While several notable unrestricted free agents (Tim Thomas, Damien Brunner, Brad Boyes, Ryan Whitney, Hal Gill) are attending training camps on a tryout basis, former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow is still waiting for a contract offer.
The Dallas Morning News reported Morrow, 34, is back in Dallas working out with his personal trainer and feels confident he'll play “somewhere this season at some time.”
Morrow said he's seeking “the right fit” and hinted that he'd prefer more than a one-year deal.
Back and neck injuries have hampered Morrow's performance in recent years. An injured kneecap limited his effectiveness during his short-lived tenure last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. GMs are understandably leery about pitching him a firm contract offer.
Morrow claimed several teams were interested in him and that he's willing to be patient. He was linked during the summer to the Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.
WILL ROY REACH OUT TO RADULOV?
Following Patrick Roy's hiring as coach of the Colorado Avalanche, some observers wondered if Roy would try to convince former Nashville Predators winger Alexander Radulov to join him in Denver.
Radulov was a junior hockey scoring sensation when he played for Roy with the Quebec Remparts and helped them win the 2006 Memorial Cup.
Given Radulov's unhappy tenure with the Predators and his current career in the KHL, it's been suggested Roy may be the only coach able to get the best out of him at the pro level.
Roy admitted that contacting Radulov was “discussed internally” by the Avalanche this summer, but isn't in their current plans. He said he hasn't spoken with “Radu” since he jumped from the Predators to the KHL in 2008.
Given the Avs' depth in young scoring forwards they currently have no need for Radulov.
WINGS, SENATORS, CAPITALS TO MAKE TOUGH ROSTER DECISIONS
The Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals must shed salaries and players to become roster and/or salary cap compliant by October 1.
Of these three, the Red Wings have the most to move, as they sit three players over the 23-man roster limit and nearly $2.4 million above the $64.3 million salary cap.
Fourth-liner Cory Emmerton was frequently mentioned throughout the off-season as a trade candidate, but his skills at center and affordable salary ($533,000) may make him worth keeping.
Veteran center Darren Helm remains sidelined by back and groin injuries, which gives Emmerton an opportunity to secure a full-time spot centering the Wings' fourth line.
Right winger Tomas Tatar ($850,000) was also rumored as a trade candidate, but GM Ken Holland suggested he'd “probably” make the lineup.
It's believed the Wings will shop veteran winger Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million) and demote waiver-exempt players such as Gustav Nyquist or Danny DeKeyser.
Senators GM Bryan Murray told Ottawa station The Team 1200 his club has more waiver-exempt players (Stephane da Costa, David Dziurzynski and Eric Gryba) than open roster spots.
If one of these players fails to crack the lineup, Murray said he'd try to shop them for a draft pick.
The Capitals will need to free up around $628,000 if 19-year-old right winger Tom Wilson ($1.3 million) makes the lineup.
CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley suggested trade/waiver candidates include Jason Chimera ($1.75 million), Mathieu Perreault ($1.05 million) or Jay Beagle ($900,000).
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays 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 The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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