Check out the latest on Kris Letang, Vincent Lecavalier, Tyler Seguin, Braydon Coburn, David Perron, and more.
OTTAWA SUN (VIA TORONTO SUN): Bruce Garrioch reports Penguins GM Ray Shero claims a couple of teams have called expressing interest in Kris Letang. Garrioch claims the Flyers and Canadiens are interested…There’s talk the Colorado Avalanche will trade the first overall pick for immediate help, but the asking price is high…There’s talk the Anaheim Ducks have asked the Flyers for Braydon Coburn and their first round pick (11th overall) in exchange for winger Bobby Ryan. The Oilers are also believed interested in Coburn…The Minnesota Wild are expected to move Cal Clutterbuck…The Florida Panthers haven’t given up trying to re-sign Stephen Weiss, and are interested in UFA Vincent Lecavalier…The Canucks are listening to offers for Cory Schneider…The Canadiens could try to trade the negotiating rights of Michael Ryder…Expect the Oilers to deal Ales Hemsky and buy out Shawn Horcoff…The Tampa Bay Lightning are rumored to be have interest in Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can understand the Flyers interest in Letang, but the Habs? They already have a superb puck-moving defenseman (and Norris winner) P.K. Subban on their blueline. The only reason it makes sense is if the Canadiens anticipate difficulty in re-signing Subban…OMIGAWD, THE HABS ARE GONNA TRADE SUBBAN! Kidding! Just kidding!! Come down off the ledge, Habs fans! Anyway, the Habs would be better off with a top-two shut-down defenseman, rather than adding Letang…If Ducks GM Bob Murray actually traded Ryan for Coburn and the 11th overall, he should be fired at once and blackballed from the league. That would be a stupid trade. The Oilers interest in Coburn, on the other hand, appears genuine, but it’ll probably cost more than the rumored offer of Magnus Paajarvi to get him…The Wild have limited cap space and cannot afford to re-sign Clutterbuck, who’s a restricted free agent…Unless the Oilers pick up half of Hemsky’s $5 million salary for next season, I doubt they’ll find any takers. Supposedly, the Oilers aren’t planning any buyouts, but that could change depending on what happens today…Can’t say I blame the Lightning for their interest in Seguin, but with an annual cap hit of $5.75 million to 2019, I don’t believe they can afford his salary.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont speculates it could cost the Bruins over $7 million per season to re-sign Tuukka Rask, whose agent will shoot for a long-term deal. It’s also possible Rask becomes an offer sheet target if still unsigned after July 5. He guesses Rask gets a six-year, $46.8 million contract…Dupont considers Vancouver a long shot for Vincent Lecavalier, noting the Canucks recent hiring of John Tortorella…He expects the Leafs re-sign Jonathan Bernier to a two-year/$2.5 million deal akin to that signed by Jhonas Enroth of the Sabres…If Daniel Alfredsson isn’t under contract with the Senators by July 5, the Bruins could “kick the tires”…The Flyers might try to land Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, who has one season left on his contract…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Rask will get seven years at around $7 million per from the Bruins…Lecavalier and Tortorella frequently clashed in Tampa Bay, so I don’t believe Torts’ presence with the Canucks is a selling point for Vinny. The Canucks can’t afford him anyway…Bernier’s agent could seek more than Enroth’s deal by arguing his client is ready to be a starter now, while Enroth will labor for another season in Miller’s shadow, unless of course, the latter is traded. Maybe to the Flyers. Why not, the Flyers management appears to be drowning in flop-sweat now. How else to explain the inexplicable desire to weaken their goaltending to add another forward to their already top-heavy forward lines?…There are three certainties in life: Death. Taxes. Daniel Alfredsson with the Senators. He’s not signing anywhere else…
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wonders if the NY Islanders could retain Rick DiPietro just to use his contract to reach the salary cap minimum. If the Islanders do buy him out, GM Garth Snow would have to sign a quality free agent or two, or perhaps deal for a veteran like Kris Letang or Tyler Seguin…The Rangers would love to acquire Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck but they can’t afford him…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keeping DiPietro just to reach the cap minimum would be a sly move indeed. Still, the Islanders need a good goaltender as Evgeni Nabokov is heading out of town. That should be the focus, not playing footsies with the CBA rules regarding the salary cap. A replacement for Mark Streit is the other priority, but I’d be shocked if they actually went after Letang.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Penguins GM Ray Shero continues his negotiations with defenseman Kris Letang, claiming he hasn’t reach the point yet where he’d have to consider moving the blueliner. It’s believed the Flyers, Canadiens and Sharks have interest in Letang. Talks recently took a step forward during negotiations on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While this bears an eerie resemblance to Jordan Staal’s status last year heading into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, it appears the Penguins won’t move Letang during this year’s draft. That being said, I believe if Letang doesn’t lower his rumored asking price of $7.5 million per season down to at least $7 million per (the Penguins offer), the Pens could be faced with either trading him this summer, or watching him walk away next summer as a UFA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Wings could become the front-runners. They’re in need of a skilled second-line center, they could pay Lecavalier up to $5 million per season if that were the asking price by freeing up cap space via trades and buyouts, they’re among the most-respected franchises in the league, and apparently they were Lecavalier’s favorite team growing up
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have held discussions with the St. Louis Blues regarding forward David Perron and have expressed interest in Boston’s Tyler Seguin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets have three picks (14, 19 and 27) in the first round and may be willing to package one or more with a roster player or prospect for Perron or Seguin. They could be wheeling and dealing today.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports the Carolina Hurricanes need to bolster their defense and their checking lines, including their third-line center position. The possibility of shopping Jeff Skinner is something DeCock believes the Hurricanes should consider only if they get a return which would justify moving him. DeCock noted Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey are available, noted rumors the Maple Leafs are shopping Dion Phaneuf and wondered if they could pry Marc Staal from the Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs claim they’re getting no interest in Phaneuf and I doubt the Rangers wish to part with Staal. Still, the Hurricanes are shopping their first round pick (fifth overall) so they could make a move or two to address one or more of their other needs.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild seek a first round pick and have salary cap issues, so GM Chuck Fletcher could be active at today’s NHL Draft. Forward Cal Clutterbuck could be dealt, plus the Wild have dangled Tom Gilbert and Zenon Konopka, and have received calls about Devin Setoguchi and Kyle Brodziak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild are trying to shed salary, but I believe they want to keep Setoguchi and Brodziak. Clutterbuck seems as good as gone, but it could take a buyout to rid Gilbert’s $4 million salary.