Here are some quick hits on news around the league with just around 24 hours to go until the deadline:
From The Score:
With only one day left before the trade deadline, several NHL teams placed players on waivers this afternoon, with the hope of freeing up some cap room to add players via trade.
Pittsburgh’s Miroslav Satan, Tampa’s Gary Roberts, Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison and Ottawa’s Martin Gerber are the biggest names on the list, which also includes Brendan Bell (Ottawa), Aaron Voros and Erik Reitz (Rangers), Eric Perrin (Atlanta), Craig Adams (Chicago), Peter Olvecky (Wild) and Jon Sim (Islanders).
Additionally, the Calgary Flames have claimed Lawrence Nycholat on waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
– The Wild have signed goaltender Nik Backstrom to a 4 year extension worth 6M per season.
– The Rangers have claimed Avery off re-entry waivers – surprise, surprise.
– Dominic Moore contract negotiations resumed this morning.
– The price for Gaborik is believed to be a similar return for the demand on Kaberle.
There are 24 teams in action tonight, on the eve of the deadline, it will be interesting to see who is a healthy scratch.
Let the countdown begin.
Micheal A. Aldred