Taking a page almost exactly out of the Blue Jackets settlement with Anton Stralman, the Calgary Flames reached a deal with their own offensive minded defenseman Ian White prior to his arbitration hearing. What’s different this time is that Ian White got a nicer chunk of change out of the deal, signing for one year at $2,999,995. Yes, the NHLPA announced the settlement at that amount.
I can’t help but wonder where that other five dollars went to that would’ve put White at a cool $3 million even. Perhaps they docked Ian White five bucks for no longer sporting a wicked mustache. A no-mustache tax if you will. Maybe Flames general manager Daryl Sutter just wanted a hot dog while waiting things out to get White’s contract settled and White said, “Don’t worry boss, I got this one.”
Chances are that last one isn’t the case as White’s contract now puts the Flames in a bit of salary cap peril. Cap Geek shows that the Flames are more than $2 million over the cap as it stands and that’s not accounting for young forward Mikael Backlund’s salary at $1.27 million either. Backlund is very likely going to be starting the year in Calgary unless the Flames decide to get excessively cheap and send him back to Abbotsford in the AHL just because they can do it to save money. You can’t help but wonder why in the world the Flames are keeping Ales Kotalik and his $3 million a year cap hit around for.
Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.
Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.
The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.
Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.
Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.
Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.
The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.
The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.