Updates on the NHL goalie market, plus the latest on the Blackhawks, Islanders, Penguins, Bruins and more.
Garrioch’s latest NHL rumor roundup.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Los Angeles Kings aren’t shopping backup goalie Martin Jones but that doesn’t mean he won’t be dealt. Kings GM Dean Lombardi is listening to offers for a number of players.
The Colorado Avalanche hope to re-sign center Ryan O’Reilly, who’s a year away from UFA status, but teams are calling them to inquire what it would take to acquire him.
The Boston Bruins are believed listening to offers for left wing Milan Lucic but have set a “big” asking price. Lucic is eligible next summer for UFA status and carries a $6 million cap hit for next season.
The Arizona Coyotes first-round pick (third overall) could be in play.
The Ottawa Senators expect to go to arbitration with forwards Mike Hoffman and Alex Chiasson.
Minnesota Wild’s pending UFA goalie Devan Dubnyk can begin speaking with other teams today. The San Jose Sharks could be among those interested in him.
A league executive believes teams like the Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators should “at least study the possibility” of acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not much to say about these, except that if the Sharks, Hurricanes and Predators are “studying” the possibility of landing Kessel, most of it centers on how much salary they can free up to get him, and how much they can convince the Leafs to pick up. Again, Kessel is a valuable asset, but that $8 million annual cap hit is tough to move, especially when there are 20 teams with over $54 million invested in next season’s payroll and a salary cap that only marginally rose over this season’s $69 million ceiling.
Updates on the Blackhawks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Chris Kuc reports a source claiming the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers have the most interest in Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp. “In a potential deal with the Stars, the source said the Hawks are interested in acquiring 25-year-old gritty winger Antoine Roussel, who carries a cap hit of $2 million,” writes Kuc. Another source tells Kuc that Bryan Bickell’s status with the Blackhawks depends upon which other players they can move.
Mark Lazerus reports the Penguins, Stars, Panthers and Washington Capitals are among eight teams with interest in Sharp. He also cites two sources saying the Stars are interested in Antoine Roussel. Bickell and Kris Versteeg are also possible trade candidates for the Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The interest in Roussel could be due to Bickell also getting move, as the Blackhawks will want to replace his grit.
Latest on the goalie trade market.
TSN: Bob McKenzie reports the Vancouver Canucks (probably Eddie Lack) and Ottawa Senators (probably Robin Lehner) are among the teams shopping a backup goaltender, along with the New York Rangers (Cam Talbot) and possibly the LA Kings (Martin Jones). McKenzie also notes Devan Dubnyk’s status could affect the goalie market. The Edmonton Oilers have interest in Talbot and Jones, while the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks are also seeking goaltenders. The asking price could be a draft pick, maybe a second, or a second and a prospect/another pick.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch believes whatever the New York Rangers get for Talbot could set the market value for Senators backup Robin Lehner.
TWINCITIES.COM: Chad Graff reports Minnesota Wild’s pending UFA goalie Devan Dubnyk can speak with other teams starting today, but his camp remains optimistic over getting a deal with the Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While teams are undoubtedly keeping an eye on Dubnyk’s situation, I still believe everything hinges on Talbot. Once he’s dealt, the other goalie deals could happen quickly.
Updates on the Islanders, Penguins and Bruins.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun believes the New York Islanders hope to bolster their blue line and backup goaltending. GM Garth Snow refused to comment on recent rumors claiming right wing Kyle Okposo is available, but LeBrun cites sources saying it’s unclear if Okposo is actively being shopped.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Jim Rutherford isn’t feeling pressured to acquire a top-six winger before the draft. “We will acquire one when there is one we like and we feel fits our team,” Rutherford said. “I don’t see any sense of urgency. If the right deal comes along, we’ll move on it. But we certainly don’t feel we have to do it right now if it’s not the player we really like.” Recent rumors have linked the Penguins to Toronto’s Phil Kessel, St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie and Chicago’s Patrick Sharp.
SI.COM: Allan Muir reports the Boston Bruins recent signing of college goalie Zane McIntyre could give them assets to pursue a significant trade. Muir claims the Bruins are among the teams interested in the Arizona Coyotes first-round pick (third overall). With McIntyre aboard, Muir speculates Bruins goalie prospect Malcolm Subban could become a trade candidate as part of a deal to move up in the draft order.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Snow won’t move Okposo unless he gets a return to address one of his specific needs. The Isles lack a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Okposo might be used to address that, though such a move won’t improve the roster right now…I think the Penguins are playing the waiting game in hopes the asking prices on those top-six wingers believed available comes down…Interesting observation by Muir, which could bear watching in the first round.