Latest on Cam Ward, Paul Stastny, P.A. Parenteau and Ryan Callahan, plus updates on the Blues, Kings, Red Wings and Sharks.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the following via Twitter: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward could waive his NTC under the right circumstances…The Avalanche sent Paul Stastny a multi-year offer a couple of weeks ago. Talks are expected to continue soon. They’re also believed shopping winger P.A. Parenteau, who has two years at $4 million annually left on his contract…Lightning and Ryan Callahan are still talking contract but no one will be surprised if he hits the UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ward won’t waive that clause for just anyone. I suspect it’ll be to go to a conteder…Stastny’s agent recently suggested talks would start up on June 20th. Parenteau lacks a no-trade clause and the Avs could try shopping him to teams which need to reach the salary cap minimum next season…If Callahan still wants six years and $39 million, I doubt the Lightning re-sign him.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon reports the Blues won’t lack for options to bolster their depth at center. Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Philadelphia’s Vincent Lecavalier are reportedly available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Blues will push hard for Spezza and Kesler. Lecavalier is “buyer-beware”, though the Flyers could be willing to pick up part of his salary to move him.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman reports re-signing Marian Gaborik is the Kings’ top priority, though they can’t afford to re-sign him for his current salary of $7.5 million. GM Dean Lombardi must also decide if he’ll buy out Mike Richards, though Dillman notes Lombardi is fiercely loyal to his players and could try to retain everyone if possible.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gaborik might be willing to accept a pay cut (maybe somewhere around $5.5 million annually) to remain with the Kings. It’s possible Lombardi could re-sign all his free agents without having to ditch Richards’ contract, but with six years at $5.75 million annually remaining on his contract, that’s too much for too long if Richards has become a spent force.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Red Wings are trying to trade Jordin Tootoo, who has one year at $2 million left on his contract. Failing that, they’ll used their remaining compliance buyout on him. They’re also still awaiting word on Daniel Alfredsson’s plans for next season.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: David Pollak reports the Sharks could announce new contracts for Alex Stalock and Mike Broown by today. They also intend to re-sign RFA forward James Sheppard. There’s a good chance Martin Havlat could receive a compliance buyout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to G.J. Berg.