Updates on Christian Ehrhoff, Corey Crawford and Semyon Varlamov.
VANCOUVER SUN: Brad Ziemer reports defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is having a career year, closing in on fifty points, which could price himself out of the Canucks market if he seeks more than the $4.5 million per season currently earned by teammate Dan Hamhuis. Ziemer believes Ehrhoff could earn over $5 million per season on the open market this summer, but the blueliner claims he and his family love living in Vancouver and is hopeful of working something out which benefits both sides.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ehrhoff, who’s earning $3.1 million this season, might be willing to accept around Hamhuis money on a longer term if he wants to remain with the Canucks.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Chris Boden reports Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said contract talks with goalie Corey Crawford’s agent have already begun in hopes of getting him re-signed prior to this summer, when he becomes a restricted free agent. Bowman will have a little more salary cap flexibility than he did last summer, when lack of cap space forced him to walk away from Antti Niemi’s arbitration award.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks have over $50 million committed to 13 players, and Crawford is earning $800K this season and could perhaps earn a raise up to $2 million per season.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Dmitry Chesnokov reported yesterday via Twitter the Russian agent for Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov claimed several KHL teams were interested in the netminder, who is “considering the possibility”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Varlamov probably could earn more in the KHL than with the Capitals as those teams may be willing to overpay, but this could merely be a negotiating tactic by the Varlamov camp simply to land him a better contract. Still, if he’s “considering the possibility” and actually does jump to the KHL it won’t hurt the Capitals, who have Michal Neuvirth looking more and more like a capable NHL starter and promising Braden Holtby waiting in the wings. Varlamov’s already lengthy injury history could work against him if he seeks considerably more than the Caps are willing to pay.