Angus again with more Hamhuis-to-Vancouver stuff to chew on. According to Pierre Lebrun, Hamhuis would like to return to Canada to play (all things being equal, which means he still needs his money). Edmonton is probably not an ideal destination right now – Calgary is in cap hell, and both Toronto and Montreal have enough high-paid defensemen. Ottawa could be a fit.
Read my on-the-fly tweets for some Ellis/Price analysis. The fact his rights were traded for, as opposed to hitting the UFA scene, speaks volumes about his value. He’s the perfect mentor for Price because he’s mentally tough and is still young enough to be Price’s close friend. I love this move because Price will be able to watch and absorb a young veteran playing with maturity and a strong work ethic.
The Habs have traded Sergei Kostitsyn to Nashville for Dustin Boyd and Dan Ellis. I’ll analyze this later tonight or first thing tomorrow. But at first blush, those three players have found a great situation – and Carey Price gets his perfect backup/1B. All three players need to be signed.
Very interesting Tweet from CapGeek.com saying Flames’ deal with Henrik Karlsson is one-way. If so, it’s even more like Gustavsson 2.0 now. *And it is (thanks to Fzusher for confirming) a one-way deal on his profile page. His NHL salary is $500K. Great timing for School of Block.
My THN article is a must-read. I review my Top 20 forwards in this year’s draft (fantasy-wise) found in the Prospects Report, and I update them complete with reasoning. HERE
Angus here, just a quick thought – it’s pretty obvious to me that Dan Hamhuis wants to play in the West. When he didn’t sign with the Flyers, one of the best clubs in the league, people said it was because he wanted a bigger role. Well the Penguins, another great club, would probably put Hamhuis on their top pairing, and he still is balking.
Word is his contract demands aren’t insane (he is looking for at least four years and $4 million/season).
According to Bob McKenzie, the Oilers are going to waive Patrick O’Sullivan, Robert Nilsson, and Ethan Moreau today at noon. Edmonton’s forward group will be looking very different in 2010-11, as the three above probably won’t be returning, along with Marc Pouliot, Fernando Pisani, and Ryan Potulny.
So Marty Turco turned down an offer that was rumored to be around the $2 million mark from the Flyers. Naturally, that looks like a lowball offer and most fans/analysts respond as such. But not so fast – Turco is not what he used to be. In fact his numbers haven’t been that great since before the lockout, other than his wins and losses – which were carried by a strong team. He’s smart to walk away from that because he knows he’ll get north of $3.5 million and probably north of $4.5 million. All it takes is one dummy and boom you hav