Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will be on the lookout for a strong, No. 1 goaltender this off-season, and could set his sights on veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov.
Nabokov, 36, was plucked off waivers by the New York Islanders after signing a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Detroit Red Wings in January. After failing to report to the team, the Islanders suspended him, but retained his sights, meaning he is still under contract for them for the 2011-12 season.
According to the Edmonton Journal, the Islanders are expected to trade Nabokov this off-season, and the Philadelphia Flyers could be a prime destination.
From Adrian Dater (Denver Post)
The Avs likely will have two first-round draft picks added to their roster and almost certainly will make some kind of move during free agency.
How big a move remains to be seen, but Avalanche management has said that the goaltender position is the team’s “primary focus” for the offseason. And it’s possible the Avs could look to the unlikely state of Florida to solve their goalie problems for the second time in 24 months.
The Avs signed Craig Anderson from the Panthers in 2009. Things seemed all set after Anderson was tremendous his first year here. But relations between him and the team went sour. He was traded to Ottawa and now there’s another veteran, Tomas Vokoun, who appears on his way out from Florida as a free agent.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have begun contract talks with forwards Pascal Dupuis and Mike Rupp.
From Rob Rossi (Pittsburgh Tribune)
The Penguins have opened contract talks with at least two of their impending unrestricted free agents.
Agent Allan Walsh confirmed Monday night that he has started negotiations with Penguins general manager
Ray Shero. Walsh represents forwards Pascal Dupuis and Mike Rupp.
Both players can hit the open market July 1.