NHL Offseason: Players Who May Be Changing Jerseys This Season
During the offseason, the moving excitement starts. As fans gather around news sites to find out who's new and who's gone from their favorite team's roster, some players get ready to go house shopping in a new town. While many moves have already happened this year, here are a few more players who are rumored to be moving to a new (or old) town by the first puck drop of the season.
While Ray Emery already agreed to go to the Chicago Blackhawks training camp as a tryout, he looks to have a good shot at the back up spot according to ESPNRumors.
After coming back from his own injury, Emery covered for an injured Jonas Hiller late last season in Anaheim.
The big question on people's minds is where Alexander Salak fits into all of this if Emery gets the job as Salak has a $625,000 salary and it will need to be paid, even if he's only playing in the AHL for the Hawks.
The Hawks will have until Oct. 1 to decide if they want to send Emery back to the free agents pool.
While this definitely isn't a forgone conclusion, the Detroit Free Press says Hudler could be traded at training camp if he doesn't step up his game. Hudler definitely struggled last year and the Free Press speculates that he'll be moved if he doesn't show some of that talent he's supposed to have.
I think Hudler will stay with the Red Wings but a "perform at training camp or you're traded" rumor is definitely one to be talked about.
One of the top forwards left in the free agent pool, Sergei Samsonov has a lot of options when it comes to finding a team for next year.
While it is rumored that there is interest from the KHL to bring the Russian player home, ESPNRumors also reports that Nashville, Colorado, and Winnipeg may be interested in keeping Samsonov in the NHL.
It would probably be more of a surprise to see Samsonov go to the KHL than to see him suit up for a team in the NHL but one thing is for certain, he won't be playing for a Florida NHL team next season as Tampa Bay seems happy with what they have and the Panthers don't look like they'll be crawling back for him.
The Devils have been busy, in addition to buying out Colin White's contract, they also bought out recently acquired Trent Hunter's contract as well.
The irony of the trade Trent Hunter was involved in that sent him to the Devils and Brian Rolston to the Islanders is that only a week later, Hunter may be going back to his "former" team according to Newsday's Katie Strang.
I'm not sure how to classify this rumor right now because it is all a bit strange but I guess if it does happen, Hunter won't have to worry about changing jerseys this season.
While the Shea Weber arbitration may put a damper in these plans (Weber was awarded a $7.5 million one year contract today), Kevin Allen of USA Today believes the Nashville Predators may be looking at Cory Stillman for some scoring strength.
It is surprising that Stillman is still on the market, although his age may be a factor. It will be interesting to see if Allen is right on the Nashville pick or if someone else grabs him before the season starts.