On the Detroit Red Wings …
Aaron Ward: The Red Wings have to make a decision on pending UFA defenseman Brendan Smith. If they are able to get a deal done, could be around three years and in the area of $3.75 million per season.
On the Boston Bruins …
Jimmy Murphy: On the Zdeno Chara trade chatter … they are listening and are not in serious trade talks at this point. Chara has a no-movement clause.
Jimmy Murphy: If the Bruins were to ask Chara about waiving his NMC – and they are not even close to asking him – he likely wouldn’t waive it.
Jimmy Murphy: Hearing that the Toronto Maple Leafs could have some interest in Beleskey. Colorado Avalanche in a bigger deal and Arizona Coyotes could also be interested.
Kevin Paul Dupont: The Bruins are paying pending RFAs and UFAs Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller and Dominic Moore $3.6 million this seaosn. Projecting the four would cost around $9 million to re-sign all of them.
On the Arizona Coyotes and Boston Bruins …
Kevin Paul Dupont: Think that Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata would be a perfect fit for the Bruins. May take a 2nd and 3rd round pick, or a 2nd round pick and a prospect. Vrbata would be a 3rd liner for the Bruins, and could move up if need be.
Craig Custance: (going off Dupont) Would make a lot of sense for the Bruins. As many as 10 teams are in on Vrbata. Too early to name a front runner.