The limited supply of available free agent talent could result in higher-than-normal trade activity.
The main name, of course, remains Rick Nash, who the Columbus Blue Jackets have been trying to move since January.
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is no closer to moving the right winger than when the free agent market opened July 1.
Howson expects interest in Nash to increase once unrestricted free agent left winger Zach Parise comes off the free agent market.
The New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly in the hunt for Nash, with the Ottawa Senators having dropped out. The Hurricanes aren’t on Nash’s list of desired destinations, but that apparently hasn’t prevented the team from making a pitch for him.
It’s believed the Flyers are on Nash’s list of preferred trade destinations. As for the Rangers, the New York Post claimed Howson stubbornly insists on one or two of Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider or Derek Stepan as part of the return, a proposal that has been continuously rejected by Rangers GM Glen Sather.
If the asking price for Nash remains high it will force teams to shift their focus toward more affordable options.
WHAT ABOUT BOB?
One of those affordable options is Anaheim Ducks right winger Bobby Ryan, whose outburst at management over his name appearing in trade rumors suggests a move is inevitable.
CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio claimed the Flyers were interested, but unwilling to part with centers Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier, who Ducks GM Bob Murray apparently covets.
Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News says the Buffalo Sabres have interest, but also noted Ryan’s lacking defensive play would not make him a good fit with demanding Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. In the wake of dealing Derek Roy to Dallas, Buffalo also lacks a first line center to play with Ryan.
Ducks GM Bob Murray has issued no comment on Ryan’s outburst since the draft weekend and his silence ensures questions over the 25-year-old’s future in Anaheim will continue.
SELANNE WATCH BEGINS…AGAIN
Speaking of the Ducks, GM Bob Murray contacted right winger Teemu Selanne to discuss the veteran’s future plans.
A report last month out of Finland suggested Selanne was planning to return with the Ducks.
This is the usual summer cycle for Selanne. He says he’ll make his decision after July 1, the Finnish media reports his rumored intentions in June and then he eventually re-signs with the Ducks later in the summer.
DOAN DONE WITH DESERT DOGS?
Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter weren’t the only top free agents taking their time reaching decisions on where they’ll sign.
Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reported Phoenix Coyotes right winger Shane Doan will wait until July 9 to decide if he’ll re-sign or move on, believing he’ll know by then the status of the sale of the Coyotes to the Jamison group.
Doan wants to remain with the Coyotes and management hopes to re-sign him, but he doesn’t want to commit to a team with an uncertain future, especially if it appears they could move to another city within a year.
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.