My eighth annual Prospects Report is now updated and put to bed. Feel free to download it again and get Brendan’s mock draft, and the 10 bonus profiles. Update: There was a Ryan Donato profile (’14 draftees) that was missed being put in – I put it in. So this afternoon marks the final Prospects Report update. Sorry for the inconvenience
Some news from Bob McKenzie on Twitter this morning:
Ottawa apparently offered three years, $10 million to Ales Hemsky and he rejected it and will be going to the FA market.
Mike Cammalleri and Calgary are still talking contract and McKenzie thinks that term is the hold-up, not the dollars. I like Cammalleri, but not for what Calgary is doing. They need a clean slate (and first overall next year).
The Avalanche are shopping PA Parenteau, which is not a surprise because I had the feeling almost by the second week last season that he was not a Patrick Roy player. The Penguins would be a good fit, as he would play with one of the big guns and have little responsibility beyond scoring and keeping up.
Columbus is still looking at trading RJ Umberger, but may have to buy him out. He does not want to play for them anymore. In my books, he has little fantasy value regardless of which team he goes to (although the buzz from a trade to Pittsburgh would make him a huge ‘sell high’)
And some news from the forum – Oscar Moller could not come to an agreement with the Kings and will remain in Europe barring a dramatic turnaround in discussions.
Michel Therrien is not going to be a lame duck coach in 2014-15. You knew he was going to be signed this summer. You knew that, after he took the Habs so deep into the playoffs, that he was looking at three years minimum for an extension. So his getting four years surprised no one. Now, the odds of him seeing that contract through as head coach are somewhere between slim and none. But the contract had to be offered. And accepted. I think he can get one more really good year out of this team before he starts to lose the room in 2016-17. I’d be surprised if he’s still the coach after 2017-18 is complete.
This year’s arbitration deadline for clubs was Sunday at 5pm ET and the Jets elected to file for arbitration for Michael Frolik. His cap hit last season was $2.3 million and he had 42 points in 81 games. He’s in that “young and with potential, but unproven” area that often leads to struggles with a getting a contract done. So the Jets eliminated that from happening.
TSN also reports that the Avalanche have filed for arbitration on Ryan O’Reilly – who was an example of what can happen with the above “young and with potential, but unproven” two offseasons ago. He made $6.5 million last season.
Teams can still negotiate with those players, and if it goes to arbitration the award will be at minimum 85% of what they made last year, per Cap Geek.
The compliance buyout window opens today. If you recall, each team gets two “freebies” between this summer and last summer to get out of their worst contracts. Last year, Vinny Lecavalier, Rick DiPietro, Ilya Bryzgalov and Mikhail Grabovski were bought out, along with 12 others. Per James Mirtle, via the above link, four teams have used both of theirs – Chicago, Montreal, Philly and Toronto.
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