Here are the latest rumors from around the NHL along with my thoughts.
Adrian Dater suggested that the Colorado Avalanche should pursue Ilya Kovalchuk July 1, noting that the Avalanche have $25 million in cap space and only have to re-sign a few players.
My take: I think Ilya Kovalchuk would be perfect for the Avalanche as they are a young and fast team that proved last season they are playoff contenders. The Avalanche have a lot of players getting better and will be a contender for a long time. If they could add Ilya Kovalchuk to play with Paul Stastny or Matt Duchene that would have some people suggesting the Avalanche could win their division next season.
If the Boston Bruins can't get their hands on Taylor Hall they should move their 2nd overall pick for a legitimate scoring winger. I know it may sound dumb to trade away Tyler Seguin (assuming Hall goes first) but if you look at the Bruins depth chart they already have three legitimate centers in Marc Savard, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron and would have no use for Tyler Seguin.
My take: It sounds like the Bruins are really trying to get their hands on Taylor Hall and they should as he is exactly what they need since they traded away Phil Kessel.
Rumor is out that if the Bruins can't get their hands on Hall that they may have a deal in place with the Florida Panthers. It is believed that the Panthers would give up the No. 3 pick in this year's draft and a player like David Booth.
My take: If I was the Boston Bruins and couldn't get my hands on Taylor Hall I would definitely look to move the pick to the Panthers as they are looking for a superstar player to build their team around.
Rumors are out that the Buffalo Sabres have offered a package to the Leafs for Tomas Kaberle that would bring Derek Roy and Drew Stafford to Toronto.
My take: I don't know if this offer has been made but Brian Burke would strongly consider this as he loves Derek Roy's speed and offensive talent and thinks Drew Stafford has great hands and hockey sense. We will see how all of this pans out.