The latest on Dan Boyle, Paul Stastny, Matt Niskanen, Brad Richards, Dave Bolland, Martin Brodeur, and more.
NBC SPORTS/TAMPA BAY TIMES/NEW YORK POST: James O’Brien reports at least eight teams are interested in ageing defenseman Dan Boyle, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. Boyle is believed seeking a two-year contract. Joe Smith reports Boyle’s agent said his client would be interested if the Lightning express interest, though they haven’t yet done so. Boyle played for the Bolts from 2002 to 2008. Larry Brooks speculates Boyle would replace Anton Stralman if he departs via free agency, but believes the Blueshirts prefer to offer him a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle could make a good short-term option for clubs seeking experienced depth on their defense.
DENVER POST/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Adrian Dater reports Colorado Avalanche management isn’t upset by Paul Stastny’s willingness to listen to other teams, as he’s still willing to entertain returning with the Avs. However, Dater feels if Stastny gets a massive offer between $6-$7 million annually, it would spell the end of his tenure with the club. Jeremy Rutherford reports the St. Louis Blues have reached out to Stastny’s agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche are gambling a rival club won’t offer up a monster contract to Stastny. Considering the cap is expected to rise by at least $5 million for next season and the lack of depth in this summer’s UFA market, it’s a gamble they could lose.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford reports Brad Richards and Matt Niskanen are among the UFA targets for the “aggressive” NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Isles GM Garth Snow could have quite the sell job on his hands. While the Isles have the cap space to pursue notable UFAs, Snow must convince them the Islanders are a club worth joining. Having John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the roster helps, but the Isles have yet to demonstrate they’re finally poised for their long-awaited breakthrough as a playoff contender.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Red Wings will have face-to-face meetings with Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle. They also officially signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, $1.85 million contract, six days after he agreed to the deal.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher contacted the agents for defensemen Matt Niskanen and Willie Mitchell, goal scorer Thomas Vanek and center Paul Stastny.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley reports at least six teams have contacted Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland. It’s believed his agent seeks a seven-year deal close to $5 million annually, while the Leafs prefer five years at $4.2 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Will anyone be crazy enough to ink Bolland to seven years at $5 million per season? We’ll find out in about a week’s time.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils defenseman Mark Fayne will speak with the Edmonton Oilers. Goalie Martin Brodeur was spotted recently in Toronto speaking with the Maple Leafs owner, but he was there for a golf tournament staged by friend and former Devils teammate David Clarkson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fayne could become one of the steals of this year’s NHL free agency period. As for Brodeur, his presence in Toronto set off speculation about the Leafs signing him as a backup for Jonathan Bernier. Not sure he’d be keen to accept that role if it was offered to him.