The Flyers face a roster decision with Brayden Schenn…The Oilers place Gilbert Brule on waivers…Petr Sykora should know his fate with the Devils later today…Rangers could choose between Sean Avery or Erik Christensen.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn could be one of the final cuts made by the club by Wednesday. Carchidi writes that, barring a trade, two of the three following forwards make the team: Schenn, Sean Couturier and Matt Read. Goaltender Michael Leighton cleared waivers and was demoted to their AHL affiliate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the speculation Scott Hartnell could be dealt, I think it could take a demotion or trade of a lesser roster player (Oskars Bartulis, Blair Betts) to free up the cap space for those young players.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychowski reports the Oilers have placed forward Gilbert Brule on waivers with the intent of demoting him to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As more than one observer pointed out, the Oilers closed the book on Brule in June, when they attempted to trade him to the LA Kings in the Ryan Smyth deal. I think we can safely put to rest those trade rumors with Brule as a centerpiece who could bring the Oilers a top defenseman.
NEW YORK TIMES: Christopher Botta reports forward Petr Sykora will learned later today if the New Jersey Devils sign him to a one-year contract or cut him loose.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing he’ll be signed by the Devils, but if not, he’ll be snapped up by another NHL club seeking experienced depth at forward. Sykora had a very strong training camp/preseason, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed around the league.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports the Rangers will have to choose between Sean Avery and Erik Christensen to fill their final spot at forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loser could be demoted or perhaps shopped, though I wouldn’t be surprised if GM Glen Sather has quietly asked around to see if there’s any interest in either guy. Of the two, Avery would be the toughest to trade, given his limited “no-trade” clause and his prickly reputation.