TIDBITS: Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, Ryan Smyth, Cory Sarich, Mats Zuccarello, Ruslan Fedotenko

Here is a look at the latest news on players set to become free agents July 1st.

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers founder and chairman Ed Snider hinted to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the club would make a move for a defenseman to replace defensemen Chris Pronger if he can’t return from injury has to retire.

You can’t replace a Pronger, but maybe you can make some moves that help offset the loss of Pronger.

Snider also said he’s hopeful the club can re-sign pending unrestricted free agent blueliner Matt Carle.

Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile tells Josh Cooper of The Tennessean that he has made contact with the representatives for a number of the club’s pending free agents, while he is yet to contact others.

I reached out to Paul Gaustad’s agent and Hal Gill’s agent, so I’m making the calls. In terms of a more complete answer next week would probably be more of a trying to set up meetings if it’s appropriate. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Jordin (Tootoo’s) agent yet. I touched base with Don Meehan once on Sergei (Kostitsyn) but haven’t gotten into anything with him yet.

Of course, a lot of what Poile does, or doesn’t do, will depend on wheter he can sign pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Ryan Suter.

There’s lots of situations we have to look at. Again, on defense, a lot depends on what Ryan Suter does or doesn’t do in relation to (Jack) Hillen, (Francis) Bouillon and all those types of situations.

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. Photo courtesy Flickr user bridgetds.

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. Photo courtesy Flickr user bridgetds.

Ryan Smyth

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggests that it’s not term that is preventing the Edmonton Oilers and pending unrestricted free agent forward Ryan Symth come together on a new deal. It’s money. The Oilers have offered a two year deal, rumored to be worth between $2.5 million-$2.75 million annually — Smyth could be looking for more than $3.0 million per year.

Cory Sarich

Sportsnet Radio FAN 960′s Pat Steinberg explores the pros and cons of the Calgary Flames re-signing pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Cory Sarich.

Mats Zuccarello

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello tells Newsday’s Steve Zipay that he doesn’t like his situation and, with his contract off the books July 1st, he may move on.

I would love to be a New York Ranger, but I need to play. I can’t play 10 games… It’s not enough for me. I’m not going to lie, I have some opportunities… I must think about what is best for me.

Ruslan Fedotenko

Zipay suggests that Ruslan Fedotenko may move on, as well. After a series of one-year deals, the 33-year-old forward may want a long-term deal, something that the Rangers may not be prepared to offer him.

I’d like to come back. but I have to take some time, evaluate and see what happens.

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