Updates on Milan Lucic and Alexander Radulov plus the latestBruins, Red Wings and Panthers speculation in your NHL rumor mill.
Lucic and Radulov
TSN 1260 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Bob McKenzie doesn’t consider it a flight of fancy to suggest Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic could consider signing with the Edmonton Oilers if he hits the open market on July 1. He cites the “Connor McDavid effect”, the sense the Oilers decade of futility is ending and that Lucic plays the style of game Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli likes as reason that could make them attractive to the power forward. McKenzie also believes joining his hometown team (Vancouver Canucks) could also be enticing for Lucic.
TSN 690 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): McKenzie noted colleague Darren Dreger’s report last Friday claiming KHL winger Alexander Radulov seeks a two-year deal at $7.5 million annually to sign with an NHL club. He doubts any team will give him that much, believing the rumored one-year, $4 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings is a fair one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Oilers are planning to trade Taylor Hall for a top-two defenseman, there’s no reason for them to pursue Lucic. The Canucks could be a better fit, as they’re lacking skilled depth on their top-two forward lines. As for Radulov, he’s not getting a two-year deal and I doubt any club will pay him $7.5 million on even a one-year contract. He either accepts a one-year deal worth around $4 million or stays in the KHL
Bruins could be stymied in trade market .
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty examines possible options for Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney to bolster his blueline for next season. While free agency isn’t the preferred route, New York Rangers defenseman (and Boston native) Keith Yandle and Dallas Stars blueliner Alex Goligoski could be available. Recent trade rumors suggests Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets, Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche and Hampus Lindholm of the Anaheim Ducks might be available. Haggerty cites sources claiming the Avalanche are dangling center Matt Duchene for Trouba, while the Oilers could offer up left wing Taylor Hall or center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a top-pairing defenseman.
“That’s discouraging to the Bruins, who were perhaps hoping that a combination of Ryan Spooner/first-round pick/prospect — or something like a David Krejci trade package — would be enough to land a coveted young, top-pairing defenseman. But hearing names like Duchene and Hall as moveable pieces makes one realize the Bruins may be outgunned when it comes to executing a big deal for Chara’s potential heir apparent.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s also lots of speculation suggesting the Bruins could target St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. I have my doubts over the Jets parting with Trouba, who’s coming off an entry-level contract, though we have seen this sort of thing before, as the Bruins did last summer with Dougie Hamilton. I believe Sami Vatanen, not Lindholm, is the blueliner the Ducks will move this summer. The Avs could shop Barrie if his contract demands become too expensive.
I don’t see the Avs with Matt Duchene for Trouba. That, in my estimation, is a gross overpayment. Giving up a proven young asset like Duchene for one who has promise but has yet to fully establish himself as a top-two defenseman is not a wise move. As for the Oilers, Hall could land the Oilers a top defenseman, but I suspect their preference is to shop Nugent-Hopkins, perhaps by packaging him with the fourth overall pick if it could land that elusive blueliner.
MLIVE.COM: In his latest response to questions from his readers, Ansar Khan believes the Detroit Red Wings must shed Pavel Datsyuk’s $7.5 million salary-cap hit if they indeed to pursue Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos via free agency. They must also decide if it is worthwhile to invest between $9-$10 million per season on just one player. It’s also unknown if Stamkos, should he hit the open market, would consider Detroit among his destinations. While Khan thinks the odds are against the Wings, he suspects they could make a pitch for Stamkos if they can shed Datsyuk’s contract. If, as rumored, they could sign KHL right wing Alexander Radulov this summer, it could take them out of the market for Stamkos.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the clock is ticking on the Wings efforts to re-sign pending UFA forward Darren Helm. St. James claims there is interest on both sides in getting a deal done.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports there is mutual interest between Panthers management and pending UFA defenseman Brian Campbell in working out a new contract, but Campbell must accept a paycut (he earned over $7 million annually on his previous deal) if he hopes to stay with the club. Center Dave Bolland, under contract for three more years at $5.5 million annually, is not expected to play another game for the Panthers. It’s unlikely pending UFA winger Jiri Hudler will be re-signed. The Panthers haven’t had any significant contract discussions yet with backup goalie Al Montoya. They’re open to re-signing winger Teddy Purcell but only at the right price.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was reported in late-April the Panthers could buy out the remainder of Bolland’s contract.