Devils, Oilers, Bruins, NHL Insurance, More

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In today’s NHL rumor summary, there is news that the New Jersey Devils could go hunting for big game for a defenseman, details about what the Edmonton Oilers have offered Anton Slepyshev are there and Torey Krug makes more comments on his contract status with the Boston Bruins.

Will the Devils pursue a big ticket free agent?

NORTHJERSEY.com reports, via Abbey Mastracco, that it could be the year the New Jersey Devils spend a huge amount of free agency money to land a renowned defender. She notes, “Perhaps a new general manager will find it necessary to bring in more established NHL players rather than waiting for talent to develop.”

She doesn’t mention who the Devils might have their eyes on, but another scribe did.

Colton Parayko St. Louis Blues
Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)

Corey Masisak of Athletic notes that the Devils could also use the commercial market to meet their need for experienced channel depth. He suggested targeting clubs pressed for salary caps, potentially after someone like Mikhail Sergachev of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He also writes:

Maybe the Blues will have no place for Colton Parayko and Vince Dunn once Alex Pietrangelo signs? Or do the Bruins have no place to sign Torey Krug this summer and Brandon Carlo next year? The Sabers still have additional defenders, and any non-Rasmus Ristolainen guy in this group could be of interest. The Ducks have traded a bunch of great young defensemen over the past few years, so checking them out is always a good idea.

source -‘Devils mailbag: perspective levels, defense problems and a duck the size of Adam Henrique ‘- Corey Masisak – The Athletic – 04/05/2020

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Oil tankers offer Anton Slepyshev

We noted yesterday in our Oilers-specific rumors and news that Oilers GM Ken Holland had offered Anton Slepyshev to join the team. The details of this offer are beginning to flow.

Anton Slepyshev Oilers
Anton Slepyshev, Edmonton Oilers, October 21, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Jim Matheson tweeted that Slepyshev’s contract offer was probably between $ 1 and $ 1.4 million and that he is unlikely to offer the same $ 1.5 million he gave to Josh Archibald who knew a solid season that killed penalties for the team. Apparently, the exchange rate of what Slephyshev was doing in the KHL versus what the Oilers were offering means that the salary is very similar.

In other Oilers news, Daniel’s speculation Nugent-Bowman Notes if potential defender Philip Broberg does not make the Oilers next year, he will return to Sweden according to Holland. The Oilers are also continuing their conversations with prospects Markus Niemelainen and Filip Berglund regarding the signing of contracts with the NHL.

Related: Oilers News and Rumors: Cave, McDavid, Nurse, More

More contract updates on Torey Krug

We also noted yesterday that Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug had made comments suggesting that he potentially thought his stay in Boston would come to an end. Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com added to this story.

Boston Bruins Brad Marchand Torey Krug Patrice Bergeron
Boston Bruins Brad Marchand, Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron (AP Photo / John Locher)

Krug noted that contract extension talks have not progressed at all since the NHL was suspended on March 12 and he did not know where the Bruins were with a potential new deal.

“It is a good question, probably a question that many people would like to have answered,” Krug said on Tuesday. “We haven’t had any discussions since this thing started. I cannot speak on behalf of any other UFA who is in a position like mine, but as far as my situation here in Boston is concerned, we have not pursued or made progress in this regard. “

NHL could have purchased pandemic insurance

An interesting tweet hit social media on Darren Rovell Wednesday the senior manager of the Action network headquarters, who said:

Wimbledon has reportedly paid $ 2 million a year for pandemic insurance in the past 17 years (total: $ 34 million). For this year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus, Wimbledon reportedly received $ 141 million from the police.

Popular NHL agent Allan Walsh commented, “Is it not in professional sports leagues like the NHL, the NBA and the MLB to have business interruption insurance? and if not, why not? Premiums are relatively inexpensive. “He’s right and imagines how much less drastic things could have been for the NHL if they had purchased similar insurance.

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