NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up links to other interesting stories from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Does Daniel Briere Have A Role With The Montreal Canadiens: A Winning Habit takes a look at the options the Montreal Canadiens have regarding forward Daniel Briere. Briere struggled to find a place in the Canadiens lineup next season, playing the wing instead of his natural center. When he was finally given a shot at center in the playoffs, it was on the fourth line and his struggles continued. Now the Canadiens must decide to either buy Briere out, attempt to trade him, or let the final year of his contract play out and see if he can improve this season. [ A Winning Habit ]
- Ryan O’Reilly and Colorado Avalanche Head To Salary Arbitration: Ryan O’Reilly has been a difficult player to deal with during contract negotiations. During the 2013 lockout shortened season, O’Reilly and the Avalanche attempted to negotiate a deal, but were unable to come to terms. It was then that O’Reilly signed a 2 year / $10 million offer sheet from the Calgary Flames. Colorado immediately matched the deal and that took care of negotiations for the next two seasons. In order to retain his rights, Colorado would have to pay O’Reilly $6.5 million. Despite coming off a team leading 28 goal season, the Avalanche are hoping the arbitrator rules in their favor and awards O’Reilly a more team friendly deal. [ Mile High Sticking ]
- What Spezza’s Pending Departure Means For Ottawa: Senshot takes a look at how the departure of Jason Spezza will affect the Ottawa Senators next season. Spezza, the current captain of Ottawa, asked to be traded and it is expected the Senators will honor his wishes. [ Senshot ]
- 2015 Stanley Cup Odds: A quick shameless plug for TMMOTS. Yesterday the 2015 Stanley Cup odds were released, with the Chicago Blackhawks having the best chance to win the Cup next season (15/2 odds). Despite winning their second cup in three years, the Kings come in at 4th on the list with 10/1 odds. The Buffalo Sabres are the least likely to win the Cup next year, with 75/1 odds. [ TMMOTS ]