Here are three players who, some way, some how, might help Tampa skate through a tough spot.
With seven goals in 10 games this year, Cammalleri is off to a fantastic start after missing seven contests with a hand injury. A pending unrestricted free agent this summer, Cammalleri, at 31, doesn’t figure to stick around for the Flames’ rebuild, but will be a major bargaining chip if Calgary puts him in play. That means he won’t come cheap.
We all knew the Columbus Blue Jackets were one average Sergei Bobrovsky season away from being in trouble. In reality, this is still a team in serious transition and Gaborik, like Cammalleri, is 31 and a UFA-to-be.
First, the good news: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would personally drive Desharnais down to Tampa if he could carry a seventh-round pick back north with him.