– JayOnSC (@JayOnSC) July 7, 2023
The player, who finished second in the Selke Trophy voting for the 2021-2022 season, will be free as a bird next summer (2024)… And right now, the Flames have no idea what to do with him.
In fact, the team offered him a huge contract extension, an offer he declined. The Flames didn’t give up and came back to the table with a new offer…
And now there’s a problem. Lindholm never gave the organization an answer, and the matter is starting to drag on a bit:
Calgary can’t afford to let another quality player go.
If Lindholm really wants to leave for the independent market next year, Craig Conroy (GM) will have to make an important decision. It would be better to trade him so as not to lose him for nothing, we agree…
Clearly, the Flames have a hot potato on their hands… Because we must also remember that Noah Hanifin and Michael Backlund could also follow suit by leaving next summer, when they will be eligible for full autonomy.
Kyle Dubas looks for a Plan B
It’s simple: Pittsburgh doesn’t have many attractive players to offer the Sharks, and payroll-wise, it’s a tight squeeze. The Penguins are already $1.5 million over the salary cap…
And let’s not forget that Karlsson earns $11.5 million per season. The Sharks will certainly keep part of his salary by trading him, but it seems to be just as complicated.
Dubas, therefore, could turn to another target to suit his needs. The Penguins’ new boss is looking to add an offensive defenseman to his roster for next season…
And that’s where Matt Grzelcyk’s name comes into the discussion. According to several sources in Pittsburgh, the Bruins defenseman could become a back-up for Dubas if he’s unable to pick up EK65 in San Jose, a scenario that particularly appeals to me.
Because, in reality, Matt Grzelcyk is probably one of the NHL’s most underrated defensemen.
Sources: Penguins, Dubas Shopping for Karlsson Backup Plan https://t.co/ExVEK94Wg2
– Dave Molinari (@MolinariPGH) July 7, 2023
Speaking of Karlsson…
It’s not just the Pittsburgh Penguins who are in the running for his services right now.
In fact, the idea of him landing in Carolina seems to be growing in popularity. Don Waddell made it clear at his end-of-season review that he was going to be very active on the trade market this summer…
And even though he was able to bring Michael Bunting and Dmitry Orlov to Carolina, it seems he’s not done shopping yet.
It should also be remembered that Vladimir Tarasenko was expected to sign a contract with the Hurricanes, and the team itself believed the scenario would materialize. Waddell, therefore, wants to make another big splash on the market by adding a star player to his roster…
They’ll have to free up some salary to deal with the Sharks… And, if there is a deal, we could expect Brett Pesce to head for San Jose, according to David Pagnotta.
The Carolina Hurricanes have been very active this offseason, and more moves might be on the way.
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 7, 2023
The Erik Karlsson deal is probably the hottest in the NHL right now. Alex DeBrincat’s could also be included in the discussion.
But hey. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the outcome in these two cases.
– Yes, Dad!
– Peter Yannopoulos (@PeteYannopoulos) July 7, 2023
– He didn’t have to wait long to find a job. It makes sense, really.
Louis Robitaille will become head coach of the Cape Breton #Eagles in the next few days.
Impossible to get confirmation, but you’ll have read it here.
– Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) July 7, 2023
– Relatively interesting candidates.
One week into NHL free agency, the shelves have mostly been cleaned out, but there are still some solid options on the market that can had at a discount. @AdamVingan rummages through the bargain bin. https://t.co/ephxZ6BMLQ
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 7, 2023