At this time of the offseason, veteran free agents often have to begin to consider the possibility of going to training camp on a tryout deal. One player who doesn’t believe he should be in this situation is center Dominic Moore, who told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t believe he should have to try out for a deal:
“I’ve played how many seasons in a row now without losing a game due to injury? I think my track record [speaks for itself]. People know what I do, what I bring. A tryout doesn’t seem to make sense in that context.”
Moore only played in 52 games last season as he was a frequent healthy scratch with the Maple Leafs. The soon-to-be 38-year-old is still strong at the faceoff dot but that alone may not be enough to land him a guaranteed deal as veterans like Antoine Vermette and Mark Letestu find themselves in similar situations and could be forced to look at PTOs if nothing surfaces in the weeks to come.
Elsewhere around the league:
- Although he is 21 and now on his entry-level deal, Columbus prospect Jonathan Davidsson will not play at the AHL level if he fails to make the Blue Jackets’ opening roster next season, notes Craig Merz of NHL.com. Instead, he would return to Djurgardens of the SHL where he played a key role for them last year with 31 points in 52 games. It was his performance last year that has him on the NHL radar despite being selected in the sixth round (170th overall) just one year ago.
- Devils winger Taylor Hall has switched agencies and will now be represented by DHG Sports Agency, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link). He had previously been repped by the Orr Hockey Group. The league MVP will still have to wait a while for his next contract talks to begin as he’s ineligible to sign an extension until next July.