Latest rumblings: Flames have Smyth edge, for now; Shero on Jagr, Talbot talks

June, 24, 2011
6/24/11
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The Calgary Flames had the lead Friday afternoon in the pursuit of Ryan Smyth, a source told ESPN.com.

That’s far from saying it’s a done deal, however.

The Edmonton Oilers also had talks with the Los Angeles Kings to bring back their former star winger; but, as of Friday afternoon, the rival Flames were looking more like his future home.

Smyth, who asked for a trade, has a no-movement clause and must OK any deal.

More rumblings

• We caught up with Penguins GM Ray Shero on two fronts.

First, Max Talbot is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and it appears he's bound for the market.

"I think he's probably headed to July 1, that's probably the way it's going to go," Shero told ESPN.com on Friday. "We made a three-year offer. I wish the best for him; he was drafted by the Penguins. We'll see what happens. We have our limitations to what we can do."

And, of course, we had to ask Shero about No. 68, Jaromir Jagr.

"I talked to [Jagr's agent] Petr Svoboda a couple of times," said Shero. "I talked to Jagr a few days ago; Mario also talked to him. I touched base again yesterday with Petr. That's really where it is. We haven't made an offer at this point, so we'll see where it goes. It's an intriguing player for sure. He's 39, but I saw him at the World Championships and he's still a good player."

• Kevin Epp, the agent for pending RFA blueliner Josh Gorges, said Friday he had not spoken to Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier in weeks, but hoped to meet with him sometime this weekend at the draft in Minnesota.

• Bill Zito, the agent for UFA-to-be Ville Leino, told ESPN.com Friday he would probably run into Flyers GM Paul Holmgren in Minneapolis. Now that Holmgren has moved major cap space with the Jeff Carter/Mike Richards trades, he not only gave himself room to sign Ilya Bryzgalov on Thursday, but he also has room to get Leino under contract if both sides can find the right number and term.

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