Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal reported that Steve Tambellini will not put Sheldon Souray in the minors until the last second in hopes of making a trade.
Tambellini also does not want to carry three goaltenders for long, as he attempts to trade either Jeff Deslauriers, or Devan Dubnyk. Should that fail, expect him to demote one of them to the minors.
The Souray idea seems logical, but they should really consider keeping lots of goaltenders. As we learned last year, wonderful goaltenders can be hidden anywhere.
Robert Tychowski of the Edmonton Sun also reported the Souray rumours, but added that if Souray is put on re-entry waivers, some teams may be interested in him because they would only have to pay half his salary.
This would be ideal for a team that does not plan to spend to the cap, as they can save some money on a reasonably good player. In essence, I expect a small-market team to claim him, if anybody at all.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that the NY Rangers are trying to find a veteran defenceman to play the left side. Although Souray will probably not be available soon enough for their first game, he points out that they could afford him if they waived Colin White, which they did yesterday.
I can see the Rangers claiming Souray, but it would be a bad move. They have enough large contracts and, replacing Redden with Souray seems like a recipe for disaster.
Furthermore, they don't need to save money. So if they wanted him, they would have claimed him on waivers.
David Staples of the Edmonton Journal shoots down rumours that Sheldon Souray will be traded for Corey Sarich because the Flames have their own salary-cap issues. He also says not to really get excited for a Souray rumour, as there are a lot of them.
I agree with Staples.
There is no way Sarich is traded for Souray. As for other rumours, if nobody wanted him for free, there should be a reason to want him now that the Oilers offering up their unprotected first-round pick of next year with him.
But, of course, that would be foolish.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports the rumours of Mike Commodore for Sheldon Souray are false. The Blue Jackets are not in trade discussions with the Oilers.
I thought about this rumour, but if Columbus had offered this, I think Edmonton would have jumped in, no questions asked. Since such a long time has passed, they clearly did not offer Commodore.
TSN.ca reports that the Devils, Canucks, Bruins, and Flames are the four teams that need to get under the salary cap by 3:00 p.m. tonight.
Not really interesting, because if some of these teams put their players on LTIR. they are fine.
Of course, this does not apply to the Flames, as far as I know. So they may have something up their sleeve.
The New York Post, northjersey.com, and nj.com are reporting that the Devils will be under the salary cap by $88,000 because they are putting Bryce Salvadore on LTIR and are icing only 20 players. There are also rumours they are trying to trade Brian Rolston and Jamie Langenbrunner, but neither was asked to waive their NTC.
I think they will go in with this group while trying to make a trade or two to get under the cap so they can have more than 20 players on their roster. After all, some of these players won't be on LTIR, but will be injured.
And that can be a problem.
Ottawa Sun listed eight notable free agents: Vesa Toskala, Ray Emery, Miroslav Satan, Bill Guerin, Jere Lehtinen, Owen Nolan, Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Mathieu Schneider.
Toskala was horrible last year, so take that with a grain of salt. Emery is talented—no question about it—but needs to be better.
Satan is a great player, but gets injured too often. As for the other players, mostly role players, except Bergeron and Schneider, which amazed me that they are still free agents.
Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports that the Senators were interested in Bill Guerin. but don't have the cap space now.
I am amazed nobody has signed Guerin. He is an amazing player who deserved better.
He is only a role player, but he did help the Penguins win it all a few years back. He deserves a contract.
Sportingnews.com reports that Andreas Lilja has gambled and lost. He was originally offered a one year $1 million contract by the Red Wings, which he turned down, and then was released by the San Jose Sharks from his tryout contract.
Somebody should have signed him by now.
Regardless, someone will take a chance on him, if for no other reason than he was on the Red Wings. And that is a very good reason to sign him.
Ian McIntyre of the Vancouver Sun reports that the Canucks appear poised to sign Peter Schaeffer, who attended their training camp and preseason on a tryout basis.
This would be good for the Canucks, as they get a solid role player in Schaeffer. I don't think he would be a top-six forward, but he is big.
More importantly, he does have the ability to put the puck in the back of the net.