Updates on the Kings, Panthers and Bruins.

The latest on the Kings’ Drew Doughty, the Panthers’ Shawn Matthias and Dmitry Kulikov, plus former Devils Jay Pandolfo might attempt a comeback with the Bruins.

LA KINGS INSIDER: Rich Hammond reports Kings GM Dean Lombardi yesterday said contract talks with Drew Doughty’s agents have continued over the past couple of days, and they’ll continue to try to work toward getting Doughty re-signed prior to the start of training camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could go right up to opening day of camp, but I expect Doughty will be re-signed by then, as will most, if not all, of the other remaining notable unsigned RFAs around the league.

MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos said Panthers forward Shawn Matthias and his agent can’t seem to grasp the idea the Panthers won’t be offering him a one-way contract for the upcoming season. Richards believes Matthias, a restricted free agent, doesn’t have much leverage and will have to bite the bullet and re-sign.Santos also suggested promising young blueliner Dmitry Kulikov wasn’t guaranteed a spot on the Panthers roster, noting he’s eligible to play in the AHL, too.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matthias has absolutely no leverage, unless he holds out for a trade, which probably isn’t such a good idea. As for Kulikov, I find Santos’ comments laughable. No way a kid this promising goes to the farm. I realize they’ve added Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanovski, and promising Erik Gudbranson will likely crack the roster, but Kulikov’s heading into his third NHL season, and while his defensive game still needs work, he’s proven he belongs at the NHL level. Trying to demote him would be dumb.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports several sources claim former long-time New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo could attempt a comeback this season with the Boston Bruins, as he’s been talking to the club about a training camp invitation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NY Islanders have also reportedly reached out to Pandolfo. Should be interesting to see which club he accepts an invitation from, and if he can stick with them.

4 Comments

  1. Yes, eat healthy! ;)

  2. i am just wondering, not knowing alot about the long term injured reserve list .now that savard is more than likely out for the season.hopefully he realizes its time to retire.how does this affect the bruins payroll.i realize they have to honour the contract but does his salary count against the cap.and if he retires how does that affect the cap.

  3. I’ve always been a Matthias fan since his days with Belleville, but he needs to realize that he hasn’t been bringing the goods for a top prospect since he left the OHL. He’s probably within a year of being called a draft bust. I think he’s easily capable of playing as to what his current demands are, but he also needs to give at least one season to show he is there. Maybe a 1 year 2 way contract will be motivation enough over the next year?

  4. It is laughable to think that a team like the Panthersl, who cannot possibly hope to be in the playoffs this season, would demote Kulikov.