Latest on Brent Seabrook and Cody Franson, plus updates on the Senators and Stars.
No Seabrook trade this summer?
TSN 1050 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger is skeptical about suggestions the Chicago Blackhawks could trade defenseman Brent Seabrook in a cost-cutting move this summer. While Dreger acknowledges the Blackhawks face some difficult decisions this summer, he feels Seabrook is invaluable to their defense corps.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks will have to dig deep to re-sign Seabrook, who is eligible next summer for UFA status and could cost over $7 million annually to retain. However, that’s a concern for next summer. The ‘Hawks will look at other options (most likely Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell) as trade bait this year.
Franson interested in Maple Leafs and Canucks.
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox cites recent interviews with pending UFA defensman Cody Franson indicating he’s interested in returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Franson spent almost four seasons with the Leafs until dealt in February to the Nashville Predators. Franson, a BC native, also mused over the possibility of signing with the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Franson might be willing to return to the Leafs, but it remains to be seen if their new management wants him back. The Canucks need to get younger and faster on their blueline, but they’ll have to shed salary if they’re to add a blueliner like Franson.
Busy summer for the Senators?
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators management plans for a busy summer. GM Bryan Murray has been fielding calls from “five or six teams” with interest in his goaltenders. After re-signing Andrew Hammond, it’s assumed the Sens will move Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner. The Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres could be seeking help between the pipes. The Senators will also be in the market for a top-six forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murray could use Anderson or Lehner as bait for a top-six forward.
A list of possible free-agent targets for the Stars.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Washington’s Mike Green and Joel Ward, San Jose’s Antti Niemi, Winnipeg’s Michael Frolik, Chicago’s Johnny Oduya, Calgary’s Karri Ramo and Boston’s Adam McQuaid could be among the Dallas Stars’ free-agent targets this summer.