The New Jersey Devils exercised the first of their two compliance buyouts last summer when they parted ways with goaltender Johan Hedberg, but it looks like Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is content to let the second buyout expire.
“It’s unlikely,” Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger, regarding the possibility of buying out a player. “No decisions have been made yet. We still have time on our side, but it’s unlikely.”
If the Devils were to use it, it would likely be to get out of the final two seasons of defenseman Anton Volchenkov’s six-year, $25.5 million contract. The defensive defenseman has seen his role with New Jersey reduced in recent years to the point where he averaged just 16:47 minutes per game in 2013-14.
The Devils have roughly $59.3 million in cap space committed to 17 players next season, per Cap Geek, and don’t have any costly free agents to re-sign, so they can afford to keep Volchenkov.
Holland is a solid player, generating 27 points in 65 games with Toronto last season. He’s a nice enough piece, but with the Maple Leafs in rebuild mode, they’re not exactly anxious to pay supporting cast members more than necessary.
With such a context in mind, it should be intriguing to see how much either side will budge.
At the moment, the Maple Leafs seem to hold the advantage.
Report: Flyers, Schenn disagree on money, term with arbitration looming
It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have some work to do if they hope to avoid an arbitration hearing with Brayden Schenn.
The session would take place on Monday, so the clock is ticking.
While the differences in opinion aren’t outright enormous, the Flyers still need to clean up their cap situation, so every $1 million counts. That – plus the length of a deal – seem to be the issue for the 24-year-old forward and the Flyers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:
Brayden Schenn arb: PHI: $4.25M year 1 and just under $4.37 year 2. Player ask: $5.5M for one year
With the Flyers aiming for a two-year agreement while Schenn just wants one, it’s not quite as simple as merely saying “split the difference.”
Then again, that general logic could prove helpful. Perhaps the best path to a deal would be for the Flyers to edge closer to $5.5 million while convincing Schenn to sign for two years rather than one?
Of course, the Flyers could also offer Schenn more security in exchange for giving up some UFA years:
To be clear, those reported numbers are what was submitted to arbitrator. Doesn't mean they can't settle for longer term before Monday.
When the adrenaline wears off after a big hit or violent fight, fans will want to see results on the scoreboard and in the standings. It remains to be seen if the Oilers truly made strides in that regard during a summer of change.
On the bright side, their wunderkind star and expensive new addition are at least on the same page.