NHL Rumors I: Ellis, DeKeyser, Leddy and Ryan

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have only one RFA unsigned, defenseman Ryan Ellis. It all comes down to money. GM David Poile is hopeful a deal can be reached soon.

    “Like 99 percent of negotiations that aren’t done at this time we just don’t agree exactly on what the dollars should be,” Poile said. “Hopefully it will be done by training camp. That’s what our target is.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings RFA Danny DeKeyser isn’t worried that they haven’t reached an agreement yet.

    “I’m not really worried,” DeKeyser said. “We’re just kind of going back and forth, and we’ll see what happens. It’d be nice to figure out something long term.”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland said the sides spoke earlier this week and will do so again by the end of this week.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Custance thinks the Blackhawks will trade Nick Leddy to help get under the salary cap.Going to hear a lot about Senators pending UFA Bobby Ryan this season. Ottawa doesn’t have a lot of money and he’s going to get paid.


  1. Johnny Boy

    August 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Ottawa has the third most cap space – $14+mil- What are you talking about: “Ottawa doesn’t have a lot of money”???

  2. Hankbemis

    August 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    The missing word was “ownership” as in Ottawa ownership doesn’t have or isn’t willing to spend to the cap limit.

  3. ChrisB

    August 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I think its more Melnyk’s willingness to spend to the cap. His net worth is a billion dollars, he could easily spend to the cap without it making a dent in his wallet.

    Plus that $14+ million is for the upcoming 2014-15 season which most teams are pretty well done(besides some tinkering for a couple to get under the cap), Ryan will potentially hit UFA in 2015-16 which is a whole new ballgame. It’s not just Ryan they have to worry about, either. Its also the 8-10 roster spots to fill within whatever the team’s budget will be next year.