On Radim Vrbata …
Craig Morgan: Free agent winger Radim Vrbata could still be a possibility for the Coyotes. Vrbata’s camp would like some clarity by July 1st and will be considering offers this week rather than waiting.
Pierre LeBrun: Will be interesting to were 20 goal scorer Radim Vrbata ends up. Hearing that five teams have shown real interest in him.
On the Philadelphia Flyers …
Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers are looking for a stop gap goaltender until Carter Hart, Felix Sandstrom or someone else is ready to be a No. 1 in a couple years.
On the New York Islanders …
Brian Compton: Islanders prospect Keiffer Bellows plans on playing with Portland of the WHL next year and then is aiming for the NHL in 2018-19.
Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet 590 and was talking about the New York Islanders and John Tavares who is eligible to sign a contract extension on Saturday.
“I don’t think he’s going to sign. I don’t think he signs July 1,” predicted Friedman. “I think the Islanders say, ‘We’re going to take our chances.’
“ …They’re going to take it into next year. That’s my guess as to what they’re going to do.
“Normally when a guy that good could be traded, you hear it. I have no sense that they are trading him at this time. I have every sense that they are telling people, ‘We’re going to keep him and eventually we’re going to sign him.’ “