It didn’t take long for a recent trade rumor by Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman involving Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn to raise the ire of Leafs management.
Damien Cox of The Toronto Star reported GM Brian Burke was quick to deny the report, which had Schenn peddled in a package deal to the Edmonton Oilers for the first overall pick in the upcoming draft. Burke claimed he’d never discussed any trade with Edmonton involving the 22-year-old blueliner.
The Leafs aren’t the only team linked to the Oilers and their potential willingness to entertain offers for the first overall pick.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette dismissed a web-generated rumor suggesting the Canadiens would package defenseman P.K. Subban with their first round pick (third overall) for the Oilers pick.
As Hickey points out, the 23-year-old Subban is the Canadiens’ best blueliner and will only get better. As much as the Habs would love to land a potential star forward like Nail Yakupov, they won’t part with their only blueline stud to do so.
FLYERS, CARLE STUCK IN LIMBO
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Carle has frequently been mentioned as an alternative for teams who lose out on the bidding for pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Suter, should he not re-sign with the Nashville Predators.
Carle reportedly wants to remain a Flyer and GM Paul Holmgren would like to re-sign him, but the league’s “tagging” rule prevents the Flyers from doing so before the UFA market opens July 1, because they are up against the cap.
It’s rumoured the two sides are working on a deal that could be finalized later this month and officially announced early next month.
Carle is coming off a four-year contract with an average annual salary of $3.4 million and could get as much as $5 million per year on the open market.
NEW DAVID JONES CONTRACT WILL IMPACT SUMMER MARKET
The Colorado Avalanche raised eyebrows last week by re-signing right winger David Jones to a four-year, $16-million contract extension.
Jones, 27, was eligible for UFA status and while he’s scored 20 or more goals in each of the past two seasons, consistency has been an issue, which is why there was surprise over his new contract.
Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal recently observed Jones’ deal will have an effect on the UFA market, especially for comparable forwards such as P-A Parenteau of the New York Islanders, Jiri Hudler of the Detroit Red Wings and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings.
That’s particularly true for Parenteau (67 points, earned $1.3 million this season) and Hudler (50 points, $3 million), who had better stats than Jones (37 points).
Ansar Khan of MLive.com reported the Red Wings were prepared to make Hudler an offer this week, but it appears he’ll test the free agent market. Given what Jones received from the Avs, it’s understandable why he wants to go that route.
Penner redeemed himself during the Kings’ Stanley Cup run with 11 points in 20 games after a horrific regular season in which he managed only 17 points in 65 games. Still, it seems unlikely his next contract will be worth the same ($4.25 million per season) as his current one, let alone comparable to the Jones’ deal.
Rumor Roundup appears Monday-Friday only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News, Kukla's Korner and The Guardian, Charlottetown.