In the newest edition of 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman wonders about a number of players and what might happen with them following the conclusion of the playoffs:
- He wonders about Andreas Athanasiou, now with the Oilers, as he approaches restricted free agency with arbitration rights. As the Oilers cap situation is tight, they need to make a decision on if they could fit in Athanasiou’s potential arbitration award. Should they decide they can’t, they could try to trade him or simply not extend him a qualifying offer, making him a UFA.
- Friedman also questions whether it might be Semyon Varlamov or Thomas Greiss who works alongside rookie Ilya Sorokin in the Islanders’ crease next season. Greiss is a pending UFA, and Varlamov is signed for 3 more seasons at a cap-hit of $5 million. Given the Islanders’ cap position, he wonders if they might offer Greiss a more affordable deal in hopes of moving Varlamov’s contract out–which I would suggest would be difficult in the today’s cap environment.
- He also wonders about Mikael Granlund as he approaches unrestricted free agency. Granlund was having a quiet season for the Predators before exploding for 7 goals in 14 games in February. His value on the free agent market might be set by his play in the upcoming play-in and play-offs.
- He wonders about retirement for Wild captain Mikko Koivu. Koivu opted to use his no-trade clause is order to stay with the Wild at the trade deadline, despite interest around the league.
- Friedman hints that pending UFAs Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman might be casualties as the Panthers make an effort to trim payroll. Hoffman is a big part of Florida’s powerplay attack.
- Friedman quotes Penguins GM Jim Rutherford about how one of Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry doesn’t necessarily need to be the one moved in Pittsburgh. I’ll still bet on Murray being moved.
- He wonders if strong performances from David Rittich and/or Cam Talbot might convince the Flames to stay the course in net rather than a bold move to bring in a goalie from outside.
Andreas Athanasiou, Cam Talbot, David Rittich, Evgenii Dadonov, Matt Murray, Mikael Granlund, Mike Hoffman, Mikko Koivu, Semyon Varlamov, Thomas Greiss, Tristan Jarry
The Sabres have acquired RW Michael Frolik from the Calgary Flames.
The pick sent to the Flames was acquired from the Canadiens in the Marco Scandella trade.
Frolik has 5 goals and 5 assists in 38 games this season. He has a cap-hit of $4.3 million and will be a UFA this summer.
Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons
The Calgary Flames have announced that defenseman Douglas Murray will practice with the team on a try-out basis.
Murray, 35, played in the NHL most recently last season with the Canadiens. It is highly suspect that he could help an NHL team at this point of his career.
Curtis Glencross has been traded to the Washington Capitals, Darren Dreger reports.
The Flames received a 2nd and 3rd round pick in return for Glencross.
In 53 games this season, Glencross has 9 goals and 19 assists.
From February 26th’s TSN Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks definitely want to use the money available from placing Patrick Kane on LTIR on a player with to term on his contract beyond this season. He says, at this point, the Hawks are the most interested team in making a deal before the deadline, and that Antoine Vermette is the player most in demand throughout the league. The Blackhawks are seriously interested in Vermette, but also Curtis Glencross and Cam Atkinson.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Capitals are interested in Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross and Joffrey Lupul.
Darren Dreger says there’s no guarantee that any of Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf or Tyler Bozak are traded before the deadline, there is “a lot of interest and activity” surrounding the trio.
Pierre Lebrun says the Boston Bruins have been looking for a winger for over a month. They’ve been in on Chris Stewart for a while now. They are also interested in Erik Cole, Cam Atkinson and Curtis Glencross.
Darren Dreger says a Jeff Petry trade talks haven’t produced a satisfactory offer as of yet, and re-signing is unlikely at this point, so GM Craig MacTavish continues to wait.
According to Andrew Walker of The Fan 590 radio show, the Washington Capitals are closing in on a deal to acquire forward Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames.
The Capitals were not on Glencross’s original list of preferred teams to be traded to, but Walker confirmed via twitter that the veteran forward would waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to Washington.
Glencross, 32, is a UFA at the end of the season and is a hot commodity amongst playoff contenders despite his lack of playoff experience.
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Blackhawks are interested in Andrej Sekera of the Hurricanes and Curtis Glencross of the Flames.
Both potential UFAs, Sekera is a strong bet to be moved before the deadline, and it’s looking like a Glencross move is getting more and more likely.
The Calgary Flames are entertaining offers on Curtis Glencross. While he isn’t the flashiest player, he provides a well-rounded game that is suitable to the intensity of the playoffs.
Glencross was asked by the Flames to provide a list of teams that he would be willing to play for. He wasn’t willing to provide exact teams, but Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun believes that the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are interested in acquiring him.
When asked about his future with the team, Glencross maintained a level of uncertainty.
“It’s tough right now. It’s not only my decision. There’s a coaches’ decision and upstairs’ decision,” Glencross said. “Where we are right now, I don’t really know what’s going to happen.”