A rumor of a multi-player trade involving the Canadiens and Flyers, several teams have interest in Mikhail Grabovski, plus the latest on the Penguins, Avalanche and Blues.
LA PRESSE: Stephane Laporte recently tweeted a rumor in which the Montreal Canadiens would trade Tomas Plekanec, Travis Moen and Nathan Beaulieu to the Philadelphia Flyers for Braydon Coburn, Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t know if Laporte was passing along what he’d heard or just making a suggestion. Regardless, I’d take this one with not just a grain of salt, but the whole shaker. It’s too lopsided in the Canadiens favor. Besides, the Flyers are deep at center (and yes, that includes moving Vincent Lecavalier to right wing) that I can’t see Plekanec as a fit there, unless GM Paul Holmgren is planning on moving one of his young centers in a separate deal.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the Blues signing of Derek Roy yesterday sets their payroll at $56.4 million, leaving them $8 million to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Jake Allen. “I think we’re going to be able to get everyone under the umbrella,” (GM Doug) Armstrong said, “and if need be, we have very valuable pieces — if we have to move players, that’s not going to be an issue finding a home for them.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No way the Blues get Pietrangelo, Stewart and Allen under contract for $8 million combined. Either one of that trio not named Pietrangelo is traded, or a salaried player on the Blues roster will have to be dealt. David Perron (cap hit of $3.812 million), T.J. Oshie ($4.175 million) and Jaroslav Halak ($3.5 million) have popped up of late in the rumor mill.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports Mikhail Grabovski’s agent claims “several” teams are interested in his client. Grabovski was bought out of his contract by the Maple Leafs last week, making him an unrestricted free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some pundits suggest Grabovski could end up in the KHL, where he could perhaps earn more than in the NHL. Still, given what little quality talent remains in this summer’s NHL UFA market, “Grabo” shouldn’t have difficulty landing with another NHL club.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Dave Molinari reports the Penguins could go over the cap ceiling if RFAs Robert Bortuzzo, Harry Zolnierczyk and Dustin Jeffrey either accept their qualifying offers or negotiate new contracts with the club. Molinari suggests defenseman Matt Niskanen ($2.3 million cap hit) could become a trade candidate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The shallow depth in the UFA market should make it possible for the Penguins to drum up interest in Niskanen. The Penguins don’t have to rush to make a move, as they’ve got until the start of the 2013-14 season to become cap compliant.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the Colorado Avalanche’s defense remains mediocre, suggesting they turn to the trade market to address that problem. Though shopping Paul Stastny would make the most sense, the Avalanche seem determined to retain him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the Avs could have interest in Matt Niskanen? The Penguins wouldn’t want any salary back, so the Avs wouldn’t have to part with a roster player. Just a thought…