Hard to tell if Holland is being tactical.......
Holland said he is continuing talks with impending unrestricted free-agent forwards Daniel Cleary, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula, but roster space is scarce.
“We have big decisions to make,'' Holland said. “We got a push of kids. We got 14 forwards under contract now (including restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson). We'll only carry 14.
“We know we have compliance buyouts at our disposal. I'll explore trades."
“I'm talking to Cleary, Brunner, Filppula. If there's a term and number that works for us, we'll try to fit them in. If not, we'll go in a different direction. We like all these players, but sometimes if there's a better opportunity elsewhere a player's got to pursue it.''
Filppula's chances of returning appear slim. He was seeking more than $5 million per season but struggled during the regular season and the playoffs.
Holland said defenseman Ian White was told he won't be re-signed, which was apparent long ago.
Edited by rick zombo, 19 June 2013 - 12:37 PM.