The Nashville Predators aren’t the only team that will need to eat some big signing bonuses even if the lockout happens.
Charley Walters reports that the Minnesota Wild are set to shell out $10 million apiece for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on Aug. 18 alone.
If a lockout happens, the next “cash call” could reportedly happen in November.
Walters details how the franchise is paying off those first fees:
With those bonuses due, a little birdie says, virtually all of the Wild’s 11 limited partners last week agreed to commit to a total capital call of $10 million. Principal partner Craig Leipold is expected to fund the remaining $10 million.
Earlier tonight, PHT passed along a story featuring an insider who believes that this CBA negotiation’s biggest battle is between big and small market owners, rather than owners and players.
Hearing details like these – and noting all the money the Predators owe Shea Weber this year, whether he gets on the ice or not – makes one wonder which owners aren’t quite so thrilled to back a lockout.
(H/T to George Malik.)
The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.
Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.
Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.
Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.
Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.