Is Holtby’s career over?
Jan Holland of Russian Machine Never Breaks: Frank Serravalli on his DFO Rundown podcast said UFA goaltender Brenden Holtby’s playing career may be over.
“Braden Holtby is unlikely to play next season, his career may be over.”
Holtby has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury for most of last year, making his last appearance on March 4. He tried to train after 10 days, but left after 10 minutes. He was then placed on LTIR, but was able to return to the ice before the end of the year.
The Senators were close to acquiring Cassiano and DeAngelo
Avalanche has a lot of pieces in the air
I believe the Avalanche and pending UFA defenseman Josh Manson are still talking, but there may be other moving parts.
One piece they could look at trading is defenseman Samel Girard and his $5 million cap hit. That might make room for Manson. There weren’t actually any rumored trade scenarios involving Girard. Can’t see how Manson was brought back and Girard is still on the books.
Manson will likely see what’s on the open market and return to the Avalanche to see if they can match it.
Haven’t heard anything about a Andrey Burakovsky expansion. Don’t think he’s coming back.
Resignation Arthur Lehkonen could cost between $3.5 million and $4 million.