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McKenzie: Looks like Ellis is going to market

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Bob McKenzie
6/30/2010 4:29:20 PM
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With the NHL Free Agent Frenzy set to begin on Canada Day, NHL teams still have time to make some personnel moves via trades, waivers and buyouts. Some quick thoughts on everything via Twitter on Wednesday:

-  All indications are that goaltender Dan Ellis will be going to market on Thursday. It doesn't preclude Montreal as a destination, but it opens it up.

- Whatever happens with the Flyers' goaltending after Leighton's signing, the next guy in won't be making more than $2 million per year. Of course - in a week or two - if the Flyers still don't have anyone, Tim Thomas could re-emerge if Philadelphia is prepared to move a big contract (Simon Gagne?).

- With the O'Sullivan-Vandermeer trade, the Edmonton Oilers get a defenceman who makes too much money ($2.3 million). But if you back out what it would have cost to buy out O'Sullivan, the net price isn't too bad.

- An interesting rumour, and I stress rumour at this point: Edmonton possibly moving defenceman Sheldon Souray to St. Louis with blueliner Eric Brewer coming back the other way. Souray is a $5.4 million cap hit who will make $4.5 million in each of next two seasons. Brewer is $4.25 million cap hit with a salary of $4.5 million for the coming season. The Oilers obviously must move Souray - he can't play there now - but will have to take some money back. Could a Souray-Brewer trade be the answer?

- Darren Dreger spoke with Souray, who pointed out that his no-trade clause lifts July 1st, so the Oilers can consider any interested teams.  Souray still needs additional strengthening in his surgically-repaired hand, but vows to be ready for the 2010-2011 season and will provide his medical records to any interested clubs.  Souray also noted, if there's interest, he's happy to return to Edmonton.

- Speaking of moving money, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported that the Blue Jackets claimed Ethan Moreau on waivers from Edmonton. So there's no buyout for him and Oilers will be happy to have his money off the books.

- Flames GM Darryl Sutter told TSN's Jermain Franklin that Nigel Dawes will be bought out if he's not claimed off waivers and did not rule out the possibility of Ales Kotalik remaining with the team in October.

- Rod Brind'Amour can't be put on waivers for buyout purposes because he has a no movement clause and his full $3 million will count against the Hurricanes' cap. But the team will buy him out he and the Canes are working on a job description for something off-ice.

- Tom Preissing (COL), Jay Pandolfo, Andrew Peters (NJ), Petteri Nokelainen (PHX) and Nigel Dawes (CGY) are on unconditional waivers. They're eligible to be bought out if they clear.

Stay with TSN.ca for updates from our Insiders as news happens throughout the next few days, and don't miss our free agent frenzy coverage on July 1 at Noon et/9am pt (on TSN2) and at 5pm et/2pm pt (on TSN).  You can also watch live streaming on TSN.ca and on the TSN iPhone App.

Dan Ellis (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
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