The latest free-agent news involving Canadian NHL teams, and the last link to the 1942 Cup champion Maple Leafs has passed away
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Could the Montreal Canadiens target free-agent winger Michael Frolik.
WINNIPEG SUN: Time is running out for the Jets to re-sign pending free agents Frolik and Drew Stafford.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin recently claimed he made his UFA signings with Jeff Petry and Torrey Mitchell. Of course, he didn’t fully close the door on a signing if the right deal came along. His recent buyout of P-A Parenteau only stoked speculation he’s clearing space to add depth at forward. Bergevin knows Frolik from their days with the Chicago Blackhawks.
While Frolik is a big-bodied (6-1, 200 lbs) winger with consecutive 42-point campaigns on his resume and decent defensive numbers, he’s not particularly physical and tends to be offensively streaky. I’m not sure he’ll be a good fit for the Habs. It could be a moot point if the Jets re-sign him before noon ET on July 1.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year deal worth $1.55 million annually and center Linden Vey to a one-year, $1 million deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some critics of Canucks GM Jim Benning, still smarting over his dealing away popular backup Eddie Lack, aren’t pleased with the Markstrom contract, though it’s an affordable deal and less than what Lack would’ve sought after 2015-16. Should Markstrom develop as Canucks management projects, that criticism will quickly vanish.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators re-signed defenseman Chris Wideman to a one-year, two-way deal. Wideman was the AHL defenseman of the year for 2014-15.
NBC SPORTS: Senators forward Alex Chiasson’s agent is expected to file for salary arbitration soon
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames extended qualifying offers yesterday to twelve restricted free agents, including recently-acquired Dougie Hamilton.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers sent qualifying offers to Justin Schultz, Brandon Davidson and Tyler Pitlick.
THE TORONTO STAR: Wally Stanowski, the last link to the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs championship, passed away at age 96. That Leafs team was notable as the first NHL team to win a best-of-seven series by overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. They’re still the only team to do so in the Stanley Cup Final.