Derick Brassard wants to play. He is still without a team and waiting for names like Mike Hoffman, Mikael Granlund, and Erik Haula to ink deals. Once they do, he might have an idea who has some cap space to sign him.
“There is going to be a domino effect. Guys like Hoffman and Duclair haven’t signed yet. Ten or more guys haven’t signed yet, quality players. I have to be patient,” Brassard told Le Droit. “The salary cap is causing problems across the league, it’s hard to sign a Hoffman or a Duclair. A lot of teams would love to have these players, but the reality is that there is no room right now. ”
According to a recent report, Lou Lamoriello expressed interest in bringing back the 33 year-old pivot but needs to fix his cap issues. For the Islanders signing Mathew Barzal remains their top priority.
Brassard has received offers to play in Europe but he declined for now. His goal remains to play in the NHL before he goes overseas.
This offseason a big name hit the trade market in Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. New Arizona GM Bill Armstrong was looking to make changes and asked OEL to waive his clause, which he did for only Vancouver or Boston.
In the end, Ekman-Larsson-Larsson handcuffed a trade and then killed it when he gave the Yotes a deadline they couldn’t meet. So now he’s where he wants to be and says both he and Armstrong have no hard feelings.
“[Armstrong] got in at a tough time, needed to make some decisions and stuff like that,” Ekman-Larsson said. “But we’ve had some good conversations so far and I’m looking forward to getting to know him better. It’s been good, but at the same time, it’s easier to talk face to face than over the phone or Skype of Facetime. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem putting that behind, not from me at least. That’s all I can talk about.”
Some NHL teams are starting to wonder if a Jan. 1 start date is still possible for the 2021 season, but the league believes there is enough time to make it happen. The NHL and NHLPA continue to grind away on the financial arrangement needed to proceed.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 20, 2020
While the league is still hopeful to get the season started on January 1, more and more people think mid-January is more realistic.
According to many reports the league is still hoping for a Jan. 1 start date. Here’s what Sharks president Becher had to say about that:— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) November 20, 2020
“I’m more confident in January than I am in January 1 as an exact date. I think it’s certainly possible that Jan. 1 gets delayed a week or 2."