NHL teams let guys play for their country unless they have an injury that puts them at risk. The players are insured for this event separate from their NHL team. As for where the players come from, undrafted prospects and pros in other leagues are eligible for the event. Europeans who have never been with a NHL team or washed out of the NHL earlier in their career can market themselves in this event.
Well, it's either the Blues or Europe and I'd be surprised if somebody came up with seven figures for him to play in Europe. So I'd put that at 90 percent. I could see his rights move along in a trade, if the right opportunity came along.
Maybe a KHL team makes a pitch. But generally speaking guys with more scoring potential are getting those contracts. I believe he could make more money in the NHL as a checking line guy.
Great point. Washington hated to see Pittsburgh in the second round again, but the Caps took care of them. Before the playoffs started you heard a lot about teams wanting to catch Vegas as a first-round opponent and we all saw how that worked out.
That could make sense for the Wings. Jimmy Howard is under contract for one more year with a cap hit exceeding $5 million, so he figures to play unless he is traded . . . which seems like an unlikely proposition. Perhaps Detroit would be more willing to go multiple years than the Blues, since the Wings dumped Petr Mrazek to leave their options for the future open.
Darling has three years and nearly $12 million left on his contract, so moving on from him won't be easy. He would collect two-thirds of that money spread over six years if bought out. Ouch. The Hurricanes are worth monitoring in the week ahead as they do look at goaltending and shop defenseman Justin Faulk and winger Jeff Skinner as well.
Nothing yet that I have heard.
Brodziak, Hutton and Upshall are unrestricted free agents. Jaskin, Fabbri, Edmundson, Soshnikov, Sundqvist and Schmaltz are restricted free agents.
All are long shots. It seems the Sabres are willing to listen on O'Reilly and his contract may scare some teams off, so I'd say he might be the most available.
NHL Network has been televising the games.
I don't mind this format. There is so little separating most playoff teams any more. Nashville goes in as a bottom seed and plays for the Cup. Then the Preds go in as the top seed and fail to escape Round 2.
In this size market, I fear that another 41 hockey games would impact the Blues' sales. I could see folks opting to watch the kids play at lower prices and ditching some of the NHL games they would normally attend. San Jose is a bigger market and the Winnipeg market is far more hockey-centric.
That is a long shot. I see him wanting max dollars, which he could get in a sign-and-trade deal., He has given zero indication of what he might do and even his teammates are clueless. I believe he would love to stay and see the Islanders hire competent management as the franchise builds up toward playing in its new arena.
The Blues have a nice nucleus with Pietrangelo, Parayko, Tarasenko, Schenn, Schwartz and nice prospects with Dunn, Thomas, Kyrou and Thompson. So I believe they could make a good argument for him. But a lot has to happen for him to land here, including him actually wanting to leave.
Skinner has one year left on his contract, so I'm not sure the Blues will try to win that bidding for a rental player. But it IS a buy low opportunity on a guy coming off a bad year for a team looking to make changes for the sake of change.
Of course they like Parayko. He is an Alberta kid and he would fill a huge team need. Would they offer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? Hmmmm . . . .
No. I see him getting very good money, but leaving some on the table so the Maple Leafs can keep more of their young core. Plus injuries have kept him from maxing out his production.
On the Blues? Tarasenko at $7.5 million.
Upper body injury. Maybe we'll know more later today.