Canadiens likely out of bidding for Jagr and Morrow, Oilers GM “reasonably comfortable with his club’s depth, Dave Bolland hears his first cheers from Toronto fans, Flames coach Hartley sets expectations for his club’s prospects, and Derek Meech heads to the KHL.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports the Canadiens recent re-signing of forward Ryan White to a one-year, $700K contract puts them out of the market for bidding on veteran UFAs like Jaromir Jagr or Brenden Morrow. The Habs now have over $63.6 million invested in 23 players, prompting Hickey to suggest if GM Marc Bergevin plans any other moves, they’ll have to come via trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the additions of Daniel Briere and George Parros are Bergervin’s only significant moves this summer. There were rumors in late-June of the Habs shopping Tomas Plekanec but that’s died out now.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cited a recent interview by Brad Bartko with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, who claimed he’s reasonably comfortable with his club’s depth. MacTavish declined to speak about a possible trade of winger Ales Hemsky, who’s been frequently mentioned in the rumor mill of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky’s name will likely stay in the rumor mill throughout the summer, but it remains to be seen if MacTavish can find a taker for his $5 million salary for the upcoming season. A Hemsky trade might have to wait until later in the season, when he’s burned off some of that salary, or unless MacTavish is willing to pick up part of his salary.
TORONTO SUN: New Maple Leaf Dave Bolland heard the cheers of Toronto fans for the first time Saturday, when he was introduced as the grand marshall for Saturday’s Indy Race in Toronto.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Bob Hartley told the 44 prospects who gathered last week for the Flames development camp anything less that tip-top fitness levels won’t be tolerated.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Former Jets defenseman Derek Meech has signed with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.