Potential Flyers trade candidates, whether the Oilers should trade for Toronto’s Tyler Bozak and speculating on possible Bruins moves in your NHL rumor mill.
Oilers and Bozak.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples notes a recent interview by Sportsnet’s John Shannon with Oilers Now fill-in host Brendan Ulrich. Shannon dismissed the suggested notion of the Edmonton Oilers dealing for Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak if they trade away Ryan Nugent-Hopkins this summer. “What they’re trying to do in Edmonton is change the culture, and the key word in the culture change is ‘winning’ and I’m not sure that anybody that comes out of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is somebody you want,” Shannon said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Oilers will trade Nugent-Hopkins this summer, but they won’t pursue Tyler Bozak as his replacement. There’s no reason to make that move.
Flyers trade and buyout candidates.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio doesn’t expect the Philadelphia Flyers will re-sign UFA defenseman Evgeny Medvedev. It’s expected the Flyers could try to move veteran blueliner Mark Streit ($5.25 million salary-cap hit) to both clear cap space and create room to promote a young rearguard such as Ivan Provorov.
Panaccio also speculates the Flyers could shop disappointing winger Matt Read. Veteran winger R.J. Umberger expects to be bought out.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Streit’s cap hit and age (38) could make him difficult to move, as will his partial no-trade clause. The Flyers could end up picking up part of his cap hit for next season to get a deal done. I’m expecting Umberger to be bought out.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris wonders if Bruins GM Don Sweeney might buy out defenseman Dennis Seidenberg during the buyout period later this month. “If the B’s elected to buy out Dennis Seidenberg, who has a $4 million hit each of the next seasons, they would pay him $1.17 million per year for the next four years according to generalfanager.com — and have salary cap savings of $2.833 million next season and $1.833 million the following year,” writes Harris.
He also wonders if Sweeney, who has two picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, might use the first one (14th overall) as trade bait to bolster the blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The number of years for a Seidenberg buyout could prove unappealing for Sweeney. They could keep the veteran defenseman for another season and consider buying him out next summer. If there’s to be an expansion draft next summer, he could also leave Seidenberg exposed in hopes an expansion club will take the defenseman and his remaining contract off the Bruins’ heads.