Could the Canadiens use their extra cap space soon to further bolster their roster? Are Bryan McCabe and Steve Staios set to accept training camp invitations from the Islanders?
CTV MONTREAL: Arpon Basu noted Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier has “a shade under $4 million” in available cap space, and wondered if Gauthier will invest that money before the season opens to further bolster the Habs roster. Basu noted John Madden, Mike Grier and Mike Modano could provide an extra dose of leadership, Brad Winchester a more physical presence, while available defensemen Bryan McCabe, Chris Campoli, and Anton Stralman could be useful additions if injuries were to hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible Gauthier could look toward the slim pickings in the UFA market for additional depth, but it appears more likely he’s going to evaluate his current roster in training camp before making any decisions to add a veteran or two.
Josh Rimer, NHL Home Ice on SiriusXM Radio, recently “tweeted” he’d heard a report claiming Bryan McCabe was about to accept a training camp invitation from the Islanders. Rimer later “tweeted” he’d spoken with Steve Staios, who was also mentioned in the report, and Staios denied he was going to the Islanders, which made Rimer question the validity of the McCabe report.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen where McCabe and Staios end up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re in uniform with new teams by the start of the upcoming season, as teams evaluate their respective bluelines during training camp.