Michael Ryder scored 18 goals and 33 points in 82 games last season. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Blogger Brian Costello of THN.com recently noted the Boston Bruins remain one of a handful of teams currently sitting over the salary cap, potentially forcing them to make cost-cutting moves before the start of the season.
Costello suggests the Bruins would love to move center Marc Savard, in part due to the cap crunch his salary presents for the club.
It remains to be seen, however, if they’ll trade Savard as reports out of Boston last week suggested the Bruins could also demote winger Michael Ryder, plus they’ll begin the season with Marco Sturm on long-term injury reserve, which will cancel out the $3.1 million cap overage for as long as he remains sidelined.
Goalie Tim Thomas was also rumored earlier this summer as potential trade bait, but that possibility seems less likely now.
Thomas recently denied June reports claiming he’d agreed to waive his no-trade clause.
It appears interest in Thomas and Savard has cooled and it wouldn’t be surprising if both were still on the Bruins roster opening night.
PAUL KARIYA RETURNING TO ANAHEIM?
Recent Internet speculation suggests the possibility of winger Paul Kariya returning to the Anaheim Ducks, so much so it forced Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register to address the rumor, saying there’s been nothing to report from either Kariya’s agent or Ducks management, although Stephens didn’t rule out the possibility.
It remains to be seen if either side is keen for a reunion. Ducks GM Bob Murray’s current focus appears to be adding more experienced depth to his defense corps.
Any possibility of adding another scoring winger – even Kariya – might have to wait until the defensemen issue and the re-signing of restricted free agent left winger Bobby Ryan has been settled.
CRISTOBAL HUET HEADING TO EUROPE?
The Sporting News recently reported player agent Steve Bartlett, who represents Chicago Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet, will have his work cut out for him trying to find another NHL team for his client next season.
It’s expected Huet will be loaned to a team overseas or demoted to the American League to clear his $5.625 million salary off Chicago’s books for 2010-11.
His inconsistent play combined with a hefty salary makes it very unlikely Huet will find a new NHL home.
CANADIENS NOT AFTER ANTTI NIEMI
Ignore all that cyberspace chatter suggesting the Montreal Canadiens will be in the hunt for former Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi if they’re unable to re-sign RFA Carey Price soon.
Price’s agent Gerry Johansson recently told the Montreal Gazette talks with the Habs were progressing and he expected his client to be re-signed by late August or early September. Johansson also cast doubt upon the rumors of the Habs chasing Niemi.
Some Habs fans remain disgruntled over the fact the club dealt away playoff hero Jaroslav Halak in favor of Price, which likely explains the genesis of this rumor.
For better or worse, the Canadiens are sticking with Price.
RED WINGS LOOKING FOR BLUELINE HELP
The Detroit Red Wings remain in the market for a defenseman.
With just more than $1.6 million remaining in available cap space, it’s believed GM Ken Holland would like to add an affordable depth blueliner.
Holland is rumored to have interest in former Vancouver Canuck Willie Mitchell, but could lack the space to sign him.
Another possibility is former Flyer Lukas Krajicek. MLive.com’s Ansar Khan noted Sunday Krajicek earned a little more than $1.4 million last season, which would make him more affordable than Mitchell or re-signing Andreas Lilja, who is reportedly seeking $1.5 million.
Another factor to consider is the Wings are reportedly close to re-signing RFA forward Justin Abdelkader. Whatever his salary for next season is will certainly affect Detroit’s attempts to add another veteran blueliner.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays and Thursdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Foxsports.com and Eishockey Magazine.