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Garrioch on Sharp, the Penguins, Vanek, Niskanen and Stastny

06/29/2014 at 12:41am EDT

You are probably familiar with the dynamics of the Joe Thornton situation (seems like the theory is, "Take the 'C' away, see if he waives the no-trade," as ESPN's Craig Custance reported), you are probably familiar with the dynamics of the Ryan Kesler trade (he says he's going to where deserves to be, and in Vancouver, it's, "Everybody thought he was a dick"), so:

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch pulled double-time in covering the Sens' picks, Jason Spezza's situation (what's so bad about a guy turning down a trade to a team that's on his no-trade list? Emo GM Bryan Murray will tell you) and positing a Sunday rumor column, and he addresses a situation we haven't necessarily talked about as of yet:

There has been a lot of controversy in Chicago over whether the Hawks have been trying to deal forward Patrick Sharp or not. While it was heavily denied by Sharp’s agent Rick Curran that his client was on the move, Sharp’s name has been popping up all over the place in trade talks. Several teams say he’s available, so it will be interesting to see if he’s still there when push comes to shove after this summer. The Hawks are already over the salary cap and will have to cut money somewhere.

Garrioch also notes that it's a little ironic that the Penguins say they're going to be "aggressive" in free agency given their cap situation...

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford, who traded James Neal to the Predators Friday, has his work cut out for him this summer. He has nine players to sign and only $13 million in cap space to work with. The fact the cap will be at $69 million will hurt a lot of teams and Pittsburgh is one of those clubs that will have to do some math.

And amongst the balance of his rumors...

The Minnesota Wild may be aggressive in the free agent market. It has already held talks with Montreal winger Thomas Vanek and are among eight teams that are considered serious. Reports indicate the Wild has also spoke with representatives for defenceman Matt Niskanen ... There is talk in Boston that former Senators centre Chris Kelly could be moved.

(The Bruins have all of $1.6 million in Capgeek-estimated space, and they have to re-sign restricted free agents Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith, Jordan Caron and Justin Florek, and they want to re-sign Iginla)

Hard to figure out where Paul Statsny will land but the Colorado centre has got a lot of interest with upwards of 15 teams making calls. The Avalanche wants to keep him at a reasonable price but you can expect the Blues, Predators, Leafs and Wings to make a hard push.

Garrioch continues, of course...

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