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The question Bruins fans would want to know then is just how serious that speculation should be taken.
“I wouldn’t take it very serious in the moment,” said TSN NHL Insider Darren Dreger. “This is social media, and when you’re in a slow time coming out of a roster freeze, this is the type of stuff that is almost like sport when you look at certain organizations. And we know historically the volatility of the Boston Bruins, from ownership down, how hands-on they can be with Cam Neely hovering about.
“I believe what Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Penguins, though is hoping for is that the bubble teams in terms of the playoffs start to separate a little bit and maybe there’s a hint of desperation.
“I look at a team like St. Louis, as an example. It appears they’ve made their bed with Jake Allen, but if the St. Louis Blues believe they’re on the cusp or right there among the contenders and goaltending might be somewhat iffy or in question – look, Marc-Andre Fleury is a goaltender who has proven that he can take that team to another level.”
Allen’s four-year, $17.4 million contract extension with the Blues kicks in next season.
Fleury will still have another two years left on his contract once this season ends. His cap hit is $5.75 million.
Dealing for true No. 1 centers is difficult in today’s NHL, and the elite guys almost never reach free agency.
Coach Ken Hitchcock worked around this issue the previous few seasons by deftly mixing and matching his versatile forwards. Then captain David Backes left via free agency after last season, Vladimir Sobotka remained exiled to Siberia, Lehtera continued his offensive fade and the problem got worse.
GM Jarmo Kekalainen will likely have to move a player to give Alexander Wennberg the raise he requires when he reaches restricted status in July.
“Now, if you’re asking about Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, from what I understand, teams have been told they’re not giving these guys because they’re panicking,” said Friedman. “If you want to come at [the Avalanche] with good, young defencemen or prospects, [they] are prepared to listen. But the packages are going to have to be big because they look at both [players] and see good players signed to good contracts.”
Less than zero chance someone claims Halak with another year at $4.5m due. Believe he'll be sent to the AHL if he clears.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 30, 2016
Richardson notes numerous NHL insiders such as TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie have weighed in, with Dreger telling Buffalo’s WGR 550 that Sakic is going to have to do something to improve his club’s culture. Richardson adds, “McKenzie told Toronto’s TSN 1050 he thinks there’s a sense of urgency for the Avalanche to change something. If Sakic moves a core player, McKenzie cautions he must ensure he gets a good return… ESPN.com’s Craig Custance’s notes the Avs need an impact defenseman. ”
New York Islanders center John Tavares will receive the Steven Stamkos treatment when it comes to his 2018 potential unrestricted free agency. The build-up will start next summer. Every team that would have bid on Stamkos will covet Tavares. It will be speculated that he will get $10.5 million per season, just as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane did in 2014.
LeBrun/Doan: “I think this’ll be it this year for him. He hasn’t announced that, but that’s just my own gut feeling.” #Coyotes 1290
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) December 23, 2016
Duchene, Landeskog…name a core player and the rumors will be flying once the roster freeze lifts. Something has to give in Colorado.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 23, 2016
Following a two-goal game by Hansen, a game in which the Sedins flashed greatness again, Henrik gave his best explanation yet as to why Hansen is so important to the Sedins at this stage of their career.
“He brings a lot of speed,” the captain said. “For us, we want to play the right way (and by that he means they don’t want to cheat).
“We’re two players were a lot of our game is on instinct. We try to read where the D is going with the puck and we try to stay a step ahead.
But Hansen is also 30 years old, remains one of the Canucks most marketable commodities, and on a team that should be looking three years down the line, not three months, he should be traded.
Good luck trying to convince the Canucks of that one.
I know nobody does offer sheets. But, man, I’d offer-sheet the bejeezus out of Artemi Panarin if I’m a rival GM. #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 21, 2016