The latest on the Flames,Senators and Rangers, plus an update on J.P. Dumont.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster admitted he’s working the phones and has been getting calls from other general managers. He refused to get into specifics, saying it wasn’t something he wanted to do and was still hopeful of winning with his current roster. Earlier in the week it was reported Feaster had been getting inquiries about winger Rene Bourque. Feaster said there’s an urgency to this season and he’s not about to sit and wait for his team to play its way out of an early season slump.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears Feaster is sending a message to his players, that he’s sincere about wanting to win with them, but they’re going to have to come up with results or else he will shake things up. If the current Flames players (those not names Iginla, Kiprusoff and Giordano) want to avoid being dealt, they’ll have to step up and win more often.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch wondered if the Senators might try to trade team captain Daniel Alfredsson. He noted the 38-year-old Alfredsson has had a good start to the season, but suggested other factors ($4.875 million cap hit for this season and next, which remains in place next season if he should retire as he was over 35 when he signed his current contract, and his unwillingness to waive his “no-movement” clause”) could weigh against such a move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting bit from Garrioch about Alfredsson having a “no-movement” clause, as CapGeek.com doesn’t show him having one. Regardless, the other points he raised certainly would make trading him difficult, though not impossible. Ultimately, it would come down to Alfredsson wanting to move, and as Garrioch suggested, he might wish to stay put and make a smooth transition into the front office.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the continued absence of Marc Staal to post-concussion symptoms continues to leave a huge hole on their blueline, suggesting the Rangers might have to look at a replacement if Staal should remain out for a significant period. He suggested targeting the Nashville Predators, where there are questions about the Predators being able to re-sign either Ryan Suter or Shea Weber.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross reports Sean Avery, who was recently demoted by the Rangers to their AHL affiliate in Hartford, said he’d only want to continue his NHL career with the Rangers, adding he’d have no problem playing for demanding head coach John Tortorella and would play for the league minimum if need be. Avery said his life is in New York.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers would have a long wait if they hoped to pry Suter or Weber out of the Predators this season. While it remains uncertain about the Preds re-signing both guys, they’re in no hurry to move either one. As for Avery, I’ll be very surprised if he ever suits up for the Rangers again. Yes, he could get recalled later in the season if injuries mount, but it appears that if “Torts” has his way, Avery will finish the season in Hartford.
TSN.CA: Unrestricted free agent winger J.P. Dumont has agreed to a contract with Swiss team Bern, but the deal isn’t effective until Tuesday, meaning he could still sign with an NHL team before then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if he’s signed with an NHL club before Tuesday. I’m of the opinion he won’t, but a lot can happen over the next three days.