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NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Flames, Oilers, Canucks, More - The Hockey Writers
In today's NHL rumors there is news on Kyle Clifford and Toronto, Pietrangelo and the Flames and Ethan Bear and the Edmonton Oilers.
In todays NHL rumor rundown, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed a prospect while forward Kyle Clifford discusses the odds hell re-sign in Toronto. Could the Calgary Flames take a run at one of the offseasons top UFA defensemen? And, will the Edmonton Oilers have trouble signing Ethan Bear to the contract theyd like? Finally, what does Canucks forward Sven Baertschi see in his future with the Vancouver Canucks? Clifford Is In Win-Now Mode Speaking about his pending free agency, Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford discussed potentially re-signing with the team this week. He told Kristen Shilton of TSN, Toronto is an amazing place to play. [My wife and I] want whats best for the family, but she said to me to do whats best for myself. The one thing that could take him away from Toronto as an option to re-sign is if another team came calling that was more prepared to win right away than the Maple Leafs. Clifford said, Im in a win-now mode. The good news is, he believes Toronto is on the same page and is in win-now mode too. He explained, We have a young team, and theyre hungry. They want it for the city of Toronto bad. I dont think thered be any greater feeling than to take it down those streets in Toronto for a parade. In other Maple Leafs news, the organization has locked up Adam Brooks to a two-year two-way contract extension. The deal will carry an average annual value of $725K in the NHL. Brooks was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason. Related: Flames 5 Most Productive Defensemen of All-Time Flames to Take a Run at Pietrangelo? Eric Francis of Sportsnet wrote in a recent mailbag article that the Calgary Flames have five defensemen on expiring contracts so there is the possibility that they could take a run at pending UFA Alex Pietrangelo. Even if the salary cap is flat, the Flames had the room before these blueliners contracts were coming to an end so they have some money to spend. It has to be considered a long-shot but if Pietraneglo is only after the biggest payday, Calgary is a team that could make things interesting. If it doesnt go down that way, Francis believes the Flames blueline will include Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson, Juuso Valimaki, Oliver Kylington, and Michael Stone. UFA defensemen Derek Forbort, Erik Gustafsson and Travis Hamonic will likely wind up somewhere else. He also notes that Johnny Gaudreaus time in Calgary is likely coming to an end. Francis doesnt believe the team will trade him this summer, but he doesnt believe Gaudreau would sign a contract extension and he thinks the Flames will eventually trade the small but skilled forward. Related: Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson Trade Revisited Oilers Could Struggle With Ethan Bear Deal Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal notes that salary cap issues could limit Oilers GM Ken Hollands options when it comes to different types of contract offers for defenseman Ethan Bear. Matheson says: They may want to get him signed to a team-friendly six-year deal at Oscar Klefbom money ($4.1 million) because they see Bear as a top 4 defenceman, but the Oilers dont have $4 million to play with next season. source Not much room for Oilers general manager Ken Holland to sign players Jim Matheson Edmonton Journal 05/10/2020 The good news for the Oilers is that Bear lacks leverage to command a big payday. Hes now a top-four d-man in the NHL and a bridge deal shouldnt cost a lot to get done. One way the Oilers could lessen the blow of Bears new contract would be to move Matt Benning and bring in the more affordable Evan Bouchard ($894K). Matheson says the Oilers may have signed Gaetan Haas out of concern they wont be able to come to terms on extensions for pending UFA forwards Riley Sheahan and Tyler Ennis, both of whom theyd like to keep. Minors Out for Beartschi I dont want to be back in the minors, Sven Baertschi told TSN Radio 1040 Vancouvers Jeff Paterson. Thats where Ive set my goal at. Its up to them really what theyre going to do next. Thats their job and thats what they do. Saying hes now healthy and ready, Baertschi played in just 26 games last season due to a concussion, but he also believes the Canucks did not have him in their plans for this year when he arrived for training camp. I dont think Vancouver expected me to come back and play, Baertschi explained. Thats my personal opinion. Certain things sink in after a year. He hinted that he believes the Canucks will move him, even though he knows thats ultimately not his decision to make. Catch up on all the latest NHL Rumors
NHL Rumors: Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Senators, Oilers, More - The Hockey Writers
In today's NHL rumors there is news in Detroit and New Jersey about free agency. In Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa, teams are looking to re-open facilities.
In todays NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation on who the Detroit Red Wings might go after with their additional cap space, news out of Toronto and Ottawa where Ontario has opened up facilities again, and news out of Edmonton as far as working with the government to host NHL games. Red Wings Have Money to Spend Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News wondered if the Red Wings will have an advantage due to the struggle of many NHL teams to deal with a changing salary cap. He believes the potential dip could benefit the financially secure Red Wings. If so, it could be a nice late birthday present for GM Steve Yzerman who turns 55 today. Kulfan admits the Red Wings need to re-sign restricted free-agent forwards Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Robby Fabbri, but still thinks the team will have money to spend and there are some big names that could test the market. He specifically names defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Torey Krug, and Tyson Barrie, forwards Taylor Hall and Mike Hoffman, and goalies Robin Lehner and Braden Holtby, wondering if theyll go after any of these players should they hit the market. He explains: Some of those players will likely find a way to stay with their present teams. But some will hit the market. And the Wings could be one of the teams that benefits. Few teams will be in better shape than the Wings to take advantage of the constrained market. Long having been riddled with expensive, long-term contracts, those are expiring, giving general manager Steve Yzerman much more financial leeway. source Salary cap dip could help financially-sound Red Wings in free agency Ted Kulfan Detroit News 05/05/2020 Related: Steve Yzerman, The Captain Devils Options on Defense The Red Wings wont likely be the only ones after players like Pietrangelo and Krug. Corey Masisak of The Athletic notes the New Jersey Devils could target one of those two players to improve their blue line. Masisak writes: We dont know who will be making the decisions, but the Devils should have plenty of cap space if they want to get involved. Interim GM Tom Fitzgerald has stated hed like to find more young building blocks to grow up with Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes, but his plan would also include adding more men to help mentor and support them. source -Possible Devils targets in free agency: Looking for help on defense Corety Masisak The Athletic 05/06/2020 Maple Leafs and Senators Not Opening Facilities Yet Despite the OK from Ontarios Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod, the Maple Leafs and Senators will not go into their respective facilities. MacLeod announced that all professional teams in the province are permitted to open their respective practice facilities but the NHL has not given the go-ahead because the league has not moved to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol. While the league is still hoping that will happen in late May, they need far more teams to get the same approval before they will allow it. Otherwise, things will be extremely unbalanced competitively. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly notes the NHL has not determined yet what would constitute that acceptable mass and reopening facilities for teams will depend on direct communications with local health authorities. If given the go-ahead, alternative plans may be made for teams located in markets that are not in position to open. Related: Do You Know Your Maple Leafs Trivia? Oilers Working Hard to Host Games Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers continue to engage with the government in hopes of re-opening their facility and for hosting games in a potential season restart. Oilers Entertainment Group spokesman Tim Shipton said on Friday: We continue to have very positive and collaborative conversations with the Alberta government, and they are open to working with us to allow the return of NHL players and staff to Edmonton as a part of Phase II, following provincial health protocols, Catch up on all the latest NHL Rumors
NHL Rumors: Canucks, Rangers, Canadiens, Neutral Site Games, More - The Hockey Writers
In today's NHL rumors, there is news on a Canucks forward leaving, Artemi Panarin said he was joking, the Canadiens are seeking a suitable backup and more.
In todays NHL rumor rundown, there is news that a Vancouver Canucks forward is heading overseas to the KHL, Artemi Panarin tries to clarify comments he made about skipping next season, the Canadiens are looking at suitable backup goaltender options, and there is talk about the NHL moving to neutral site games in an attempt to finish out the NHL season. Goldobin to Sign in KHL It appears as though Nikolay Goldobin is heading overseas. Sport-Express Igor Eronko reports that Goldobin is expected to sign a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL and TSN 1040s Rick Dhaliwal added a quick statement from Goldobin essentially confirming the report. Dhaliwal writes that when asked about signing in Russia, Goldobin responded with, The Canucks did not want to sign me, I was disappointed how it turned out in VAN but I am happy to sign in KHL and will try NHL again in 2 years. After being waived by the Canucks, Goldobin spent the entire year with AHL Utica Comets and played well, recording 50 points in 51 games. Related: 6 NHL Teams You Might Have Forgotten Panarin Says He Was Just Kidding The other day, we reported a story that New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin said he might simply skip the season if the NHL asked players to take salary cuts. Now, he says he was only kidding. The report came from Russian sports outlet Sports.ru, who had picked up an Instagram conversation between Panarin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov. Apparently, the conversation was not meant to be taken seriously and that Panarin was laughing while he made the remarks, which gets lost in translation. The report noted that Panarin said: Ahh. I think we will have less. If 40 to 60 percent, then why am I doing this at all? Then I will probably skip the next year. Knowing that hed gotten people talking and that there might be some concern, especially for the New York Rangers who committed a lot of money to Panarin, he came out Saturday and told theNew York Post in an interview: Of course I was kidding, Panarin said in a text to a Rangers executive I was laughing. It stands to reason that Panarin wouldnt want to forgo the huge bonuses he has worked into his contract, not to mention hes already got one of the more lucrative contracts in the NHL. Related: Pavel Bure A Tribute to the Russian Rocket Canadiens Looking at Jaroslav Halak? NBC Sports writer James OBrien recently noted that the Montreal Canadiens might be looking for backup goaltender behind star goalie Carey Price. While more money invested in their goaltending isnt ideal, Price has looked inconsistent at times. OBrien highlighted a few names, but one that is quite interesting is Montreal Canadiens fan favorite in Jaroslav Halak. There are also big questions in Boston when it comes to netminding as Halak is part of a duo of goaltenders in Boston who have recently made the news because there future there seems uncertain. Halak is a free agent at the end of this season. Non-NHL Cities Pitching the NHL There are many scenarios being tossed around, in the event that the NHL can get back up and running again. One of the ideas on the table is the league playing games in empty arenas at neutral site locations. Grand Forks, North Dakota started the conversation and now more cities are being discussed. The common thread among the locations is that the Coronavirus has not hit these locations hard. North Dakota, Manchester, New Hampshire are among them but Deputy Commisioner Bill Daly tells ESPN that cities from around North America have contacted the NHL and started to pitch themselves as a potential host. Daly explains: We do have people putting together the comprehensive laundry list of what we would need from facilities and evaluating some facilities on some level. But I cant tell you weve even finished creating a list [of potential sites], much less narrowed it down. Daly specifically names Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in addition to Grand Forks and Manchester as some of the early candidates. Catch up on all the latest NHL Rumors