Are the Penguins interested in Ilya Bryzgalov? Are the Flyers still trying to swing a trade? What’s the latest on the Leafs, Avalanche and Devils?
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: James O’Brien cited a report claiming the Pittsburgh Penguins had “interest” in former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. They could free up cap space for Bryzgalov by placing Tomas Vokoun (who’s recovering from blood clot surgery) on LTIR.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW’s Josh Yohe took to Twitter with the following: “Regarding the Bryzgalov rumors, I wouldn’t expect Pens to sign him and have heard nothing to suggest they will.”
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Shelly Anderson reports Penguins GM Ray Shero said he has other ways besides a trade to ensure his club is cap compliant by the start of the season and doesn’t have any trades planned.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shero’s comments means defenseman Matt Niskanen (the subject of trade speculation since mid-summer) can breathe easy. As for Bryzgalov, that would be an extreme choice. It’s believed the Penguins are waiting for a timetable for Vokoun’s return before deciding if they should bring in an experienced backup for Marc-Andre Fleury. They reportedly had preliminary talks earlier this month with UFA Jose Theodore, who has apparently opted to play in the KHL.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi noted the Flyers still have a logjam on the blueline, sparking speculation Andrej Meszaros could be traded to make room for promising Erik Gustafsson. Frank Seravalli, however, reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t foresee making any changes via trade. The club still has to determine if there’s room for Hal Gill, who attended training camp on a tryout basis.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the Flyers have been trying to orchestrate a trade to lose significant salary cap dollars on defense but so far have not succeeded.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One should always take Holmgren’s public statements about trades with a grain of salt (right, Jeff Carter?). If a trade cannot be made to become cap compliant, Holmgren will go the demotion route, perhaps by using waiver-exempt players like Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn as a “paper transaction”.
DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater reports via Twitter “Patrick Roy essentially said Avs will not be making any trades before start of season”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was talk of the Avalanche shopping fourth line center John Mitchell. The Philadelphia media speculated over the possibility the Avs might have interest in Andrej Meszaros. Doesn’t sound like there’s anything to it.
TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports via Twitter the Toronto Maple Leafs tried to trade John-Michael Liles before placing him on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Liles’ salary ($3.875 million per season) is tough to move at this time of year. I’ll be shocked if anyone claims him off waivers, and expect he’ll be demoted to the Marlies.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils GM Lou Lamoriello could temporarily demote a waiver-exempt player like Adam Larsson, rather than make a trade, to become roster compliant today. Over the weekend Lamoriello traded enforcer Krys Barch to the Florida Panthers.