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LeBrun’s Rumblings and TSN’s Insider Trading segment = bomb-droppin’

While I was watching the Griffins game, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun issued some new "rumblings"--as issued on TSN's latest Insider Trading clip, which includes the following news tidbits from LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie:

  • LeBrun says that Kris Letang's agent will speak with Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, and the team will have to make a decision as to whether to re-sign Letang for $7+ million, or to trade him, as he has a year left on his deal;
  • McKenzie states that teams are more than kicking the tires on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, with the Flyers, Islanders and Maple Leafs intrigued by him. It may take Matt Frattin from Toronto or Matt Read from Philly;
  • Dreger says that Bernier, Niklas Backstrom and Ray Emery are all being targeted by the Flyers, and as stated earlier this evening, whether the Flyers are actually buying out Bryzgalov is a murky and mysteriously rumorific situation, to say the least;
  • Dreger also says that Bryzgalov's not a teammate favorite, and given that Mark Streit will sign a 4-year, $21 million deal, the Flyers have to do SOMEthing;
  • LeBrun says that the Flyers have also told Danny Briere that they're going to buy him out, and that obviously changes the UFA market significantly. Briere's settled in Philly and he's divorced, so Paul Holmgren's made a difficult decision there;
  • McKenzie says that the New York Rangers will attempt to extend Henrik Lundqvist sooner than later, with Rangers GM Glen Sather and Lundqvist's agent, Don Meehan, will meet at or around the draft, but Lundqvist may want a Malkin-like $9 million dollar amount, which would bust the Rangers' budget (Pekka Rinne earns $7 million), so the Rangers may try to talk him down;
  • McKenzie says that Brad Richards will wait a year to decide whether to buy him out, with the team hoping that Alain Vigneault can salvage Richards' scoring issues;
  • Dreger says that Pavel Datsyuk re-signing with Detroit indicates that Valtteri Filppula will not re-sign with the Red Wings, and Dreger believes that the 29-year-old Filppula wants as much as $5.5 million for as long as an EIGHT-year contract, or a least a seven-year deal;
  • And LeBrun says that the Wings may target Stephen Weiss as a Filppula replacement;
  • Also: we should expect more from the Insiders as they'll talk after the GM's meetings on Wednesday.

LeBrun's text report also offers news regarding the Rangers and Canucks' "coaching swap" (and these are just snippets of his full article)...

We know Alain Vigneault will be the new Rangers bench boss, the official announcement imminent. But what about John Tortorella?

He has interviewed in Vancouver, and a source told ESPN.com that the Canucks were impressed with Torts. He is among the final four candidates for the Canucks' coach gig vacated by Vigneault. The others are John Stevens, Scott Arniel and Lindy Ruff.

Tuukka Rask's future with Boston...

Give agent Bill Zito a lot of credit. When he signed his client Tuukka Rask to just a one-year deal a year ago, some people criticized him. The gamble, though, was that Rask would excel in his first full season as Boston Bruins starter with Tim Thomas gone -- and boy, oh boy has that been an incredible decision by Zito.

Valtteri Filppula's future with Detroit...

A couple of thoughts on each deal: First in Detroit, where I wonder what the Datsyuk signing means for pending UFA center Valtteri Filppula. In a weak UFA class, Filppula can likely fetch north of $5 million on the open market, and I think that coin is too rich for Detroit. Expect the Wings and Zito, also Filppula’s agent, to meet next week at the draft though.

Daniel Alfredsson...

[Senators GM Bryan] Murray has chatted briefly with captain Daniel Alfredsson, who is an UFA and undecided on whether to keep playing or not. In a perfect world, Murray would get an answer before Alfredsson goes back to Sweden for the summer next week, which would give the Sens the ability to hit trade talks/free agency with the knowledge of whether or not he’s back.

And some other tidbits:

The Carolina Hurricanes offered pending UFA Dan Ellis a new deal, but the veteran backup netminder informed them he was headed to market. …


Contract talks have been ongoing since the end of their season between the Kings and pending UFA blue-liner Rob Scuderi. The expectation is that veteran agent Steve Bartlett will meet in person with Kings GM Dean Lombardi on draft week. With Slava Voynov signing a six-year, $25 million deal Tuesday, Scuderi is now clearly the top priority. …

No surprise at all but the expectation is that pending UFA center Derek Roy is headed to market. …

You'll have to read the rest of LeBrun's article for the full scoop.

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Nathan's avatar

No doubt someone will pay Letang $7 million per if he wants it, but as good of a player as he is, to me the best comp is Nick Kronwall, and his cap number is $4.75 million per. These owners and their management just can’t help themselves.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/19/13 at 08:51 AM ET


True, but Letang is Pitt’s best defenceman and has ‘Norris finalist’ on his resume as he is heading towards a new contract whereas Kronwall was still the #2 guy and most people thought he was still going to be the #2 for at least another year or two.  If Kronwall was coming up ona contract next year he would easily be able to get more than what he’s signed for.

Posted by Garth on 06/19/13 at 09:14 PM ET


McKenzie is usually a very straight forward writer who calls them the way he sees them. In the Brad Richrds case I believe he is wrong about BR not being bought out this summer.
You only try to resurrect a playersscoring touch and contributins if you are going to keep him for the duration of his contract ot eventually trade him somewhere down the line. If they don’t buy him out now they run the very large risk of eating a lot of cap space if he’s injured,

Lets, for the purpose of playing devils advocate they do not buy him out…his cap hit, Nash’s and Lundquists make up a third of the cap.  They have close to 5 players to sign over the next 12 months.  It is absolutely asinine to keep him.
Moreover, I believe the Rangers will be more active in the UFA market, which will include bought out players) then writers think
The whole McKenzie (as we as other similar writer and bloggers)  scenario makes absoulely no sense whatsoever.

Posted by howiehockey on 06/20/13 at 02:39 AM ET

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