The latest on Suter, Parise, Luongo, Radulov, Holmstrom and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland is believed eyeing potential UFAs Ryan Suter (Nashville) and Zach Parise (New Jersey) if they aren’t re-signed by their respective clubs, and would be willing to trade for their negotiating rights. He also observed an “intriguing” trade proposal from the web in which “the Washington Capitals trading Mike Green and centre Brooks Laich to the Red Wings for Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and (Jakub) Kindl”…Matheson wouldn’t be surprised if the Maple Leafs deal for Roberto Luongo, as Leafs GM Brian Burke is “all about the big trade”…Potential UFAs like Chris Kelly and Brandon Prust would be good additions for the Oilers…Flyers will be shopping Sergei Bobrovsky, and could look to add a veteran backup.
David Staples believes Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland would be a worthy trade target for the Oilers.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers will target college defenseman Justin Schultz, but if he’s unavailable, could try to trade for Predators RFA Shea Weber, rather that overpay Ryan Suter in the UFA market…Brooks also reports the Rangers, facing the prospect of Marian Gaborik sidelined until mid-December, have contacted the Predators regarding RFA winger Alexander Radulov, who also has an offer from CSKA Moscow.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James speculates if long-time Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom might follow his friend and now-former teammate Nicklas Lidstrom into retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings won’t be the only team bidding for Suter and/or Parise’s rights if it appears they won’t be re-signed by their current teams, as it’s been a growing trend in recent years, rather than wasting time pitching offer sheets… I wouldn’t put any stock into that Red Wings-Capitals trade suggestion…Burke is about making a big trade, but he also hates contracts like Luongo’s. Should be interesting to see which side of Burke’s personality wins…Kelly and Prust are likely to be re-signed by the Bruins and Rangers respectively…Bobrovsky has no future in Philadelphia with Ilya Bryzgalov as the Flyers starter…Bolland would be a good fit with the Oilers, or most teams, but there’s no indication the Blackhawks want to move him…Interesting to see the Rangers might try to acquire Weber, but it remains to be seen if the Predators move him, as they seem committed to retaining he and Suter. Radulov, on the other hand, could be had, provided the Rangers could convince him to come to New York.