Murray trying but other GMs aren't looking to throw him a lifesaver https://t.co/bLXCp7PRyO
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) October 27, 2015
Blues GM Doug Armstrong would prefer to move Carl Gunnarsson, a No. 4-5 defenceman and pending UFA, but that would only bring back a Cam Atkinson-type player, should he deal with the Jackets. If St. Louis wants a Top 6 forward in return, they may dangle Shattenkirk, who has one year left on his deal beyond 2015-16.
The Anaheim Ducks are also on the clock. That team suffered a horrific start, putting coach Bruce Boudreau on the spot. Randy Carlyle is the best NHL coach currently not working, but the Ducks could turn to former Senators coach (and yesteryear Blues winger) Paul MacLean instead.
After the 2016-17 season, some good goalies will be up for raises. Ben Bishop and Steve Mason, aces for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, will be unrestricted. Based on their performance, age, and comparables, Bishop and Mason will be well within their rights to ask for multiyear deals over the $6 million threshold. Bishop helped backstop the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final. Mason is coming off a very good season for a not-so-good Flyers team.
“The other thing too is, at some point in time, John Gibson’s got to play. So I wonder if – and I don’t know this for sure – but he’s got a really nice chip there in Frederik Andersen. Gibson’s signed long term, Andersen isn’t.
Will he stay or will he go?
The hottest topic in the NHL is the future of Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos, who is headed to unrestricted free agency July 1.
Even though it has been over five years since Brian Campbell joined the Panthers, he never really left Chicago.
Now in the final year of the eight-year, $57 million contract Campbell originally signed with the Blackhawks, some wonder if he’ll eventually return to play in Chicago — perhaps as early as next season.
“I think Calgary is looking for a little help on the wings and is maybe willing to get a little bigger there. Columbus would like to trade Kerby Rychel, but they’re asking a lot – as they should. From what I understand, it’s a price that Calgary is not willing to pay at this particular point in time.
The two teams that have the most phones ringing right now in the National Hockey League are St. Louis and Calgary. The reason? Both have solid, Top four defencemen they might be willing to trade for the right forward.
There weren’t many teams in the NHL falling over themselves to sign Alexander Semin on the back of a disappointing few years, and the Montreal Canadiens were able to pick up the Russian veteran on a one-year deal worth $1.1 million. This time next year, the Canadiens will be looking back at either an amazing piece of business or a relatively inexpensive mistake, but Semin does arrive in Montreal with an impressive C.V. in the league. Semin was available for a budget price after the Carolina Hurricanes bought him out of the final three years of his $7 million-a-year contract with the franchise, ending a three-year spell with the team that has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded his move from Washington in 2012.
lot of talk St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko will be getting an offer sheet after finishing off a rookie deal last season.
Are the Flyers done in free agency?
Well, barring something involving Lecavalier or his defense, yes. Nothing really significant can happen the remainder of the summer without losing millions off the cap.
Red Wings buy out Stephen Weiss of final three years; might make a pitch for Mike Green.