NHL: News & Notes
In what is expected to be a very busy weekend leading in to the NHL entry-draft on Sunday, lets take a look at some news and notes from around the league the past few days.
The Tampa Bay Lightning used a compliance buyout on long-time captain Vincent Lecavalier. While Lecavalier, 33, is still a very effective player, his contract would have run another 7 years with a cap hit of $7.72 million. While the Lightning will pay Lecavalier $32.67 million in the buyout, this will give the club a lot of flexibility in terms of cap space.
The Colorado Avalanche brought another familiar face back to the organization as they acquired winger Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich from the Calgary Flames in exchange for winger David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien. While both the players heading to Colorado are 34-years-old and the Flamers are receiving a 28-year-old and 29-year-old respectively, Tanguay is still effective offensively and playing under his former teammate and new Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, will bring out the best in him.
Long-time Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will be coming back to play another season. The 40-year-old veteran had 10 points in 10 playoff games this past post-season. He still needs to agree to a contract with the club, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Keep an eye out for plenty of rumblings regarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. The 26-year-old Norris Trophy Finalist rejected the Penguins most recent contract extension offer and then the club rejected his counter offer. Letang is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next off-season, but the Penguins will no doubt be listening to offers to perhaps trade Letang at the draft on Sunday, similar to the situation regarding Jordan Stall last year.
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