The Columbus Blue Jackets will have veteran center Jarret Stoll at training camp on a professional tryout, the club announced Tuesday. Stoll, 34, is approaching 900 career regular season games played in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have made a couple of moves this summer in addressing the center position.
Chicago Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey series in Boston, Massachusetts, June 24, 2013. What if I told you that your team could have two Hall of Famers and a former Stanley Cup champion for $1.675 million in total combined salary? Granted, they have a combined cap hit of nearly $18 million, but that’s OK: Your team is basically laying on the salary cap floor, staring at the ceiling.
This post is part of Tampa Bay Lightning day at PHT… On the surface, the whole thing just doesn’t seem fair. In this corner we have Ben Bishop — at 6-foot-7, the tallest netminder in NHL history — coming off a banner campaign in which he cemented himself as one of the game’s elite. Those covering Bolts almost unanimously agreed Bishop was the team’s MVP during the regular season, especially over a lethargic first three months in which Tampa Bay hovered around the playoff line. Bishop’s campaign concluded with the appropriate accolades: A second-place finish in Vezina voting, second team All-NHL, and a spot on Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey. At 29, Bishop is smack in the prime of his career