Danny Briere hopes to remain with the Flyers, Tuukka Rask’s next contract will depend upon his playoff performance, the possibility of a buyout or trade for Ryan Malone, and one Winnipeg pundit isn’t sure trading Dustin Byfuglien is a good idea.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Sarah Baicker reports Danny Briere acknowledged the possibility he’ll be an amnesty buyout candidate this summer, but hopes it doesn’t happen. Ultimately, he knows it’s a situation beyond his control. Briere also said he hadn’t been approached by management about waiving his no-movement clause in his contract. He also said he never refused to accept a trade, only that his preference was to remain a Flyer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flyers management would prefer to retain Briere, but given the cap squeeze they’re facing as a result of the declining salary cap for next season, they don’t have any choice. It’s either trade Briere or take advantage of a penalty-free buyout opportunity.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports Bruins RFA goalie Tuukka Rask is likely to receive something between Jimmy Howard’s contract (six-years, $31.8 million) and Carey Price’s six-year, $38 million deal. The determining factor will be his performance in this year’s playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rest assure Rask will be re-signed, but it’s not surprising his playoff performance this year will affect how much he’ll get in his new deal.
TAMPA TRIBUNE’s Erik Erlendsson doesn’t expect the Lightning will buy out forward Ryan Malone but wouldn’t rule out his being dealt this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Flyers, the Lightning have little choice. They must either buy out Malone or trade him to free up cap space. It’s possible they could buy out Vincent Lecavalier, but I get the sense GM Steve Yzerman prefers not going that route this summer.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe recently examined the pros and cons of the Jets trading defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. While Wiebe is against such a move, if the Jets were to trade Byfuglien, he feels it should be for “at least” an all-star forward in return. Wiebe also doubts the Jets will buy out Olli Jokinen.