The Bruins and Flames could have some extra cap space to work with this season…Canucks GM not looking to make additions…Latest training camp invitations…
ESPN.COM: James Murphy recently reported the likelihood of center Marc Savard going on LTIR for this season could allow the Bruins to clear his $4.008 million salary from their ledger, which could come in useful if they wish to bolster their roster later in the season to defend their Stanley Cup title.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports the Flames enter this season with over $3 million in available cap space, which could double if they demote winger Niklas Hagman to the minors. Francis suggested the club’s recent acquisition of winger Lee Stempniak likely means Hagman could be the odd man out, unless he dazzles in training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murphy’s received some flak for the headline of his article, but readers must understand in most cases, it’s the editor who provides the title for the article, not the columnist. I digress. His point however is a valid one, and given the Bruins status as defending Cup champs, could make them a preferred destination by the trade deadline for players seeking a trade. That give GM Peter Chiarelli the option to pick and choose. As for the Flames, their extra cap space will certainly help, especially if they demote Hagman, but they could find it difficult to out-bid the Bruins. Doesn’t mean they can’t, as it’ll depend on the need, but if both are seeking, say, a first line center, the Bruins could have the edge. We’ll see how the season unfolds for both clubs.
CBC.CA: reports Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis doesn’t see any further trades or free agent signings on the horizon. He admits he remains open to any deals which come along, but is generally pleased with his current roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not going to thrill disgruntled Canucks fans who’ve been calling for the club to add more scoring depth and size. Of course, Gillis’ stance could change later in the season, depend on what offers he gets, and where his club sits in the standings.
TRUEHOCKEY.COM: reports former Chicago Blackhawk Ryan Johnson has accepted a training camp invitation from the Detroit Red Wings.
THE GLOBE & MAIL’S James Mirtle reported via Twitter the Winnipeg Jets have invited David Koci to training camp on a tryout basis.