The NHL's lower-than-expected 2014-15 salary cap isn't putting too much of a damper on player movement, these days.
There weren't many deals to go down at the draft, but those that did were of considerable size, as star players Ryan Kesler and James Neal were both traded. Carl Gunnarsson of course, was on his way out on the second day of the draft, as well.
The nuttyness continued yesterday as we learned that Christian Ehrhoff would be bought out, Sam Gagner was traded -- twice -- only to see another familiar name in Ed Jovanovski get bought out. There were a couple smaller moves, as well.
The biggest news over the last 24 hours for Leafs fans is that James Reimer has now formally requested a trade. From The Score:
With #Leafs Reimer request 2b traded, strong speculation off #NHL draft floor were talks btw #Leafs / #Jets. Could b revisited at later date— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) June 29, 2014
I guess really, it's not "news", since we'd been told months ago that Reimer wanted out of Toronto, but still. It'll be sad to see him go.
With Steve Dangle and Dmitri Filipovic.
Lightning acquire Sam Gagner, then get rid of him for cap space
What?! So Gagner is now a Coyote. Story from Puck Daddy.
Should the Leafs Pursue Ehrhoff?
Duh. From TLN.
Leafs still have a missing link
I think 'links' should be pluralized, but you get the drift. Thoughts from Michael Langlois.
Lightning trade Nate Thompson to Anaheim
A rundown and reaction to the trade at Raw Charge.
Tyler Dellow with a quick analysis.
GoPens! over at Pensburgh looks at a few players who have been traded to/from Nashville to see if there really is a drop in their scoring.
How the NHL's salary cap got set at $69M
Poorer teams, NHLPA insistent on keeping it lower. Story from the Globe & Mail.