The 3-headed goaltending battle seemed to take a bit of a surprising turn on Sunday. Typically in the final game of the season, most Head Coaches will opt to get their starting goaltenders in for an entire game, and get them amped up for regular season competition. The final game was not lead by goaltender, Ondrej Pavlec, but by Michael Hutchinson.
Monday, the Jets opted to place Pavlec on waivers. It could be very likely that another NHL club scoops the lifelong Thrashers / Jets Pavlec off of waivers with his $3.9 million cap hit. At only 29 years old, the goaltender has a 149-154-47, a 2.85 GAA and .907 SV%. We’ve seen other goaltenders turn their careers around with a change of scenery (Dubynk). If given a chance, perhaps this could be Pavlec’s time to shine. Would it not be for the heavy contract ($5.66m AAV) of goaltender 34 year old Mike Smith, Arizona would be an interesting landing spot for Pavlec.
Jets finished the preseason 4-3-0
The Wild placed forwards Graovac, Tuch, and Dalpe on waivers as part of final roster cuts.
Bertschy and defenseman Reilly both remain bubble players as of now and set to be on the opening night roster.
As for opening night roster as well, Joel Eriksson Ek and goaltender Alex Stalock also look to be making the NHL roster. Eriksson Ek can play up to 9 games without burning a year of his entry level contract.
Wild finish the preseason 4-3-0
Though an impressive training camp, Hawks decided to assign Alexandre Fortin to QMJHL
Hawks also have sent goaltender Ivan Nalimov & forward Andrew Desjardins on Injured Reserved
Rookies Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte, Vinnie Hinostroza, Ryan Hartman and Gustav Forsling all have made opening night roster
Hawks finish the preseason 2-4-0
The undisputed winners of the perfect season, err pre-season. 6-0-0 the Avalanche went to wrap up the preseason and 6-0-0 for new Head Coach, Jared Bednar to “start” his tenure in Colorado. To just add to the Avalanche’s credit, they also finished the preseason with 100% Penalty Kill.
Likely that Nikita Zadorov will be taking the spot this upcoming season as the partner for Erik Johnson. This then pushes veteran blue liner, Fracois Beauchemin to the second paring with Tyson Barrie.
Top prospect, Mikko Rantanen was back to practice Monday and will likely take to the ice for opening night.
Chris Higgins to AHL; Duncan Siemens head to waiver wire.
Av’s signed Gabriel and Rene Bourque to 1 year deals
Avalanche finish the preseason 6-0-0
St. Louis Blues:
Starting goaltender Jake Allen injured in final preseason game against Chicago. Status has remained unclear. Blues recalled minor league goaltender, Jordan Binnington. Though no status has been announced, the recall of Binnington could prove to be nothing more than just a need for a second goaltender for practice while Allen remains out to rest for the regular season opener against Chicago at United Center.
Blues traded AHL forward, Zach Pochiro & a conditional 2017 3rd round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for former 2012 1st overall draft pick, Nail Yakupov. At only 23 years of age, Yakupov has not lived up to his status and been a career flop as even an NHL player. With a little veteran leadership and time to flourish in a good environment, Yakupov still has the talent and “stuff” to make him a bonafide Top 6 forward and dangerous in the offensive zone. However, this year already with “work in progress” forwards: David Perron, Ty Rattie, Dmitrij Jaskin, and now Yakupov, worry starts to circulate about too many “work in progress” Bottom 6 forwards for the Blues to make a strong run with the playoffs.
Blues finish the preseason 4-3-1
Preds assigned forwards Pontus Aberg, Frederick Gaudreau, Felix Girard and Mike Liambas, and defenseman Petter Granberg to Milwaukee (AHL)
Forward Kevin Fiala has so far made the lineup. His skill, speed and creativity add a lot to this lineup. However, depth may prevent him from making an immediate impact and prevent him from being a part of the linup on a consistant basis.
Predators finish the preseason 2-2-2
With injuries to main roster forwards Mattias Janmark (knee), Cody Eakin (knee) and Ales Hemsky (groin), the Stars added to their depth by signing Lauri Korpikoski to 1 year contract
Stars released Justin Fontaine off of PTO, demote defensive prospect Julius Honka, forward Gemel Smith, and opted to keep prospects Devin Shore, Brett Ritchie, and Curtis McKenzie with the big club. With Seguin “still progressing,” Shore’s abilities could prove more useful if Seguin is unable to make it for the opening night(s) of the season.
Stars finish the preseason 4-3-0