LATEST PENS/NHL BUZZ
1.While the rumor mill will be focused on the likes of Jordan Staal and Paul Martin this summer, the Penguins are likely to gauge Tyler Kennedy's trade value, sources said this weekend. Kennedy, 25, is due $2 million per season and is under team control for two more seasons as he's not scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent until July 1, 2014.
NHL sources believe Kennedy will be attractive around the league due to his ability as a top-9 player and one team viewed as a match is the St. Louis Blues who intend to try to move 24 year old underachieving winger Chris Stewart who is due a $3.25 million qualifying offer and is scheduled to be a restricted free agent on July 1.
The Blues under new ownership are expected to try to make cost cutting moves but still in a hockey sense and there's some around the league who believe Kennedy and another piece could gauge St. Louis interest but the market will be strong despite Stewart's struggles this season.
2. The thought of the Edmonton Oilers offering up the No. 1 pick for Jordan Staal first came from an opinion piece a few weeks back in the Edmonton Journal of whether the Oilers should consider offering the No. 1 pick for Staal. Somehow an opinion piece has led to some in the mainstream media relaying it as their being reports out of Edmonton that the Oilers would consider such a move. That's not accurate at all and in reality the chances are slim to none the Oilers would consider such a move. If Jordan Staal gets moved this summer, it won't be to Edmonton for the No. 1 pick. Bank on that.