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Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne wait on 'difficult market'

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09:29 AM ET 09.21 | You could start one heck of a rec hockey team these days with the big names sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden and the list goes on among the veteran free agents who remain unsigned. And that's not even counting those players who had to swallow their pride and accept camp tryouts, the likes of Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White et al. All because of a unique offseason in which the salary cap maximum dropped from $70.2 million last season to $64.3 million this year, squeezing roster space tightly. When the music stopped in early July, you didn't want to be a free agent still standing without a job. "It's a difficult market this summer, to say the least," Morrow told ESPN.com Friday. "I think this year is a unique situation with the salary cap going down, no question," Gagne told ESPN.com Friday. "It's affected a lot of players for sure."

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September 21, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Brad Boyes, Brad Boyes what ya do
what ya gonna do when they don't come for you?

September 21, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Brad Boyes, Brad Boyes what ya gonna do

what ya gonna do when they don't come for you?

Fixed.

September 21, 2013  09:49 AM ET

An arbitrary cap reduction to put more money in the owners pockets.


And here's the result.

September 21, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

An arbitrary cap reduction to put more money in the owners pockets.

And here's the result.

While I agree with your assessment H, I can go a hockey season without seeing Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Wade Redden.

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September 21, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Regardless of my man crush on Brenden Morrow... if your hurt all the time it's gonna be tough for any team to justify that kind of jack.

Just the way it is...

September 21, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Word.

Although I thought Bryz would get a deal before Yankee Tim did.

I'll miss the quotes.

September 21, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Word.

Although I thought Bryz would get a deal before Yankee Tim did.



;-)

September 21, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Word.Although I thought Bryz would get a deal before Yankee Tim did.

Nobody wants Bryz? I don't, HaHa, believe it, haha, The Flyers #1 'tender. Maybe his new nickname ''The Ducking Smuck'' scares people off.

September 21, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I agree with your assessment H, I can go a hockey season without seeing Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Wade Redden.

They wanted a new franchise in Seattle, is it too late for this season?

September 21, 2013  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

An arbitrary cap reduction to put more money in the owners pockets. And here's the result.

And with the cap expected to start goingback up how long till the next lockout And also.... WGAF!!

September 21, 2013  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I agree with your assessment H, I can go a hockey season without seeing Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Wade Redden.

Morrow and Gagne may want to consider riding off into the sunset. Theodore went a long way on a little talent. He ought to hang it up right now.

September 21, 2013  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Word.Although I thought Bryz would get a deal before Yankee Tim did.

You must be joking! Bryzonbymyglov is an anomaly of high functioning unintelligent genetics, and he's awful between the pipes, so maybe time to look at the universe and contemplate the stars while still working with one pipe, and boys and girls that's not called a save!

Gagne is old and has lost his game, but that happened when he was with the Flyers last no?

September 21, 2013  01:35 PM ET

The other names don't surprise me, especially Morrow! Theodore could still play, but he hasn't looked "great" for awhile.

September 21, 2013  01:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

;-)

Towards the end of the interview it sound like they are talking about him from his camouflaged lingerie wearing wifesband's bedroom view!

"What worries me is, he hasn't seen any action in 18 months! She must of been in a cubby of her own.

September 21, 2013  02:35 PM ET

"Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne wait on 'difficult market'"

Maybe there's more to it than just a difficult market?

September 21, 2013  03:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

You must be joking! Bryzonbymyglov is an anomaly of high functioning unintelligent genetics, and he's awful between the pipes, so maybe time to look at the universe and contemplate the stars while still working with one pipe, and boys and girls that's not called a save!Gagne is old and has lost his game, but that happened when he was with the Flyers last no?

agree

and yes, Gag-me sucks!

September 21, 2013  03:51 PM ET

IMHO, with the exception of Thomas, they are all done!

 
September 21, 2013  07:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I agree with your assessment H, I can go a hockey season without seeing Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Wade Redden.

Knuble has been a solid roleplayer his entire career. For short money, he's a good 3rd or 4th liner.

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