Are the Boston Bruins shopping David Krejci? Will Jimmy Vesey sign with them? Will the Anaheim Ducks trade Cam Fowler? Read on for the latest.


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Could the Boston Bruins swap David Krejci for a top-two defenseman?

Could the Boston Bruins swap David Krejci for a top-two defenseman?

 SI.COM: Allan Muir recently said he doesn’t buy into the buzz claiming Boston Bruins center David Krejci could be trade bait. One factor is Krejci’s contract, as he’s entering the second season of a six-year, $43.5 million deal with a full no-movement clause through 2018-19. Another is the pressure upon Bruins management to win now, noting the clubs that could offer immediate help for Boston’s blueline (St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk, Anaheim’s Cam Fowler) don’t seem to be good financial fits. 

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I concur. Krejci could be tempting to clubs with blueline depth in need of a top-line center, but his contract is a major stumbling block. Even if he agrees to waive his movement clause, there aren’t many clubs that can comfortably afford his salary. Unless the Bruins pick up a significant chunk of his $7.25 million annual cap hit, or take on a big contract in return. I doubt he’ll be moved anytime soon. 

 

CSNNE.COM:  Joe Haggerty reports Buffalo Sabres prospect winger Jimmy Vesey claims the Bruins are on his short list of potential free-agent destinations. Vesey is eligible for unrestricted free agency on August 15. “I’ve said it all along that Boston is definitely on my list of teams that I’d like to talk to. It’s a team that I’ve rooted for all my life, and it’s a team that I watched win the Stanley Cup in 2011,” said Vesey. He said he’ll definitely meet with the Bruins in August. Haggerty speculates the Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and perhaps the Pittsburgh Penguins could also be on Vesey’s list. 

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once the arbitration period ends on August 4, we’ll likely see a significant increase in the Vesey speculation leading up to August 15. I doubt the uncertainty over where he’ll sign will stretch beyond that date. He’ll have his mind made up by then. I think it’s between the Bruins and Leafs, but the Sabres have a promising young team and they could be tempting. The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers are also believed very keen to sign him. 

 

 

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ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Steve Fryer recently noted the offseason moves by the Anaheim Ducks, trading away goalie Frederik Andersen, bringing in netminder Jonathan Bernier, signing defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year deal and selecting Max Jones in the opening round of the 2016 NHL draft. He speculates the Ducks probably aren’t done, pointing out they have nine defensemen under contract for 2016-17. He cited the recent trade rumors swirling about defenseman Cam Fowler, suggesting he could be moved for a left wing. 

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of late, Fowler has overtaken the Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk as the most-speculated defenseman in this summer’s trade rumor mill. While the asking price for either guy is expensive, there’s a sense Fowler could be dealt before Shattenkirk. He’s younger (24), signed through 2017-18 at $4 million per (Shattenkirk’s eligible next summer for UFA status), lacks a no-trade clause and the return for him could be more affordable compared to what the Blues seek for Shattenkirk.

 

That doesn’t mean the Ducks will just give Fowler away. As Fryer observes, they need depth at left wing, preferably on their top-two lines. This could drag on into training camp and preseason, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Fowler is swapped for a scoring left wing before the start of 2016-17.