An update on Mike Fisher, how quickly the Devils new GM Ray Shero can turn his club around and more Flyers speculation.
Predators GM hopes to re-sign Fisher.
THE TENNESSEAN: Adam Vingan reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile is making re-signing center Mike Fisher a priority. Poile said he’d love to bring back Fisher, who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. Fisher, who joined the Predators in a mid-season trade in 2011, also expressed the hope of re-signing. He missed the first 21 games of this season to offseason Achilles surgery and three playoff games to a groin injury. When healthy, however, Fisher was productive this season. Vingan suggests an extension similar to Fisher’s current two-year, $8.4 million contract sounds plausible.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the mutual willingness of both sides in getting a deal done, as long as Fisher doesn’t demand a significant pay raise, he will likely be re-signed before July 1. He’s also married to country star Carrie Underwood, so there’s family incentive to re-sign with the Predators. I’ll be very surprised if he departs via free agency.
No quick turnaround for the Devils?
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Ray Shero, who replaced Lou Lamoriello as New Jersey Devils general manager, won’t make moves that hurt the club’s long-term future in hopes of bringing about a quick turnaround to their current fortunes. Shero’s first task is finding a new head coach, following by bolstering the Devils’ anemic offense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Shero will consider drawing upon the Devils’ depth in young defensemen to land a young scoring forward. He could also peddle the club’s first-round pick, which is currently sixth overall, for a young scorer.
Latest on the Flyers.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tom Dougherty recently responded to some reader’s questions about the Philadelphia Flyers’ offseason plans. While the Flyers would love to trade away center Vincent Lecavalier to free up cap space, Dougherty suggests that might not happen. He believes GM Ron Hextall will try to find trade suitors for defensemen Luke Schenn and Nicklas Grossmann, but doesn’t see any takers for blueliner Andy MacDonald’s hefty contract. Moving Schenn and/or Grossmann will free up cap space to promote one or two young blueliners like Shayne Gostisbehere, Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hextall doesn’t want to buy out Lecavalier, he’ll either have to pick up half his remaining salary or take back another toxic contract to move him. It’s possible Lecavalier could be dealt to a club which needs to reach the salary cap floor, except that those teams can easily reach it simply by re-signing their key players and making a free-agent addition or two. Schenn or Grossmann have better trade value, though there won’t be many general managers beating down the doors for either guy. I’m not suggesting they can’t be dealt, only that it won’t be easy.