Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.
On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.
But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.
The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.
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.
Calgary has placed veterans Mason Raymond and Paul Byron on waivers, per TVA.
Of the two, Raymond is the big story — Calgary splashed big to land him on the opening day of free agency in ’14, signing the speedster to a three-year, $9.45M contract.
Raymond, 30, appeared to be a bad fit for head coach Bob Hartley almost from the start. Though he produced reasonably well on offense — 12 goals and 23 points in 57 games — he sat as a healthy scratch on a number of occasions, including the start of the playoffs.
Raymond carries a $3.15M cap hit this year and the next, so it’s highly unlikely he’ll get claimed by another team. Should he clear and be sent to AHL Stockton, Calgary will recoup $950,000 in cap space.
As for Byron, the 26-year-old is on a one-year deal at $900,000. Like Raymond, he produced in limited time last year — 19 points in 57 games — but missed significant time in the second half of the season to a sports hernia.
Boston has placed veteran forward Max Talbot on waivers, per TSN.
Talbot, 31, was acquired from Colorado at last year’s deadline and appeared in 18 games for the Bruins, scoring three points.
Based on training camp and preseason action, it was clear Talbot was fighting for a fourth-line forward role along with the likes of Finnish free agent signing Joonas Kemppainen, former Flyer Zach Rinaldo and Tyler Randell, a 24-year-old AHL farmhand that’s spent most of his professional career with AHL Providence.
Talbot is in the last of a five-year, $9 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $1.8M.
From a financial standpoint, the Bruins would save a decent amount of space with the move (assuming Talbot clears, and heads to AHL Providence.) The club can “bury” $950,000 of his cap hit, and Colorado was already retaining roughly half of the original $1.8M.
In other roster news out of Boston, goalie Jeremy Smith has been placed on waivers. The former Nashville Predators prospect had lost out the backup netminding gig to Jonas Gustavsson, who was in camp on a PTO and signed a contract over the weekend.
Looks as though 38-year-old blueliner Stephane Robidas will be hitting waivers today.
Per multiple reports, Toronto is set to put Robidas on the wire at noon ET, a move that comes just one year into the three-year, $9 million deal he signed last summer.
Robidas, who recovered from two serious leg fractures prior to signing with the Maple Leafs, never really fit into Toronto’s lineup. He appeared in just 52 games last season, missing time both with an upper-body injury and while sitting as a healthy scratch.
Unlike today’s other big waiver move — Philly putting Andrew MacDonald on the wire — Robidas won’t give Toronto much financial relief (should he clear waivers and head to the AHL Marlies). Because he was signed as an over-35 player, the Leafs can only recoup $100,000 of his $3M cap hit.
UPDATE: There’s some uncertainty as to Robidas’ status, and if he’ll be actually be subjected to waivers. Sportsnet reports that he won’t be on the club’s opening night roster, and head coach Mike Babcock said Robidas is dealing with a knee injury.
An injury could allow Toronto to place Robidas on IR to open the campaign, giving the club additional time to decide how to proceed.