Reaction to the Sam Gagner trade, the Lightning trade Nate Thompson to Anaheim, an update on Ryan Johansen’s contract talks, Tim Murray puts his stamp on the Sabres, and a warning for Martin Brodeur.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes GM Don Maloney feels he’s suitably replaced the recently-bought out Mike Ribeiro by acquiring Sam Gagner in a three-team trade from Tampa Bay. As part of the deal, the Lightning agreed to pick up a third of Gagner’s salary, meaning the Coyotes will pay $3.33 million of his $5 million annual salary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My take on the trade here.
TSN.CA: The Tampa Bay Lightning last night deal forward Nate Thompson to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth and seventh-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Accoring to CapGeek the Bolts now have over $9.5 million in cap space. Their moves last night were done solely to free up cap space. Having already acquired Jason Garrison from the Vancouver Canucks, it’s believed the Bolts hope to add another defenseman via free agency.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and RFA center Ryan Johansen have reached an impasse. The Jackets want to sign him to a two-year bridge deal, while the Johansen camp seek a long-term deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could make Johansen a target for an offer sheet, though the Blue Jackets have said they’ll match any offer.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: New Sabres GM Tim Murray is wasting little time putting his stamp on the team. His most recent move was buying out the remainder of Christian Ehrhoff’s contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres must also spend over $21 million to reach the cap minimum of $51 million for next season. While part of that will be eaten up in re-signing RFAs like Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno, he’ll still have to invest via free agency to become cap compliant by October.
NJ.COM: Steve Politi warns soon-to-be former Devils goalie Martin Brodeur about trying to extend his fading career with another club.