10 interesting NHL free agents still available, the latest on Vincent Lecavalier and an update on the Senators goaltending.
USATODAY.COM: Kevin Allen looks at ten notable UFAs still available, including Dany Heatley, Martin Brodeur, Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy, Dustin Penner and Mike Ribeiro.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those names are impressive…or they would be if this were 2010, as that’s around when those players were still among the NHL’s best. Now, it’s a list of players well past their best-before dates.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports the Flyers are still trying to trade Vincent Lecavalier and the remainder of the five-year, $22.5 million contract he signed last summer. Carchidi claims the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators are among the teams which expressed interest, but they want the Flyers to pick up “a big part of his salary”, while some teams also want them to include a pick or player in the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After signing David Legwand last Friday, the Senators are no longer interested in Lecavalier, if they had any real interest in the first place. The most the Flyers can pick up of Lecavalier’s salary each year is $1.8125 million, as part of his salary this year consists of $2 million in bonus money which was paid on July 1.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes the Senators have some big decisions to make between the pipes. Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner are expected to return as the Senators tandem in 2014-15, but Brennan suggests it gets interesting beyond that. Anderson is entering the final season of his contract and will be eligible for UFA status next summer, while Lehner is an RFA this summer and is considered a future starter. “Do they try to trade Anderson before the deadline? Or do they re-sign him and risk stalling Lehner’s emergence for another three or four years?”, asks Brennan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much will be determined by the respective performances of Anderson and Lehner this coming season. If Lehner outperforms Anderson this season, the latter becomes trade bait by the March deadline. If Anderson outperforms Lehner, the Senators will have to decide if they’ll continue to invest long-term in him over Lehner and perhaps shop the latter next summer.