No end in sight for the Rick Nash trade saga, Sharks remain interested in Shane Doan, skepticism over the “Bolland for Luongo” rumor, and an update on Shea Weber.


Nash saga drags on.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline yesterday reported Rick Nash trade talks have grown colder in recent days, as GM Scott Howson insists there’s no deadline or timetable to getting a deal done. That led Portzline to speculation over the potential awkwardness if Nash still hasn’t been moved when training camp opens in September, including the possibility of Nash refusing to report to training camp, though that would be an expensive tactic for him, as he’d be fined for each day he would miss. Portzline also speculated over the potential impact on Nash’s trade value if the salary cap ceiling were to be significantly lowered in the next CBA.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said several times over the past couple of weeks, the Nash situation will likely drag on into September. Howson wants the best deal possible and is willing to wait for it, while those clubs interested in Nash are hoping to wait out Howson in order to get the asking price reduced. Neither side is under any real pressure to get this done at this point in time. Perhaps in two months time, when (if?) training camp opens, the trade talks could pick up. Not in mid-July.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports Shane Doan’s agent claimed Sunday his client remains very intrigued with the San Jose Sharks if things don’t work out with the Phoenix Coyotes. Sharks GM Doug Wilson declined to comment on his rumored interest in Doan.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It should be noted Doan’s agent indicated his client is still hoping to work things out with the Coyotes. This could be another situation which takes weeks to resolve.

CSNCHICAGO.COM: Nina Falcone noted a report out of Vancouver on Sunday claiming the Blackhawks offered up center Dave Bolland for Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Given the Blackhawks need for depth at center, Falcone wrote, “skepticism for this offer could be warranted”, also noted Bolland’s harsh words for the Sedin twins last season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most of the reaction I’ve seen regarding that rumor has been skeptical, for the very reasons noted by Falcone. 

CBC.CA’s Elliotte Friedman reported via Twitter “Deadline was Sunday for NHL players to accept qualifying offers. At least one exception: Shea Weber and NASH agreed to extend until Aug 1.”