Reaction to the Versteeg-to-Carolina trade, Ryane Clowe’s career is over, plus updates on Jordan Leopold, Martin Havlat and Patrick Kaleta.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: While trading Kris Versteeg free up salary-cap space for the Chicago Blackhawks to re-sign Marcus Kruger, questions still remains for their roster. Since the playoffs, the ‘Hawks have lost Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya, Brad Richards, Antoine Vermette, Antti Raanta and Kimmo Timonen, while Patrick Kane’s future remains uncertain.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: As Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis sings Versteeg’s praises, the winger claims he’s looking forward to the excitement that comes with a new challenge.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Ryane Clowe’s career has been ended by multiple concussions. However, he’s not officially retiring, thus ensuring he receives “the final three years and $14.55 million remaining on a five-year, $24.25 million contract.” GM Ray Shero said Clowe will be on IR for the remainder of his contract.
TWINCITIES.COM: Free-agent defenseman Jordan Leopold is continuing his training in hopes of receiving a contract with an NHL team in the early part of the season.
MIAMI HERALD: Veteran winger Martin Havlat accepted a professional tryout offer with the Florida Panthers.
THE BUFFALO NEWS’ Mike Harrington reports via Twitter Sabres GM Tim Murray still has interest in Patrick Kaleta, though there aren’t many roster spots available.