Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Lunch Time Roundup

The St. Louis Blues will not be buying out any players this off season. Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk were buyout candidates because they will be making $13.5 million between the two of them. They now have 13 players signed for $24.1 million, which does not include Pronger. With the Blues saying they will only be spending around $30 million, Pronger will have to go. I don't see how the Blues can repeat their success from last year.

The Washington Capitals will not spend more than $25 million this year. They are going to have a rough year, though in fairness to the Caps, they still have a little money to get a good free agent or two. But is that enough to solve their problems? I don't think so. If the Caps spent $30-$32 million, they could ice a very good team. But with less than $25 million and a lot of money tied up in Kolzig, it's not going to happen for them this year.

It looks like Scott Niedermayer will test the free agent market and expects to receive close to the max salary of $7.8 million. He has expressed a willingness to play in Vancouver. I don't think the Canucks have the cap room to afford him, but he is an excellent player. If a team has the room they should go after Niedermayer, they should. He is the best D-man in the league; but in the new financial environment, I think $7.8 million is too much on one player.