Late Night Rumors – June 26, 2010

Could the Flames swing a deal for Spezza?

Flyers Complete Verbal Deal for Nabokov

Leafs get Kaberle offers

Eric Duhatschek

Cgy could package Robyn Regehr and maybe Daymond Langkow (1 year remaining on his contract) in exchange for Spezza. See what happens.

Flyers Complete Verbal Deal for Nabokov

The Flyers came to this NHL draft looking for a goalie via the trade route.

Their camp took the red eye from Los Angeles back to Philadelphia on Saturday night after the draft without a No. 1 goaltender, but they made slight progress.

According to league sources, the Flyers have a verbal agreement in place with the San Jose Sharks to fork over a seventh-round pick next season if they can sign San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov before July 1, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Don Meehan, the agent who represents Nabokov, told earlier that his client’s no-trade clause is not an issue. San Jose obviously has given the Flyers permission to get a deal done and Meehan is willing to engage the Flyers ahead of July 1.

Late Saturday Meehan said it might not be “feasible” to get a deal done before July 1.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, who would not confirm anything, said there were some things surrounding these negotiations that could take days to complete.

Wilson referred questions to Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren, who declined comment on any specifics.

Wilson on Friday spoke of “nuances” on Friday that could be troublesome. One could be this: Nabokov has played his entire career on the West Coast and may not want to play on the East Coast.

He played 71 games with brutal Western Conference travel last season. Travel among Eastern Conference teams is far less tiresome, which may appeal to him at his tender age of 35.

“Evgeni Nabokov is a good goalie,” Holmgren said.

Asked if he were optimistic something will happen with San Jose, Holmgren paused and replied, “I don’t know.”

He added that Nabokov probably likes the option of waiting until July 1 to go into the UFA market.

Leafs get Kaberle offers

Brian Burke was quite busy at the NHL draft on Friday, even though the Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM doesn’t have a pick until the third round.

He talked with several general managers about the possibility of moving up in the draft and also listened to four offers for defenceman Tomas Kaberle. In the end, Burke decided to stand pat.

“It’s like fishing,” Burke said. “There are times when you’ve got to be patient. Sometimes you’ve got to just keep covering water and waiting. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

Kaberle’s no-trade clause is not in effect for a period over the summer. The veteran blue-liner is attractive trade bait since he has been a steady producer at a reasonable salary.

“Obviously we got offers on Tomas that didn’t meet our standard,” Burke said. “We tried to get into the card game here in the first round, we tried a couple things to get a first-rounder that did not involve Tomas but weren’t successful. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Last summer, the Leafs dealt their first- and second-round picks in this year’s draft and a first-rounder in 2011 to Boston in the Phil Kessel trade. The Bruins used the Leafs’ pick to take Tyler Seguin with the second overall selection.

Barring a deal, the Leafs will make their first pick Saturday at No. 62. And Burke said he’s still got a couple irons in the fire.

“I don’t like watching my scouts sit there,” Burke said. “So if we can pick up a second-rounder somehow at a cost that’s sensible and prudent then we’re going to do it, and if we can’t then we’ll wait.”