Latest on Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrick Sharp, Tyler Bozak, Alexander Semin and more.
Updates on the Bruins and Blackhawks.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty yesterday reported addressing the defense was next on the “to-do” list of Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney. One intriguing name is St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, as Haggerty cites a league source claiming the Blues had recent discussions regarding Shattenkirk with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Have to wonder what effect yesterday’s trade of T.J. Oshie to Washington has on the Shattenkirk rumors. Perhaps the Blues no longer feel they need to entertain offers for the 26-year-old blueliner. Assuming they’re still talking to the Rangers and Flyers, or listening to offers from the Bruins, they’ll have to take back a good chunk of change from one of those cap-strapped club if they’re to take on Shattenkirk’s $4.25 million cap hit over the next two seasons.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports the Blackhawks continue to bide their time waiting for the free-agent frenzy to die down as they work on finding salary-dumping deals. Winger Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell remains the prime trade candidates. “A source said that the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens were among the initial teams with some interest in Sharp,” but the Penguins have since acquired Phil Kessel while the Capitals added T.J. Oshie. The Bruins were believed interested in Bickell, but they recently added big winger Jimmy Hayes from Florida.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also think the Panthers are out of the running after acquiring Reilly Smith from Boston in the Hayes deal. That leaves the Islanders ($9.2 million in cap space) and Canadiens ($7.3 million) remaining in the Sharp sweepstakes.
Latest on the Maple Leafs and Oilers.
In the wake of the Phil Kessel trade, SPORTSNET’s John Shannon stated via Twitter he believes the Toronto Maple Leafs still have plenty of moves to make. He expects center Tyler Bozak could be gone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A recent report in the Toronto Sun claimed the Leafs made Bozak available before the draft for a second-round draft pick but they received no calls. Perhaps interest in Bozak will increase now that the shallow UFA pool is draining of talent. The 29-year-old center tallied 23 goals and 49 points in 82 games last season, but there’s a perception that production was largely due to having Phil Kessel as his wingman.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun wonders if the Edmonton Oilers are in the market for a backup goalie. LeBrun cites sources claiming the Oilers made calls on Michal Neuvirth and Karri Ramo before they were signed by the Flyers and Flames respectively. That could suggest GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t fully sold on Ben Scrivens.
Where next for Alexander Semin?
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough wonders where’s the best fit for recently bought-out winger Alexander Semin. He suggests Semin, 31, could be worthwhile on a cheap, short-term, “prove it” contract with a contender where the winger can regain his enthusiasm. Brough wonders if he could be a fit with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers or New Jersey Devils.