The latest from CBC.CA, projecting the fate of the NHL UFA class of 2013, and picking a trade target for the Dallas Stars.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently reported the following in an expanded version of his final “30 Thoughts” column for 2011-12: The NY Islanders have no intention of trading defenseman Mark Streit, who was recently linked to the Edmonton Oilers in the rumor mill…One of the sticking points in talks between the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers regarding Roberto Luongo could be the former has interest in some of the latter’s promising prospects as part of the return. Friedman feels if nothing can be worked out with the Panthers, the Canucks will ask him for more destinations. No timetable on getting a trade done…Friedman was also prophetic regarding an offer sheet for Shea Weber…He thinks the Coyotes, who need offensive help, might have interest in Boston’s David Krejci, but isn’t sure the Bruins want to part with Krejci. “That’s probably where all the Keith Yandle rumors come from”…Alexander Semin always seems to look “unhappy”, which might be affecting his free agent value…Patrick Kane isn’t going anywhere…Teams are calling about San Jose’s 36-year-old blueliner Dan Boyle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was planning on posting Friedman’s report earlier today, but the Shea Weber offer sheet news pushed it to the back-burner. No surprise the Isles don’t want to move Streit, as he’s their best defenseman (as well as team captain), and would be difficult to replace…While the Panthers are undoubtedly interested in bringing back Luongo, they’ve also got Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen under contract, and Jacob Markstrom in the minors. They aren’t desperate to make a deal…A recent report out of Boston claimed Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t want to move Krejci…Whatever the reason, Semin (justifiably or not) has a bad rep among NHL GMs, and that’s why he’s still unsigned…Of course Kane isn’t being dealt…Teams might have interest in Boyle, but no guarantee they’ll get him. Boyle may be ageing but he’d be tough to replace right now.
SPORTSNET.CA: Luke Fox speculated over the potential fates of the NHL’s Class of 2013 Unrestricted Free Agents, guessing which ones might be re-signed, traded or allowed to walk. It’s an impressive list, including such notables as Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Boston’s Nathan Horton, Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell, Nashville’s Mike Fisher, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul, and Winnipeg’s Tobias Enstrom.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Up until today’s report of the Flyers signing Shea Weber to an offer sheet, there was little to discuss regarding trades and free agency except for Shane Doan wanting to wait for the Coyotes ownership to be sorted out, and a whole lotta reports about a whole lotta nothing about Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin. So no harm in musing over next summer’s UFA class. Somebody should save this list and revisit it in a year to see how well Fox’s guesses pan out.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika , responding to readers questions during a recent live chat, suggested if the Stars want a number one defenseman, a good trade target would be Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, provided he’s available.