible, but I’m still doubtful about the Blackhawks supposed interest, let alone the willingness of management to take on Luongo’s big contract.
NATIONAL POST: Tony Gallagher recently suggested LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier has hampered his trade value by going public with his trade request, in part because it “casts aspersions” on his own character, and indicates a lack of patience.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What really hurts Bernier’s trade value is his lack of experience as an NHL starter, combined with the fact there’s not much of a market for goalies this summer. If Bernier had more experience, and there were three or four teams in dire need of a quality starter, no one would be talking about his trade demand being a sign of questionable character and impatience.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers COO Michael Yormark is confident his club will lock up RFAs Dmitry Kulikov and Kris Versteeg (who filed for arbitration) to long term contracts.