<span class="vcard">Mike Halford</span>

Chris Thorburn #22 of the Winnipeg Jets fights with Jay Rosehill #37 of the Philadelphia Flyers during third period in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers on April 6, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
(April 5, 2013 - Source: Marianne Helm/Getty Images North America)

Flyers bring back tough guy Rosehill on AHL deal


The Philadelphia Flyers kept a familiar pugilist in the fold on Tuesday, inking Jay Rosehill to a contract with their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

Rosehill, 30, has spent the last three seasons within the Flyers organization, appearing in 45 games from 2011-13 before playing last year with the Phantoms, scoring 12 points in 65 games.

Though he’s slowed down in recent years, Rosehill has long been known as an extremely active fighter. At no time was this more evident than during the ’08-09 campaign, when he fought a staggering 33 times (yeah, thirty-three) while playing for AHL Norfolk.

Veteran UFA squeeze continues as Lapierre signs in Sweden

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers - Game Two

Earlier today, we passed along word that 32-year-old Marcel Goc — a veteran of over 600 NHL contests — signed in the German League.

Now, another vet is taking his game overseas.

Maxim Lapierre, also with over 600 games on his resume, has signed with Modo of the Swedish Hockey League, per TVA. It’s a one-year deal with a second year option, and also has an out clause should Lapierre land an NHL contract in the next 15 days.

Lapierre, 30, split last season between Pittsburgh and St. Louis (he was traded for Goc, ironically enough). A known agitator, he finished the year with 11 points in 80 games, and appeared in all five games of the Pens’ opening-round playoff loss to the Rangers.

Prior to his time in Pittsburgh and St. Louis, “Yappy Lappy” played in Montreal, Anaheim and Vancouver. His best season came in 2009-10, when he scored a career-high 15 goals and 28 points, earning a handful of Selke votes.

It stands to reason that, given what we’ve seen recently, more veteran skaters will either be forced to take overseas gigs like Lapierre and Goc have, or wait for training camp PTOs.

The likes of Curtis Glencross, Brad Boyes, Lee Stempniak and Marek Zidlicky are all still without contracts.

Marcel Goc signs in German League

Columbus Blue Jackets v St. Louis Blues

Journeyman center Marcel Goc is headed home.

On Tuesday, German League club Adler Mannheim announced it has signed Goc for the upcoming Deutsche Eishockey Liga campaign, a move that returns the 32-year-old to his home country.

Goc, who began his professional career in the German League and represented Germany internationally on a number of occasions, appeared in 74 games last year with Pittsburgh and St. Louis, scoring nine points. He’d also spent time with Nashville, Florida and San Jose over a 10-year career that saw him appear in over 600 regular-season games, and 63 playoff contests.

Known as a solid two-way center, Goc was one of several veteran skaters that got squeezed out in free agency this summer. The $71.4 million salary cap has left many looking for work overseas, accepting professional tryouts at training camps or, in the case of another 32-year-old — journeyman winger Curtis Glencross — regretting the decision to take less money earlier in their careers.

Report: Jets bringing journeyman G Leggio to camp on PTO

David Leggio

David Leggio, who’s spent time with the Sabres, Capitals, Islanders and Coyotes organizations, has reportedly accepted a professional tryout with the Winnipeg Jets, per Buffalo Hockey Beat.

It wasn’t long ago that Leggio, now 31, was a quality AHL netminder. He went 38-24-1 with Rochester during the ’12-13 campaign, compiling a 2.56 GAA and .924 save percentage, but struggled last year between Bridgeport and Portland, and failed to land a contract this summer.

Despite some good showings at the minor-league level, Leggio has also yet to play in an NHL contest.

In Winnipeg, he’ll have a decent shot of earning a new deal. Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson are projected to be the club’s No. 1 and No. 2 next season, but they’ll have to stave off the hard-charging Connor Hellebuyck, who played very well for Team USA at the 2015 World Hockey Championships and was recently named the NHL’s No. 1 goaltending prospect by In Goal Magazine.

Leggio should be in line for a backup gig in the American League, especially with veteran Peter Budaj having moved on.

Related: AHL changes rule following Leggio incident

Poll: Will Seabrook re-sign?

Brent Seabrook

In Chicago, conversation about the cost of keeping the team together never really ends.

Having just come off a summer in which Brandon Saad, Brad Richards, Johnny Oduya and Patrick Sharp all exited due to financial constraints, the ‘Hawks can now begin looking ahead to next July, when another prized player could go unrestricted:

Brent Seabrook.

Seabrook, 30, is heading into the last of a five-year, $29 million deal with a $5.8M cap hit. His resume is loaded — three Stanley Cups, Olympic gold, a ’15 All-Star Game appearance — and he’s coming off a postseason in which he led all defensemen in goals (seven), the same number that Tampa Bay captain Steve Stamkos potted.

So needless to say, he’d be coveted on the open market.

There are two sides to this discussion. The first is why Seabrook would want to stay in Chicago, and it’s a fairly easy sell — it’s the only team he’s ever known, having been drafted by the ‘Hawks in the first round in ’03. He’s since appeared in over 800 games in a ‘Hawks sweater during his 10-year career, and developed a dynamic pairing with fellow blueliner (and one of his best friends) Duncan Keith.

Seabrook also has, as mentioned above, achieved a boatload of success with the ‘Hawks.

But there are reasons why he’d leave.

Well, one big reason — the money.

Per war-on-ice.com, the ‘Hawks already have close to $60 million committed to 16 players after this season. While there aren’t many other noteworthy contracts on the horizon — Andrew Shaw will require a new deal in ’16-17, Teuvo Teravainen and Marko Dano the year after — there is a question of how much Chicago can pay Seabrook.

Do consider that, a few weeks ago, Calgary gave Mark Giordano — who’s a year older than Seabrook — a six year, $40.5 million extension that carries a $6.75M cap hit. Earlier this summer, TSN speculated that Seabrook “is due to earn at least Dion Phaneuf-type money, in the neighborhood of seven years and $49 million.”

Those are both pretty steep AAVs but, given the dearth of quality UFA defensemen that usually hit the market, they could be in Seabrook’s wheelhouse. Remember that Mike Green got $6M per from Detroit this summer, while Andrej Sekera got $33 million over five years from the Oilers.

If Seabrook doesn’t sign an extension prior to the season starting, you can expect this conversation to pick up steam as the year progresses.

But why wait for that? Let’s vote and discuss now.