That $1.3 million annual cap hit represents one of the better bounties for a backup, although it’s following the trend of No. 2 goalies getting more cash lately. It does make for an awfully expensive duo in net for New York, though; Hank and Biron’s combined cap hit exceeds $8.1 million – well over 10 percent of the ceiling. Interestingly enough, both goalies’ contracts are set to expire after the 2013-14 season, too.
Still, the Rangers are protecting their crucial investment in Lundqvist, a goalie who’s been among the NHL’s best basically since he burst onto the scene. Maybe it’s a pricey move, but it’s a wise choice overall.
Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.
Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.
This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.
"I’m looking forward to being in the same organization as my brother now and seeing what happens." – Dougie Hamilton on the trade