Flames GM hopes to explore all aspects of this summer’s UFA market, while Islanders winger P.A. Parenteau still hopes to avoid free agency.
CALGARY HERALD: Scott Cruickshank reported Flames GM Jay Feaster intends to look far and wide to upgrade his roster for next season, including exploring all aspect of unrestricted free agency. Feaster hopes to continue mining the ranks of US college free agent players. As for this summer’s UFA pool, Cruickshank noted that, in addition to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, other possible UFAs could include “Alex Semin, Jason Arnott, Michal Rozsival, Barret Jackman, Ray Whitney, Pavel Kubina, Shane Doan, Brad Boyes, Joe Corvo, Jiri Hudler, Johnny Oduya, Ryan Smyth, Matt Carle, and on and on.” Feaster must also figure out which of his own free agents he’ll retain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Feaster currently has over $46 million invested in 15 players. Assuming the salary cap were to remain at $64.3 million, that would leave around $18 million in available space to re-sign key players and add depth via free agency. Not a heckuva lot of quality options open to the Flames this summer. They won’t get Parise or Suter, and given they’re heading into a rebuild, could find it difficult to land the best of the second tier talent. It would be best if the Flames engaged in a full rebuild, but it remains to be seen if that’s what they’ll do.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple recently reported Islanders management and representatives for pending UFA winger P.A. Parenteau were likely to begin contract talks this week. Parenteau maintained his wish is to re-sign with the Isles.