Ryan to Leafs unlikely … Volchenkov and Spezza update … Bruins how to trade Thomas this week

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Despite some wishes from Leaf Nation, it’s unlikely that Bobby Ryan will end up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have made no contact with the Ducks, but have been monitoring the situation. Ryan has been a little worried about the lack of progress on contract talks. He also denied reports that he’s looking for Corey Perry/Ryan Getzlaf money, $5.325 million. “I don’t want to force (management’s) hand and I don’t want them to force mine,” Ryan said. “I want to get it closed out before hand. There hasn’t been anything that’s gone in the right direction. But there’s no hostility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Anton Volchenkov and the Ottawa Senators can’t come to an agreement soon, the Senators may deal his negotiating rights. Volchenkov is looking for $4.5-5 million per season. If they don’t re-sign him, they will look to bring in a more mobile defenseman, possibly Sheldon Souray who they’ve shown a little interest in. The Sens hope to bring back Matt Cullen and Andy Sutton. It’s unlikely the Senators will move up from their 16th draft slot.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Senators are going to trade Jason Spezza, they’ll be hoping to get something done before July 1st, as Spezza is owed $4 million on Canada Day. I’m sure other teams know this and will look to make a deal afterwards. The Senators may find there are limited teams interested in taking on his remaining 5 years and $33 million, and that willing give back a fair return for him. Teams that could be in the market for a center; Panthers, Sharks, Flames, Bruins, Oilers, Kings, and Wild.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Bryan Murray isn’t going to trade Jason Spezza just for the sake of trading him. “He’s a player that we’re counting on being an important part of our hockey team, but like every player, there’s a possibility I get an offer that I can’t refuse,” Murray said Monday.
  • Joe Haggery of CSNNE: One of the Bruins top priorities heading in to this weekends draft is finding a trade partner for Tim Thomas. The San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning are said to have some discussions, and if the Flyers are able to shed some salary, they could enter the mix. Thomas had hip surgery after the playoffs, is owed $15 million over the next 3 years, and has a no-trade clause in 2 of the 3 years.
  • Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post: The Washington Capitals and Tomas Fleischmann don’t appear to be close on a deal for the RFA. The Capitals sent him a qualifying offer, a 5% increase on his 2009-10 salary of $725,000. Fleischmann is looking for a multi-year deal. Fleischmann may be using Tomas Plekanec as a comparable, he made $2.75 million last year, but is looking in the $5 million range on a new deal.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPN: Mike Modano told ESPN radio that if he decides to return to play another season, he hasn’t ruled out signing with someone other than the Dallas Stars if the team has a legitimate shot at the Cup.
  • Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland may look to add an enforcer through trade or free agency. The Wings currently sit at $54.2 million for 18 players, with several RFAs to re-sign, so it would have to be an enforcer/agitator willing to work for cheap. Possible players could be Kryotopher Barch, Derek Boogaard, Cody McCormick, Jody Shelley, and Georges Laraque (after he’s bought out).
  • Kevin Allen via Twitter: Dustin Byfuglien is definitely available. I think the ‘Hawks will capitalize on Byfuglien’s strong playoff performance.


  1. The Meatriarchy

    June 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    That sun headline is disengenuous. There is no new information in the article. Just Bobby Ryan saying he hopes to get a deal done with the Ducks (which is what he is supposed to say).

    How Hornsby can translate this into Ryan to Leafs unlikely is somewhat of a stretch. Especially since Ryan slips up and admits he is “worried” about the progress of the talks. That doesn’t guarantee he will become a Leaf. But it doesn’t mean he is guaranteed to be wearing a Duck uni next year either.

  2. Joey

    June 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

    To all Leaf fans who think they will get Bobby Ryan…. LOL you dont know hockey, there is no way he will be delt to Toronto for Kaberle, I think he will be delt but I think it will be to a team with more cap and less players to move mabie the Avs for a few prospects, and then Toronto can hit the free agency. I think A-train is gone he is done in Ottawa, and being a big Sens fan… good thanks for your help good luck, he wants way tooo much money, I think what Ottawa needs to do this summer is to look around mabie get a deal done with Spezza (but nothing will be done unless the sens are getting a 1st line center back…) so Spezza will more then likely be back, so sign Michalek (from PHX, Milans brother) sign Cullen, forget about Sutton, Michalek can hit block shots and put the puck in the net, and cost less then both Sutton and A-Train, with the extra money so ppl might think im crazy but trade Elliott cause this is how good he is, a backup, sign Nabokov out of San Jose and have him be the #1 while Pascal works on his game, and when Nobokov’s contract will be up Pascal will be ready to be the best, and that will be when you bring up Lyner to start developing…. the Sens could pull it off….. but will they

  3. Mark

    June 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Joey …. Michalek is also looking for a lot money, in the $4 million range. Michalek at $4 million or Volchenkov at say $4.6 million?

    Neither are worth that much in my opinion. Someone will throw Anton $5 million.

    I think the Ducks would be crazy to trade Ryan, especially if he’s looking for $5 million or under

  4. Kristina

    June 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t see why the Hawks would get rid of Byfuglien after what he did in the playoffs. I think there are other people to get rid of other then Byfuglien, such as Nick Boynton, who in my opinion was a total waste of time.

  5. Joey

    June 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Mark, i read on like 3 diffrent sites Michalek wants a raise form 1.5 Mill, and wants to play where hockey matters, i also know he is looking at 2.5-4 Mill, which means he would sign for 3, and he would take 3 a year to play with his brother, which himself and Milan have both said they wanted to do, and i would rather have Michalek then A-Train