Flyers winger Matt Read underwent minor surgery on his shooting hand on Wednesday, writes CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio. GM Ron Hextall acknowledged that the procedure was a clean-up and that the rehab period should be 4 weeks. Read played in 79 games with the Flyers last season, posting 11 goals and 15 assists.
Elsewhere around the league:
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports that the NHL will set its salary cap figure by the middle of next week and that it should be in the $73MM range. That would represent a small increase from the $71.4MM cap in 2015-16.
- Despite his recent struggles and removal of the captaincy, the Kings are not currently considering buying out Dustin Brown’s contract according to Helene Elliott of the LA Times. Brown has six years left of a frontloaded eight year deal carrying a cap hit of $5.875MM per season but has failed to crack the 30 point mark since 2011-12.
- Chicago will be facing a significant cap crunch as a result of a $3.07MM bonus overage from last season, writes Scott Powers of The Athletic. The overage consists of bonuses being hit by Artemi Panarin, Michal Rozsival, and recently-traded Teuvo Teravainen.
- Speaking of the Blackhawks, they announced an extension of their affiliation agreement with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. The extension is for five years and will commence following the 2016-17 campaign. Chicago has been affiliated with the IceHogs since 2007.
- The Vancouver Canucks have announced a one year affiliation agreement with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces for the 2016-17 season. They did not have an ECHL affiliate last season.