Greetings all. So, where were we?
where do you think horton goes and what kind of return to the panthers get?
Shariff; Great question. Horton's been a pretty significant disappointment in Florida but he has all the tools to be a 30-goal guy. Leafs are desperate for offense. So, too, the Kings, looking to shore up their top six. The Kings have more to give in terms of talent but the Leafs can also eat more bad contracts so that might be a factor. If you're the Panthers you're not necessarily looking to replace Horton in the line-up but get salary relief to fill the void through another trade or free agency.
Who goes number 1?
Mike; Guessing Hall. That would be Taylor Hall. As opposed to Tyler Seguin. Hope the Oilers don't get that one screwed up.
Fun question: If every team had a blank roster and could draft any current player, who are the first five taken? Crosby and Ovie for sure but who fills out the rest?
Scotty; Crosby, Ovechkin, Doughty, Toews, Backstrom/Malkin (tie)
Hey Scott. Can the Isles package some draft picks and get a Versteeg or a another young soon to be star?
Barry; Lots of eyes will be on Chicago in the coming days as they're going to have off-load more salary. Versteeg's name keeps coming up and the Isles likely wouldn't have to part with too much. The Isles aren't that far away but they can't afford to be giving away top picks/prospects so I suspect the deal would have to be about a package of lower picks if something were to happen. Lots of teams will be looking to cash in on the 'Hawks' cap problems though.
Who's going to sign me, Scott? and for how much?
Paul; Well, I am pretty sure you're going to look outside the Devils' kingdom which will be good for your career. And with Dan Hamhuis now the exclusive property of the Flyers until July 1 that's good for your value, too. Think $4 to $5 million and what about Pittsburgh if the Pens can't re-sign Sergei Gonchar?Or San Jose which will need to shore up the blue line with Rob Blake's departure and may have some money to spend if Nabokov is given the heave-ho.
Scott,Have you heard anything on what the Wild may have planned this offseason? I have played scenarios through my head, but nothing seems to add up because of the cap space. Josh Harding for Jeff Carter? Brent Burns, the #9 pick, and Tyler Couma to Ottawa for Jason Spezza?
Evan; Well after a disappointing first season for Chuck Fletcher and Todd Richards they'll need to push the team forward next year but they don't have really good prospects coming up and they have an expensive under-producer in Martin Havlat. Not sure Jason Spezza helps. They are in a bit of a bind, frankly.
Hey Scott.Just wondering what your thoughts were on the Parent-Hamhuis trade are. Me and my friends think its a steal for a Flyers, you agree?
Mike; Well, provided the Flyers can bring Hamhuis under contract, agreed. He's a terrific young defenseman that is going to make some team a whole lot better. Can they sign him to the term and dollar he'll want and not have to unload someone else from the front end? That's the trick for Holmgren who must also decide on goaltending. Would rather have Hamhuis and cheap goaltending than over-spend for a Nabokov or Turco. But that's just me.
When July 1 roles around, who's coming to the burgh to play with me?
Sidney; I think the Pens will play if conservatively in a thin winger market and take a look at some kids from the AHL and maybe pick up a cheap winger later in the summer (think Alexei Ponikarovsky but one that can skate and score not the one they got at the deadline last year). Then look for the Pens to make a big splash at the deadline.
Think the Stars will take a run at Kaberle?
Travis; They might take a run at Kaberle but would Joe Nieuwendyk give up a top six forward for him? That's what the Leafs will want and I am guessing the Stars won't give up Jamie Benn or James Neal or Loui Eriksson. Nor should they in my mind.
Are the Ducks trying to trade B Ryan or still negotiating the salary?
Zigis; Word is the two sides are far apart. I think the Ducks will do all it takes to keep Ryan before they'll entertain shipping him out. He's too big a talent even if it's still raw talent at this point.
Who are the big free agents in 2011, especially those most likely to be rentals come the trade deadline this upcoming season?
Dwayne; Hard to tell now who might be a rental but Sergei Gonchar will likely be headed out of Pittsburgh, Kovalchuk will land somewhere, Anton Volchenkov will get a lot of money and term but it won't be in Ottawa, Ray Whitney is interesting as he's older but still produces like crazy. No one would pay the price the 'Canes were asking at the deadline but he's likely too expensive for them (and too old). Plus there's a ton of goalies; Turco, Chris Mason, Biron, Ellis, likely Leighton, Hedberg, Nabokov.
Could you see a Joe Thorton and Huskins for Malkin trade happen?
danny; No. Not in a million years.
Why would anyone want to overspend on Kovy?
Steve; Fair question. Why did anyone overpay for Scott Gomez, Mike Commodore, Chris Drury, Brian Campbell, Cristobal Huet etc etc. Because a GM felt the asset was that important. No one will pay Kovalchuk what he turned down in Atlanta. But some team might over-pay because he is one of the game's most durable, prolific scorers.
What are your thoughts on the Rangers and what, if any moves they may make?
Ethan; Some questions today about who will play down the middle with Marian Gaborik. Until the Rangers unload contracts of Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival and even Donald Brashear, they're really hamstrung in bringing in a top-notch center. There isn't an identifiable one in the minors and aren't many on the open market. Tough times for the Rangers until they clear the dead weight of those salaries from their books. That of course means Glen Sather admitting what everone knows, that he's made a hash of this team once again.
Who do you have making the hall of fame this year?
Chris; If I was voting; Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Sergei Makarov.
What do you make of Teemu's comments about the possibility of his return? Do you think he only comes back if Niedermeyer does as well, even though he didn't say that outright?
Floyd; I think it really is 50-50 for the Finnish flash. Ran into a respected Finnish reporter during the final and he thought Selanne was done. But I think if Niedermayer gives it one more go Selanne will return. The Ducks aren't far removed from where they were in '08 if they can stay healthy.
Scott, who's the odd man out on the Sharks, Nabby or Patty?
Steve; I am guessing Nabokov. He's too expensive and the Red Wings and Flyers (to a lesser degree obviously) have shown you can have success in the playoffs without committing a vast amount of resources to goaltending. There is a glut of netminders on the market so Doug Wilson should be able to get an adequate replacement at a fraction of Nabokov's cost.
Do you see Detroit making any signifant moves this summer?
Daniel; Although the Wings have lots of cap space they will move to return their own players first; Lidstrom, Bertuzzi already done and Hudler coming back. So I doubt if you'll see a major addition via free agency.
Any draft picks from last year's draft that you see having a chance to make an impact this coming season?
Travis; I expect there will be more than a handful. But saw enough of PK Subban and John Carlson to figure them for early rookie of the year candidates next year.
What will the Blues do this off season. Will they do anything big?
Joseph; Well, they're waiting to see what happens with Paul Kariya; will he come back, how much will he want? And they did add a pretty darned good goaltender. Doug Armstrong won't be afraid to make a big move if there's one out there. That said, lots of nice moving parts in St. Louis so I am guessing the Blues won't be doing much that disrupts their talented young core.
Do you see the Bruins making a splash in free agency or are they going to use the draft and farm?
Dave; Bruins have lots of assets beyond the number-two pick so GM Peter Chiarelli could make a move to shore up the offense. Still, lots of nice home-grown talent to work with plus the signing of Dennis Seidenberg so he may hold onto those assets with an eye more toward next trade deadline.
The starting goalie for the Flyers for game 1 next year will be (a) one of the goalies who played in the finals, (b) the long-rumored Vokoun, or (c) someone else? If (c), then who?
Tobias; Marty Turco
Scott,You can keep one: Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg or Dustin Byfuglien. Who's your guy?
Josh; I think they can keep two; Sharp Byfuglien. But I keep Sharp first.
With the departure of Blake (top 4 blue liner, even at his age), our biggest weakness just got bigger! We know the cap situation is dicey and the Marleau and Nabokov issues are there, but really defense is what haunted us vs. Chicago. A trade for Bouwmeester, any chance? Thx Scott.
DReganJr; I am doubtful the Flames will deal another piece of their blue line pie after trading Phaneuf and then missing the playoffs. Paul Martin would look nice in a Sharks jersey, I think. But agreed, the blue line will need to be upgraded and I imagine spending there will be a priority for Doug Wilson.
With Miro Satan's late season heroics for Boston, do you see it catching on in the NHL? Mats did it a couple years ago. Players like Blake instead of retiring could join in January, get their feet under them and provide that extra pop for teams at a fraction of the salary cap cost.
TiM; I don't think so. Sundin's return didn't have the desired impact in Vancouver and Satan, while producing nicely, isn't seen as a full-season kind of guy. Just isn't in his character. Teams will always worry about a guy's conditioning (see Scott Niedermayer after waiting out the first part of the 2007-08 season) and his level of dedication.
Would either the Flyers or the Kings consider Jeff Carter for one of their goalies (Quick or Bernier) and Dustin Brown?
Do you think Dipietro will realize he will not overcome his inuuries and retire this year... Also will the Isles bring back Bergenheim??
Isles; Would you if you had 10 more years (or whatever it is left on that 15-year monstrosity) left on your contract? No. Expect more of the DiPietro soap opera on the Island. And would assume the Isles will return Bergenheim.
How hot is the seat I'm sitting on?
Marc; I would say warm with a chance of scalding by October 29.
WHAT DO YOU THINK LEAFS WILL GET FOR KABERLE
Gary; Well, we know what Brian Burke would like. He'd like a top-six forward. But he doesn't necessarily have to get it for Kaberle. He could take picks and prospects and then flip them to Chicago for Versteeg (he'd prefer Sharp of course). Kaberle doesn't really fit in Florida for Horton unless Dale Tallon is going to move Keith Ballard or Bryan McCabe. Could get young parts from San Jose, though, or perhaps Washington. Alexander Semin isn't a real Burkie guy but he can score which is a problem for the Leafs.
Scott, What do you think happens with Tim Thomas this off-season? Any shot a goalie-needy team like the Caps takes him off our hands for just the cap relief?
Matt; Problem is that Thomas has three more years on his deal with a $5 million cap hit annually. Unless the Bruins take some salary back hard to imagine a team like Washington or Philly can't find a cheaper way to fill their goaltending hole especially given Thomas's uneven season.
I know there have been rumors that a KHL team might try to lure Kovalchuk there with some crazy offer, but do you see the KHL as a viable landing spot for Nabokov? He puts up great stats, but he's already 35 and hasn't been a proven winner. Any chance he ends up not in the NHL next year?
Petey; I think most guys with any pride will stay in the NHL as long as they can. Nabokov like Kovalchuk would like to prove they are winners at the highest level. Sure they might make more money at home but home is Russia and there's a reason the best players in the world are in the NHL. Both will be in the NHL this season.
Alex Semin's name has been floating around alot. Do you think he will be dealt?
Zeke; I wouldn't be surprised to see him dealt. He's a rare talent who rarely shows up in the playoffs. Still, he's not outrageously priced if you're looking to get enough offense to get into the playoffs to begin with.
How would Marty Turco fit into the flyers salary cap plans...they would still have to trade someone right?
Steve; Given the market I think you'll find goalies taking a lot less than what they might previously have been making. Turco's made lots of money now he wants to play. Same with Ellis and perhaps Nabokov, too.
There's no way LA would move Bernier and Brown for Carter, no?
What will Montreal do about goalies and wingers for next year?
James; Don't look for any major changes up front given how much the Habs have committed in salary to Gionta, Cammalleri, Gomez et al. And look for a guy like Martin Biron to make himself available as back-up to Carey Price at a very affordable rate. Like free. Or close to free.
Semin for Phanuf. Leafs get more scoring talent Caps get a good yough tough d. WOuld make since right?
Jason; They'd have to unsow all the 'C's off the Phaneuf jerseys in Toronto. Might make sense but won't happen.
What's more likely Ovie gets suspended next year or wins another Hart?
Brendan; Daily double. I say he doesn't win the Hart if he doesn't get suspended at least once.
Okay folks. Many thanks as always for the time. See you next week.