Updates on Rick Nash, Dougie Hamilton, Robin Lehner, Jonathan Drouin and more.
Latest collection of rumors from TSN.
TSN.CA: Pierre LeBrun reports Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudrea and Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien are expected to return with their respective clubs next season.
Darren Dreger reports Bruins GM Don Sweeney will have to reach a decision regarding UFA forward Carl Soderberg, and they’ll have to start negotiating rather quickly on RFA defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who could become this summer’s offer sheet poster boy. Hamilton could seek a new deal comparable to that of LA Kings’ blueliner Drew Doughty and St. Louis Blues’ rearguard Alex Pietrangelo.
Bob McKenzie speculates the New York Rangers could explore the possibility of moving Rick Nash, who has three years at $7.8 million per season. His full NTC turns into a modified NTC on July 1. The Rangers have limited cap space and must re-sign Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
LeBrun reports the Senators claim they have firm offers on the table for backup goalie Robin Lehner. The Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks could be among the suitors for Lehner. He also claims the Oilers have interest in Anaheim’s John Gibson and the Rangers’ Cam Talbot
McKenzie claims there are eight teams (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and NY Rangers) have interest in Blue Jackets prospect defensman Mike Reilly, who is eligible for UFA status on
July 1. June 16.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hamilton’s seeking a deal comparable to Doughty or Pietrangelo, that works out to around $6.5 million annually on a long-term extension. If so, forget about the possibility of the Bruins re-signing him to an affordable bridge deal. The Hamilton camp could use the threat of an offer sheet as leverage. Dreger notes it would cost a rival club three first-round draft picks if they were to ink Hamilton to something in the $6- $6.5 -#$7 million range. As he suggests, if you’re a club in need of a promising young stud for your defense corps, why wouldn’t you try?
The New York Post’s Larry Brooks earlier this week floated the notion of a Nash trade. Like McKenzie, Brooks was merely speculating. Both admit they don’t know if the Blueshirts intend to part ways with Nash.
Update on the Senators’ goaltending situation.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray claims seven teams have called him about starting goalie Craig Anderson and backup Robin Lehner, with more of them showing interest in the latter, who could fetch a bigger return. Murray would like to get a top-six forward or top-end defenseman but admits that type of return might not be possible. Garrioch lists the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames as possible destinations for Lehner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I certainly believe the Sabres, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Lehner, though they could also look into the availability of Anaheim’s John Gibson (who I don’t believe the Ducks intend to move) and the New York Rangers’ Cam Talbot. Unless the Blues are parting ways with Brian Elliott, they have no reason to pursue Lehner. The Flames, meanwhile, won’t go after Lehner unless they ship out Jonas Hiller and fail to re-sign Karri Ramo. With promising Joni Ortio knocking on the door, they could go with either a Hiller-Ortio or Ramo-Ortio tandem.
Drouin unhappy in Tampa Bay?
TORONTO SUN (via Ottawa Sun): Steve Simmons reports Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin is apparently unhappy over his lack of postseason playing time, having appeared in only three game during the Lightning’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. Simmons claims a meeting during the Lightning’s second-round series against Montreal between Drouin and coach Jon Cooper didn’t go well, with the latter supposedly telling the youngster it’s still not his time. Simmons also claims there’s speculation GM Steve Yzerman disagrees with Cooper’s assessment of Drouin but is deferring to the coach’s decision. “The animosity between player, coach and management might eventually force an off-season deal of some kind.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to gauge the reaction to Simmons’ report from Drouin, Cooper and Yzerman. Drouin is currently in the first season of his entry-level contract and struggled in his rookie season.