The latest on Alex Ovechkin and Matt Dumba, plus five UFAs who could help the Bruins, in today’s NHL rumor mill.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Chuck Gormley wonders if Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will follow the same path as Pavel Datsyuk when his contract expires in five years time. Datsyuk recently left the Detroit Red Wings to ink a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. He notes Ovechkin making statements in the past that he would like to one day return to play in Russia. “So for those wondering, the Capitals’ window to win a Stanley Cup with Ovechkin is now at five years and counting … backward.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, it’s not an immediate concern for the Capitals. Datsyuk departed with one year remaining on his contract due to family reasons. Ovechkin will likely complete his current NHL contract, by which point he’ll be turning 36. Should he win a Stanley Cup in the next five years, he could consider finishing up his playing days in Russia.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty lists defensemen Kris Russell, James Wisniewski, Justin Schultz and Luke Schenn, along with winger Jiri Hudler, as five remaining unrestricted free agents who could help the Boston Bruins if their asking prices come down. He notes the Bruins have around $8 million in salary-cap space and still need a veteran top-four defenseman and additional scoring punch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering those players still remain available, Bruins GM Don Sweeney can afford to be patient. He could sign one of those blueliners to an affordable one-year deal later this summer. He could also invite one to training camp on a tryout basis.
SIRIUS XM NHL (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Addressing the trade speculation swirling about defenseman Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher last Thursday claimed contract talks are going well with the restricted free agent. Calling Dumba a big part of the Wild’s future, Fletcher believes a new deal can be worked out in the next few weeks.