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BOSTON GLOBE: Amalie Benjamin reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli denies a recent rumor claiming he was planning to ship winger Brad Marchand to the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau. “I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli wrote via text.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That rumor was silly and was dismissed by knowledgeable fans and pundits well before Chiarelli was compelled to do so. Hey, speaking of the Sharks…
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz, responding to a reader’s question, doubts the San Jose Sharks would receive a return for Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau (provided either is willing to waive their respective no-movement clauses) which would help the club next season. He expects a return would consist of picks and prospects to rebuild the club going forward.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall admitted he’s had discussions with Vincent Lecavalier’s agent but isn’t sure right now what he’ll do with the 34-year-old center. Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes said his client is not seeking a trade right now. “Hughes told CSNPhilly.com he has not given the Flyers a list of teams, but one league source said the Flyers are aware of what would satisfy Lecavalier and they are looking to move him”, writes Panaccio.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After re-signing Kimmo Timonen yesterday, the Flyers have $4.55 million in cap space. They must re-sign or replace Brayden Schenn, Ray Emery, Jason Akeson, and Tye McGinn. They also reportedly need a top-two defenseman (as re-signing Timonen doesn’t fill that need) and a top-line left winger (unless, as speculated by some Flyers fans, they promote Matt Read into that role), so they’ll have to clear cap space if they intend to look outside the organization for help, which explains why Lecavalier’s name has popped up in the rumor mill. He has four more years at $4.5 million per season left on his contract, which will be hard to move unless the Flyers agree to retain some of his salary and don’t take much back in return. The Flyers are allowed to spend over the cap ceiling by 10 percent during the offseason but must be cap-compliant when next season begins. They will place Chris Pronger on LTIR but cannot do that until after the season begins.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Martin Brodeur intend to meet with his agent to discuss possible destinations for what will probably be his final season. It sounds as though he prefers playing for an American-based contender. “There might be opportunities in Chicago and Pittsburgh as the clear-cut backup. Teams such as San Jose and St. Louis might have similar openings for an experienced goaltender with potential for possibly more playing time should the other goaltender falter”, reports Gulitti.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll have to accept being the No. 2 goalie if he goes to those cities. The Blackhawks have limited cap space and I don’t think they’ll take him on. The Sharks hope to re-sign Alex Stalock and have him compete with Antti Niemi for the starter’s role next season. The Blues re-signed Brian Elliott and will promote Jake Allen, so that rules them out. That could leave the Penguins, though it remains to be seen what plans new GM Jim Rutherford has in store.
NBC SPORTS: Cam Tucker cites a series of tweets from Newsday’s Arthur Staple reporting Dan Boyle’s agent claims his client has no real timetable for opening contract talks with the New York Islanders. Staple claims the Islanders, who recently acquired Boyle’s rights, could shop him within the next 7-10 days if there’s no decision from the Boyle camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like Boyle’s keen to talk contract with the Islanders. I think he prefers to test this summer’s UFA market in hopes of landing with a club of his preference.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley wonders if the Capitals could consider signing Mike Richards if he’s bought out by the LA Kings and if they’re unable to re-sign Mikhail Grabovski.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector believes signings and trades are in the Edmonton Oilers’ immediate future. He speculates Sam Gagner and perhaps David Perron could be shopped. Spectors thinks Oilers GM Craig MacTavish might revisit last summer’s interest in Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn, plus he could pursue UFA blueliners like Ron Hainsey, Matt Niskanen, Matt Greene or Andrej Meszaros.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though the Flyers are pressed for cap space, trading Coburn could further weaken their blueline.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Joe Smith reports Lightning winger Ryan Malone could become a buyout candidate later this month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The buyout window opens 48 hours following the completion of the Stanley Cup Final and runs to June 30. It remains to be seen if Malone’s current legal issues could have an effect upon a possible buyout.