Malone on the Trade Block: Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe reports, The Lightning are rumored to be dangling Ryan Malone. Dupont reports If Malone and St. Louis aren’t moved, look for rumors once more to circulate prior to July 1 that the Bolts will entertain offers for Vincent Lecavalier. After July 1, the Big Vin’s contract (11 years/$85 million) converts to a no-trade. Source close to Malone indicate he is very frustrated in Tampa Bay and he doesn‚Äôt have anything to do with the losing. It‚Äôs the way the organization is ran.
Bruins looking to make major splash: The Boston Bruins remain highly involved in talks with the Ducks about Chris Pronger and the Toronto Maple Leafs about Tomas Kaberle. If they miss out on both players it is being reported that they could move on defenseman Derek Morris.
Flyers remain in on Pronger & Bouwmeester: Rumors suggest the Flyers are in serious trade talks for a No. 1 defenseman. Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester and Anaheim’s Chris Pronger are the two biggest names on the block, but to get either one and make room for Giroux, the Flyers would need about $6 million to go the other way. In other words, he’d have to move the contacts of Joffrey Lupul ($2.3 million) and Matt Carle ($2.9 million), along with Kukkonen’s $875,000 to clear enough room for Bouwmeester or Pronger along with Giroux.
Gaborik unlikely to be dealt?: Star-Tribune reports, Minnesota Wild winger Marian Gaborik is ahead of schedule in his recovery from mid-season hip surgery but not to expect him to be dealt at the deadline. GM Doug Risebrough believes Gaborik will be of more value to the team down the stretch once he returns to action, noting at this point he wouldn‚Äôt be able to get a quality return for him. The Wild are willing to move Gaborik if they receive some immediate help and a decent draft pick or prospect.
Roberts drawing interest from three teams: Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports that the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and the Florida Panthers are expressing interest in Lightning forward Gary Roberts.