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NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks speculates New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri’s new contract (five years, $4.65 million annually) could be seen as a comparable for Chris Kreider’s contract talks with the New York Rangers. Earlier this week, Kreider filed for salary arbitration. If neither side accepts that as a comparable, Brooks speculates they could accept a one-year deal and reassess, or the winger becomes a trade candidate. Brooks believes Kreider’s power, speed and potential could make him highly coveted around the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers could shop Kreider, but I doubt they’ll go to that extreme. I can see them agreeing to a two-year deal worth between $3.5 – $4 million annually and then revisiting talks in a year’s time.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland admits his search for a top-three defenseman could stretch into training camp this fall. He could draw upon his depth in forwards as trade bait. Potential trade targets could include St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk and Anaheim’s Cam Fowler. The asking price for either was “astronomic” before free agency. “So far, the Wings have been unwilling to part with some of the young prospects they have been assembling for several seasons, or NHL regulars like Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wings want Shattenkirk or Fowler, they’ll have to part with a good young prospect and a young forward not named Dylan Larkin. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Holland is monitoring Tyson Barrie’s status with the Colorado Avalanche.
CANDIDATES FOR THE VESEY SWEEPSTAKES
CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters evaluates the teams that could pursue 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey via free agency on August 15. The Buffalo Sabres acquired his rights earlier this year from the Nashville Predators. While Vesey indicates he intends to test the UFA market, the Sabres still hope to re-sign him. The Boston Bruins (his hometown team) and Toronto Maple Leafs (father is a scout with the Leafs, while his brother is a Leafs prospect) are also considered front-runners for his services. The New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils could also get into the bidding.