Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is deftly playing the system when it comes to the salary cap to the point that some might accuse him of exploiting loopholes. If the NHL bristles as such tactics, they’re at least not showing it in public. In taking on the absolutely dead money of Chris Pronger and Pavel Datsyuk along with the possibly dead money of Dave Bolland, the Coyotes are getting to the cap floor while saving money in the actual cash they’re dishing out. The Score’s Ian MacLaren succinctly explains the savings they’re enjoying thanks to these clever trades: That’s how the league is viewing Arizona taking on the salaries of Chris Pronger, Pavel Datsyuk and Dave Bolland. The cap hits amount
This is part of Sharks day at PHT… There’s only one Brent Burns, that much is clear. Both on and off the ice, there’s no one like him. So, what do you pay a guy that’s always imitated, never duplicated? That’s the dilemma the San Jose Sharks will be faced with in the coming weeks/months. If you were impressed with Bruns’ 17 goals and 60 points in 2014-15, then his 27 goals and 75 points in 2015-16 was out of this world. Over the last three seasons, not many forwards have produced as much as Burns, let alone defensemen. Since being acquired by San Jose in 2011, Burns has hit double digit goals in all but one year (he scored nine in 30 games in 2012-13). “You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal
The Los Angeles Kings were eliminated, the San Jose Sharks were not, and though Bob Miller made a suitably dignified appearance at Game 1 of the first round, he was in the middle of a long recovery from quadruple bypass surgery. Near the end of July, Bob Miller went and visited one of the only guys who’s been at this longer than he has: Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Bob presented him with a jersey while reassuring Vin with “In October, I’ll be ready.” Rumor has it that Scully will return the favor by stopping by with a Rich Hill jersey next season. Miller further affirmed his improving health with Gann Matsuda at Frozen Royalty, granting a long interview in which he expressed hope that he’d be able to kick off his 2016-17 season by announcing preseason games in Las Vegas.