Latest on the Senators, Flames, Jets & Canucks – July 2, 2013.

A look at the off-season plans for the Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets & Calgary Flames, plus the Canucks place Keith Ballard on waivers.

Senators GM Bryan Murray faces a busy summer.

Senators GM Bryan Murray faces a busy summer.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Senators GM Bryan Murray faces a busy free agent period, as he must re-sign several key players (including team captain Daniel Alfredsson) plus find a top-six scoring winger and a veteran defenseman to replace the departed Sergei Gonchar. The Senators reportedly made a play for Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan but the asking price was too high. They could consider potential free agent Pascal Dupuis though he might get more money elsewhere. The Senators also have to consider a new contract for coach Paul MacLean.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Again, don’t worry about Alfredsson’s contract talks, Senators fans. He’ll be re-signed, as will MacLean. The Senators prefer to address their needs for a winger and defenseman by drawing from their prospect depth as  trade bait, but they could face having to dip into the UFA market to fill one of those spots. 

CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Jay Feaster will focus on re-signing RFAs like TJ Brodie, Mikael Backlund, Chris Butler and Mark Cundari. It’s believed winger Mike Cammalleri is on the trade block.

SPECTOR’S NOTE; Unless the Flames are willing to pick up half of the final season of Cammalleri’s contract ($6 million cap hit, $7 million in actual salary), they’ll either have to buy him out or let him play out the final year of his contract.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will keep an eye on the UFA market, as it could be bolstered by players receiving compliance buyouts. “Certainly, there’s lots of players that could be available, but you have to look down deep sometimes about why some of those players could be available and (whether) it’s something that fits from your perspective moving forward as well,” said Cheveldayoff.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like Cheveldayoff is planning any big splashes in this summer’s UFA pool.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have placed defenseman Keith Ballard on waivers in what’s perceived as a last attempt to avoid buying him out.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With two years at $4.2 million per season left on his contract, I don’t see another club picking Ballard off waivers.


  1. I think the sens should get Ballard

  2. The Flyer’s should pick up Ballard!

  3. Canucks should have traded away Edler before his ntc kicked in, he could have garnered more prospects and helped address Canucks lack of depth.. Too many defensemen with no trades now- Edler, Bieksa, Garrison and Hamhuis. I liked a lot of the moves Gillis has made, but having 4/6 of defense with ntc’s doesn’t make much sense for future flexibility. Gillis hasn’t done much with his draft picks the last few years… he could have at least packaged Ballard with Schneider and maybe gotten another pick or two. For a GM that is supposed to be so patient, it sure looks like he ended up scrambling at decision time when waiting was no longer an option. Horvat appears to be a solid pick but many are wondering what was left on the table..

    • Maybe Edler has a bounce-back season. Hope Kevin Bieksa gats back to his regular form.

  4. Need the whole team to have a bounce-back season. What the Canucks have lacked going into the past few off seasons – centre depth and size/grit throughout the lineup but especially in the 3rd and 4th lines has yet to be really addressed. Schroeder will likely be 3rd line centre when he is more suited to the 2nd line. Sestito will get some minutes, but won’t play every game. Hearing Lapierre is likely gone. I know it is just the start of July, but the on ice product hasn’t really changed from years past. Maybe some rooks will take the next step? Would like to see some players like Jordan Nolan from the Kings, good skating and can hit, mind you I don’t know enough about Nolan- just what I have seen when he has played against the Canucks and apparently from his stats line, he isn’t a point producer… All we are hearing from Torts is he wants some stiffness or something. Sounds like his type of player.

  5. what i want to hear from the Canucks is that they’ve re-signed Tanev as it would be disastrous to lose him after he’s shown so much promise and while you’re at it ink Alberts for another couple of years as their 7th dman as he plays that role well stepping in when they need him. i’d also like to hear that they’ve signed Clarkson or Iginla but it’s doubtful they add anybody via the UFA market even though another scorer is desperately needed and it’s NOT gonna be Booth having a bouceback year.