A bit of speculation on my part.
As you all probably know by now, the Anaheim Ducks have placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers.
NHL.com, TSN.ca and Spectors Hockey have all reported this.
This is a perfect opportunity for the Senators if they wish to clear salary cap space.
They currently have 6.187 committed to goaltenders this season. This is acceptable because it allows them the luxury of having two quality starting goaltenders.
However, in the salary cap world, it causes difficulties. It is no secret that Brian Murray wants another top 6 forward, but with the salary cap, the task has proven difficult.
Bryzgalov has been a starter for a good team. He can be a number one goaltender. He’s not spectacular, as I suspect that on a team with no defense he would most likely struggle. But on a deep Senators team, he should be able to do well.
Acquiring him would only cost Ottawa around 900k, but it would give them the opportunity to trade Martin Gerber or Ray Emery.
In the past, I was against trading either of them, as I value the depth they allow the Senators to posses. However, Bryzgalov would allow us to keep that depth at a cheaper price.
Acquiring Bryzgalov and trading one of their current goaltenders would free up about 2 million in cap space for the Senators, giving them around 5 million to go after a top 6 forward.
The only downside is that if any other team attempted to claim him, they would acquire him, as the rules regarding waivers state that if more then one team attempts to claim a player, the team with the lesser amount of standing points gets that player.
However, it would not hurt the Senators to try. They have nothing to lose, but something to gain. Why not give it a shot?