In today’s roundup: Sean Avery’s future, and how it could impact the Dallas Stars cap hit…The Flyers resolve their cap space problem…Bruins still talking with Chris Clark…Rangers still seek defenseman…Oilers haven’t given up on Brule…Panthers demote Reinprecht…Canucks waive Oreskovich.
NEW YORK POST/NORTHJERSEY.COM: reported on the Rangers placing Sean Avery on waiver today. His agent, Pat Morris, said he didn’t expect Avery to be claimed by another NHL team, and his options could include playing in Europe, rather than accept demotion to the minors.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports if Avery is demoted it would clear his salary from the Rangers and Dallas Stars cap space. The Rangers claimed Avery off re-entry waivers two years ago, and the two teams as a result have split his salary. If he’s claimed on re-entry waivers, the Stars would still owe him half his remaining salary, with the Rangers and his new team picking up a quarter each.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports if Avery is demoted, it could have the Stars dancing perilously close to falling beneath the salary cap “floor” of $48.3 million, though the club expects it’ll be fine.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports Jets coach Claude Noel made it clear his club had no interest in plucking Avery off waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt any NHL team has interest in Avery, even if they could get him dirt cheap off re-entry waivers. Sure, it’s possible, but it certainly doesn’t sound like that’ll happen. It appears Avery’s best option will be to play out this season in Europe, after which he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. I think we’ve seen the last of Avery as an NHL player.
TSN.CA/CSNPHILLY.COM: reported last night the Philadelphia Flyers have resolved their salary cap problems with Brayden Schenn by “loaning” to the minors, where he’s expected to only spend one day, after which he’ll likely be recalled. The move is done to avoid the possibility of part of Schenn’s bonus clauses counting against the Flyers salary cap, lessening the cap hit to a more affordable $1.75 million for this season. The club also placed Blair Betts, Oskars Bartulis and Matt Walker on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should put an end to the rumors of the Flyers trading Scott Hartnell to clear cap space.
BOSTON HERALD: Dan Duggan reports Chris Clark is still waiting on a contract from the Bruins. Clark attended Bruins training camp on a tryout basis, and GM Peter Chiarelli said discussions were still ongoing with Clark.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what happens in this situation, but I’d say the Bruins stand a better chance of signing Clark as a possible replacement for the retired Mark Recchi than acquiring Ray Whitney from Phoenix in an early season trade…;)
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers placed defensemen Brendan Bell and Stu Bickell on waivers to create roster room for a veteran defenseman, should one become available later today as teams finalize their rosters for the start of the season. Head coach John Tortorella said the Rangers don’t expect to find more than a third-pairing defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the “Carl Gunnarsson to the Rangers” talk.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tykchowski reports Oilers management may have demoted Gilbert Brule but they haven’t given up on him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I disagree, the fact they tried to trade him to the Kings in June as part of the Ryan Smyth deal tells me they’d given up on him for a while.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: The NY Islanders signed former Devil Jay Pandolfo to a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: CapGeek lists it as a one-year, one-way $600K deal. So much for the Islanders making a trade for a veteran forward.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Florida Panthers are expected to place forward Steven Reinprecht on re-entry waivers, in hopes a rival club will claim him and take half his remaining $2 million salary.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have placed winger Victor Oreskovich on waivers and will demote him to their AHL affiliate if he clears. The club also claimed Dale Weise off waivers from the NY Rangers to replace Oreskovich.