The Maple Leafs, stuck under the salary cap, would have let other Bettman circuit formations know they were ready to swap Ilya Mikheyev’s rights.
At least that’s what our ice hockey informant Pierre Lebrun should have learned. 27-year-old Mikheyev has had the best season of his career with 21 goals and 32 points. He will be an unrestricted free agent on July 13.
The Russian would be looking for an arrangement that will bring him an average of $4 million to $5 million annually. The Leafs still haven’t made a formal offer.
The Leafs reportedly only have $6.4 million to spend next season CapFriendly. They only have 18 players under contract in the National League.
Could Zack Kassian be traded?
In search of some leeway below the salary cap, could the Edmonton Oilers be tempted to divest Zack Kassian’s services?
The 31-year-old forward has two more seasons left under contract and his salary is set to make up $3.2 million on the payroll. Last season he had 6 goals and 13 assists in 58 games.
To convince a team to bring in Kassian, the Oilers could also include prospect Dmitry Samorukov in the trade, the reportsEdmonton Journal.
Corresponding CapFriendlythe Oilers have only $7 million of leeway and need to make new deals with Ryan McLeod, Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto.
Aviators and devils in the race for Gaudreau?
The Calgary Flames are still hoping for a new deal with Johnny Gaudreau, but more teams will be interested in his services when the forward becomes available on July 13.
The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils would be among them, reports analyst Mike Johnson.
The Flyers only have $5.12 million in play but would take the necessary steps to hire Gaudreau.
With a margin of M$ 25.3, the Devils don’t have to worry about this.
Six million dollars a season for Campbell?
Goalie Jack Campbell could rake in as much as $6 million a season, insider Darren Dreger reports.
The 30-year-old goaltender went 31-9-6 with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, averaging 2.64 goals conceded and saving 0.914 percent.
Campbell just signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal.