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Three teams that could claim Andrew Hammond off waivers

After failing to trade him, the Ottawa Senators placed 28-year-old goaltender Andrew Hammond on waivers earlier today.

“The Hamburglar”, as he is more well known by after his impressive run late in the 2014-2015 season that left him with a 20-1-2 record, played in two games for Ottawa this year. In those two games, he posted a .793 SV%.

Although the last two seasons haven’t been ideal for Hammond, he still provides value. He has a reasonable cap hit at 1.35 million for this season and the next.

Injuries have been at a premium in the NHL early on this season, so there are certainly teams looking for goaltending help.

The most notable is the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick is still out for a few more months. Currently, the Kings are rolling with Peter Budaj and Jeff Zatkoff in net, although Zatkoff is just returning from injury. They also have former first round pick (of Dallas) Jack Campbell in the minors.

Claiming Hammond would be a relatively low-risk move for the Kings. He could return to form in front of a strong defense comprised of the likes of Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty, and his cap hit is low enough not to hurt Los Angeles in the long run.

Another team in search of goaltending help is the Philadelphia Flyers. Michal Neuvirth is slated to be out another four to five weeks, and organizational trust in Steve Mason appears to be waning. Anthony Stolarz, who has been good in the AHL this year, is currently with the team, but it is uncertain if he is completely ready.

Hammond would provide another NHL-caliber option in net for Philadelphia. It allows Stolarz to continue to grow in the AHL while Mason and Hammond work the NHL. The only issue the Flyers face is that they would have to waive Hammond in a few weeks when Neuvirth comes back and that would create a logjam in the crease down in the minors if he were to clear.

Lastly, the Edmonton Oilers may have a use for Hammond. After starting off the season hot, the Oilers have gone into a tailspin, having lost their last five in a row.

Currently in net, the Oilers employ Cam Talbot and Jonas Gustavsson. Talbot has been fantastic, but after the three games Gustavsson has played, he sits below a .900 SV%. With no immediate option other than Laurent Brossoit looming, the Oilers could provide a longer term home for Hammond.

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Trade Possibility: Martin Hanzal

Continuing to reform their team, the Arizona Coyotes may be moving on from another veteran. Martin Hanzal, drafted 17th overall in 2005, has played all 557 of his career games with the Coyotes and has 287 points in that time.
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Trade Possibility: Lars Eller 

Continuing with our series, we look at Montreal’s potential trade chip Lars Eller. The Danish center has been subject to multiple rumors over the past few seasons but that all may come to fruition this offseason.  Read the rest of this entry

Milan Lucic’s new contract has the potential to become a disaster

In all likelihood, Milan Lucic will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. The 28 year old winger has spent time in both Boston and Los Angeles, accumulating 647 career games, 397 career points, and 851 career penalty minutes.  Read the rest of this entry

Flyers, Kings pull off unexpected trade involving large contracts 

The Flyers have unloaded two more of their bad contracts by trading Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings. In return, the Flyers got back Jordan Weal and a third round pick. 

The trade winds were first thrown out there by Bob McKenzie and a few minutes later the trade was announced. 

Elliotte Friedman and Darren Dreger simultaneously reported that the Flyers would be keeping 50% of each salary. Even thought that is a large chunk of change, Luke Schenn’s contract ends after this season and Vinny Lecavalier’s current plan is to retire after the season. The Flyers clear just over four million dollars in cap space with this move, and also give themselves an extra roster space by acquiring a pick instead of an additional player. 

Ron Hextall again proved himself to be a competent and seemingly miraculous general manager with this deal. He has now traded away four bad Paul Holmgren contracts — Grossman, Pronger, L. Schenn and Lecavalier. 

From the Kings’ perspective, they get a much needed defenseman that is only on a one year deal. Lecavalier is on a multi-year deal, but his plans to retire make the burden extraordinarily less. 

This was a weird and unexpected trade, but it has the possibilities to work out for both teams. Time will tell for Los Angeles, but Philadelphia definitely has a winner. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Big Day: Winnik, Sekera, and Tlusty All Traded

Less than a week before the trade deadline, some pieces up for sale found their new and temporary homes. Wednesday afternoon, all in a matter of three hours of each other, Daniel Winnik, Andrej Sekera, and Jiri Tlusty were all traded. Tlusty heads out of Carolina and will joins the Jets, while Andrej Sekera also leaves Carolina and goes to Los Angeles. Daniel Winnik, one of Toronto’s bright spots this year, was traded to Pittsburgh.
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