The math adds up — with slightly more than US$1 million to spare.
As it stands, the Calgary Flames could say they don’t have salary cap problems — that is provided they’re willing to go with exactly 12 forwards, seven defencemen and two goalies all season and don’t suffer injury problems.
Make that pretty much no injuries at all.
According to a report, it appears that Ilya Kovalchuk is on the verge of re-signing with the New Jersey Devils.
The New York Post is reporting that the unrestricted free agent, who played the final 27 games of last season with the Devils, is going to sign a seven-year, $60 million contract with the team as soon as Monday.
Because Sheldon Souray cleared waivers Saturday and still tops the Edmonton Oilers’ to-do list, there is more dirty work ahead.
But some significant and admirable housecleaning has already spruced up the 30th-place roster. So, while the Oilers are determined to distance themselves from Souray and his $5.4-million US salary-cap hit, season-ending trade demand, rehabbing wrist injury and bridge-burning condemnation of management, there is reason for general manager Steve Tambellini to feel like a man who accomplished more in 10 days than some National Hockey League franchise-builders can claim in a year.
Jarome Iginla has heard all the rumours surrounding the team’s mid-season collapse and insists there’s no truth to any of them, especially the ones involving Dion Phaneuf.
“I never ever fought with Dion,” said Iginla, candidly addressing a popular rumour suggesting the two squared off in the middle of the dressing room.
Devils left winger Ilya Kovalchuk could be on the move, but not to a place anyone originally expected.
Reports coming out of NHL.com, The Los Angeles Times and Newsday say that the New York Islanders have come to the table with a compelling offer for the 27-year-old and former No.1 overall draft pick.