Predators aren’t done adding players…Blue Jackets could be in the market for a backup goalie…An explanation of why Drew Doughty and Kyle Turris are staging their holdouts.
FOXSPORTS TENNESSEE: John Manasso reports Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz claimed GM David Poile isn’t done seeking players who could make their club stronger, but they have to be the right players, suggesting Poile was on the lookout for another player like Mike Fisher, a solid two-way performer whom the club acquired at last season’s trade deadline. Manasso pointed out the Predators have nearly $14.2 million of cap space they could spend, and noted the Buffalo Sabres need to shed over $3.6 million to become cap compliant prior to the start of the season, while the Philadelphia Flyers have around $175K in available cap space. Manasso noted the Flyers and Predators have a trade history, and suggested Flyers like Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds or Max Talbot would be good fits with the Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, they would be good fits with the Predators, but they’re not going anywhere. Hartnell has a “no-trade” clause and is considered a valuable part of the Flyers roster, while Simmonds and Talbot are recent additions to the Flyers. As for that cap space, it’s a bit misleading, as Ian Laperriere will be placed on LTIR, meaning the Flyers can go over the salary cap by $1 million without being penalized. If the Predators are seeking another Mike Fisher, they’ll have to look elsewhere, because they won’t get him from the Flyers. Finally, just because the Predators are under the cap by $14 million doesn’t mean they’ll spend it all. I’ll be surprised if they spend half that.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports Blue Jackets backup goalie Mark Dekanich will miss a month due to a recent high-ankle sprain. For the time being, Curtis Sanford moves up the depth chart. GM Scott Howson said he’s not considering the free agent market to add another goalie, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility.Marty Turco, Ray Emery (in Chicago on a tryout basis) and Manny Legace (in Vancouver on a tryout) are the best available UFA options, and Arace considers Emery the best of the trio.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the time being, the Blue Jackets will evaluate Sanford as their backup.
PROICEHOCKEY: Jamie Fitzpatrick offers up the explanation of “How a 21-year-old Holds an NHL Team for Ransom”, referring to the holdouts of Drew Doughty and Kyle Turris, with a detailed breakdown of the CBA rules governing restricted free agents.