Dreger on Insider Trading says Oilers have interest in Pesce as well, but they need to create cap space which won’t be easy, they also have interest in adding a “competitive, bargain” forward like Connor Brown. You could perhaps see Ceci, Foegele & Yamamoto on the move per Dreger
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 16, 2023
With the Stanley Cup Finals now over, all eyes are on the draft and the opening of the free-agent market, and let’s just say that behind-the-scenes whispers have been popular of late.
Pierre LeBrun has published a text (The Athletic) in which we find the most recent developments concerning a few hot files around the league, and it’s worth talking about them.
Sharks and Karlsson on same page seeking a trade, plus latest rumblings on Meier, Barbashev, Hellebuyck, and more in weekend Rumblings ⤵️
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 16, 2023
But Tom Fitzgerald’s ultimate goal is to reach an agreement with his star player on the terms of an eight-year contract before the two sides have to go before an arbitrator.
The Devils’ GM really wants to lock Meier up in New Jersey for the long term, to ensure that the team has an excellent core of forwards for the coming seasons. Remember that yesterday, Jesper Bratt signed an eight-year pact and that Jack Hughes still has seven years left on his contract.
Knowing that Meier, Hughes and Bratt could be “Devils” for a long time to come, the team gives itself a chance to be more than competitive in the years to come. That’s good, because it’s been relatively difficult since the departure of Martin Brodeur.
Ivan Barbashev’s future may not lie in Vegas
But, unfortunately for him…
The chances of him staying with the Golden Knights are slim to none. The reason is simple: the Vegas outfit simply doesn’t have enough cap space to sign the player to a contract worth his value.
Unless there’s a surprise or the team makes a deal to sign the Russian, Ivan Barbashev will be playing somewhere other than Vegas next year.
Brett Pesce could leave the Hurricanes
We never talk about him because he’s not necessarily a flamboyant player. But Brett Pesce is an excellent field hockey player, and he fulfills his role to perfection.
Known as a two-way defenseman, Pesce will be playing the final year of his current contract next season. However, he would like to initial a new agreement before next season…
And if he’s unable to do so with the Hurricanes, the team could decide to trade him.
” Either the Hurricanes extend Pesce, or they trade him this summer. They’re not comfortable letting him start the 2023-24 season with an expiring contract,” explains LeBrun in the article in question.
However, the Oilers would have to work on their payroll to acquire the Hurricanes’ defenseman.
Not surprisingly, Alex Killorn will test the autonomous player market
The Lightning won’t be fighting to keep the 33-year-old veteran’s services.
Right now, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down (yet)… But you know as well as I do that it’s going to happen pretty quickly. That’s why I’d be reluctant to offer him a long-term contract.
The Flames have a decision to make with Noah Hanifin
Noah Hanifin has one year left on his contract with the Calgary Flames…
But next summer, the defenseman will become a free agent, and all indications are that he wants to leave Alberta. The team’s new GM, Craig Conroy, will therefore have a choice to make:
If the Flames aren’t doing well, it’ll be easier to trade the defenseman in case a Stanley Cup contender is interested. But if the Flames perform up to expectations and decide to keep Noah Hanifin…
Chances are they’ll lose him for nothing in the summer of 2024.
Pierre LeBrun is reporting that Noah Hanifin does not want to re-sign with the Flames
Elliotte and Pat had similar reports earlier this week
It will be interesting to see what type of trade package CGY will be looking for. Futures or a field hockey trade to keep them competitive? pic.twitter.com/NYDDbVaz1e
– Robert Munnich (@RingOfFireCGY) June 16, 2023
Keeping an eye on the Kings in the Connor Hellebuyck dossier
Connor Hellebuyck is one of the NHL’s elite goaltenders. However, he has admitted out loud that he is not interested in being part of a rebuild, which could force Kevin Cheveldayoff to send him elsewhere.
The Los Angeles team is looking for a number-one goaltender to give itself a chance of winning the Stanley Cup with the elements already in place, and the idea of going after a goaltender of Hellebuyck’s calibre makes a lot of sense to me.
The Kings, automatically, would become very dangerous on paper… And it could give Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty one last shot at the big time.
Our colleague Félix Forget raised this possibility in a recent article:
If not, a goalie like Linus Ullmark would make a lot of sense too → https://t.co/bNrqX4O5ip
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 5, 2023
Ouf! That’s a lot of stock. And, the rumors aren’t likely to die down in the coming weeks. I love this time of year!
– Good point.
Montreal has young defencemen to offer. That’s swell. One problem…Anaheim is brimming with young defence prospects. Loaded. This deal makes no sense from Anaheim’s standpoint…and you have to take that into consideration. It takes two teams to make a deal.
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) June 16, 2023
– New deal for Zac Jones in New York.
The New York Rangers have re-signed defenseman Zac Jones to a two-year, $1.675 million contract extension with a AAV of $812,500. pic.twitter.com/FUkYdKhvHB
– Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) June 16, 2023
– Come on!
Wheelchair Basketball | Canadians have the last word against the Chinese https://t.co/3j3cXpgiu9
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) June 16, 2023
– The American soccer team has found its man.