Canucks management could be forced to choose between Bieska or Ehrhoff this summer, the Flyers possible goalie options, Peter Budaj’s days with the Avalanche appear over, and Kings forward Oscar Moller could play in Sweden next year.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Matthew Sekeres reports the Vancouver Canucks could be forced to choose between Kevin Bieksa or Christian Ehrhoff, who are both eligible for UFA status this summer. The club currently has around $44 million invested in next season’s payroll, which doesn’t include those two or restricted free agents Jannik Hansen and Maxime Lapierre, or young players like Cody Hodgson and Chris Tanev who hope to make the roster next season. Ehrhoff has scored more points than Bieksa but the latter is more responsible defensively. The remaining post-season games could determine which one is re-signed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could cost $10 million to retain those two, which wouldn’t leave much cap space to re-sign or replace other free agents. It’s possible GM Mike Gillis could re-sign both, but he’d probably have to free up some cap space to do it.
SPORTINGNEWS.COM: Craig Custance reports of five potential goaltending options for the Philadelphia Flyers if there were to seek an experienced starter to share the goalie duties with Sergei Bobrovsky, listing Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun, the Islanders’ Evgeny Nabokov, Jonathan Bernier or Jon Quick of the LA Kings, and Vancouver’s Cory Schneider.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The most affordable option would be Nabokov, and he might be the best one. They cannot take on either Bryzgalov or Vokoun without dumping significant salary, and the Kings and Canucks aren’t exactly going to just give those goalies away.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports goalie Peter Budaj’s days with the Colorado Avalanche appear to be over. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and the club has no plans to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. It’s possible he could find another NHL team to sign with, but I think he’s going to be playing in Europe next season.
HOCKEY EXPRESSEN: reports LA Kings forward Oscar Moller intends to play for Fjardstad of the Swedish Elite League.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to “Two Many Men on the Site“. Haven’t heard a response yet from the Kings so it’ll be interesting to see/hear what GM Dean Lombardi or Moller’s agent have to say about this report.