The Islanders place Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers, the Senators could have interest in him, the spike in the salary cap could help the Flyers next summer, and the latest Sharks speculation.
NEWSDAY’s Arthur Staple reported via Twitter the NY Islanders (who yesterday placed winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers) tried to trade him but couldn’t find any takers. They’re hoping to clear a roster spot for Ryan Strome.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson doubts the Oilers have interest in the 171-pound Bouchard, who also has a long injury history. Given his affordable contract ($2 million), he believes the Jets (who lead the league in waiver pickups), Predators or Devils might pursue him.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch speculated the Senators (seeking a top-six winger) could have interest in Bouchard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out by noon ET today if he gets claimed or not.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports the Senators have had preliminary contract discussions with Chris Phillips’ agent. Phillips is slated for unrestricted free agency next summer. If he’s re-signed Warren believes that could force the Senators, who already have five blueliners under contract for next season, to make a trade.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports the projected rise of next season’s salary cap to $71.1 million will give the Flyers around $21.7 million to spend on re-signing key players like Steve Mason, Steve Downie, Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson and Ray Emery, plus perhaps enough left over to be active in the UFA market. Seravalli noted several intriguing names – “Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Joe Thornton, Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen”- could be available then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scratch Thornton from the list as he’s re-signing with the Sharks, and Vanek will likely head to Minnesota. Steen could re-sign with the Blues. Moulson and Stastny could be available if the Flyers wish to pursue them.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz, responding to reader e-mail questions, doesn’t believe Martin Havlat is a fit with the Sharks. He also doubts they’ll make any moves to shore up their blueline until closer to the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good luck moving Havlat with that expensive contract and his injury history.