Updates on Vincent Lecavalier, Kris Letang, Sergei Bobrovsky, Braydon Coburn, Rich Peverley and more.
CALGARY HERALD/MONTREAL GAZETTE: George Johnson believes it would be a step in the wrong direction for the Flames to pursue Vincent Lecavalier (he also doesn’t want the Flames to pursue Daniel Briere, Mike Komisarek or Ilya Brygalov). Pat Hickey doesn’t believe Lecavalier would be a good fit with the Montreal Canadiens, believing the time has passed where the ageing Lecavalier could’ve helped the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with both pundits. The Flames are in the midst of a massive roster rebuild, and adding Lecavalier won’t help them at all. Not that I believe Lecavalier would be interested in joining the Flames, but if he were, Feaster should pass and focus on rebuilding with affordable youth. As for the Canadiens, yes, I know, the idea of Lecavalier in a Habs jersey is a sexy one for many Canadiens fans, but his addition would be similar to when they added Alex Kovalev nearly ten years ago. Like Lecavalier, Kovalev was a talented, popular but ageing veteran, who ultimately did nothing to make the Canadiens a Cup contender.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Rob Rossi reports the math isn’t adding up for the Pittsburgh Penguins to re-sign defenseman Kris Letang, who recently rejected a eight-year deal worth $7 million per season, seeking instead $7.75 million per.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As more than one observer has suggested, this is starting to feel like Jordan Staal’s situation all over again, and we all know how that ended.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Aaron Portzline reported via Twitter the Blue Jackets aren’t considering trading Sergei Bobrovsky’s rights, remaining intent on re-signing the RFA goalie.
STLTODAY.COM/BND.COM: The St. Louis Blues are considering their options regarding their goaltending. The Blues currently have Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen, and could consider moving one of them for depth at another position, or perhaps swap one for an established starter (Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller). The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly expressed interest in Halak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also possible they could move one of those goalies for a defenseman or forward, then make a separate deal to bring in another established starter. Or, they could do nothing at all. Hopefully, we’ll have the answer very soon.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn has been floated recently in the rumor mill, linking him to the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Coburn has a limited no-trade clause in which he specifies which teams he’d accept being dealt to.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wait a minute, wasn’t the Flyers blueline depth supposed to have been among the reasons they missed the playoffs this season? So how does trading Coburn improve it? The addition of Mark Streit on his own doesn’t magically make the Flyers blueline better, nor should it make Coburn expendable, unless they’re bringing in a better d-man as his replacement.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa believes the likely scenario for the Bruins to free up cap space to re-sign their key free agents is to trade forward Rich Peverley ($3.25 million).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Peverley could be dealt as early as this weekend.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has so far been unable to move up in the opening round of this year’s draft. The asking price has been high, as Garrioch reports one team wanted the Senators to part with Kyle Turris and their first round pick to move up in the draft order.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings will explore the option of signing Vincent Lecavalier but won’t get into a bidding war for his services. Panthers center Stephen Weiss, Minnesota’s Matt Cullen and New Jersey’s Patrik Elias are other options. The Wings are also interested in Jarome Iginla, but don’t appear to be interested in Nathan Horton or David Clarkson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the Wings would prefer experienced talent they can sign to shorter-term deals (two or three seasons) rather than younger stars who’d seek five to seven years.
TWINCITIES.COM: Chad Graff reports the Minnesota Wild could consider a buyout for defenseman Tom Gilbert ($4 million) if unable to find a trade partner.