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Impact of Petry’s Re-signing upon Canadiens.
RDS.CA: In his analysis of the Montreal Canadiens re-signing Jeff Petry to a six-year, $33 million deal, Francois Gagnon also examined the potential impact that signing has upon the Habs’ cap space. GM Marc Bergevin still has to re-sign RFAs Alex Galchenyuk and Nathan Beaulieu. He must also consider re-signing pending UFA forwards Torrie Mitchell and Brian Flynn, plus find scoring depth at forward. Gagnon speculates as to potential trade candidates to free up cap space. Possibilities include Alexei Emelin ($4.1 million cap hit), Andrei Markov ($5.75 million), Tom Gilbert ($2.8 million), Brandon Prust ($2.5 million) or Tomas Plekanec ($5 million).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagnon isn’t saying those players are being shopped or are even available. He’s simply suggesting options if Bergevin decides to shed salary for other signings or additions. Under the current cap ceiling, the Canadiens have $4.75 million of cap space remaining. That goes up to $6.75 million if the cap comes in at its latest projection of $71 million. Bergevin’s shown a willingness to make bold moves to address his roster needs, so we should expect he’ll try to do something to address his current issues.
Can the Ducks retain Beleskey and Beauchemin?
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports it could be difficult for the Anaheim Ducks to re-sign pending UFAs Matt Beleskey and Francois Beauchemin. Stephens claims early speculation suggests Beleskey could command a multi-year deal worth between $4.5 – $5 million annually. Beauchemin, coming off a deal earning $3.5 million annually, really wants to remain with the Ducks. GM Bob Murray also acknowledged the possibility RFA Jakob Silfverberg might receive an offer sheet, adding they hope to get ahead of that curveball.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks will re-sign Silfverberg and I expect Beauchemin is willing to take a pay cut to remain with the Ducks. It’s expected Beleskey will test the UFA market.
Latest on Cam Talbot’s trade status.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers third-string goalie Mackenzie Skapski underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip. Recovery time is four-five months, which could affect backup Cam Talbot’s trade status this summer. If the Rangers trade Talbot this summer, Brooks feels they must acquire an established backup via trade or free agency. He claims Skapski was never really considered the backup for next season if Talbot were dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s one thing this summer’s UFA market has plenty of, it’s experienced backup goalies.
Latest Blues clues for next season.
STLTODAY.COM: With the Blues recently re-signing coach Ken Hitchcock to another one-year deal, Jeremy P. Rutherford wonders which members of the Blues core ( David Backes, Alexander Steen, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and Barret Jackman) will return next season. Backes said he expects changes will take place.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A shakeup to the Blues roster seems likely, and I expect Oshie is the most likely to be dealt because he lacks a no-trade clause. Backman is a UFA this summer and won’t be back.
Updates on the Senators.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators haven’t made a decision yet on pending UFA forward Erik Condra, who is likely to depart on July 1. The Senators could keep trying to trade winger Colin Greening ($2.65 million per season), but might have to pick up part of his salary to make a deal work. They could also try peddling David Legwand ($3 million) to a club in need of reaching the cap floor.