The New Jersey Devils have already made some major moves this summer by acquiring goaltender Cory Schneider and re-signing Patrik Elias, but they aren’t done yet. With the unrestricted free agent period about to start, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is looking to make some additions.
“No question there are interesting players out there,” Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger. “I think we will be doing something. We have some needs. We’ll see what transpires.”
The Devils still have a little under $13 million in cap space left, according to Cap Geek, although they do need to ink restricted free agent forward Adam Henrique.
With David Clarkson in danger of walking away as an unrestricted free agent and after their failed attempt at landing Danny Briere, the Devils are still in the market for players that can help them offensively. That being said, Lamoriello doesn’t want to talk too much about his plans.
“There are needs, but I’m not going to get into them right now,” Lamoriello said. “You’re never good enough.”
The free agent period starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Danny Briere admitted that the Philadelphia Flyers buy out felt like a door closing. Still, he also acknowledged a different door opened by signing with the Montreal Canadiens: a chance to prove himself once more.
He’ll have plenty of doubters after a dismal 2013 campaign, too.
“My whole career has been about finding the motivation to bounce back,” Briere said. “Coming to Montreal makes it really easy. There’s no better motivation than having the chance to play for the Canadiens. Last season was definitely one where I wasn’t happy with the way things went and I’m going to do everything in my power to turn that around. I’m hoping I can prove to everyone it was just a fluke.”
The 35-year-old admits that he dreamed of playing for the Habs as a child.
“Deep down, I’ve always been a kid from Quebec who wanted to play for the Canadiens,” Briere said. “I’m lucky to be able to have a second chance like this to be able to [sign with] Montreal. It’s a huge honor for me to play here. For me, Montreal Canadiens fans are probably the most passionate fans in the NHL. It’s an honor to be playing for them and in front of them and all I’m hoping is we’ll all be cheering in the same direction when the season starts. We’ll be pushing along together to rack up some wins.”
Of course, Briere and the Canadiens must excel for this to truly be a story of redemption.
The Philadelphia Flyers made it official on Friday, signing defenseman Mark Streit to a four-year, $21 million deal, TSN’s Darren Dreger confirms.
Dreger lays out the year-by-year details:
2013-14: $5 million with $2 million signing bonus
2014-15: $6 million
2015-16: $6 million with $2 million signing bonus
2016-17: $4 million with $2 million signing bonus
Streit’s contract will be a 35+ deal, so barring a trade, the Flyers will carry his $5.25 million cap hit even if his play slips or he retires.
It’s already been a busy weekend for the Flyers, with buyouts for Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov coming alongside this deal being made official and the upcoming draft. (Philly nabbed the 11th pick in the first round.)
The offseason is upon us and it’s time to figure out where everyone is headed. Of course, free agency doesn’t start until July 5 and trades could happen at any moment. So how about some odds?
Online oddsmakers Bovada.lv have some numbers to help you spend your entertainment dollars on guessing who is playing where next season. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Of course, the first question surrounds Roberto Luongo’s future. Deja vu, eh?
Will the Vancouver Canucks trade Roberto Luongo prior to the start of the 2013-14 season?
And what about Ilya Bryzgalov?
Will Ilya Bryzgalov be a starting goalie for an NHL team in their first game of the 2013-14 season?
When it comes to Dion Phaneuf’s future in Toronto, since they’re apparently open to dealing him, Bovada is blunt with the question.
Will the Toronto Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf prior to the start of the 2013-14 season?
As for the free agents, they see a bit of a surprise destination for the recently bought out Danny Briere.
New Jersey Devils: 3/2
Ottawa Senators: 5/2
Montreal Canadiens: 9/2
Phoenix Coyotes: 5/1
Buffalo Sabres: 5/1
Those odds for him going back to Buffalo make for some great trolling money. As for playoff hero Bryan Bickell, Bovada sees a very curious destination for him.
Detroit Red Wings: 1/1
Florida Panthers: 3/1
Vancouver Canucks: 13/4
Chicago Blackhawks: 7/2
No courtesy odds for the Sabres and Terry Pegula spending more crazy money? I feel like we got slighted. As for Jarome Iginla, the Penguins don’t have the shortest odds of the bunch here.
Los Angeles Kings: 11/4
Pittsburgh Penguins: 3/1
Dallas Stars: 9/2
St. Louis Blues: 5/1
San Jose Sharks: 15/2
Anaheim Ducks: 8/1
Colorado Avalanche: 8/1
As always, these odds are just for fun or setting the bar for taking money from your friends. Curious to see how they think some things play out, however.
It won’t be long before the Philadelphia Flyers buy out Danny Briere. And, from the sound of things, he won’t be “out of work” very long, either.
The 35-year-old forward told CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that he’s had as many as 15 teams express interest in his services.
“I didn’t expect that,” Briere said.
Of course, the list might get a lot smaller if the aging winger expects a similar deal to the eight-year, $52 million contract the Flyers are about to buy out.
Briere is coming off a rough, injury-plagued 2013 season. He was limited to 16 points in 34 games, generating a -13 rating.
Still, at the right price, he can generate some serious interest. That’s especially true thanks to his playoff heroics; he has 109 points in 108 career postseason games, including 30 in 23 contests during the Flyers’ run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.