Devin Setoguchi could be signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, while the New York Islanders have interest in Marek Zidlicky.
Setoguchi joining the Leafs?
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Citing a report from CTV Calgary’s Glenn Campbell, Jared Clinton reports UFA winger Devin Setoguchi has signed the paperwork for what could be a tryout contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal has yet to be confirmed by the Leafs. Setoguchi also claims he’s been “clean and sober” for five months, though there were never any reports he had substance abuse issues.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since his 31-goal, 65-point performance with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09 (playing alongside Joe Thornton), Setoguchi’s production steadily declined. Over the past four years, he bounced from the Sharks to the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets, washing out last season with the Calgary Flames after only 12 games.
With his personal issues behind him and now newly married, Setoguchi could have a shot at earning a full-time roster spot with the rebuilding Leafs. As Clinton notes, Setoguchi must be paired with a playmaking center to be effective. It remains to be seen if he’ll get that opportunity.
Islanders talking contract with Zidlicky.
NBC SPORTS: Citing tweets from Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Jason Brough reports the New York Islanders have held contract talks with UFA defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who turns 39 in February. Staple suggests Zidlicky could fill the need for an experienced power-play veteran if the Isles young defensemen fail to step up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Boston Bruins also recently spoke with the Zidlicky camp, though there’s no indication those discussions went far. While Zidlicky’s long in the tooth, he reached the 30-point mark last season for the eighth time in his career. If used as a third-pairing defenseman and sees regular PP minutes, he could be an effective addition. With over $8.6 million in cap space for 2015-16, the Isles can certainly afford to add him. At this stage in Zidlicky’s career, he won’t be an expensive signing.