NHL Rumors: Recent Gossip Surrounding Steve Ott, Derek Roy and MoreJuly 7, 2014
The NHL offseason started to get wild on July 1 when the free-agency signing period officially began.
Even after an exuberant amount of money was doled out to unrestricted free agents, there's still plenty of talent on the market for teams looking to acquire decent starters, rotational pieces or quality depth.
As the signings continue, rest assured there will still be a bevy of rumors floating around the Web. Here's a look at some recent gossip surrounding some notable NHL names.
Blues No Longer Interested in Ott
At 31 years of age, Steve Ott may not be the quality player he once was, but he still has plenty to offer—perhaps just not on a top line.
Last season, Ott saw his lowest rating of his career with a plus/minus of minus-26 over 59 games with the Buffalo Sabres. During that span, he scored nine goals and recorded 11 assists. However, he still proved to be useful on special teams, with six goals and two assists on the power play.
Earlier in the offseason, it looked as though he could be reunited with the St. Louis Blues, but according to a tweet from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that won't be the case:
Ott is still garnering attention on the open market from several teams, but a return to St. Louis doesn't appear to be in the cards right now.
Derek Roy Is Ready to Sign
Here's another aging forward looking to acquire a new contract once more.
Roy spent the bulk of his 10-year career with the Buffalo Sabres, but he has traveled from Buffalo to Vancouver to Dallas to St. Louis over the last three seasons.
Not quite in top form anymore, and perhaps unable to put up big numbers, Roy's age may be showing, but he is still serviceable. Last season with the Blues, he came away with 37 points and looked like a decent setup man at times. He did the bulk of his damage on special teams, with four goals and 12 assists coming on the power play.
According to a tweet from Josh Rimer of Sportsnet.ca, Roy may sign soon and is down to a decision between two teams:
Interested teams weren't announced, so all we can do is speculate at this point.
Roy could be headed to the Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets or Philadelphia Flyers; however, it's all just guesswork right now.
Khabibulin to Maple Leafs Imminent?
Speaking of aging veterans, Nikolai Khabibulin's name has surfaced recently on the Web.
The 41-year-old goalkeeper will be entering his 19th NHL season this coming year and is looking for a potential contract that will allow him to serve as a backup in a new home.
According to a tweet from Rimer, the Toronto Maple Leafs could be the team to acquire his services:
For obvious reasons, Jonathan Bernier will continue to start for the Leafs; however, it may not be a bad idea to get some veteran expertise behind him on the roster.
That may be the purpose Khabibulin would serve in Toronto. After all, in just four starts last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, he allowed just over five goals per game. While Khabibulin won't be expected to make much of an impact on the ice, he'd certainly be a fine mentor.