Could Tim Thomas follow his former agent to Columbus? Could the Predators add more depth at forward this summer? Which Oilers castoffs will sign next?
SI.COM: With now-former player agent Bill Zito joining the management of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Allan Muir wondered if Tim Thomas, who was a Zito client, gets a training camp invitation from the Blue Jackets. Muir believes Thomas would be a “clear upgrade” over current Blue Jackets backup Curtis McElhinney, but doubts Thomas would get much playing time behind starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets could give Thomas a tryout, but it seems at this point they’ll go into training camp with Bobrovsky and McElhinney as their tandem and evaluate them during preseason. If McElhinney struggles, perhaps they give Thomas a look, provided he’s still available by that point.
ESPN.COM: Tim Kavanagh noted the Nashville Predators have over $4.6 million in cap space, and wondered if they might use it to bolster their depth at forward, noting Brad Boyes, Brenden Morrow and Damien Brunner remain available, as does Teemu Selanne, who hasn’t ruled out playing for another NHL team if he doesn’t return with the Anaheim Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having added Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks earlier this summer, I doubt the Predators will bring in another forward at this point. That could change during their training camp/preseason roster assessments, but for now they seem content with their current forwards.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples examined the status of Oilers castoffs Ryan Whitney, Mark Fistric, Lennart Petrell and Linus Omark. He believes Whitney could end up waiting to earn a job via a training camp tryout, noted Fistric’s agent said last month there was a market for his client, Swiss League team Geneva-Servette could sign Petrell, and believes Omark could earn himself an NHL contract before the starting of training camps.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staples believes it’s down to Fistric or Omark who signs first and feels both should be under contract when training camps open. Where is anyone’s guess.