No insurance for Crosby contract, puzzling over what’s driving Martin Brodeur to free agency, Ducks focus on re-signing Getzlaf and Perry, Oshie and Perron still unsigned, and more.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The Penguins cannot insure themselves against a concussion-related early retirement by Sidney Crosby, who will re-sign a 12-year, $104.4 million contract on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a gamble by Penguins management, but one they obviously feel comfortable making. Time will tell if it’s worthwhile.
NJ.COM: Steve Politi suggests three theories as to why Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is taking the unusual (for him) step of testing the UFA market. One of the theories – the Devils financial problems are more serious than suspected – would be the most ominous, for if they can’t afford to re-up Brodeur, it casts doubt on their efforts to re-sign Zach Parise.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Ducks GM Bob Murray intends to reach out to forward Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry regarding contract extensions. The pair will be eligible next summer for UFA status.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues RFAs TJ Oshie and David Perron aren’t expected to be re-signed before July 1st, making them restricted free agents and potential targets for offer sheets, but GM Doug Armstrong is unconcerned over that possibility.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have placed defenseman Derek Joslin on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remainder of his contract.
AZCENTRAL.COM: The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed center Andy Miele to a one-year contract.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers have hired former player Ian Laperriere, who retired due to concussion injuries, as director of player development.