In a reality without a salary cap, it would be quicker to note who isn’t interested in Steven Stamkos than who is. Budgets thin the real-world list out considerably, but more than that, there’s also the notion of where the current captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning would actually go. Still, we’re now in the tamper-free zone for Stamkos, so expect a wide variety of pitches from possibilities that range from reasonable to remote. One interesting team surfacing is the Buffalo Sabres. GM Tim Murray provided an interesting take on trying to land Stamkos, the “big fish,” to reporters on Saturday. (Geography meaning that Buffalo is awfully close to Toronto, in case Stamkos wants to be relatively close
Brad Treliving saw the rules for the expansion draft and immediately was in an advantageous position. The Calgary Flames’ general manager needed a goaltender, and with Las Vegas set to harvest the NHL for two of them in a year, his colleagues had incentive to make a move. The Flames got Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick. A full year before the Las Vegas expansion draft, GMs must plan for the inevitability of losing a player to a team that the league wants to be good out of the gate. Already the impact of the impending expansion draft has been felt with the Flames acquiring Elliott and the Toronto Maple Leafs getting goalie Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks.