An updated NHL salary arbitration list, Team Canada & Team USA Olympic orientation rosters to be released today, the Predator re-sign Nick Spaling, and more.
USA TODAY: An updated list of players still slated for salary arbitration hearings, and those who’ve avoided arbitration and re-signed with their respective clubs. Among the notables scheduled for hearings: Sam Gagner (today), Bryan Little (July 24), Carl Gunnarsson (July 26), Blake Wheeler (July 29) and Zach Bogosian (August 2).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if the Jets can avoid arbitration with Little, Wheeler and Bogosian. Would certainly create a potentially difficult situation for the Jets if all three end up with arbitration awarded contracts, as few players re-sign with their teams once those contracts expire.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with forward Nick Spaling, inking him to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The signing gives the Predators 15 forwards under contract for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They could use one or two for trade bait, but as the article suggests, they’ll be used more for depth in case of injuries, which is what crippled the Predators last season.
KUKLA’S KORNER: cited reports indicating Team USA and Team Canada will announce their respective preliminary rosters today. Those players will attend their respective Olympic orientation camps.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reported yesterday Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is expected to be named head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team. Babcock was head coach of Canada’s gold medal-winning team in 2010. The rest of the coaching staff will consist of “Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien and St. Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s pretty much the same coaching staff from 2010, which only makes sense considering the success they had.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins young defensemen are taking the time to learn coach Dan Byslma’s system.