With the MSM rumor mill quiet on New Year’s Day, here’s the latest kicking around the NHL blogosphere on Keith Yandle & Mike Richards. Enjoy!
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers have supposedly had conversations with the Arizona Coyotes regarding defenseman Keith Yandle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have over $52 million invested in just 13 players for next season. Yandle has another year left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.25 million. Even if the Leafs moved out a salaried player like, say, Jake Gardiner (as the Coyotes will likely want a decent young defenseman in return) taking on Yandle’s contract puts the squeeze on the Leafs’ cap space. So I don’t see this happening. As for the Oilers, unless they can convince Yandle to re-sign a long-term extension beyond 2016 (as he’s a UFA next summer) it would risky acquiring a blueliner who can walk within a year via free agency.
The Leafs and Calgary Flames are supposedly very interested in Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t see the Leafs pursuing Richards. As I noted above, they have limited cap space for next season and several key players to re-sign or replace. The Flames have plenty of cap space and can afford to take on Richards’ annual cap hit of $5.75 million, but his contract goes to 2020. I doubt Flames president Brian Burke would agree to take on that contract, which also comes with salary-cap recapture penalties if he retires before his contract expires.
The Canadiens could offer up Alexei Emelin and a center to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless that center is Alex Galchenyuk, I doubt the Oilers agree to that.