Updates on Ryan O’Reilly, Patrick Sharp, Dougie Hamilton, Jeff Skinner, Michael Frolik, Joel Ward and Tyler Bozak.
Avs to shop O’Reilly?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet out of Denver or from the Avs regarding O’Reilly. We know GM Joe Sakic wants to re-sign the 24-year-old center, but if they can’t get a deal done, they won’t let this be another Paul Stastny scenario where they lose him to free agency next year for nothing. This will be worth watching leading up to, and including, the draft weekend.
Could the Bruins trade Dougie Hamilton?
TSN 1260 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger reports teams have already talked to the Boston Bruins about a trade of RFA defenseman Dougie Hamilton. He speculates the Edmonton Oilers could be in on that. “I’m confident in saying that if there isn’t a trade and a more amicable way to do it, why wouldn’t Peter Chiarelli throw down the offer sheet on someone like Dougie Hamilton,” said Dreger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This doesn’t mean the Bruins are trading Hamilton, only that teams have called to inquire about his trade status. The Bruins could very well take their chances on an offer sheet for Hamilton and deal with it if and when it happens. I’ll be very surprised if they trade him out of fear he might get an offer sheet.
Latest on Niemi, Skinner and Soderberg.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the latest word on Boston Bruins pending UFA center Carl Soderberg is his camp is seeking $5 million per season. He might not get much but it’s worth trying. Seven or eight teams are believed interested in Soderberg.
Pending UFA goaltender Antti Niemi hasn’t closed the door on a possible return with the San Jose Sharks.
The Carolina Hurricanes have informed the other teams forward Jeff Skinner is available. “He also has four more years left on a contract that pays him $6 million per season and carries a $5.725 million cap hit,” reports LeBrun, who notes Skinner also lacks a no-trade clause for next season and has a concussion history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Soderberg won’t get $5 million per season, but given the lack of quality depth in this summer’s UFA market, I could see him getting as much as $4 million annually on a three-to-four year deal… Sharks GM Doug Wilson also hasn’t ruled out re-signing Niemi. I won’t be surprised if Niemi returns to San Jose…Skinner has considerable skills and is only 23, but those concussion injuries and his salary could dampen his trade value.
Updates on Kevin Bieksa and Tyler Bozak.
TSN’s Farhan Lalji reports via Twitter: “
#Canucks have asked Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-trade clause. Potential list of teams TBD.” He subsequently followed up with: “To clarify, #canucks have spoken to Bieksa about moving on. He’s agreed to waive if the right trade comes. A trade hasn’t been finalized.”
SPORTSNET’s Damien Cox reported the following yesterday on Twitter: “Asking price for Tyler Bozak appears to be a second round pick.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Bieksa could be on the move. The Canucks must shed salary and they want to make room for younger players. He should attract interest from clubs seeking veteran defensive depth. Colorado, Dallas and maybe Buffalo could come calling…As for Bozak, holy salary-dump, Batman! Surely they can get a little more than that.
Latest on Patrick Sharp, Cam Talbot and Kyle Okposo.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Scratch the Dallas Stars from the list of teams reportedly interested in Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp. Mike Heika cites a team source saying Sharp isn’t what they need right now. They’re currently studying the market for a backup goalie and blueline depth, and are in on talks for New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot. Speaking of Talbot…
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports “the Sabres, Oilers, Sharks, Stars and Flames are in the mix for (Cam) Talbot, for whom the Blueshirts have received offers of, according to one informant, “multiple second-rounders and a high second-rounder plus a pretty good prospect.” Brooks claims the Rangers hope to land a first-round pick for Talbot.
Brooks also claims the New York Islanders are accepting trade offers for right wing Kyle Okposo, whom they’re “not enthusiastic” about re-signing to a long-term extension. He’s eligible for UFA status next summer. GM Garth Snow is believed seeking a roster player rather than a draft pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve suggested before the Rangers, who lack a first-round pick, might try to use Talbot as bait to land one. It still might not pan out, but I don’t blame them for trying, especially from teams carrying two first-rounders like Edmonton and Buffalo…No surprise the Stars are out on Sharp. To be honest, I was surprised they were linked to him in the first place…I initially had some doubts about the Isles trading Okposo. Now, not so much. Doesn’t mean he will get moved, but he could prove too enticing for some teams to pass on.
Ward, Green, Frolik heading to free agency.
CSN WASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley reports it’s looking increasingly likely Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and winger Joel Ward are heading to free agency. The 34-year-old Ward is seeking a four-year contract, while the Capitals likely prefer a two-year deal.
NBC SPORTS: Winnipeg Jets winger Michael Frolik has gone to Florida to speak with other clubs, though an opportunity still exists for him to re-sign with the Jets