The Blues are interested in Brenden Morrow, the Penguins options to become cap compliant, the Oilers seek a heavyweight enforcer, and the Avalanche claiming a center off waivers prompts speculation over John Mitchell’s future with the club.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the St. Louis Blues have contacted UFA left wing Brenden Morrow and are awaiting his response. The Blues currently have around $1.8 million in cap space. Morrow does have connections with Blues GM Doug Armstrong, coach Ken Hitchcock and VP of business operations Brett Hull during their time with the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Morrow claimed he wants to play where he can contribute to a winner. The Blues could be a good fit, provided Morrow is willing to accept less than the $4.1 million he made last season.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: examine the Penguins options to become cap compliant for the upcoming season. One could be placing goalie Tomas Vokoun (recovering from a blood clot in his pelvis) on long-term injury reserve. A trade is also possible, as is demoting waiver-exempt players like Simon Despres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins will have to get creative in juggling salaries to get under the cap. Defenseman Matt Niskanen was thought to be a trade candidate this summer but the Pens apparently prefer to retain him. We’ll know by October 1 (the start of the NHL season) how the Pens will address this.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie, who claims the Oilers are ramping up their search for a super heavyweight enforcer.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater noted the Colorado Avalanche claiming center Marc-Andre Cliche off waivers from the LA Kings. Dater pointed out Cliche has a one-way contract worth $550K, and wondered if the Avs envision Cliche as their fourth-line center, which could make John Mitchell expendable.