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While Tuukka Rask’s season ultimately ended in disappointment, the Finnish goaltender will be able to take solace in the fact that this summer will see him make a serious amount of money.
The goaltender signed a one-year deal at the start of this shortened season, challenged by the management to prove himself as the No.1 goalie and earn a new contract. And, boy, did he do that.
With Rask’s contract at the Boston Bruins now expired, the 26-year old has reportedly quoted fellow goalie, Carey Price’s $39 million contract with the Montreal Canadians as “the starting point for negotiations”, with Rask well aware of how strong a position he finds himself in this summer.
Bryan Murray has tried to reach for the top.
He hasn’t had any luck.
The Senators GM confirmed Tuesday he’s attempted to get into the top 10 of Sunday’s NHL entry draft at Prudential Center in New Jersey, but right now it looks like the club will have to be content with selecting 17th overall.
The Philadelphia Flyers are parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov after just two seasons. The club used the second of their two compliance buyout options on Tuesday to buy out the Russian netminder.
— Juha Hiitelä (@jhiitela) June 25, 2013
Speculation heating up that Florida really wants MacKinnon. But Avs own the first pick. So they’d need to give up something off roster to make Avs do a swap to No. 2. The Avs I’m hearing want Erik Gudbranson, a young D. That probably is asking too much, but I hear that’s the price for now
The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade goalie Roberto Luongo and seem confident they’ll be able to do so in and around the NHL Draft.
Several teams have expressed an interest in Luongo, but the veteran netminder has a say in where he gets dealt to.
Some rumors today about Dion Phaneuf possibly being on the trade block. If the Avs got him, they’d almost certainly have to deal Paul Stastny to get him – in large part just to make the math work on the salary cap. Phaneuf’s cap hit is $6.5 million, just under Stastny’s $6.6 million. Like Stastny, Phaneuf can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
But could it be Oilers will announce on Tuesday signing up Gagner long-term?
The alarm and excitement of Edmonton Oilers fans is starting to get a bit crazy, with wild rumours sprouting up about the Oilers trying to acquire players like Dion Phaneuf or Jake Gardiner from Toronto and Zack Smith from Ottawa, with Sam Gagner or Ales Hemsky moving in the other direction.
Right when you thought the Flyers might be this summer’s busiest team, here come the Toronto Maple Leafs.
TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie both say they’ve heard rumblings that Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is available for trade. Dreger says Leafs GM Dave Nonis will trade anyone but hasn’t received calls on Phaneuf as of yet. That might change now that everyone knows he could be had.
"@PhillyPhlyr: is Vinny LeCav in danger of a buyout?" / Yes. If it doesn't happen this summer, it'll happen next summer.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 24, 2013
Sounds like official John Tortorella announcement as VAN head coach is tracking towards Tuesday.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2013
If the Pittsburgh Penguins reverse course and decide that they’ve had enough of Marc-Andre Fleury—though there’s no indication that’s going to happen—they have at least one potential trade partner.
The Minnesota Wild “expressed interest” in Fleury, who at the moment is a slightly above-average regular-season goalie that self-destructs in the postseason, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and Toronto’s second round pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Draft.
The Islanders may not be content to sit tight with some combination of Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson in goal next year — and they shouldn’t be. According to Newsday, the Islanders are “in the mix” for Los Angeles Kings goalie Jon Bernier. According to TSN, the Kings have been actively shopping Bernier around the NHL for the past week or so.
So, just do the math. Not only does the Wild not have a No. 1 goalie yet, it hasn’t re-signed restricted free agents Cal Clutterbuck, Jared Spurgeon and maybe Justin Falk.
So the reality is Fletcher will have to create some cap flexibility. Not everybody can come back. There will be trades, potential buyouts, etc.
(Remember, you can surpass the salary-cap ceiling by 10 percent during the offseason as long as you get cap compliant by opening night).
For example, EDM’s No. 7 overall pick, as well as players, are available. While it’s possible EDM drafts at 7, my guess is it gets dealt.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 8, 2013
The call on Dan Bylsma’s future behind the Penguins’ bench may not be Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero’s to make.
Several individuals within the industry have told Slap Shots Penguins chairman Mario Lemieux, distressed by his team’s fourth straight failure to get out of the Eastern Conference after consecutive trips to the Finals in 2008 and 2009, the latter culminating with a Stanley Cup victory, may instruct Shero to dismiss the coach.
Ongoing speculation suggests Malkin could command $15 mil per year tax free in KHL. @bruce_arthur. Not saying he takes it, but it’s there.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 6, 2013
Carolina will entertain offers for its 5th-overall pick in hopes of landing a top-4 D-man, GM Jim Rutherford told @theteam1260 Tuesday.
— Dylan Howlett (@DylanHowlett) June 6, 2013