I doubt it. This is pure guess and hunch, but I think Glen Sather has a trade brewing somewhere, because his team is incomplete, and because there are still some UFAs out there who could help but aren’t signed yet.
No idea if this means a Babchuck or another RFA, for whom Sather would have to give up players/prospects/draft picks; or a Heatley—although I think the price is higher now than it was before, now that Ottawa has paid that $4M bonus; or a Brad Richards—which would mean dumping Wade Redden’s contract somehow, or Michal Rozsival’s contract, and probably giving up a good player off the roster.
If some of these trades don’t materialize, then I see them going down the Zubov road. But I don’t think it’s wise to chase Sundin and/or Shanahan.
I know cap space is tight, but it’s not rigid. For example, some of the players whose salaries we are counting against the cap can or will be starting the season in Hartford, and therefore not counting. Arnason comes to mind.
This is all just me thinking aloud. You guys might have your own opinions, perhaps?
LATE MORNING UPDATE: The NHL will release the 2009-10 schedule this afternoon at 3 p.m. Stay tuned.