Speculation the Kings might make a trade before re-signing Drew Doughty, and a list of players invited to NHL training camps.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claims a “trusted source” said the Kings could re-sign Doughty soon, but a trade has to happen first. He claimed the Kings were talking to Buffalo, Carolina and Toronto. Kings blogger Matthew Barry claims his source told him Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi was on the block.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings currently have over $9.343 million in available cap space, so unless they’re planning to sign Doughty to a $9 million or more per season salary (which I don’t believe they will), they’re not under any pressure to dump salary right now. If they sign Doughty to between $7-$7.5 million, they’d still have more than enough cap space to begin the year. Barry suggested Buffalo, Carolina and Toronto would love to have Scuderi’s experience on their blueline, but the Sabres need to shed salary, the Hurricanes are trying to keep payroll as low as possible, while the Maple Leafs appear set with their current defense corps. I also suspect Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to evaluate his blueline corps in pre-season before deciding to spend any cap space on defense, especially given the questions over the health of centers Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi.
HOCKEYLEAKS.COM: posted a list of players who’ve been invited to various NHL training camps this month. Among the notable: Michael Nylander (Philadelphia), Steve Begin and Owen Nolan (Vancouver), Fabian Brunnstrom (Detroit), and David Aebischer (Winnipeg).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can also add Jay Pandolfo (NY Islanders).