Max Pacioretty and Connor Brown garnering significant interest in free agency https://t.co/WRZllmgN87
– Daily Faceoff (@DailyFaceoff) June 21, 2023
We wondered what his boo-boos meant for the future, because Pacioretty is 34 years old. It seems he wants to continue his career in the NHL…
And right now, his name is generating attention all over the league. Frank Seravalli isn’t ruling out a return to Carolina next season, but he’s also establishing the fact that the 2023 cohort of free agents allows him to be one of the intriguing players on the market.
It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for him to find a new deal for next year.
Flyers, aggressive… But not that aggressive
I’m a little surprised to hear Daniel Brière say out loud that we shouldn’t necessarily expect the Flyers to add another first-round pick to their bank.
After all, the club is entering a lengthy rebuild… And now is the time to liquidate the stock that’s still good.
It’s like a garage sale, really.
On the other hand, the Flyers’ new GM is right when he says it takes two to tango. That’s just a fact, and it can be difficult in the NHL to find a dance partner.
But, then again… With the club clearly out of the playoffs in the next few years, it sounds like I’d have liked to see them be more aggressive in their search on the trade market.
Danny Briere on chance of Flyers getting another 1st round pick: “We’re having discussions with different teams. I’d probably say it’s not likely, but we’re definitely looking at every avenue … We’re trying, no doubt about it, but you need a dancing partner as well.”
– Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) June 22, 2023
Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg may be over
In the NHL, it’s pretty rare to see a team take the captaincy away from one of its players… And yet, the Jets did it last year with Blake Wheeler.
In Winnipeg, there’s no telling what’s in store for the team in the near future. Pierre-Luc Dubois is on his way out, as is Connor Hellebuyck…
In fact, the former Jets captain and the team are currently working on the possibility of buying him out. It would be a mutual agreement to allow Wheeler to sign a contract elsewhere, surely to give him the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup before retiring…
To the contrary, Blake Wheeler’s relationship with the Winnipeg Jets isn’t as fractured as some may believe. If bought out it’ll be a mutual split. #Gojetsgo
– Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) June 22, 2023
Good veterans available this summer
These players all have at least one thing in common. They’re aging, but they still have the potential to help an NHL team next season.
Of course, it would be a bit surprising to see these guys sign a new deal with a team that doesn’t aspire to the big time. Unless they absolutely want to play a mentoring role with a team that’s rebuilding, it simply doesn’t make sense.
It’s often said that veterans are important to a team, especially in the playoffs. The players named above could become low-risk bets for some NHL clubs…
For those wondering: no, I don’t see any in particular in Montreal… Except maybe Corey Perry, who already loves the city.
ICYMI: They are in their mid-30’s and still have something left to give. Looking at the affordable veterans available in NHL free agency starting next week. https://t.co/9IKfSYfIgw
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 22, 2023
NHLPA Exec Dir, Marty Walsh addressed the NHL Board of Governors today. He acknowledged the importance of a return to the Olympics and International play as a top priority for the players.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 22, 2023
– That’s saying a lot.
Missing the announcement of your induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame because you’re about to be named Chevalière de l’ordre national du Québec says a lot about an athlete’s career.
Interview with Caroline Ouellette https://t.co/fDXiX3Uwd7
– Simon-Olivier Lorange (@SO_Lorange) June 22, 2023
– It’s a great challenge.
Chris Boucher wants to train the next generation https://t.co/sVcqo7t48S
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) June 22, 2023
– I’m looking forward to it.