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30 TEAM NHL RUMOR UPDATE
ANA – The Ducks are getting significant interest in G. John Gibson but the price is way too steep, Buffalo was interested. Source also said Beleskey will not return to the club and are looking for a 2nd line winger (J. Williams).
ARI – Maloney’s top priority is to sign Mikkel Boedker to a contract extension. They are indeed getting calls on the 3rd OV pick but they intend on keeping the pick and selecting Dylan Strome.
BOS – Teams have been calling on Loui Eriksson and the asking price seems to be a late pick and decent prospect. It was also made known that Soderberg will not be back with the club. Furthermore, the teams #1 priority is to re-sign Dougie Hamilton but teams like EDM are set to send him an offer sheet.
BUF – Murray will be selecting Eichel no doubt. The pick is not available for trade so lets get that out of the way. The team is in the market for a goaltender. Anderson, Lehner and Gibson are available but the price for Gibson and Anderson are just too high. Also, Hodgson is done in Buffalo according to my sources, buyout is coming very soon.
CGY – The Flames would love to sign Gaudreau to a contract extension and are getting offers on Jiri Hudler, but they would like to keep him as of right now. They are in the market for a goalie and have significant interest in Phil Kessel as well as James Reimer.
CAR – Hearing Francis would be willing to buyout Semin if a ‘right’ deal will not present itself in the near future regarding the frustrated sniper. I am hearing that E. Staal will not be going any where and will sign a contract extension within the next few weeks (4 year deal is what i’m hearing).
CHI – First of all, good luck to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, I am rooting for them. On to the rumours… I’m hearing Sharp is done in Chicago and the Hawks would like a top 6 D back in return as well as draft picks. In addition to this, Antoine Vermette will not be re-signing with the club and Richards is willing to take a same deal as last summer in order to stay with the club.
COL – The Avs are listening to offers on ROR, which shows that the club might not be able to retain the young forward next year while he will be a pending UFA. There are also rumours of the Avs having interest in Gardiner and a Gardiner+Lupul deal is not out of the question per a source. T
CBJ – Hearing the Blue Jackets have interest in bringing back Vermette once he hits free agency this year. They also have significant interest in Mike Green, Dion Phaneuf, Alexei Emelin, Tinordi and Roman Polak. It is also out there that they are willing to deal Rychel in order for D help.
DAL – No surprise here but the Stars are looking to add a defenceman and goaltender during the off season. Lehtonen is being shopped hard by the club and the Oilers have significant interest. DAL has Green, Phaneuf, Sekera, Talbot and Lehner on their radar. It will be a fun off season for the Stars and their fans.
DET – Not a shock that the Wings are considering to move Mantha after their management group is clearly frustrated with the prospect due to poor development. Mantha will garner a lot of interest around the league but look for the Canadiens to go hard after him as well as the Leafs. Both clubs have Emelin+ and Phaneuf to offer for the young prospect which could make the Wings interested as they are in need of a defenceman. Also hearing if Weiss cannot be dealt during the off season, he will be bought out.
EDM – All is quiet on the Oilers front after the hirings of Chairelli and McLellan. It is believed the club has significant interest in Lehner, Reimer and UFA Niemi. Im also hearing in order to require defensive help, the club is willing to move Eberle but Draisaitl is untouchable and every rumour involving should be shot down immediately. Oilers like Green, Yandle, Phaneuf, and Dougie Hamilton.
FLA – Hearing the club is nearing a contract extension with Huberdeau. FLA has also being showing interest in Kessel, and Nash, yes, Rick Nash. They are willing to trade the 11th overall in order for immediate scoring help and would like to dump Campbell’s contract.
LAK – The Kings top priority is to try to sign Sekera but don’t have enough cap space to do so, meaning a deal or two would have to be made in order for them to re-sign the defenceman. Over the year, they have been shopping Mike Richards and the Flyers are interested in him if the Kings would take back Lecavalier. The Kings are also quietly shopping Martin Jones’ rights and he could be dealt come draft day for a second round pick and cheap back up goaltender. The Stars should be interested in Jones imo.
MIN – Hearing the club and Granlund have been talking a bit more than usual as of late, so this would suggest a contract extension is on its way for the young Finn. There are also many rumours regarding Koivu and is being dangled for a roster player and fwd prospects. MTL/ARI/NSH has been rumoured potential fits for the aging fwd. The club is also trying to deal Backstrom and would love to go with Kuemper and Dubnyk duo next year and are trying to sell a bridge contract to Devan but contract talks have gone south.
MTL – Marc and Co. have some work to do. Ive been told by multiple people that Plekanec will be dealt during the off season and have been dangling Fucale as well as Tinordi. Emelin has also been gaining interest around the league but most of the teams want the Canadiens to retain salary in any deal involving him. Moreover, Kessel to MTL does not seem like a fit imo but Lupul has been linked to the team multiple times and MB likes him as a player that plays with an edge. Also hearing the Canadiens will go hard after players like Rychel and Vermette.
NSH – The clubs main goal is to try to re-sign key forward like Fisher, Wilson and Smith. They would also like to bring back D, Volchenkov. The Preds have shown interest in Vermette over the past couple of years and there is a potential fit in. NSH would also like to deal Stalberg and Toronto’s name has never left ever since he was dealt by the club, and the Predators would love to have a guy like Kessel.
NJD – The Devils are looking for immediate help according to many reports. They do have interest in JVR (NOT BEING SHOPPED), Kessel, Emelin, and Eberle. They are interested in dealing the 6th overall pick and would like to move out Travis Zajac AND Ryan Clowe in that process. The club is also close to re-signing Larsson, Gelinas and Helgeson.
NYI – Don’t have much on the Islanders but hearing they have no interest in trading for Phil Kessel as the price is just way too high for their liking. The club will be signing both Neuvirth and Poulin, as well as Lee and Nelson.
NYR – The Rangers have been getting many calls regarding Nash, Yandle, and Girardi. The club is not trying to move any significant pieces but if the right deal comes along they will make it. I am also hearing Sather will be stepping down and Gorton will replace him. However, Sather will still remain as the clubs President. Also hearing the Rangers are not interested in signing MSL unless he takes a $2M or less contract for 1 year.
OTT – The Sens have been shopping Legwand hard and are on the verge of re-signing key RFA’s such as Zibanejad, Hoffman, and Stone. Im hearing that the club is staying with the duo on Anderson and Hammond, so that leaves Lehner out in the limb. So yes, Lehner will be dealt this off season and the price for Anderson is just way too high for other teams.
PHI – The Flyers have significant interest in Hanifin and have talked to the Coyotes and Maple Leafs regarding their first round picks from this years draft. The club would love to deal Lecavalier this off season and would like to re-sign Akeson, MDZ and Emery. Flyers have also been quietly shopping around the Schenn Brothers.
PIT – It is clear that Ehrhoff and Martin will not be with the club and the Penguins will be looking for their younger players to come in and step up. They are also trying to re-sign defenceman Ian Cole and forward Beau Bennett. The club also has significant interest in Eberle, Yakupov and TJ Oshie.
SJS – The Sharks are in the market for a goaltender and have their eyes on Lehner, Reimer and Bernier. Hearing nothing else other than that, sorry for the lack of rumours on the SJS.
STL – The Blues are looking to retool their roster. Hearing everyone is available except for Tarasenko and Pietrangelo. Paul Stastny is an interesting name, he has been on the block for quite some time now, it just hasn’t worked out for him in St. Louis.
TBL – Good luck to them in the Stanley Cup finals as well! Hearing the club has been shopping Filppula and with the emergence of Johnson, Filpulla is expandable. Other then that, the Lightning have been a quiet team the whole year. No peep from the entire organization.
TOR – Same as usual, everyone is available except for Rielly. Kessel has been linked to many teams but If i had a say on who is the frontrunner to land the elite sniper, i’d say Florida… It makes too much sense to me. Lupul has been linked to BOS/STL/MTL. Phaneuf, i think, will stay at least one more year unless they get something significant in return, Babcock also loves him… But I know the Wings, Stars, Oilers will kick tires on the defenceman. Also hearing they are re-signing Kadri, Panik and Bernier shortly which means Reimer may be the odd one out, unless Babcock says otherwise (he always likes a goaltender battle…)
VAN – Hearing the Canucks want to unload Burrows and Bieksa for some cap room in order to re-sign key players such as Matthias and Baertschi. It also sounds like the Canucks will stick with Markstrom which makes Lack expandable and I am hearing he will be dealt on draft day.
WSH – The Canucks are in the market for a RW sniper. Hearing they have significant interest in Justin Williams, Kerby Rychel and Phil Kessel. They are also close to re-signing Braden Holtby and have had talks with M. Green’s agent over the past couple of days. Johansen, Kuznetsov will be re-signed no doubt but Ward is a complicated story, but I say he will re-sign with the club.
WIN – The Jets are still in the market for a #1 goalie and numerous names such as Reimer and Lehtonen have been linked to the team, granted, Reimer is not a #1G. The club would like to re-sign Stafford, Frolic and Tlusty but have many other options if they ask for too much money.
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