NHL Today, September 4: Devils, Ryan, Neal, Lilja, and More
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The Devils finally signed Kovalchuk. Their number one priority is now out of the way. Now the Devils must shed some salary to fit Kovalchuk's contract. The Devils are $3 million over the cap. This means that the Devils will most likely need to move $4-6 million of salary before the season commences.
Who might be moved? These names have been thrown around that past week or so: Bryce Salvador, Dainus Zubrus, Travis Zajac, and Jamie Langenbrunner.
In my opinion, and probably everyone else's, the Devils might be better off basically giving away/waiving Salvador or Zubrus.
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register is reporting that talks between the Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan are "active," as Ryan's agent Don Meehan has stated that both parties met on Friday and will continue their talks next week.
Bobby Ryan should land somewhere soon. Remember the money is not the problem. He will get his $5 million per year. It is the length of the contract that is causing the delay. Ryan wants a two-year contract while the Ducks want a five-year contract, a huge difference in today's NHL.
I see Ryan agreeing on a three-year contract in the end. Ryan will most likely stay in Anaheim barring any unexpected bumps in negotiations.
James Neal may be out of luck if he is looking to hold out.
If Neal doesn't accept the offer and holds out, he may be risking his career with the Stars as Dallas has a backlog of left wingers and the emerging Jamie Been could easily take his spot.
However, a holdout is very unlikely and Neal is expected to re-sign with the Stars.
George James Malik of MLIVE.com is reporting that veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja is having trouble finding a job in the NHL.
He did receive an offer of $1 million over one year by his former team, the Detroit Red Wings. However, he decided to wait it out, and now, by the looks of it, he may have to wait until training camp to find a job, whether it be in the NHL or in Europe.
Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
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