It appears goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers will be a short one.
Late last week, Frank Seravalli of The Philadelphia Daily News reported the Flyers began shopping Bobrovsky, whom GM Paul Holmgren once called their “goalie of the future,” soon after signing veteran netminder Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year deal last month.
Holmgren “vehemently denied” Bobrovsky was part of trade talks, but Seravalli claimed the Flyers failed to get the asking price they sought for the 22-year-old Russian goalie.
Given the currently limited market for goaltenders, it would be difficult for the Flyers to shop Bobrovsky this summer.
They could retain him for the remaining two years on his contract, both as a quality backup for Bryzgalov, as well as a bargaining chip should other roster needs arise.
It’s clear, however, Bryzgalov’s lengthy contract means Bobrovsky won’t have much of a future as a Flyer.
CAPITALS MAKE TRADE, STILL SEEK CAP SPACE
The Washington Capitals made a significant move last Friday to clear salary cap space, dealing right winger Eric Fehr and his $2.2 million salary to the Winnipeg Jets for minor-leaguer Danick Paquette and a draft pick.
This move puts the Capitals, who were $1.8 million above next season’s salary cap of $64.3 million, under the ceiling by $395,000.
That’s still not enough space to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Karl Alzner and remain cap compliant, so naturally there’s an expectation the Capitals are not done dealing.
Left winger Alexander Semin has been a frequent subject of trade rumors, but Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post recently argued against moving him, pointing out Semin, despite some of the flaws in his game, is among the most prolific scorers since the lockout.
Greenberg suggested Semin is the key to helping teammates Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom regain their high-scoring ways after their offensive production declined last season.
That didn’t prevent Calgary Sun columnist Steve MacFarlane from suggesting Flames GM Jay Feaster include the Capitals amongst the teams he targets this summer by trying to acquire Semin or Alzner.
While it remains to be seen if the Capitals will consider moving Semin, there’s little doubt of their intent to re-sign Alzner.
Besides, they don’t necessarily have to consider another trade if they seek additional cap space.
Katie Carrera of the Washington Post suggested if the Capitals place defenseman Tom Poti ($2.875 million per season), who is still recovering from a nagging groin injury, on long-term injury status to start the season, they would have roughly $3.2 million of room, more than enough to re-sign Alzner.
That, however, would only be in effect as long as Poti is on LTIR, because once he’s cleared to return to action, the Capitals would have to clear sufficient cap space for him.
PARISE DEAL WILL FORCE DEVILS TO CUT COSTS
New Jersey Devils left winger Zach Parise remains hopeful of signing a long-term extension with the Devils prior to his arbitration hearing on August 3 in Toronto, but he’s not keen to go through the process.
He recently said he’d be willing to sign a one-year extension to avoid going before an arbiter.
The problem, be it on a one-year or multi-year deal, is finding sufficient cap space for Parise’s new contract.
Currently, the Devils have more than $7.34 million in available cap space, more than enough to re-sign Parise, but leaving precious little to fill out the remainder of the roster and still have a sufficient cap cushion for additional moves if required over the course of the season.
Whether Parise gets his next contract via negotiation or arbitration, his new salary will likely force the Devils into making a cost-cutting move or two.
WILL WOLSKI BE BOUGHT OUT?
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported Sunday the recent filings for arbitration by forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle will open a 48-hour salary buyout window for the Rangers, beginning three days after the settlement of the last arbitration-eligible player’s case via arbiter or negotiated deal.
Brooks suggested that will make enigmatic left winger Wojtek Wolski a candidate for a contract buyout.
Wolski, 25, has one season remaining on his current contract worth $3.8 million and a buyout with a cap charge of $467,677 for next season would free up $3.33 million in cap space for the Rangers in 2011-12.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Foxsports.com and Eishockey News.