Updates on P.K. Subban, Alex Goligoski, Kevin Shattenkirk and more
Updates on Subban, Goligoski and more.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently reported Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney is on the prowl to upgrade his defense via trade or free agency. The Bruins have the salary-cap space and the depth in draft picks and prospects to bring in a top-four defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Bruins will pursue St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado Avalanche blueliner Tyson Barrie or Anaheim Ducks rearguard Sami Vatanen. New York Rangers blueliner and Boston native Keith Yandle could also be a target.
On the slim chance the Montreal Canadiens were to trade defenseman P.K. Subban, Custance believes the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers would be well-positioned to make competitive bids for him. The Avs could build a deal around center Matt Duchene, while the Oilers could have young stars such as Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, as well as the fourth-overall pick in the upcoming draft, to use as trade bait.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I put no stock in the Subban speculation for reasons I’ve regularly made clear. But if you’ve got time to waste today, feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below on what it could take to pry him out of Montreal.
Multiple teams apparently have interest in Dallas Stars pending UFA defenseman Alex Goligoski. He and the Stars remain active in contract talks, so it’s possible he might not get to free agency by July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Goligoski could be a more affordable UFA option than the Rangers’ Keith Yandle for teams seeking blueline help via free agency.
The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to trade little-used winger Bryan Bickell to clear cap space to re-sign center Andrew Shaw and perhaps add a defenseman like Brian Campbell. Custance speculates it could take adding Teuvo Teravainen to get a deal done, something GM Stan Bowman would be reluctant to do.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be shocked if Bowman parted with Teravainen simply to get Bickell off his books. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up buying out Bickell.
The Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes would be the most likely destinations for Pavel Datsyuk’s contract if the Detroit Red Wings try to trade it. Datsyuk is expected to meet next week with Wings GM Ken Holland and reveal his plans. He’s expected to play next season in the KHL for family reasons.
Latest on Shattenkirk.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the St. Louis Blues, facing a summer of salary cap uncertainty, could be forced to trade defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. The blueliner has one season left on his contract at $4.25 million, but could prove too expensive to re-sign. The Blues must re-sign RFA winger Jaden Schwartz this summer plus they’re interested in re-signing pending UFA captain David Backes. Both could be expensive re-signings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Blues make a move no one expects, it seems most likely Shattenkirk will be dealt this summer. He lacks a no-trade clause, but it’s rumored the Blues will try to accommodate sending him to destinations of his choosing. The rise of young Colton Parayko this year makes it easier for the Blues to ship out Shattenkirk. They won’t be wanting much, if any, salary in return. A promising young player plus a high draft pick or top prospect could be the asking price.
No trades of negotiating rights this summer?
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox indicates how the introduction of a negotiating window for rival clubs to speak with unrestricted free agents has significantly reduced the trading of a pending UFA’s negotiating rights since 2014.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a rumor or speculation, but I felt it was worthwhile to add here. Give the piece a full read, it’s well worth it.