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In the current NHL rumor, there is news about the Edmonton Oilers, especially trade options, contracts for some players and tight numbers on all fronts. The Tampa Bay Lightning wastes no time getting down to business and the Ottawa Senators make an available first pick in this year’s draft. Finally, the New York Rangers have officially said goodbye to goalie Henrik Lundqvist. And after?

Oilers on three players, important contracts

According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, he confirmed rumors that the Edmonton Oilers are in preliminary talks with the Arizona Coyotes over the trade for defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He says their interest is serious, but notes that they are not the only team in the mix and that he had to give up his no-move clause to join the team.

The Oilers are apparently working on different financial scenarios in hopes of finally landing a top tier defenseman, but need to be aware of the salary cap issues and players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who will be ready for a contract renewal at the end of next season.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was one of the first overall picks for the Oilers. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Puck Pedia’s Hart Levine was on Oilers Now and said Nugent-Hopkins could reach 8 years x $ 8 million on his next contract. More realistically, Nugent-Hopkins will cost between $ 6.5 million and $ 7 million, but it’s still enough to force Edmonton to think about any signing it makes.

Pierre LeBrun also noted that the Oilers could watch goaltenders Petr Mrazek and Jacob Markstrom. Mrazek is apparently Plan B.

Related: The Oilers’ Long History Of Top Individual Award Winners

Lightning tries to get rid of $ 10 million in commerce

LeBrun also notes that the Tampa Bay Lightning wasted no time trying to lose his salary after winning the Stanley Cup. According to LeBrun, general manager Julien BriseBois has already called and is looking to move players like Tyler Johnson and, potentially, Yanni Gourde.

The problem for the Lightning is that a number of the players they would like to move have no-trade or no-move clauses in their contracts and as such it becomes a very difficult situation. The team could be subject to an offer sheet. Even if the teams weren’t intending to pick up a player via an offer sheet, it would make BriseBois’s job extremely difficult as he can’t just sit on contracts for FRGs like Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli or Erik Cernak.

Speculation is that the Lightning could move a pretty big coin and potentially a surprising name in the coming days.

Senators are ready to move to 5th place overall

Ottawa Senators chief scout Trent Mann confirmed, in the correct deal, that the Senators’ second pick in the first round of the NHL Draft is on the table and general manager Pierre Dorion is ready to make a exchange.

Mann spoke to the media on a Zoom call Tuesday and discussed the general manager’s directive as well as the Senators’ seven picks in the first two rounds of the NHL Draft. Mann has confirmed Dorion will listen to the offers and it is believed the Senators want to stay in the top 10, which means they likely have talks with teams like Anaheim, New Jersey, Buffalo, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

Related: Rangers Buy Out Last Year Of Lundqvist Contract

Rangers and Lundqvist say goodbye

The New York Rangers made the buyout of goalie Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday morning and the veteran will be heading to free will as an unrestricted free agent.

Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers de New York (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Rangers released a statement after the news thanking him and Lundqvist spoke in a series of tweets about his time with the team and said goodbye to him. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you!” He said.

It’s unclear where he’ll go next, but his NHL record speaks for itself and many contenders will be looking to recruit a replacement veteran. The question will be whether or not he wants to win and try to sign with a Stanely Cup candidate or try to make as much money as he can in his final seasons?

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