Daniel Cleary signs with the Flyers, John Tavares named Islanders captain, and the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Pekka Rinne, Joe Thornton and more.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers have signed former Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary to a three-year, $8.25 million contract. The Flyers cannot officially announce the trade until they’ve become salary cap compliant.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: More on the Cleary signing later this morning in the “Rumors” section. Suffice to say, the Flyers will be forced to shed salary, as they were roughly $2 million above the cap before the Cleary signing. Yes, they’ll get some relief by placing Chris Pronger on LTIR, but that would give them almost no wiggle room under the cap for other additions later in the season.
NEWSDAY: The NY Islanders yesterday named John Tavares as its new team captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there, and in my opinion the right choice. Tavares was the club’s de factor leader over the past two seasons, emerging as the Islanders best player and on-ice leader.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin has been asked to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch after it is lit in Greece. As long as travel arrangement minimize the time he’d be away from the Capitals, the club won’t prevent him from participating. “The torch lighting ceremony comes just two days before Washington opens the regular season at the Chicago Blackhawks, but Ovechkin will not miss any regular season games in order to take part.”
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne continues to make progress in his recovery from off-season hip surgery. There remains no timetable as to when he’ll be ready for game action.
MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton is happy to report his son has recovered from the recent illness which forced Thornton to skip Team Canada’s orientation camp last month.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat is expected to begin the season in long-term injured reserve. Havlat is recovery from major off-season groin surgery.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild have signed UFA center David Steckel to a professional tryout contract.
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell’s broken leg has not fully healed. The club will closely monitor his recovery. Campbell suffered the injury during the 2013 Eastern Conference Final.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings center Darren Helm, hoping to overcome a back injury, has now been sidelined by a groin injury.