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The Christian Ehrhoff storyline has not changed much, but with the Canucks getting pending unrestricted free agent Kevin Bieksa locked up in a new contract the picture gets all that much clearer.
Bieksa’s five-year deal, which averages $4.6 million, reinforces the notion the Canucks want to use top defenceman Dan Hamhuis and his $4.5-million cap hit as the standard for the team’s blue line.
The Penguins cut Tyler Kennedy loose Monday, but general manager Ray Shero said he wants to re-sign him before NHL free agency begins Friday.
Shero also hopes to reach a tentative agreement on a one-year deal with Jaromir Jagr before Friday, industry sources told the Tribune-Review last night.
It is a complicated scenario made even more vague by the fact that for all sorts of reasons, Toronto general manager Brian Burke and his management team have no interest in discussing the matter publicly in advance of the July 1 free-agency period.
The Leafs got burned, you will remember, on the foiled pursuit of the Sedin twins a couple of years ago and, to add to that frustration, were charged by the NHL with tampering because of seemingly innocent comments made by coach Ron Wilson while the Sedins were still under contract with the Canucks.
Minnesota Wild turn attention to free agency market, which opens Friday
Blue Jackets turn their attention to defense
New York Rangers likely won’t find a taker on NHL trade market for defenseman Wade Redden: sources
Jets weighing their options
While the Panthers’ front-office honchos flew home Sunday morning feeling content after adding 10 building blocks, there is still more work to do.
With just 10 signed players on the active roster and the free-agency period starting Friday, the Panthers, who have about $26 million to shop for nine players, are trying to make some early-week trades with cash-strapped teams looking to shed payroll.