Updates on Brenden Morrow, Petr Sykora, Mike Mottau and Tim Thomas.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika recently conducted a player profile of Stars captain Brenden Morrow, speculating over Morrow’s future with the club. Heika guessed Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk won’t shop Morrow, but would entertain offers for him. Morrow also carries a full “no-trade” clause, so he’d have control over his future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Morrow also has one season remaining on his current contract. If the Stars fall out of playoff contention by the trade deadline, and if Morrow is healthy and playing well, I expect Nieuwendyk will then actively shop him under those circumstances.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti recently reported Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is still interested in re-signing UFA forward Petr Sykora, but there’s nothing new to report.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont also reported there’s nothing new regarding the status of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who has put his career on hold. If there are teams still in need of reaching the salary cap floor in the next CBA, it’s thought one of them might be willing to acquire Thomas’ $5 million salary for this season, even if he doesn’t play, to become cap compliant.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That means a potential Thomas trade won’t occur until after the new CBA is implemented, whenever that may be.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty recently reported UFA defenseman Mike Mottau is among several free agents who aren’t likely to get serious interest from NHL clubs until a new CBA is implemented.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Usually the trade and free agent rumor mill starts to pick up by the end of August, as the start of training camp is usually only two weeks away, and teams with roster needs still to be addressed start making moves. Free agent activity has slowed to a crawl since mid-July, and trades have been non-existent. This trend is expected to continue throughout the remainder of this month.
If business starts to pick up by the end of this month or early-September, it’ll be a clear indicator a new CBA could be close to getting done. Otherwise, we can expect things to get quieter.
In which case, on September 15th, you’ll be seeing CBA rumors in this section, and very little player rumors, except perhaps for those involving speculation over which European teams the locked out NHL players could sign with.