NHL Rumors: Latest on Jaromir Jagr and More Players Potentially On the Move
Most of the free-agency dust has settled, but there are still some players who could start their season with new teams. The NHL rumors cycle is still alive and well.
Which players are on potentially on the move?
Read on to find out.
According to NHL.com, the Montreal Canadiens are potentially interested in adding Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr's agent, Petr Svboda, told NHL.com that there are up to three teams interested in the 41-year-old's services: "He definitely still wants to play, and there is some interest in him. I think it's going to take some time, but you never know for sure because there are three teams that are very interested."
The Boston Bruins acquired Jagr for the stretch run at the trading deadline, but he wasn't quite the producer they expected. He scored nine points in 11 regular-season games with Boston but did not score a goal in 22 playoff games.
He was, however, active on the ice, with 10 assists and 58 shots. Jagr can still be effective, but it's clear his best days are behind him.
Montreal had the fifth-ranked power play last season, and if it added Jagr, along with the already signed Danny Briere, it would only improve.
The Canadiens took a big leap last season, despite their first-round playoff exit. They are returning largely the same roster that finished second in the Eastern Conference in the regular season.
The addition of veterans in Briere, and now potentially Jagr, could really help Montreal take the next step.
Michael Del Zotto
According to Sean Hartnett of CBS Sports, New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto could be on the trading block.
Del Zotto would be traded mostly for cap reasons. As Hartnett explains:
Since Sather decided to delay his decision buy out Brad Richards until another summer, the Rangers are saddled with his $6.67 million cap hit in 2013-14.
Whether or not Richards can rediscover his renowned playmaking abilities is a story for another day. Right now, Sather must exercise some cap relief if he wishes to improve his roster. That $6.67 number isn’t being erased through the Rangers’ final compliance buy out, so another player will have to pack his bags.
Trading Del Zotto would make the most sense. Since the offseason began, the Rangers have acquired three defensemen—Justin Falk from the Minnesota Wild, Danny Syvret from the Philadelphia Flyers and Aaron Johnson via free agency.
As a young player with offensive upside, Del Zotto should net a decent return. He scored three goals and had 18 assists last season, although he is a bit of a work in progress in his own zone. But he makes $2.55 million, according to CapGeek, a cap hit that is not quite commensurate with his level of play.
That money could be better spent on upgrading the forward core and adding more scoring.
Alex Edler continues to be on the block. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that, while nothing is imminent, three teams are zeroing in on Edler:
Montreal, Detroit and Anaheim inquired on Alex Edler. Wings made an offer. Habs may circle back. But nothing close at this point— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2013
Edler is still a good defenseman. Last season, he scored eight goals and had 14 assists. But he was minus-five, and his $5 million cap hit through 2019, via CapGeek, may be too expensive for a team that has to pay Roberto Luongo for eight more years, Jason Garrison for five more years, Alex Burrows for four more years and Ryan Kesler for three more years. The option of trading Edler while he still has value is intriguing.
Detroit would be a natural fit, as they are still searching for a long-term replacement for Niklas Lidstrom. Edler is not the best in his own end, but his offense is potent, and he would improve a Detroit power play that was 15th in the NHL last season.
Because of the salary, Vancouver would expect a lot in return, perhaps a first-round pick and a good prospect.
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