Forward Jeff Halpern, who played for the Arizona Coyotes last season, would like to return to the NHL, if possible.
“If something comes along, I’d definitely jump on it,” Halpern said last week to CSNWashington.com.
“My price tag isn’t very high anymore. I feel like I can fit in anywhere, so I’m not saying ‘I have to play for this team or that team.’”
At this point in his career he is a depth player, but he would contribute a valuable veteran presence to any younger teams seeking to increase the average age of their team by a few years.
The Montreal Canadiens continued their busy day signing defenseman Tom Gilbert to a two-year, $5.6 million deal.
Gilbert, 31, played well last season with the Florida Panthers and attracted attention from a handful of teams as a UFA, including the Calgary Flames who were pushing hard to acquire Gilbert.
This move will help ease the loss of Josh Gorges who was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a second round pick as a result of being a salary cap casualty.
There will be no Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes this off-season as the UFA forward agreed to a new contract with the New Jersey Devils. Details of the deal were not yet announced.
Last season Jagr led the Devils with 43 assists and 67 points, he was second on the team with 24 goals.
Many experts have discussed what they believe the salary cap will be in 2014-2015. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recently announced that he believes it will be in the $69-70 million range and that it may drop slightly due to the struggling Canadian dollar.
For most teams, an increase in the cap will allow them to sign an extra big name player. For teams with internal budgets, like the Ottawa Senators, the Nashville Predators, or the New York Islanders, an increase to the cap makes it even more challenging for them to compete with the big spenders.