The Phoenix Coyotes acquisition of Daymond Langkow from the Calgary Flames addressed their need for a veteran center, but don’t be surprised if they’re not done dealing yet.
Kevin Allen of USA Today tweeted that GM Don Maloney said despite taking on Langkow’s $4.5 million salary, he’s still got enough money in his budget to make other moves.
The Coyotes currently have about $51 million invested in 23 players. Because they’re still awaiting a new owner and have been taken over by the league, Maloney won’t spend toward the $64.3 million salary cap, so it remains to be seen exactly how much more he has to use.
A conservative estimate is he would be allowed to spend around $55 million, which is close to the mid-point between the cap floor and ceiling.
Maloney still has to re-sign RFA center Kyle Turris, which will eat up a good chunk of that remaining space. If other moves need to be made, they will likely come in the form of trades later in the season to bolster depth.
ISLANDERS CONTEMPLATE TRAINING CAMP INVITES
The New York Islanders continue to be a prominent figure in the rumor mill, with the latest focus being on which players GM Garth Snow will invite to training camp.
Katie Strang of New York Newsday recently speculated Snow will soon extend invitations and listed Bryan McCabe, Sergei Samsonov, Jay Pandolfo and Chris Clark as likely candidates.
Strang tweeted the Isles had reached out to Pandolfo, a long-time member of the New Jersey Devils, and were expected to follow up next week.
Samsonov, however, appears more keen on getting a contract offer than a training camp invitation.
As for the Islanders’ rumored interest in adding veteran depth to their defense, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen wondered if Snow would be willing to take Filip Kuba’s $3.7 million contract off the Senators’ hands.
Warren noted Kuba was “plagued by injuries and uninspired play last season.” Given the blueliner’s salary and injury history, Warren admits Kuba is an expensive gamble for the Islanders or any other NHL team.
For the time being, it appears Snow will use training camp invites rather than add through trade, though he may make other moves as he evaluates his roster through the pre-season.
IS KYLE CUMISKEY SEEKING A TRADE?
The status of unsigned restricted free agent defensemen Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian and Luke Schenn dominated hockey news for much of the summer, but there’s been almost nothing on the status of Colorado Avalanche blueliner Kyle Cumiskey, who is also an unsigned RFA.
Cumiskey, 24, showed some promise with the Avs during the 2009-10 season, with 20 points in 61 games, but played in only 18 games last season due to a concussion and whiplash.
He earned $600,000 last season and the club qualified his rights in June, but there’s been no word on the status of contract talks between the two sides, prompting one blogger to ponder the delay and suggest Cumiskey is holding out for a trade.
As with Doughty, Bogosian and Schenn, Cumiskey will likely be re-signed before training camp opens in two weeks, but if he’s still unsigned at the end of it, trade speculation with arise.
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 Eishockey News and Kukla’s Korner.