Escalator Clause Invoked, Horton Quickly Struck Off The List, Florida After Spezza?
The CBA has been extended one more season, and the NHLPA has invoked the 5% escalator clause.
Immediately the trade market opened up, with Boston landing another big forward by trading Wideman, the 15th over-all pick and a 3rd in 2011 for Horton and Campbell.
Gotta say, Chiarelli continues to do a great job in Beantown…that was a robbery.
Does this have an Ottawa impact?
Florida has zero chance of attracting top tier talent via free agency, but with a host of picks in exchange for Spezza…maybe they make a pitch.
O.k, received an anonymous note, from a person I’ve heard from in the past, who always provided interesting, and surprisingly accurate takes. I have absolutely no idea who this person is, and do not put anything beyond mild interest into the information provided.
The note says;
“Murray was discussing Horton, but more so Florida covets Spezza…Florida has been playing second fiddle to TBL for years, and having watched the buzz created by Stamkos…they desperately need to do something before slipping into absolute oblivion. The new owner doesn’t want to wait to see if a #3 pick will provide the spark this franchise needs to get back on the map…BIG NAME, BIG NAME, BIG NAME is the battle cry coming out of the owners office, and nobody is talking rebuilding throught the draft…there’s no doubt they want Spezza, the question is, will Murray move him for picks?”
In this draft Florida holds the 3rd, 15th, 33rd, 36th, 92nd, 93rd, 123rd, 153rd, and 183rd.
Would Murray move Spezza, Lee and 16th for 3rd, 15th, Ballard (D), Matthias (F) and Olesz (F)?
Panthers get their big name centre to play with Booth, solve their salary log jam at defense and part ways with a player they’ve grown tired of (Olesz). Sens gain a young prospect in Matthias, a top 4 Dman, a (supposed) 1st line forward, and a 3rd over-all pick.
Not saying this is out there, it’s just off the top of my head.
Would you do it?