Weiss Return Without New Contract? Plus Blues Clues!
Panthers Move Stephen Weiss?
On the surface this makes little sense considering he just had wrist surgery, but there’s talk it’s possible he could recover in time to play this season.
Just keep this in mind….
Weiss, a pending UFA, will not return to play a handful of games without an extension signed sealed and delivered. Word is he’s looking for $5 million year and he’s not going to risk suffering a setback without a new contract.
Could the Panthers move him and receive a conditional pick depending on how much he plays this season? Sure, but again it’s highly unlikely unless the new team put a new deal on the table.
The Flyers are willing to part with Max Talbot and a number of teams are apparently kicking tires here. Several sources suggest St. Louis is one of them.
Talbot is a proven playoff performer who can play center or wing. When acquiring a player like this you don’t wonder if he can fill a role because he’s already done it.
He has three years left on his deal after this year with his salary going down each season. Talbot brings a $1.750 cap hit.
I don’t think teams are lining up to get Mike Komisarek out of Toronto but he can only help his cause by playing in the AHL. Guys like Sheldon Souray and Wade Redden eventually climbed their way back to the NHL with Souray signing a lucrative three-year deal with Anaheim last summer.
Many still believe Nikolai Kulemin will be moved as well.
Columbus and Blues?
Don’t rule out a Blues and Columbus trade down the road. GM Jarmo Kekalainen and President John Davidson obviously know the players in St. Louis and there’s an emotional attachment involved. With the Blue Jackets moving to the Eastern Conference the Blues might be more willing to wheel and deal with Columbus.
It’s a lot easier trading for players you know and no one outside of St. Louis knows the Blues better than Davidson and Kekalainen.
Blues Selling AHL Affiliate?
The short answer is yes. To who remains to be seen? The Blues have spoken to Calgary as well as two other teams regarding the sale of the Peoria Rivermen. There’s been talk of Vancouver having interest and moving them Abbotsford, Bristish Columbia but sources say the Blues have not spoken to Vancouver about the Rivermen.
Calgary was apparently discussing the sale of Abbotsford to Vancouver but sources say those talks have broken off and the two sides are not speaking.
St. Louis has not talked to Chicago either about becoming an affiliate of the Wolves, a longtime successful minor league franchise who are currently an affiliate of the Canucks.
The Blues did look at moving Peoria to Kansas City but the Sprint Center has zero interest in an AHL team rather focusing their energy on the NBA and the NHL.
Financially it makes little sense for the Blues to continue owning and operating an AHL club. In fact very few NHL teams actually own their AHL affiliate.
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