NHL Rumor Report: Yandle, Doan, Kovalev

(8/16/12) With the real NHL wire news so quiet these days, how better to pass the time than to turn to pure speculation and rumor-mongering to whet our fantasy appetite.  Here's a few of the latest odds-and-ends from around the internet.

The Red Wings are reportedly interested in Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, and the team is rumored to have inquired about a trade.  Keeper owners can only hope it's true, as a move to the Motor City would be a boon for Yandle's fantasy value, although it seems unlikely that this one will come to fruition.  Detroit has also been linked to Flames D-man Jay Bouwmeester in recent days (not to mention just about every other free agent or trade candidate this summer - Shane Doan, Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, etc.), but they have yet to make the splash they've been looking to make.  Don't be surprised to see them land a big fish eventually, but we doubt it will be the Phoenix D-man.

As for Yandle's teammate Shane Doan, we're starting to think it's most likely he'll simply return to the Coyotes.  The latest rumblings seem to indicate the ownership picture in Phoenix is on the verge of being sorted out and, assuming the deal goes through, all signs point to Doan staying with the only franchise he's ever known.  But for those who like to play the "what if" game, if things falls apart and he does end up moving on, the Twitterverse seems to think the Canucks are the current favorite.  

And here's a fantasy bombshell: Alexei Kovalev is considering a return to the NHL!   *....Crickets...*

Last time we saw the 39-year old Kovalev, he was mailing it in to the tune of 34 points in 74 games two seasons ago (he spent last year in the KHL).  He claims he's been invited to several NHL training camps, and he'll look to earn a spot for the '12-13 season.  If he does show up on some NHL team's doorstep, don't expect much.  Maybe he's worth a late round flier in a deep league (at best), but it looked like the fork was firmly planted in him the last time he donned an NHL uniform.  Not to mention, in the KHL last season he managed just six points in 22 games.

And finally, one roster note today: Wayne Simmonds has signed a six-year, $23.82 million extension with the Flyers.