Friday, July 03, 2009

DAY 2: $8 million more to spend

With the signing of Grabowski, Brian Burke has $5 to $8 million remaining to spend on salaries depending on how close he wants to get to the cap. Burke has a history of spending to the cap each season so he is not likely done. A group of ex-Habs are available which might make the Toronto-Montreal rivalry that much more emotional. They are Robert Lang, Alex Tanguay, Saku Koivu and Alexei Kovalev. Some speculate Koivu is off to Minnesota to join his brother. Kovalev will likely land with a team needing some offensive. Los Angeles tried to make a splash in the free agent market but failed to do so. Kovalev may be the best of the rest so perhaps the Kings are interested. Lang and Tanguay are interesting propositions and I wonder if Burke would be interested. My guess is the term of a contract would be the issue here as he is avid to get into the bidding for Rick Nash next summer.

Couldn't help but notice that Nik Antropov snared a $4 million per season contract yesterday. Umm, no comment.