Trade and free agent speculation from the Ottawa Sun, Edmonton Journal, USA Today, and Calgary Sun
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch expects Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash will be dealt following this spring’s playoffs, citing sources claiming the Sharks could be the frontrunners. He suggested the Sharks would be willing to part with Joe Pavelski as part of the return…The reason the deal between the Blue Jackets and Rangers for Nash fell through was Jackets wanted prospect Chris Kreider as part of the return…The Bruins and Blackhawks made offers to Dallas for Sheldon Souray, while the Avalanche and Canucks had interest in Steve Ott, but none of these clubs offered up anything to help the Stars right now…The Flyers were close to trading Sergei Bobrovsky, as Tampa Bay, Toronto and Chicago were looking for goalies…You’d have to expect the Islanders could re-sign P.A. Parenteau, who wants to stay, after failing to move him at the trade deadline….If Predators don’t win the Stanley Cup, expect Ryan Suter to depart via free agency…Sources day three-four teams, including the Maple Leafs, had interest in James van Riemsdyk near the trade deadline…The Ducks were willing to move Teemu Selanne, but left the decision up to him and he decided to stay…The Senators might try to move Sergei Gonchar in the off-season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash will almost certainly be moved this summer, but it remains to be seen if it’ll be to the Sharks…If Rangers fall short in this year’s playoffs, they might revisit negotiations for Nash with the Jackets…I expect Ott will stay put, and it’s possible Souray could be re-signed by the Stars. It’ll depend on his performance down the stretch…If Bryzgalov keeps struggling, Bobrovsky won’t be going anywhere…I still expect the Isles will re-sign Parenteau…If Predators make it to the Cup Final, or even the Western Conference Final, Suter could stay put…It wouldn’t surprise me if the Flyers shopped van Riemsdyk in the off-season…Ducks GM Bob Murray consistently stated he wanted Selanne to retire a Ducks and wouldn’t move him unless Selanne wanted it…Sure, the Senators could try to move Gonchar this summer, but if he keeps playing well down the stretch and into the playoffs (yes, I think the Sens can make it), I doubt they’ll move him, especially as he’ll only have one year left on his contract, and Kuba won’t be re-signed.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders if the Colorado Avalanche re-sign fading winger Milan Hejduk this summer…The Predators weren’t shopping goalie Anders Lindback at the trade deadline, but might consider it this summer as Pekka Rinne is entrenched as their starter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hejduk is clearly coming to the end of his career as he’s no longer the effective scorer he once was. This season could be his last, not only with the Avs, but in the NHL…I daresay there’ll be considerable interest in Lindback from teams seeking goalie depth this summer. Matheson wondered if the Preds might land a second round pick, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a team desperate for depth between the pipes gave up a first rounder for him.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen recently suggested the Blue Jackets could get a return which significantly improves their fortunes by moving Rick Nash this summer.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak recently looked at the best players who could be available in this summer’s UFA market.