- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: So far the Blues have increased their payroll to $57 million this year, an increase of $4.8 million. Those numbers don’t include Alex Pietrangelo.
“If you look at our roster, we had a young team that is coming into the middle stages of their careers, where they’re going to start to get paid more,” Stillman said. “If we were going to keep them together, it meant a higher investment level.
“If we weren’t willing to invest more, we were going to have to lose some key pieces and that’s not what we wanted to do. It would be hard to maintain the contending team that we want to have, but it would also send the wrong message to our fans and supporters.”
- Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Coyotes GM Don Maloney is still hopeful that he can add another offensive weapon.
“I think if we find one more offensive player, scorer it would certainly help. I like our defense, I like our goaltending depth. Even our organization, I just think up front we need more skill,” he said.
“We still have three forward positions available for either finding someone in a trade, signing a free agent, or somebody like a Max Domi or a Henrik Samuelsson comes to camp and wins a job. We have very good flexibility right now, but If we can find another bonafide top two NHL player that’d be our preference.”
They could move out a defenseman. Keith Yandle and Derek Morris will be mentioned in the rumor mill again.
- James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Some Senators fans aren’t happy that the Sens won’t spend close to the salary cap, but that isn’t likely to change. The Senators have the third lowest salary cap so far according to CapGeek.com. Owner Eugene Melnyk:
“If we want to even spend a few extra million dollars, that just goes right out of my pocket. It’s a business, people have to understand. This is not philanthropy. I love the team, but there’s only so much you can bear.”
- John Kreiser of NHL.com: Kreiser looks at seven young players who were traded too soon: Cam Neely, Rick Middleton, Mats Sundin, Kris Draper, Zdeno Chara, Randy Carlyle and Roberto Luongo.
- Brian Compton of NHL.com: Prospects that could get promoted to the Minnesota Wild this year are defenseman Matthew Dumba and center Zack Phillips.
- Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Defenseman Steve Montador signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL.