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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.
Brenden Morrow has a quiet determination right now. If he wasn’t so nice, you’d even say it was a chip on his shoulder.
Let’s just call it a quiet determination.
Morrow is out of work. The former Stars captain was traded to Pittsburgh last spring, had a nice little run, and then was allowed to become an unrestricted free agent. Two months later, while camps are buzzing and rosters are filling up, he doesn’t have a job.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) September 18, 2013
Expect EDM to be on lookout for a heavyweight fighter. Currently without that element but GM MacTavish and HC Eakins believe it's required.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 11, 2013
Sabres re-sign Cody Hodgson. RFA pool dwindling by the day.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 11, 2013
So what’s the impact of Dan Cleary on the Flyers’ roster once he formally signs a contract?
It’s complicated, but it can be sorted out.
With Kadri signed, TOR focus turns to RFA D Cody Franson but there's been no progress/movement on that front.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 11, 2013
Daniel Cleary says he’ll skate with Red Wings on Friday; he has invitation to come to camp on tryout
Daniel Cleary said today that he will join his former Detroit Red Wings teammates on the ice Friday at Joe Louis Arena for an informal practice.
Where that will lead remains uncertain.
It's been my stated opinion for a while that either Stastny or OReilly will be gone by next trade deadline. (1)
— adater (@adater) August 30, 2013
Whether it’s because a new contract is closer or he’s skipping the start of Maple Leafs training camp a week Monday, Nazem Kadri is now keeping mum about money.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, salacious rumor in NHL circles, that tends to happen in the month of August. But a somewhat juicy one popped up this week.
For a while now the future of Ryan Miller in Buffalo has been clouded. The Sabres made it clear that they were ready to steer in the direction of a rebuild when they traded captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota last season. They reportedly gave some thought to dealing their No. 1 goalie Miller at the time, too, but nothing happened on that front.
Perhaps it could happen sometime soon as Josh Rimer tweeted this on Thursday night.
Been told to NOT be surprised if the Avalanche deal Paul Stastny to Buffalo for Ryan Miller. Stastny/Miller both headed to UFA in summer
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) August 30, 2013
Will Thomas Vanek be a member of the Buffalo Sabres for a while longer or won’t he? Inquiring minds want to know.
Since it became clear that the Sabres were finally going to cut bait on some of their more established players and go the rebuilding route — made clear when Jason Pominville was traded to Minnesota last season — people have wondered about his future in Buffalo (Ryan Miller’s too).
Teemu Selanne has been considering his options all summer long but is approaching a decision; will he play another season or retire? The Ducks will take him if he commits to coming back.
While Selanne isn’t quite ready to give an answer to that question, it’s coming. Soon.
What do Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo and Hal Gill have in common, other than the fact they played on the Maple Leafs defence together for two seasons from 2006-08?
All don’t know where, or if, they will be playing National Hockey League this season.
As we survey the crowded UFA landscape, less than a month from training camps opening, and see warriors like Brenden Morrow and Dan Cleary out of work, Ryan Smyth, who has the same engine as both of those UFA’s, but is considerably more evergreen at 37, must consider himself lucky to have a contract at $2.25 million for this upcoming Edmonton Oilers’ season.
The question is how much work Smyth will get this season, as he closes in on 1200 career NHL games.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie was told there’s “no truth” to the Bruins signing Theodore, which agent Don Meehan backed up to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.
For a while, it looked like inexperienced netminder Chad Johnson might be Tuukka Rask‘s backup in Boston. While it’s by no means a done deal, TVA Sports reports that the Bruins are closing in on a one-year contract with veteran goalie Jose Theodore.
There has been speculation Franson’s rights might be dealt sooner than later with a number of interested suitors should the two-way defenceman be put on the market. But Carlyle and Franson hit it off after previous coach Ron Wilson could not find the right fit for the hard-shooting defender.