Morning Hits: Lucic, Oilers, Ducks, Predators, Avalanche, Flyers and Sharp

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers and Canucks are among the teams monitoring the Milan Lucic situation. Lucic didn’t show up in good shape after more than four months of “living the soft life” during the lockout. Lucic has scored one goal in the last 26 games, six on the season. His 3-year, $18 million deal kicks in next season.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Ducks would call the Oilers this summer to see if Sam Gagner is available to fill their hole in the second line center spot. The Ducks could look into the free agent market: Stephen Weiss, Derek Roy or Mike Ribeiro. The Oilers don’t really want to trade him, but they will be getting offers. He’ll be a restricted free agent after next season, and will be looking for a long-term deal. He’s set to make $3.2 million next season. He’d like to remain with the Oilers, but management knows he’ll be looking for something in the $4.5 million to $5 million range. Would sending Cam Fowler for Gagner be too much?
  • The Fourth Period: Predators coach Barry Trotz said that they have “too many similar players” and some moves need to be made.

    “To build a really nice house you need a foundation, you need a roof, you need a plumber, you need all different elements, so you need a balance,” he said. “Through injuries and what have you, we had too many similar … we have to get bigger, we have to do a lot of things. We’ve got lots of work.”

    The Preds are second last in scoring at 2.27 goals per game. GM Dave Poile will be looking for offensive help this summer.

  • The Fourth Period: Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix is debating big changes that could affect GM Greg Sherman and coach Joe Sacco. Reports are that  Lacroix has attended some games and is weighing options both on and off the ice.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that the acquisition of Steve Mason at the deadline was to add depth and not as a replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov next season.

    “Steve is a guy that we’ve liked. When the opportunity came up to make the trade for him, it was the intention of having good goaltending,” Holmgren said. “I think right now with Ilya and Steve, we’ve got good goaltending moving forward. Any talk of anything other than that I think is out of bounds.”

    When asked about the rumors of a potential amnesty buyout for Bryzgalov, Holmgren responded with a “No.”

  • Chicago Blackhawks: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp missed last night’s game, but coach Joel Quenneville said that he could play on Wednesday.


  1. hotwings

    04/23/2013 at 9:20 am

    I can’t see Boston trading Lucic… he is too young still… Maybe when he reaches 28 you move him.. Boston forward corps so banged up as is.. You definitely could get back a boat load of assets for him though… but i just cant see it happening… Lucic regroups, has better offseason.. Is comeback player next year and dominates w/ 30 goal season <- prediction

  2. hotwings

    04/23/2013 at 9:24 am

    Avs seem so disfunctional.. Cheap owners.. Wise, but frustrated vet goalie, desperately trying to assert some leadership… Ryan O’Reilly situation did them no favors… Same with Stastnys Dad…

    I think they might stay the course, unless they can upgrade the coach or gm. Dont think Reiger would like to spend another 10 years with a small cap team..

    They will definitely have to ship out Stastny or O’Reilly if they select Nathan Mackinnon… But becuase of their depth at C… maybe Drouin goes #2, Mackinnon #3…

    Florida- Seth Jones

  3. Just a fan

    04/23/2013 at 11:14 am

    Nashville should have let Philly take their man last summer and grabbed the Draft picks. Weber is not enough to make that mess better.

  4. hotwings

    04/23/2013 at 12:03 pm

    nash definitely needs scoring help… i think they are gonna be ok.. u still have weber.. still have renne.. got a guy in filip forsberg who was at least talked about as a top 5 pick for a large stretch before he was drafted at … what #12 overall? add to that, they are staring at a top 6 or so pick this year… i think if they can grab a scorer from the free agent market, they are going to bounce back next year.. maybe slide in for the 6-8 playoff spot..

  5. d

    04/23/2013 at 12:05 pm

    @just a fan, definitely agree. that also means nashville would have probably finished closer to last place overall and had a chance at seth jones, instead of the 4th-5th pick theyll get

  6. Ian Chin

    04/23/2013 at 1:52 pm

    No way Anaheim is sending Cam Fowler anywhere, particularly Edmonton. Now Sbisa could be a different story…