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In today’s NHL Rumors Recap, what happens in the NHL that no free agent has been listed for over a month? Is there another wave of deals coming up? In Pittsburgh, Jim Rutherford believes that the exchanges during the season could be delicate. What is he concerned about? Is there a business option that could solve all of Tampa Bay’s financial problems? A scribe thinks so and suggests it would be with the Detroit Red Wings. Finally, are NHL teams considering outdoor games as a solution to fans who have attendance issues?

Is there a second wave of offers coming up?

Athletic’s Thomas Drance notes that it has been over a month since the last unrestricted free agent signing – that distinction belonging to the Edmonton Oilers who signed Dominik Kahun. He cites agents who say the reason is the uncertainty surrounding the NHL right now.

An officer said: “We want to see what comes out of it. He added: “At this point, it doesn’t make sense to do something until we know what things look like. Drance adds that at some point when things are settled, there will be another round of exchanges and signings. He explains:

It is widely anticipated that once the NHL and NHLPA reach a revised deal for the new season, a second wave of off-season activity will begin. This will must be the case, it seems, as there are a few teams that will need to free up cap space in trades just to comply with the cap. And, of course, there are some very good UFAs that are still unsigned.

source – “There are simply no dance partners”: why the NHL is in a break from major transactions – Thomas Drance – The Athletic – 02/12/2020

Mike Hoffman, Panthers de la Floride (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Names that could come off the board at this point are Mike Hoffman, Ilya Kovalchuk, Corey Perry and Andreas Athanasiou, as well as defense options like Zdeno Chara and Travis Hamonic.

Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Sparks, Hyman, Vesey & Keefe

Penguins are unlikely to do business during the season

Meanwhile, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford notes he’s not sure there will be a lot of offers during the season, so his plan is to get things done with some free time. before the start of the 2020-2021 campaign.

Noting that quarantine rules between countries, states and provinces could change when a player becomes available after a deal, Rutherford notes, the season could be slow for NHL trades. He said:

“It probably looks more like football than ever. It will probably be more where you define your team and it will be your team. ”

Lightning and Red Wings Business Partners?

Athletic’s Eric Duhatschek is re-enacting a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Detroit Red Wings, suggesting the two teams do business and that Lightning dump Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn in Detroit.

Alex Killorn, Lightning de Tampa Bay (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)

Duhatschek writes:

In a perfect world, I would try to move not just one, but two of the remaining headaches (preferably Johnson and Killorn) to Detroit, and I would be willing to give up both a first-round pick and a youngster from quality to obtain the Red. Wings to bite. Detroit would likely jump on that deal if that quality young player were Cernak, who is highly regarded in the NHL.

source – ‘Duhatschek mailbag: Get Bolts Cap Compliant, Flyers For Real, Fire Songs’ – Eric Duhatschek – The Athletic – 11/27/2020

He adds that Tampa has no desire to pay such a high price for a change in salary, but they may not have a choice. He thinks it would actually be easier for the Lightning to solve all of their problems with one pull-off-the-band-aid gesture.

Basically what Duhatschek is offering are Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Erik Cernak and a 1st round pick in exchange for future considerations.

Are NHL Teams Going For Outdoor Games?

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman writes that there are potentially four NHL teams planning to play away games this season. He notes that “The Kings and Ducks are doing their due diligence for somewhere down the road if they found out they would have more fans at outdoor events than indoors.” He adds that Boston and Pittsburgh are also studying things.

The Bruins looked at Fenway Park, while the Penguins looked at Heinz Field and PNC Park. In Boston, all of this is in the “exploratory phase” as many sites are being considered.

Keep in mind that Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly previously noted that they are unlikely to allow outdoor play, as the 2020-2021 plans do not “sufficiently consider the associated costs.”

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