Latest on the Blues, Avalanche and Canadiens, plus speculation about Martin St. Louis, Stephen Weiss and more.
Collection of rumors from the Edmonton Journal.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson speculates the cap-strapped Minnesota Wild could shop defenseman Jared Spurgeon, suggesting the Edmonton native would be a good fit with the Oilers as a number-three blueliner.
Oilers general manager (and former Boston Bruins GM) Peter Chiarelli may take a run at Bruins UFA rearguard Adam McQuaid.
Despite talk of the Detroit Red Wings trading goalie Jimmy Howard, that’s not expected to happen as they don’t have any cap issues this summer.
Matheson expects the Chicago Blackhawks should get a second-round pick for winger Bryan Bickell, who’s likely to be a salary-cap casualty this summer. The Arizona Coyotes and New Jersey Devils could have interest in Bickell.
The San Jose Sharks seems like a possible destination for Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner, though Matheson wonders if there’s any lingering bad feelings between the two clubs when the Sharks got interested in Dany Heatley several years ago after the Sens paid him a $4 million bonus.
Matheson wonders if Martin St Louis will agree to a one-year, $1 million contract with the New York Rangers next season. He also doubts the Philadelphia Flyers will find any takers for fading forwards Vincent Lecavalier and R.J. Umberger. He also wonders if the Red Wings might buy out Stephen Weiss if unable to move him in a trade next month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the Wild could move Spurgeon to free up some cap space, but it remains to be seen if the Oilers will pursue him. There’s also no guarantee Chiarelli will pursue any former Bruins via free agency. If Petr Mrazek outperforms Howard next season, then he’ll likely be shopped next summer. A second-rounder for Bickell seems about right in today’s trade market. I doubt the Senators will balk at moving Lehner to the Sharks because of any real or imagined ill will about the circumstances leading to Heatley’s trade, which happened nearly six years ago. St. Louis will likely prefer a bonus-laden one-year deal with a base salary of $2.5 million. I’ll be very surprised if the Flyers find a taker for Lecavalier or Umberger. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wings buy out Weiss if they fail to find a trade partner.
Big move coming this summer for the Blues?
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon believes there will be considerable interest in Blues winger T.J. Oshie if he hits the trade block this summer. There could also be some interest in Patrik Berglund. Gordon adds we shouldn’t be surprised if a bigger move takes place this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oshie and Berglund could be the biggest moves. Oshie lack a no-trade clause and in my opinion is the most likely to be dealt.
Radulov to the Avalanche?
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites a report from a Russian new outlet citing the Russian agent for former Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov claims his client has been contacted by the Colorado Avalanche. Radulov played his junior hockey under Patrick Roy with the Quebec Remparts. The report claims Radulov spoke with Roy about joining the Avs in 2016-17, when his KHL contract expires.
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports Avs vice president Jean Martineau dismissed the Radulov talk as “only speculation.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not blaming Halford for passing along what was reported from a Russian news outlet, but one must take reports from that country about KHL players jumping to the NHL or vice versa with a huge grain of salt. Reliable sources for Russian hockey news are Dmitry Chesnokov and Slava Malamud.
Canadiens shopping Fucale?
SPORTSNET: Gare Joyce reports the stock of Montreal Canadiens prospect and Quebec Remparts goalie Zach Fucale took a significant hit following his recent poor performance with the Remparts at the Memorial Cup. Joyce claims this could hurt the Canadiens efforts to trade Fucale, as they’ve reportedly be trying to move the netminder stretching back to the trade deadline.