Latest on Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Patrick Sharp, Kevin Bieksa, Rick Nash and more. 

Updates on Vermette, Kessel, Oshie and Sharp.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Chicago Blackhawks pending UFA Antoine Vermette could return to the Arizona Coyotes on July 1. The Coyotes have $18 million in cap space.

Little interest in Phil Kessel on the trade market?

Little interest in Phil Kessel on the trade market?

Garrioch wonders if the Calgary Flames were sniffing around Toronto’s Phil Kessel prior to their acquisition on Friday of defenseman Dougie Hamilton from Boston.

The Blues made T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund available during the draft weekend but found no takers.

The Florida Panthers are “kicking the tires” on Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t surprise me if Vermette returned to the Coyotes. He enjoyed living in Arizona…If the Flames were interested in Kessel I daresay that’s no longer the case. They need their cap space to re-sign Hamilton…Interest in Oshie could pick up once the limited free agent market is picked clean…Remains to be seen if Sharp is willing to go to Florida. 

Latest on Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Penguins pursuit of wingers.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the New York Rangers have no intention of trading right wing Rick Nash.

Brooks believes Chicago Blackhawks pending UFA center Brad Richards would be a good fit with the New York Islanders.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp remain the prime target for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brooks doubts they’re seriously pursuing Toronto’s Phil Kessel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brooks might think Richards could be a good fit with the Islanders, but GM Garth Snow could think differently. 

Updates on the Leafs and Kings. 

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons the damage of this past season has hurt the Toronto Maple Leafs efforts to trade Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak. Simmons claims the market for Kessel was thin, while Bozak didn’t attract any interest.

The Los Angeles Kings took some calls on suspended defenseman Slava Voynov but don’t intend to trade him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not just the Leafs horrible season that’s hampering efforts to move Kessel and Bozak. Their respective contracts are difficult to deal in a summer when the salary cap for 2015-16 rose marginally while over 20 teams had cap payrolls in excess of $55 million. 

Latest on the Canucks, Penguins and Ducks.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Vancouver Canucks are still exploring trade options for defenseman Kevin Bieksa. The Canucks nearly had a deal in place to ship Bieksa to San Jose before the draft but it fell through.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are waiting for the asking prices on scoring wingers in the trade market to drop. LeBrun speculates they could kick the tires on Justin Williams via free agency. If they fail to find a suitable UFA option, they could circle back to the trade market.

The Anaheim Ducks aren’t done making move, but they’re not trading goaltender John Gibson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think it’s only a matter of time until Bieksa gets dealt this summer. It’s possible the Canucks and Sharks could revisit their earlier talks…Gibson has a year remaining on his two-way contract. They’ll likely start him in the minors and go with Frederik Andersen and Anton Khudobin as their tandem.