Under the radar?
Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes that defenseman PK Subban is enjoying a quiet season with the New Jersey Devils, having “virtually eliminated The Big Mistake from his repertoire.”
Subban is signed next season with a $ 9 million cap and Brooks believes teams that need a right-handed shot could do a lot worse if the Devils are willing to keep half his salary.
The 31-year-old has scored three goals and 14 points in 29 games this season averaging 22:34 of ice time.
Second-round pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007 and winner of the Norris Trophy in 2013, Subban was acquired by the Devils ahead of last season from the Nashville Predators for a forfeit that included two second-round picks.
Sit and watch
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said his team were not the only ones being pushed against the salary cap and were waiting to see if that led to a calm trade deadline around the league.
“This supply and demand equation, I don’t know what it looks like right now,” BriseBois told NHL.com. “I know a lot of teams are in the same situation as us where they literally have no headroom or very, very little, not enough to add a player without subtracting.
“At the same time, the schedule matrix and the division format, there are a lot more four-point games. The teams on the bubble, I don’t know what will ultimately guide their decisions. Will they add or try to sell? Will there be more teams standing? I do not know. It will be interesting to discover. ”
The Lightning, which counts forward Nikita Kucherov among four players on the long-term injured reserve, have used up all of their spare space except $ 370,000, according to CapFriendly with a roster of 21 skaters.
Tampa Bay added Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow to the trade deadline last season before finally winning the Stanley Cup in September.
The Vegas Golden Knights have been buyers in each of the past three seasons, with Tomas Tatar, Mark Stone, Alec Martinez and Robin Lehner all signing deadline deals, but it looks like the team is planning to stick to it. good this season.
The Golden Knights are also pressed against the salary cap, with just $ 141,480 in delay according to CapFriendly, with off-season addition Alex Pietrangelo currently on the long-term injured reserve.
“We are in this position by choice,” CEO Kelly McCrimmon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “That’s what we wanted to do with our list. We love our list and I think our approach will be very different based on that. ”
Vegas currently sits first in the West Division with a three-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche after a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.