Snapshots: Gibson, Dahlen, Brink, Oilers
With the Maple Leafs being one of the teams yet to add a starting goaltender, some have speculated that the Ducks goaltender John Gibson could be a potential business option for them. However, his agent Kurt Overhardt told Sportsnet 590 Nick Kypreos (Twitter link) that Gibson has “of no interest” to play in Toronto and agrees to stay in Anaheim. Gibson has five years left on his contract with a $6.4 million AAV with a ten-team no-trade clause, so even if the Ducks were inclined to move him this summer, the 28-year-old could block a movement.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
- While the Sharks winger Jonathan Dahlen had a decent rookie season with 12 goals and 10 assists in 61 games, San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng reports the team plans to not field him by tomorrow’s deadline. Although he’s only been in the NHL for a year, this is his fourth year on an NHL contract that gives him salary arbitration rights. Although Dahlen couldn’t get a significant raise to his league minimum wage last season, San Jose will likely want to hold on to the bottom spots on his low-wage roster, so any raise he might get from a referee might be more than they can afford to allocate.
- Flyers winger Bobby Brink suffered a hip injury during off-season training that may require surgery, Anthony SanFilippo of Crossing Broad was the first to report it (Twitter link). No return timetable is yet known, but SanFilippo suggest the injury is serious enough that it could carry over into the start of next season. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Olivia Reiner adds (by Twitter) that the 21-year-old will see a specialist in a few days and the team will have a better idea of how long he will be missing by the end of the week. Brink had four assists in 10 NHL games while logging more than 15 minutes a night.
- The Oilers announced (Twitter link) that they made eligible offers to attackers Tyler Benson, Ryan McLeod, Jesse Puljujarviand Kailer Yamamoto. This means that the defender Philippe Berglund and forward Brendan Perlini and Ostap Safin will go without bidding. These three will become unrestricted free agents later this week. Of the unqualified players, only Perlini has NHL experience and had four goals and one assist in 23 games last season, while Berglund has already signed for Sweden.