Clifford is in Win-Now mode
Speaking about his pending free will, Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford discussed the possibility of a new signing with the team this week. he told Kristen Shilton of TSN“Toronto is an incredible place to play. [My wife and I] I want the best for the family, but they told me to do what is best for me. “
The only thing that could keep him away from Toronto as an option to re-sign is if another team called more ready to win right away than the Maple Leafs. Clifford said, “I’m in winning mode now. The good news is that he believes Toronto is on the same page and is also in winning mode now. He explained, “We have a young team and it is hungry. They want it for the city of Toronto. I don’t think there would be a greater feeling than going down these streets of Toronto for a parade. “
In other Maple Leafs news, the organization locked Adam Brooks into a two-year contract extension. The agreement will carry an average annual value of $ 725,000 in the NHL. Brooks was to become a restricted free agent this off-season.
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Flames to run at Pietrangelo?
Eric Francis of Sportsnet wrote in a recent mailbag article that the Calgary Flames have five defenders at the end of their contract, so it is possible that they may be up against UFA Alex Pietrangelo.
Even though the salary cap is flat, the Flames had room before the end of these defenseman contracts in order to have money to spend. This should be considered a long shot, but if Pietraneglo is only after the biggest payday, Calgary is a team that could make things interesting.
If it doesn’t happen that way, Francis thinks that the Flames blues will include Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson, Juuso Valimaki, Oliver Kylington and Michael Stone. UFA defenders Derek Forbort, Erik Gustafsson and Travis Hamonic will likely end up elsewhere.
He also notes that Johnny Gaudreau’s time in Calgary is coming to an end. Francis does not believe the team will negotiate this summer, but he does not believe Gaudreau will sign a contract extension and he believes the Flames will eventually trade the small but skillful striker.
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Oilers could wrestle with Ethan Bear case
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal notes that salary cap issues could limit GM options for Oilers GM Ken Holland regarding the different types of contract offers for defenseman Ethan Bear.
They may want to sign him for a six-year team contract with Oscar Klefbom money ($ 4.1 million) because they see Bear as one of the top 4 defensemen, but the Oilers have not 4 million dollars to play with next season.
source – “Not much room for Oilers general manager Ken Holland to recruit players” – Jim Matheson – Edmonton Journal – 05/10/2020
The good news for the Oilers is that Bear has no leverage to command a big salary. He is now one of the top four NHL d-man players and should not cost much.
One way for the Oilers to reduce the blow to Bear’s new contract would be to move Matt Benning and bring in Evan Bouchard ($ 894,000).
Matheson says the Oilers may have signed Gaetan Haas for fear of being unable to accept overtime from pending UFA attackers Riley Sheahan and Tyler Ennis, both of whom they would like to keep.
Miners in search of Beartschi
“I don’t want to be back with the miners,” said Sven Baertschi to Jeff Paterson of TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver. “This is where I set my goal. It’s up to them to decide what to do next. It’s their job and that’s what they do.
Saying he’s now healthy and ready, Baertschi only played 26 games last season due to a concussion, but he also thinks the Canucks didn’t have it in their plans for this year when he’s arrived for training camp. “I don’t think Vancouver expected me to come back to play,” said Baertschi. “This is my personal opinion. Some things sink after a year.
He hinted that he believed the Canucks were going to move him, even though he knew it was ultimately not his decision.
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