Updates on Martin Brodeur, Cody Franson and Peter Mueller, the latest on the Blackhawks and more.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Ben Raby reports former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur continues to search for a new team. While Brodeur remains hopeful of joining a contender and making a run for a fourth Stanley Cup championship, he and his agent are finding few teams are in the market for a goalie. It could take until the end of training camp to land with a new club.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils GM Lou Lamoriello isn’t inclined to invite Brodeur or another veteran goalie to training camp in September.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact Brodeur’s still unsigned indicates how much his stock has declined in recent years. Just two years ago teams would’ve been falling over themselves hoping to sign him.
NATIONAL POST: Sean Fitz-Gerald, taking note of the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signing Cody Franson, reports the Leafs risk losing the blueliner to unrestricted free agency next summer. Fitz-Gerald believes there’s a chance the Leafs could trade him, though there’s also a chance they could re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I said yesterday, much will depend upon Franson’s performance this season. If the Leafs are struggling again to make the playoffs, Franson could be shopped at the trade deadline.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Barry Rozner recently reported on the Blackhawks need to shed salary to become cap compliant before this season begins, largely because they have several elite players under expensive contracts. “And while that can be maddening for fans, it’s a much better situation than having a dearth of great players and paying mediocrity to reach the cap floor and miss the playoffs.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a good problem to have, one the Blackhawks overcame before and should easily do so again. Last time, they gutted nearly half of a championship roster, but were able to restock quickly via the draft and trades. They won’t have to go to that extreme again over the next couple of years. For example, this year they could be faced with trading either Johnny Oduya or Nick Leddy to get under the cap. Losing either player will leave a hole to be filled on their blueline, but it’s an easier problem to address than multiple ones throughout the lineup.
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien noted a report claiming a return to the NHL is possible for forward Peter Mueller, citing the pros and cons of signing him.