Get the latest on Tyler Bozak’s contract talks, the Canadiens interest in Daniel Briere, an update on Alexander Edler’s trade status, the Jets re-signing of Grant Clitsome and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Toronto Maple Leafs have used one of their two compliance buyouts on defenseman Mike Komisarek.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are considering an eight-year contract proposal worth just under $5 million per season from Tyler Bozak’s agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The denizens of Leafs Nation aren’t pleased (if the reaction from the Twittersphere is anything to go by) with the notion of the Leafs possibly signing Bozak to an eight-year deal. I agree with them. Bozak’s not worth such a lengthy contract, and it could come back to haunt him and the Leafs.
As for Komisarek, everyone expected him to be bought out. It’ll be interesting to see if he lands with another NHL club, as his stock really declined during his years with the Leafs.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Having lost out in the Vincent Lecavalier sweepstakes, the Montreal Canadiens have turned their focus toward Daniel Briere.
RDS’s Renaud Lavoie reports the Canadiens won’t re-sign defenseman Yannick Weber, allowing him to depart via unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could understand the desire to land Lecavalier. The last thing the Canadiens need, however, is another small forward. They should pass on Briere. As for Weber, he struggled to crack the Canadiens blueline, but he should attract interest around the league from clubs seeking an affordable puck-moving blueliner.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks are shopping blueliner Alexander Edler, despite the fact the no-trade clause in his new contract kicked in on July 1. It’s believed the Canucks intend to play more of their younger players under new coach John Tortorella, and moving Edler could provide an opportunity to get more good young players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the Canucks can find a suitor not only willing to take on Edler’s expensive new contract, but also one he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause for.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed defenseman Grant Clitsome to a three-year, $6.2 million contract.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames need Mikael Backlund to step up next season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Long-time Oilers anthem singer Paul Lorieau has passed away from esophageal cancer. My condolences to his family and to the Oilers and their fans.