Rumblings: Morrow, Gagne awaiting calls

You could start one heck of a rec hockey team these days with the big names sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring.

Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden and the list goes on among the veteran free agents who remain unsigned.

And that’s not even counting those players who had to swallow their pride and accept camp tryouts, the likes of Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White et al.

All because of a unique offseason in which the salary cap maximum dropped from $70.2 million last season to $64.3 million this year, squeezing roster space tightly.

When the music stopped in early July, you didn’t want to be a free agent still standing without a job.

2 Responses to Rumblings: Morrow, Gagne awaiting calls

  1. mojo19 says:

    Love the Brendan Morrow signing for the Blues.

    Good looking squad – Coached by Ken Hitchcock:

    T.J. Oshie – David Backes – Chris Stewart
    Magnus Paajarvi – Pat Berglund – Vladimir Tarasenko (Hitch has raved about this line at camp)
    Brendan Morrow – Derek Roy – Alex Steen
    Jaden Schwartz – Chris Porter, Vlady Sobotka/Max Lapierre

    Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
    Jordan Leopold – Kevin Shattenkirk
    Ryan Whitney – Barret Jackman
    Roman Polak

    Jaro Halak
    Brian Elliott
    Jake Allen

    Of course Whitney is only on a PTO, but if they get him in he’ll bring more depth to a deep blueline, this is a great squad.

  2. doorman says:

    I think the Blues are set up very well to make an impact as a team. the have tradable assets in Elliot or Halak to a contender with Allen waiting in the wings. They have surrounded talented youth with veteran leadership. This is a team that is well coached and could win it all.

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