The Chicago Blackhawks have 14 players under contract for next season at an estimated $57.5 million. (See the capgeek breakdown here). The cap is supposed to be somewhere around $58.8 million. You can see they could have trouble getting under the salary cap and having 22 to 23 players on their roster.
There are some solutions being kicked around, which include sending goalie Cristobal Huet to the minors (where his $5.6 million salary has to be paid but will not count against the cap) and trading defenseman Brian Campbell along with either a top prospect or solid draft pick so that another team would pick up the six years and $7.1 million a season that is left on Campbell’s contract.
While the Devils’ search for their next coach continues with Chicago assistant and Jersey native Mike Haviland believed to be the latest candidate interviewing for the job, sources say general manager Lou Lamoriello may be among the strongest bidders for Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle .
Kaberle , whom general manager Lou Lamoriello could be targeting, has been a regular trade subject in Toronto at the usual deal junctures, but Leafs GM Brian Burke recently circulated an e-mail to other general managers outlining the upcoming window in Kaberle’s no-trade clause.
Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney faces the tough task of maintaining the momentum of last season’s surprising team while dealing with the financial restrictions put in place by the NHL.
The league still owns the franchise after buying it in U.S. Bankruptcy Court last September and has given the team a budget as it faces the potential loss of several key players after the free agency signing period begins on July 1.
Maloney said he received his budget for players in a meeting last week with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Maloney said the undisclosed figure is not a lot but is “enough to make a winner.”
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is another new guy on the job who will be looking to make a splash. If the Habs decide to deal a goalie — Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak — the Bolts will likely be there to make a pitch. Unless he can be convinced otherwise, longtime C Vincent Lecavalier will invoke his no-movement clause, so he likely won’t be going anywhere.
“TSN’s Darren Dreger and Sportsnet’s Bill Watters said that some of the recent rumors about Toronto being interest in signing the big names of the unrestricted free agent market are just the product of someone’s imagination. They said that it is more likely that someone has a secret agenda out there in an effort to get people belileving things that are not actually true.