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Working on confirming or debunking, but, word in Philly is Bryzgalov is about to sign an East Coast Hockey League contract in Las Vegas.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 3, 2013
Vokoun 37 yrs old also. Very possible #Pens will be in the market for a No. 1 goaltender this winter. They have a trade chip in Simon Despes
— William DePaoli (@TIOPS_DePaoli) October 2, 2013
At some point, the Maple Leafs are going to have to ask themselves if it would help their cap situation to eat some of John-Michael Liles’s salary in a trade with another team. The thing they must be careful with is a club can only do this with three players per season. They are now at two, taking small amounts of Ben Scrivens’s and Matt Frattin’s contracts. Doing it with Liles locks them in.
Last season had the Jarome Iginla watch, with Jay Bouwmeester a second story and Miikka Kiprusoff’s status followed closely.
Patrick Roy essentially said Avs will not be making any trades before start of season
— adater (@adater) September 29, 2013
Sunday came and went with the Flyers still undecided about their roster and still over the NHL salary cap.
General manager Paul Holmgren said he hasn’t figured out just yet what becomes of Adam Hall and Bruno Gervais now that they cleared waivers.
Liles on waivers for TOR, Emmertom for DET
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 29, 2013
Hearing a little chatter about Avs and Flyers possibly talking about a swap for a D-man. Might happen, might not
— adater (@adater) September 28, 2013
Signing Tim Thomas gives the Florida Panthers something of a three-headed monster in net, although one wouldn’t confuse this with the St. Louis Blues’ situation, which seems like an embarrassment of riches by comparison.
Regardless, the Panthers organization will need to decide if they’d rather pair Scott Clemmensen or Jacob Markstrom with their new 39-year-old goalie. (Thomas is likely to be the starter, barring a meltdown.)
John-Michael Liles was the last one off the ice after Friday’s morning skate. Walking into the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room, he took off his jersey and some of his equipment and sat down in his stall.
There have been rumors all summer that the Flyers would like to move a defenseman, considering their jogjam there and that they continue to say they are impressed with tryout Hal Gill.
Holmgren said he believes the Flyers have 48 contracts signed toward the 50-contract limit, though Anthony Stolarz, Samuel Morin and even Scott Laughton will slide toward next year unless they play 10 games with the Flyers this year.
Oliver Lauridsen, 24, was sent to Adirondack on Friday. Even without him, the Flyers still have nine bodies: Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Nick Grossmann, Erik Gustafsson, Bruno Gervais and Gill.
Gustafsson, 24, isn’t going anywhere.
“He would have to clear waivers,” Holmgren said. “That would be pretty risky. He’s a young player that we really like.”
So, has Holmgren had any conversations with other general managers about moving a defenseman?
“I’ve had conversations with people, but are they specifically asking (about defensemen)? No,” Holmgren said. “This time of year, you always ask questions like ‘What are you looking for?’ and ‘What do you need?’ It’s just general talk.
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The Leafs are over the salary cap, even if by several hundred thousand dollars, and they probably will have to do some deking before the final roster is submitted to the NHL on Monday.
It hurts that David Clarkson’s salary will count against the cap as he serves his 10-game suspension, and it’s almost a sure bet the Leafs will have fewer players to start than the 23-man roster allows.
“We probably will,” Loiselle said. “We’re going to ice the best team possible and the coach makes those decisions, and we will start the season. We have to start the season with no less than 18 (skaters) and two (goalies).”
Raymond is Leafs property under a PTO until the end of Sept, after that he can sign with any team he chooses, perhaps, at well over $1 mil.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 20, 2013
Free agent Mason Raymond, quickly cementing himself into a left wing role, has begun contract talks with the Leafs, according to reports, but nothing is finalized. “The more I get out here with the guys, the more comfortable I get,” said Raymond, who spent Friday in a first-line experiment with Kessel and Tyler Bozak.
You could start one heck of a rec hockey team these days with the big names sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring.
Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden and the list goes on among the veteran free agents who remain unsigned.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and defenceman Cody Franson remain at loggerheads over a new contract.
Franson, a restricted free agent, has not reported to Leafs camp, hoping to convince the team to sign him to a one-year deal. The team wants Franson to sign a multi-year deal.
“I just think with the current cap situation we’re in, a one-year (deal) would suit the team the best,” Franson told TSN on Tuesday after working out with the Ryerson Rams. “They’ve got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and I’m trying to make it happen for both sides.
Former Penguin Brenden Morrow remains unsigned because of his price tag.Agent, Morrow have been seeking $3 million per season. Not happening
— William DePaoli (@TIOPS_DePaoli) September 18, 2013
If Biron is in actual jeopardy of losing his spot, it’s because of the Rangers’ cap squeeze. Biron is carrying a $1.3-million cap hit while Talbot is under contract for $562,500 and Hedberg presumably would be willing to sign a deal in the neighborhood of $750,000.