The potential expense for the Jets to re-sign Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba, updates on the Ducks, Predators and Blues plus the latest on Mark Streit in today’s Stamkos-free edition (hooray!) of your NHL rumor mill.
Re-signing Ladd, Byfuglien and Trouba expensive for Jets.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell cites league and player sources claiming Jets free agents Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba are seeking a combined $152 million to re-sign with the club. Ladd seeks a six-year deal worth at least $41 million, Byfuglien $55 million over eight years and Trouba $56 million over eight years. “Ladd’s new cap-hit number would be at least $6.8 million, Byfuglien’s $6.875 million and Trouba’s at least $7 million.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Campbell doubts those would be the final numbers agreed to by the Jets, but still, they’re indicative of how expensive it’ll be to re-sign the trio. Of the three, Trouba has no leverage, as he’s coming off an entry-level contract, lacks arbitration rights and his performance so far this season doesn’t compare favorably to his first two seasons. I expected it could cost over $6 million annually to re-sign Ladd. Byfuglien’s asking price is actually cheaper than the anticipated $7 million-plus he could land on the open market.
If the Jets play hardball, Trouba could get a two- or three-year deal for between $3-$4 million annually. I think they’re keen to re-sign Ladd because of his leadership, experience and the depth he provides at left wing. Given their blueline depth, I won’t be surprised if they part ways with Byfuglien. The Jets could trade Ladd and/or Byfuglien at the trade deadline, but I think they’ll retain both for a playoff push.
Latest on the Ducks, Blue Jackets and Panthers.
SPORTSNET (via Today’s Slapshot): Elliotte Friedman believes Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is shopping around for help.
TSN: (via Today’s Slapshot): Pierre LeBrun noted the blueline depth of the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues, suggesting they could draw upon that depth as trade bait to bolster their offensive production. He also believes the “Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the teams that might want to look to upgrade their blue line.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There could be a fit somewhere among those clubs with defensive depth with those seeking it. The Panthers could be the most likely to swing a deal. GM Dale Tallon recently admitted bolstering his offense is a priority. They narrowly missed the playoffs last season and remain very much in the hunt this season. Given their need to boost their sagging attendance, the Panthers could be active leading up to the trade deadline.
Could the Flyers trade Streit?
COURIER-POST ONLINE: Dave Isaac suggested trading Mark Streit after he returns from injury as one way the Philadelphia Flyers could clear a permanent roster spot for Shayne Gostisbehere. “If they could find a buyer for Streit, they could keep Gostisbehere around and still have the most salary-cap space they’ve had in recent memory without using LTIR allowance.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Streit’s still an effective puck-moving defenseman (when healthy), he’s also 38 and still has a season left on his contract at an annual cap hit of $5.25 million, plus a limited no-trade clause. Unless the Flyers pick up part of that salary (which defeats the purpose of why they’d make this trade in the first place), it could be difficult to move Streit this season.