Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
The Florida Panthers are
going to be sellers today as they look to unload salary, especially as
they prepare for next season. The Panther have just one player that will
be a UFA this summer — Dennis Seidenberg — and he is most certainly
on the block. There is also the strong chance that Tomas Vokoun will be
traded as well, as teams look to add a top goaltender for either the
future or a playoff run (**cough** Philly).
A couple of issues
could hold things up. Seidenberg is apparently owed a $1 million bonus
in June, and Vokoun has one year left on his contract, playing him $5.7
million per. Also, Vokoun has a no trade clause, but he could waive that
for the right team.
Currently, the Panthers have $47 million in salary tied up for
next season, and they’re certainly not succeeding with the roster they
have now. Something needs to change but they have little wiggle room;
hence the sale.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.