Are the Hurricanes pursuing Brenden Morrow? Should the Oilers trade for Kyle Clifford? Will the Panthers sign any unrestricted free agents? Read on to find out.
NEWOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports Brenden Morrow’s agent confirmed they’d spoken with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this summer and expect to speak with them again. “Meanwhile, doors appear to be closing at other more likely destinations, like Montreal and Detroit”, writes DeCock.
One problem, however, is finding cap space to sign him, for while they have around $5 million cap space, at $59.3 million they’re up against their internal cap. Signing Morrow, or Ron Hainsey (another rumored target) could require moving out a current contract. DeCock believes Morrow would be a better fit for the Hurricanes than Hainsey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Hurricanes sign either Morrow or Hainsey, it’ll be interesting to see who they could move out to make room for either guy. If it’s Hainsey, they could try to move blueliner Tim Gleason, though DeCock suggests that wouldn’t be much of an improvement.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cites a rumor from The Fourth Period claiming the Los Angeles Kings are shopping forward Kyle Clifford. Staples believes Clifford would be a good addition for the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Clifford is in fact on the market, though given their limited cap space (just over $2.2 million) and with Clifford, Jordan Nolan and Trevor Lewis to re-sign, he could be the odd man out.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cites a recent interview by NHL.com with Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon, who said his club’s plan is to “go with our young guys”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That shoots down recent speculation suggesting the Panthers could be a good fit for Ilya Bryzgalov or Tim Thomas.