An update on the Panthers, plus the latest on Jordin Tootoo and Simon Gagne.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports sources “around the league” claim the Florida Panthers are keen to make some moves to re-shape their roster. GM Dale Tallon reportedly won’t wait long to start making some players available, though it’ll be more of a roster retooling than an overhaul.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun didn’t specify which players the Panthers might move. You can read my take on the recent Panthers rumors in my THN.com column.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson notes the Oilers opened up a space on their 50-man roster maximum by shipping Mike Brown earlier this week to San Jose for a draft pick. He’s claims there’s been some discussion about the Oilers pursuing Detroit Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo, who is believed available. His $1.9 million cap hit for this season and next could be a problem, especially if he’s playing fourth-line minutes. Matheson feels landing Tootoo would be a long shot for the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given recent injuries to George Parros and Brandon Prust, I wonder if the Montreal Canadiens might consider chasing Tootoo. His salary would be a sticking point, and the Wings can’t afford to take salary back. Still, Tootoo’s energy and grit might make him a good fit in Montreal.
TVASPORTS: Unrestricted free agent Simon Gagne says he still believes he can play in the NHL, but could be forced to consider his future if he’s still unsigned by early November.