Byfuglien, Blues, Maple Leafs, Flames, More

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In today’s NHL rumors, scribes take a closer look at what Dustin Byfuglien could do now that he is a free agent. There is also talk of how the St. Louis Blues might be interested if Alex Pietrangelo left. But, if Pietrangelo stays, how do the Blues make room? And what does Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman think about his future in Toronto? And, is Cam Talbot preparing to leave the Calgary Flames?

Where will Byfuglien go next season?

Now that Dustin Byfulgien is technically an unrestricted free agent, Matt Teague of The Score.com has listed the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues as three potential landing spots for the defenseman.

Dustin Byfuglien – Winnipeg Jets vs Philadelphia Flyers – November 17, 2016 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

As for the Canadiens, Teague believes Byfuglien would provide additional depth on the right side and, alongside Shea Weber and Jeff Petry, would significantly improve their defense. Montreal also has money to spend and it is rumored to be ready to cause a stir. It would certainly be admissible.

Teague also notes that Big Buff would be the first right-back defender for the Maple Leafs. A team that really needs to add in this area, if Byfuglien is physically able to go, the Maple Leafs would be contenders. But the salary cap would obviously be a concern. Finally, the St. Louis Blues could be interested if Alex Pietrangelo leaves.

Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago considered Byfuglien an option for the Chicago Blackhawks (where Byfuglien once played). with bonuses should it play well.

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Blues to Shed salary

Speaking of Pietrangelo, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic has considered what the Blues will have to do to make room for the defender if their plan is to sign it again.

Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)

With more than $ 79 million invested in 20 players for 2020-2021, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong must lose his salary. Marco Scandella’s new deal is somewhat tricky since Jay Bouwmeester’s contract will not be released. As for how they will make the extra space, Rutherford writes:

If the Blues are going to make room on the ceiling, it will have to come from the displacement of Jake Allen, the acquisition of Alexander Steen or the realization of a series of smaller movements which correspond to what they need.

source – ‘Blues mailbag: Marco Scandella contract, comparisons with Scott Perunovich and more’ – Jeremy Rutherford – The Athletic – 04/17/2020

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Talbot says he wants to leave flames

After joining the Calgary Flames and believing he has proven that he can be a No. 1 goaltender, Cam Talbot says he will go where he can get to start. He spoke to Sportsnet about his future and whether that includes the Flames.

Cam Talbot Calgary Flames
Cam Talbot, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

He said, “I wouldn’t rule out coming back, but obviously my goal in coming here was to show the rest of the League that I’m still ready to be a starting goaltender and I think I did.

Talbot says he has signed a one-year contract to prove himself to the league and now intends to make the most of it, even if it means leaving. Right now, he just wants a little more than last season. “I would like to play more than 50-50, but 50-50 would be, you know, one step closer to what I got this year, so I’m going to do it,” he said.

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Hyman comments on the future in Toronto

TSN Kristen Shilton posted comments from Toronto Maple Leafs wing Zach Hyman this week regarding his future with the team. He has one year left on his $ 9 million, four-year contract, but he knows he could face the lowest salary cap next season.

Toronto Maple Leafs Zach Hyman
Toronto Maple Leafs Zach Hyman speaks to reporters after cleaning a locker at Scotiabank Arena. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Christopher Katsarov)

He said, “First and foremost, I would like to stay in Toronto. This is where I grew up. I have wanted to be Leaf for a long time. He added that the uncertainty of the NHL means that he is fortunate to have a contract.

“In a way, with all that is going on now, I am lucky to have another year on my contract because everything will probably be settled by then with regard to the ceiling and so on and all these questions that nobody really has answers to. now. I would love to be a long term leaf and sign again here. I want to be here and finally win a Stanley Cup. “

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