Mark Everson of the New York Post reports that Bryce Salvador underwent inner ear testing after being knocked out of a preseason game. Lou Lamoriello does not expect him out for long so no chance he hits the LTIR.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports that Salvadore could be out with an ear infection (best case scenario) to possibly a concussion (worst case scenario).
This may completely ruin any chance the Devils may have had of trading him to get under the salary cap. This means they will be forced to deal a different player, possibly a forward. Of course if he has a concussion they can place him on LTIR and get under the cap.
James Murphy of ESPN reports that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs does not want to but may soon be forced to allow Michael Ryder to be demoted to clear the cap hit off the books.
At this point I really see no other option for the Bruins as Thomas cannot be dealt or demoted without his consent.
Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports that the Canucks are over the cap but have an abundance of defencemen. He goes on to say he expects Shane O'Brien or Andrew Alberts to be dealt with O'Brien being the likelier candidate as Alberts had a better camp.
I don't like O'Brien because he sounds too much like a guy from 1984. But other than that I think he is spot on in dealing a defenceman that is not that good. They're good but not brilliant, Bieksa on the other hand is phenomenal and they need to keep him.
The Edmonton Sun and The Edmonton Journal reports that Steve Tambellini is seriously considering placing Sheldon Souray on waivers again. When he placed him on waivers earlier there were no takers.
Jim Matheson of the Journal reported that the Islanders and Avalanche are two clubs with the cap space to absorb the $5.4 million cap hit, but the Islanders don't want to add to their payroll and the Avalanche are rumoured to be going after Jamie Langenbrunner. Matheson goes on to say the best fit is Columbus.
I don't think anybody takes Souray unless he is placed on re-entry waivers because then his cap hit will be half. If there is a trade to be made the Oilers will have to give up a lot. As for Souray playing for the minor league affiliate, the Oilers have a lot of up and coming players, you don't really want them to be influenced by a player wanting out do you?
The Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal reported that the Oilers could move Jeff Deslauriers or Devan Dubnyk to clear the log jam in net. Tambellini refused to comment if he had contacted the Wild who are in the market for a backup goaltender now that Josh Harding is out for the season.
He has definitely contacted the Wild. Personally I think they should just keep the goaltenders and hope one of them does well this year. After all you can never have too many goaltenders. Otherwise you are one injury away from going from a Stanley Cup contender to a team that will miss the playoffs.