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A crescendo is building as the calendar creeps toward the two most important stretches on the NHL off-season schedule — the entry draft and free agency. After making news the last two days, the drumbeats are getting louder around the Blue Jackets, with a bigger flurry possible.
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired the rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Phoenix Coyotes with the hope of signing Bryzgalov to a long-term contract before he hits free agency on July 1.
Now that Ilya Bryzgalov – along with salary demands that were “completely out of the realm of possibility” for General Manager Don Maloney – has exited, the Coyotes are focusing on the future.
The tens of millions that Bryzgalov sought over the long term remain in play, becoming funds that Maloney will have available to find a new goalie and sign other players.
The Edmonton Oilers general manager has had discussions with some of his counterparts around the league and remains willing to discuss a trade leading up to the June 24 draft in Minnesota. It’s the second straight year Edmonton has held the top pick.
“I’ve had a few calls (from) people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team,” Tambellini said Wednesday after the NHL’s GMs meeting. “For me to move the No. 1 pick it would have to be obviously something exceptional. Because this is a huge building block again for us.
Will anything happen with Brad Richards before July 1?
It seems highly unlikely. Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said last week he was not going to make Richards another contract offer, after trying — and failing — to sign the 31-year-old to an extension before the trade deadline. The Stars would love to make a trade before Richards becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he has a no-trade clause in his contract, and would have to give the team permission to make a move. With teams all across the league looking for a premier centre, and with the potential of surprise bidders emerging on July 1, it seems unlikely that permission would be granted.
The Blue Jackets aren’t waiting for the NHL entry draft this month to start work on what they hope will be a summer of blockbuster deals.
Multiple NHL sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have discussed a trade that would send Flyers center Jeff Carter, an All-Star in 2009, to Columbus for a top-six forward and the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft. That top-six forward, presumably, is 21-year-old Blue Jackets winger Jake Voracek, a restricted free agent.