Montreal awaits Alex Romanov
Sportsnet Eric Engels Reports that while supporters of the Montreal Canadiens can expect Alex Romanov to sign the best hope with the team, they may have to be patient. According to reports, he is not ready to sign his contract until he has a better understanding of what will happen for the current NHL season.
Romanov can sign after his contract with KHL ends on April 30, but the 20-year-old wants to make sure he doesn’t stay idle. Engels writes:
Alex Romanov won’t sign until he knows what’s going on with the 19-20 season. He will sign once we do, but not before. Obviously wants an opportunity to avoid an extremely long period without playing, if possible. So, if you had surrounded May 1, be patient.
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Lightning to recover Stamkos
Joe Smith of The Athletic writes that after missing six to eight weeks due to surgery to repair a basic muscle injury, Steven Stamkos will be ready to go when play resumes.
Smith quotes Stamkos when he writes:
“With the timing of all of this, it was devastating at first because I thought I might miss some playoff games. And the shutdown happened, and we didn’t know how long it was going to last. So the silver lining I was in will be ready when we resume. So I could still use this time to readjust. I go to the rink… about three times a week to skate and start to feel normal again. “
source – “Lightning Notes: Next Chapter by Ryan Callahan, an Update on Stamkos Health and More” – Joe Smith – The Athletic – 04/26/2020
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Teams eligible for the fixed salary ceiling
Sportsnet’s Luke Fox wrote an article looking for teams who are most likely to benefit from a fixed salary cap next season. Although he notes that the NHL could implement compliance buyouts, even if they do, some teams are on the verge of doing well if the cap does not increase.
Fox scores six teams he sees as having a distinct advantage:
The Ottawa Senators
The Senators have more than $ 12 million out of the books. This team actually needs to spend a ton of money just to hit the ceiling and fill out a full list.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils have about $ 29 million in space with a few RFAs to sign again. There are questions about who will be the CEO and his strategy for moving forward, but if they do, they have the resources to do so.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have eight choices in the first four rounds of the NHL Entry Draft and have ceiling space to work on a number of business scenarios.
The Avalanche could be the team to watch for adding a big ticket free agent. They have a group of free agents but have a flexible salary cap. It’s a good team that wants to be a great team.
Canadians have additional draft choices in hand and everyone knows that GM Marc Bergevin has amassed his cap space while waiting for the right time to spend it. They also have 14 choices in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, including 10 in rounds two through five. The idea is that he will pack these choices to win an important player.
The Columbus Blue Jackets
Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets have most of their large tickets signed and lots of space left. They have to deal with the Pierre-Luc Dubois deal but shouldn’t have much trouble doing it.
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