The latest on the Blackhawks and Bruins post-Cup Final, Ilya Bryzgalov’s buyout the largest in NHL history, updates are Sergei Kostitsyn and Artem Anisimov, the Hurricanes re-sign Brett Sutter, and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/CSNCHICAGO.COM: Mark Lazerus suggests the Blackhawks strong core – anchored by captain Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook – should make them a perennial Stanley Cup contender for years. Meanwhile, the home of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was “TP’d” by his neighbors celebrating the club’s second Cup championship in four years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unlike 2010, when salary cap constraints forced management to dismantle their previous Cup championship roster, the Blackhawks won’t have to dump a lot of players this time around. Most importantly, they won’t have to move any of their core players.
BOSTON GLOBE: Christopher L. Gasper believes the Bruins Stanley Cup run, despite coming up short, was still inspiring for their fans.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports the “starting point” for Bruins management to re-sign goalie Tuukka Rask is six years, $39 million. Haggarty also reports a team source claims the Bruins won’t use compliance buyouts to dump salary this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve written in detail about the Bruins potential off-season moves in a recent Soapbox post. If they’re not using compliance buyouts, forget about re-signing Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference unless they can shed salary via trades. Rask’s new contract (and he will get around $6.5 million per season) will eat up most of their remaining cap space.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The 2013 Stanley Cup Final produced very good ratings for NBC and NBC Sports Network.
PHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract buyout will be the most expensive in NHL history, paying him $1.63 million per season for the next 14 years. Phil Sheridan, meanwhile, lays the blame for the Bryzgalov fiasco at the feet of Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was believed Holmgren was pressured by team owner Ed Snider to pursue Bryzgalov in the first place. Holmgren denied it, but many still believe Snider had a hand in this. Regardless, it was a costly mistake by the Flyers, and while ownership has the deep pockets to cover it, their twenty-year quest for a quality starting goaltender continues. As for Bryzgalov, he’ll likely receive the payout in full,
but it will still count against the Flyers cap annually for the next fourteen years.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators GM David Poile admitted winger Sergei Kostitsyn has been exploring some options in the KHL, adding he won’t stand in Kostitsyn’s way if he signs with a KHL team. Poile said the Predators would loan the winger to a KHL team, meaning his salary would still count against the Predators’ cap, but they wouldn’t have to pay it.
THE EXAMINER’s Jim Diamond reports via Twitter the Predators will not use their compliance buyouts this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, if Kostitsyn is loaned to a KHL team, his cap hit would be $3 million of “dead cap space” for the Predators this season.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly close to a new contract with RFA forward Artem Anisimov.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the Colorado Avalanche will not use their compliance buyouts this year.
NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Brett Sutter to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K at the NHL level.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Glendale city council remains unsure about agreeing on an arena deal with the prospective buyers of the Phoenix Coyotes.