All told, the Flyers have $49.36 million committed for next season.
That leaves approximately $21.7 million to spend, though a few players need extensions first. Goaltender Steve Mason will be due a big raise once he is eligible to sign an extension on Jan. 1. Steve Downie is set to become an unrestricted free agent and already earns $2.65 million. Brayden Schenn, Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson are all restricted. The Flyers also will need to find a deal for Ray Emery or look for a new backup.
Bryan Murray decided not to head to California to see if he could swing a deal at the NHL’s board of governors meetings.
But if the Senators GM is looking for a top six forward that might be able to play on the right side of centre Jason Spezza there is one available on waivers to be claimed before noon Tuesday.
Dreger "what I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 9, 2013
“We’re looking at all our options,” he told Newsday on Sunday.
“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level.
“This has got to change. We can’t just go through the motions, win a game, lose a game, and hope [other teams] do something for us, and life is good,” Brad Richards said after the Blueshirts pleaded Nolo Contendere against the Caps and neophyte netminder Philipp Grubauer.
“You dig yourself into these situations, sometimes it’s going to take some time or it’s going to take something to get you out of it,” the alternate captain said. “We’re going to have to get a little uncomfortable here and get out of our comfort zone.
It seems Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf could be in some hot water.
According to reports late Sunday, Phaneuf will have a hearing with the league — likely of the phone variety, but you never know — over an incident involving Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller during Boston’s 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
As noted by Ottawa Sun uber columnist Bruce Garrioch today – and this is something I’d heard as well – it’s possible that the reason why a deal fell through to bring Kulikov to the Avs is because of his contract status and the KHL. There is word that Kulikov might just take a big offer to go back to the KHL after this season, that he doesn’t love life in the NHL that much. More on that here:
Craig Anderson is doing neither Ottawa nor his country any favors. Last season, Anderson went 12-9-2 with a 1.69 GAA and a .941 save percentage. He was expected to backstop Ottawa into the playoffs this season and contend for an Olympic job with Team USA.
It’s time to seriously look toward the trade market. One media report late last week said the Avs were interested in Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, the 14th player selected in the 2009 draft. He has been awful so far this season with the Panthers, but maybe a change of scenery under Roy’s guidance could get his once-promising career back on track. Still, if the kid can’t even stay in the lineup of the Florida Panthers right now (he was a healthy scratch last week), is this the answer?
Not all the talk at the NHL’s board of governors meeting Monday in Pebble Beach will surround the formal agenda.
Trade talk is also on the table.
With only the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers willing to throw in the towel on making the playoffs, three league executives told QMI Agency this week that the chatter has heated up and those discussions will continue when the 30 teams gather.
According to information obtained by La Presse, Montreal negotiations between the club and the defender of 24 years for a new contract progresses, the two parties wishing to come to a long-term agreement .
According to a source familiar with the matter well , who wanted to preserve the anonymity so as not to interfere with ongoing discussions , the next contract awarded to the young defender ‘s only a matter of time .
The New York Islanders are in the midst of a terrible season and are currently dealing with an eight-game losing streak. That is likely making head coach Jack Capuano’s seat quite toasty. According to Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal, if the Isles were to make a move, Peter Laviolette would be a top candidate to replace Capuano.
A savvy, rangy defenseman is getting closer on the Detroit Red Wings’ horizon, which will afford an opportunity to change the landscape.
Danny DeKeyser is starting a comeback from a separated shoulder suffered Nov. 21, taking to the ice daily and increasing what he does. Realistically, he’s still about two weeks away, but when he is ready, he’ll need to be removed from long-term injured reserve. Right now, that can’t be done without something else happening.
I don't know if something's coming in the immediate future, but Montreal and Columbus have been talking trade for a number of weeks
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) December 5, 2013
By virtue of the title, trade rumors usually turn into soap operas.
When it comes to the rumors surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes recently, it has been a complete farce. Every report seems to indicate the Hurricanes throwing players at whatever team happens to answer the phone and getting hung up on. There’s the Tim Gleason for John-Michael Liles rumors that have been going on for weeks now. In addition, there’s rumors with Tuomo Ruutu and Jiri Tlusty.
I can tell you with a great deal of authority that the Senators were pursuing a trade with the Flyers near the deadline that would have seen Ben Bishop traded to Philadelphia for Sean Couturier. That was the Senators first option and it looked like it may happen right up until 12 noon on deadline day. The Flyers had even claimed centre Adam Hall off waivers right around the deadline, making the Sens believe they were ready to part with Couturier under the right circumstances.
According to ace Rogers Sportsnet reporter/podcast host Jeff Marek they are.
Marek, one of the hockey media people I respect a lot, said on the air that his sources are telling him the Avs have interest in Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, the 14th overall pick by Florida in 2009 – 11 spots behind Matt Duchene.
In the past week or so, Snow has watched Thomas Vanek strike a strong chemistry with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the Isles’ top line, which must have been exactly what he envisioned when he sent Matt Moulson, plus first- and second-round draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27 in exchange for the Austrian sniper. But as the losses mount on Long Island, we can’t help but wonder if watching Vanek and Co. go to work on opposition goalies is only serving to remind Snow what his team’s biggest need is—and was all along—somebody who can stop the puck.
Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was on his cellphone while his team was skating Thursday morning, and while it could have been his wife telling her hubby to stop for a loaf of bread on the way home, it may have been another GM talking about defencemen.
Certainly, the Oilers could use an NHL veteran back there.