Canadiens to buy out P-A Parenteau, an update on Alex Burmistrov plus the latest on the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Senators and Oilers.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens placed winger P-A Parenteau on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining year of his contract. Parenteau expressed surprise by the move, claiming no one on the team informed him this was coming.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired last summer from Colorado that sent the fading Daniel Briere to the Avalanche, Parenteau failed to provide much of an offensive boost for the Canadiens’ anemic offense. He tallied only 22 points in 56 games. Parenteau was to earn $4 million in 2015-16. The buyout will free up over $2.6 million in cap space for the Habs for next season.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks decision to trade popular backup goalie Eddie Lack to Carolina on Saturday isn’t going down well among Vancouver fans and pundits.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the return they got for Lack (third-round pick in this year’s draft and a seventh in 2016) that’s upsetting Canucks followers. The bottom line, however, is the Canucks needed to clear cap space. They had to decide between Lack and third stringer Jacob Markstrom, who played very well this season for the Canucks’ farm team, backstopping them to the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals. The more-affordable Markstrom finally appears ready to move into the full-time backup role and could perhaps become Ryan Miller’s successor in a couple of years. If that pans out as management hopes, the criticism of the Lack trade will quickly be forgotten.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Paul Maurice is open to the idea of Alex Burmistrov rejoining the club after spending the past two years in the KHL.
TORONTO SUN: Unlike previous Maple Leafs management, the current regime intends to take a more patient approach to free agency this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t hurt that this year’s free-agent market is perhaps the worst ever. There’s really not a lot there to significantly improve the Leafs. Not saying they won’t make any UFA signings, but I’m not expecting a big splash this year.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators expect to put more focus on re-signing RFAs Mike Hoffman and Alex Chiasson than pursuing unrestricted free agents. They’re also still trying to trade little-used winger Colin Greening.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers moves during the NHL Draft has them making steps in the right direction toward playoff contention. However, they still must address their poor defense.