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The Rat Trick Links: Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Oscar Dansk

After seeing the success of his fellow young countryman, Olli Maatta, Kasperi Kapanen has his eyes set on making an early impact with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Another Penguins winger, Nick Spaling, who is a restricted free agent appears set to let their case go to arbitration on July 31. Spaling’s camp is reportedly using the Vladimir Sobotka situation as a guideline.

Pittsburgh’s cap situation could cost them Brandon Sutter, who may be looking for an one-year deal so than he can hit the free agency market next year.

Giving big contracts out to Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, the Washington Capitals quickly found themselves near the salary cap limit. 5-bargain free agent options they could explore to help their team.

Already deep with defenseman, the Anaheim Ducks signing Clayton Stoner created an even bigger log jam on the blue line. A look at where he fits in with the team.

After winning the Vezina Trophy during the lockout shortened season, it looked as if Sergei Bobrovsky was set to be the franchise goaltender of the Columbus Blue Jackets but with Oscar Dansk on his way in a few years, is the ‘Bob’ really your future?

Tags: Florida Panthers Kasperi Kapanen Nick Spaling Oscar Dansk Sergei Bobrovsky

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