Do you think that the Habs should trade his rights?
Whatever is out there, Andrei Markov is not close to sign a deal with the Canadiens. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 7, 2014
One of the big decisions that some teams still have to make is their coaching section. Last weeks firing of Dan Bylsma means that it is likely that he instantly becomes the front runner to coach in Vancouver, Carolina or Florida. Another possibility to coach in Florida is Ron Wilson, who interviewed for the position last week.
Speaking of the Vancouver Canucks, it has been indicated that new GM Jim Benning wants to bring in a scorer via trade or UFA. Some of the names that are set to become available and who fit the billing as a scorer include Vanek and Gaborik. It was speculated several years ago that Gaborik was interested in playing in Vancouver. If the Canucks are able to trade Kesler and a player such as Edler the Canucks could have a brand new second line. Although it has been recently reported that the Canucks want to hang on to Edler, it is well known that the Red Wings are very interested in him and he could fetch a high price in return.
Ansar Khan of mlive.com speculates on this question … Are Red Wings more likely to trade for their needs due to shallow free-agent pool?
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports that Players such as Brad Marchand ($4.5 million cap hit) and/or Johnny Boychuk ($3.66 million cap hit) could be moved.
Dreger "there are some big names in play, no question. Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Marleau & every market is going to try & connect the dots"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) June 9, 2014
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post is reporting that Paul Stastny and the Avs are playing waiting game.
HTR believes that the longer this game drags out the more likely it is that Stastny hits free agency and then walks away for the Avs.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press Sports Writer, writes that Free agent Jarome Iginla would make an excellent addition to the Red Wings.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe writes that the Black Hawks would love to find a taker for Kris Versteeg.
Read the article here
Elliotte Friedman of CBC: writes … 30 Thoughts: Free agency doesn’t offer strong field
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wonders … Is Mike Richards’ time with Kings nearing its end?