NHL Rumors II: Offers Sheets, Johansen, Del Zotto, Brodeur, Roy and the Penguins

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that James Reimer should avoid salary arbitration. Shouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs two assistant hires aren’t internal promotions.Simmons thinks GM should get a little nasty and sign rival players to offer sheets.

    It isn’t about getting the player, necessarily. History has shown most teams match RFA offers. It’s about altering the competitive nature of your competition. Like playing billiards, it isn’t just the shots you make, it’s what you leave behind that matters as well.

    If you’re the Maple Leafs, for example, didn’t it make sense to make an $11 million or $12 million offer per year for Subban? If you get him, you’re acquiring a game changing player. If you don’t, you’re messing up the payroll of one of your chief rivals. There’s no lose in this kind of deal.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are $18 million under the salary cap and could easily match any offer sheet that Ryan Johansen signs.

    “If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet,” Kekalainen said. “Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that’s fine for them. We’d just match it and keep the player.”

    The Blue Jackets and Johansen are still at odds on term, and haven’t really started on the money part of it.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Thinks the Stars and Red Wings could be good fits for defenseman Michael Del Zotto. EJ Hradek: Adds the Sharks under Larry Robinson would also be a good fit.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Del Zotto is still waiting for someone to buy low on him. He is the most intriguing free agent out there as he’s still young and has ability.Martin Brodeur may be a victim of both the salary cap and the shadow he could cast over a teams No. 1 goalie. Brooks wonders about the Blue Jackets behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Brodeur behind Marc-Andre Fleury may have been better than Thomas Greiss.Bruins Torey Krug is not eligible for salary arbitration nor offer sheets.
  • Josh Rimer: Derek Roy is getting close to signing a deal. Down to two teams, with one in the East and one in the West.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said that 2014 1st round draft pick Kasperi Kapanen could make the team next year.

    “We have to keep in mind that Kapanen could come in and make this team,” he said. “He’s played with men [in Finland] for two years. He’s a good player.”

    Their roster is work-in-progress, and could be up until next years trade deadline.


  1. I_am_I

    07/06/2014 at 2:07 pm

    If the Leafs signed Subban to $11M a year they end up $5M over the cap after filling out their roster (Gardiner and minimum salary players). That is a tough amount of salary to move out, especially when all the GMs know you need to do it.

    But the point stands, Montreal would match and it would play havoc with their cap. They’d return the favour though.

  2. I_am_I

    07/06/2014 at 2:09 pm

    Also Montreal has the cap space to sign Subban for $12M without it being a problem next season.

  3. Mercury10

    07/06/2014 at 2:30 pm

    Mr Simmons, “There’s no lose in this kind of deal” ??? Below, I will show you how much the Leafs lose. IMHO, the Habs would hand cuff the Leafs by not matching an $11mil or $12mil/year deal, and I love Sooby.

    Below is a list of draft pick compensation if a team decides not to match an offer sheet.

    Cap Hit of offer sheet

    Draft Pick Compensation

    $1,110,249 or below


    Over $1,110,249 to $1,682,194

    Third-round pick

    Over $1,682,194 to $3,364,391

    Second-round pick

    Over $3,364,391 to $5,046,585

    First-round and third-round pick

    Over $5,046,585 to $6,728,781

    First-round, second-round and third-round pick

    Over $6,728,781 to $8,410,976

    Two first-round picks, second-round pick, third-round pick

    Over $8,410,976

    Four first-round picks

    Source: ESPN

    Taking into consideration the Leafs innability to make the playoffs, those MIGHT be high DP’s they would give up. Its hard not to make fun of the hapless Leafs nation when you read something like this.

  4. Bottle_Police

    07/06/2014 at 3:18 pm

    11 or 12 Million?

    Wow, Simmons, you have almost outdone yourself with this level of stupidity. Almost…

    The Habs would balk at that offer; Subban would end up on the Leafs at 12 million. (Great player absolutely; worth 12 million in a salary cap era? Good God no). So the Leafs would end up handcuffing themselves with the Salary Cap for the foreseeable future, AND the Habs would get our first round pick for the next four years (some of which will likely be top ten picks). But yeah good call Simmons–no downside here. This is why the hockey Universe thinks so “highly” of the Leafs franchise and it’s followers…

  5. GreatSave

    07/06/2014 at 4:02 pm

    Simmons is out of touch in today’s market dynamics. Most teams would take Toronto picks (4) of them rather than the huge contract to match. Watching the Leafs finish in the lottery position for the next 4 yrs while suffering under the cap would be funny. That’s why Simmons can never run an nhl team but just looks for things to fill up his weekly stupidity.

  6. ChrisB

    07/06/2014 at 4:40 pm

    It’s Steve Simmons, what do you expect? The bulk of his columns/opinions are more for entertainment than analytical purposes. He definitely shouldn’t be cited on a rumour site.

  7. ChrisC

    07/06/2014 at 7:23 pm

    I think this is funny. I hate the Leafs but if they were to sign Subban and finish in the bottom that would be the icing on the cake lmao

  8. Dave

    07/07/2014 at 2:52 am


    “But yeah good call Simmons–no downside here. This is why the hockey Universe thinks so “highly” of the Leafs franchise and it’s followers…”

    And this is why knowledgeable Leaf fans despise the haters because you guys take what one incompetent journalist/random opinion said and take it as them speaking on behalf of all Leaf fans. That’s just such flawed logic i don’t even know where to start…….

  9. Khrys

    07/07/2014 at 8:16 pm

    @Dave : Bit of a double-edged sword. There’s strength in numbers AND volume. Laffs fans have plenty of both, which kills me as a Leafs fan who desperately wants to see some actual competition in Toronto again.
    These past couple off-seasons have been bonkers, Nonis has been making some… “interesting” moves, we’ll say.

    I’m more worried about Gardiner/Franson tbh.

  10. ajp4to

    07/08/2014 at 8:23 am

    Sure offer sheet PK with 13m left on the cap and 17 players signed…
    That way the leafs can play with 18 players under the cap…After all who needs a backup goalie, a 5th and 6th Dman, or the other two forwards.