NHL Rumors II: Canadiens, Rangers, Red Wings and Maple Leafs


  • Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Canadiens have P.K. Subban, Lars Eller, Dale Weise and Ryan White as restricted free agents. Do they look to re-sign Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov and Mike Weaver? Do they try to re-sign Thomas Vanek? Wharnsby can see the Canadiens re-signing Gionta and Weaver, but thinks if might be the right time to part ways with Markov. They have young depth on the blueline with Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, Greg Pateryn and Morgan Ellis.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brian Boyle’s play this post-season will mean he’ll be in demand if he hits the open market. The Rangers and Boyle will be faced with the questions: how much would they want to pay him in a fourth line role and would he be fine with playing in a fourth line role or would he rather getting more ice time with another team? The Rangers are also going to have to pay to keep Anton Stralman. Also looking for new deals will be Dominic Moore, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Marc Staal will be entering the last year on his deal.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings management will meet for three days to look at trades and how best to spend their money. They’ll meet from Monday to Wednesday to look at what might be available. They are waiting to hear if Daniel Alfredsson wants to play next season. Kyle Quincey will likely test the open market.

    “I want to hear what our scouts think of our young players, talk about what we need, and formulate a plan,” Holland said.

    “It’s going to be an important three days,” Holland said. “I respect the opinions of our pro scouts, I want to hear how they evaluate our team, and go over the other 29 teams, especially the ones in the east.

    “We’re hoping to be active, we’re planning to be active.”

    They will look at how they can add a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. Options could include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Andrei Markov, Alex Edler, Thomas Vanek and Paul Stastny.

  • Dave McCarthy: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland on TSN radio said he wasn’t close to 100% when he returned to the lineup, but he wanted to get back and help the team. Bolland said he would take less money to remain in Toronto if the fit is good.

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  1. #1 by Jeff at June 1st, 2014

    PK should sign a 1 year deal and go to UFA. And other players should be pushing him to do so. Some team will pay him $9.5-$10 per year and this will raise the bar for new contracts.

  2. #2 by Parminder at June 1st, 2014

    I don’t think he’d leave the Canadiens. Might see him getting 8m but 10m is a bit too high.

  3. #3 by Jeff at June 1st, 2014

    My argument is not what he is worth, but what he will (could) get paid.

    Thats the strange thing about the NHLPA. They dont encourage players to go to UFA, much like the other leagues did. Its a “tide lifts all boats” situation.

    All it takes is one team, and with the cap going up this year and next, and the rare opportunity to acquire a #1 defenceman, there is ZERO doubt in my mind that a team would offer him $10m per next summer.

  4. #4 by ChrisB at June 1st, 2014

    Although there is nothing out there that suggests PK is leaning that way, its not an improbable scenario.

    Whether he can get $10 million would most likely depend on how many of these defensemen make it to UFA too, more specifically the top of this list.

    http://www.capgeek.com/free-agents/?year_id=2015&team_id=-1&position_id=D&fa_type_id=2

    Assuming they all make it……Even though none of them are near the level of PK, eventually the price will get too high for teams, and they’ll drop out and target their next best option.

    Now, if in FA market, there ends up being a very noticeable dropoff between PK and the next best, then yes, I can see $10 million as a possibility, especially if two teams with a bottomless pit of cash(Toronto and Philly for example) get into a bidding war.

  5. #5 by Flinton at June 2nd, 2014

    “My argument is not what he is worth, but what he will (could) get paid.”

    You are worth what you get paid. Full stop.

    Anything is “worth” what someone will pay for it – saying that something is “worth” a fraction of what someone pays for it doesn’t make any sense.

    How an armchair GM is able to assign an amount to a player that is “fair worth” is hilarious.

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