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The Senators likely won’t be big spenders when the free-agent sweepstakes begin July 1.
After being first out of the gate last July 1 by signing defenceman Sergei Gonchar to a three-year, $16.5-million deal, the Senators could take a wait-and-see attitude.
While the Senators have only $43 million committed in salary to 15 players, they’ll be working harder to get to the $48.3-million floor than even coming close to the $64.3-million cap that’s been set for the final year of the CBA.
Here are five forwards — assuming they reach July 1 — who might intrigue the Canucks as they look to become more abrasiveness and add more scoring punch to their bottom-six group:
1. Right-winger Joel Ward (Nashville, age 30, cap hit $1.5 million in 2010-11): An outstanding checker and penalty killer, Ward also exhibited his scoring touch during the second playoff round against the Canucks.
The buyout ending Chris Drury’s career as a Ranger will become official today, The Post has learned.
The 34-year-old who played four seasons on Broadway, the last three of them as team captain, will become an unrestricted free agent after deciding against applying for a medical exception due to a left knee condition.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded defenceman Christian Ehrhoff’s negotiating rights to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Ehrhoff is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. The Islanders will have exclusive negotiation rights with the German veteran until then.
LAST THURSDAY, Jeff Carter was sent packing as a salary-cap casualty.
Best friend and captain Mike Richards went only 30 minutes after him, in a move that also – at least temporarily – cleared valuable cap space.
Yesterday, the Flyers dealt the rights to restricted free-agent center Darroll Powe to Minnesota in exchange for a 2013 third-round pick. Powe, a heart-and-soul-type player whom Paul Holmgren called “one of the most underrated players in the league” in May, wasn’t asking for an exorbitant sum of money.