Get the latest on Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak, Florida Panthers right win Jaromir Jagr & Ottawa Senators winger Chris Neil.
Bozak faces uncertain future.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley reports Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak acknowledged uncertainty over his future and those of his teammates heading into the off-season. Bozak’s been the subject of frequent trade speculation this season and he could become rumor fodder this summer. He sounds like he would prefer returning with the Leafs next season. Bozak is also the closest thing to a first-line center the Leafs have.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs are about to undergo a significant rebuild. If they end up moving Kessel, they could also ship out Bozak as the biggest reason for keeping him will be gone. It will also depend upon what additions they make during the NHL entry-draft weekend and the early weeks of free agency.
Has Neil played his final game with the Senators?
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan speculates long-time Senators winger Chris Neil may have played his final game with the club, barring the Sens clinching a playoff berth. Neil is currently trying to work his way back from a broken thumb. He’s signed through next season but there were clubs with interest in him leading up to this year’s trade deadline. Brennan speculates Sens management could move him for the right price.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators GM Bryan Murray left it up to Neil leading up to the trade deadline, as the winger has a modified no-trade clause. Depending upon the level of interest in Neil this summer, I daresay Sens management will still leave the decision in his hands.
Jagr to remain a Panther?
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox cites a report out of the Czech Republic claiming Jaromir Jagr says there’s a good chance he’ll return with the Florida Panthers next season. Jagr credits the Florida sun for giving him more energy and Panthers GM Dale Tallon has expressed a willingness to re-sign the 43-year-0ld future Hall of Famer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr gelled almost instantly with young forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, who’ve also benefited playing alongside a living legend. I believe he’ll return on a one-year, bonus-laden deal with a $2 million base salary.