Maple Leafs ship Joe Colborne to Calgary, Panthers sign Brad Boyes & Tom Gilbert, Flyers waiver Bruno Gervais, plus updates on Kris Letang, Patrick Elias and more.
TSN.CA: The Toronto Maple Leafs last night deal center Joe Colborne to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a conditional 2014 fourth round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, the Leafs have apparently addressed their salary cap issues, as CapGeek reports shedding Colborne’s $600K salary puts them under the $64.3 million salary cap, leaving them with roughly $383K in cap space. This could also mean defenseman John-Michael Liles will stick with the lineup rather than face demotion.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers signed forward Brad Boyes and defenseman Tom Gilbert to one-year contracts. The duo had attended Panthers training camp on tryout contracts.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Carolina Hurricanes shipped forwards Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for prospect forward Kellen Tochkin and a 2014 fourth round pick. The Hurricanes made this move to shed salary, providing them with nearly $850K in additional cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dalpe (23) and Welsh (24) are also centers, and the Canucks were reportedly in the market for depth at that position.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman Bruno Gervais and forward Adam Hall on waivers. Gervais is expected to clear waivers, but another club could pick up the versatile Hall and his $600K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Straight forward salary dump by the Flyers, putting them around $600K above the salary cap. Tim Panaccio reports once they place Marc-Andre Bourdon (who cleared waivers earlier this week) on LTIR, they’ll be under the cap.
TRIBLIVE.COM: As the Pittsburgh Penguins welcome rugged blueliner Brooks Orpik back from injury, Kris Letang is sidelined by a lower-body injury suffered during practice. No timetable has been set for Letang’s return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Letang or Tomas Vokoun are placed on LTIR, it’ll provide the Penguins sufficient camp relief to not only become cap compliant but also to sign training camp invitee Chuck Kobasew to a one-year contract.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils star Patrik Elias (sore groin) is unsure if he’ll be ready to go for the club’s season-opener because of another, undisclosed injury. Elias played in only two of the Devils six preseason games.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette has successfully appealed his ten game suspension, resulting in a reduction to three games.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars finished the preseason with a 5-0-2 record, though columnist Mike Heika noted the club “fattened up” in preseason on some teams which have struggled of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite their preseason record, the optimism among most Stars followers appears cautious. The Stars are a better team (on paper, at least) than they were a year ago, but it’s still no certainty they’ll make the playoffs. One promising note: Tyler Seguin led the club in preseason scoring.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Following a half-season lost to a lockout, the NHL appears poised for boom times.