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In today’s NHL rumors, it looks like the New Jersey Devils will be scrambling now that Corey Crawford has announced his retirement. The New York Islanders signed Mathew Barzal, but what took so long to secure the deal? Could the Calgary Flames be part of Pierre-Luc Dubois and could the Chicago Blackhawks be a team that would give the disgruntled center a good young play?

The demons got stuck after Crawford’s retreat

We wish Corey Crawford the best of luck in anything that prompts him to officially retire from the NHL today. That said, if the New Jersey Devils aren’t forced to fall out in a major way after today’s announcement, it will be shocking.

Corey Crawford des Blackhawks de Chicago hisse la Coupe Stanley 2015. (Photo par Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

While the new amended MOU rules – one carried over and one that contains no signing bonuses in year two – mean there is no penalty for the Devils and they won’t be left behind. hand on Crawford’s two. $ 3.9 million year contract because he signed it after the age of 35, they still don’t have a second goalie now. He will retire without having played a game for the team and the organization must now find a second goalie for the season and a third to meet the rules of the taxi team. They will have to do all of this in the hope that MacKenzie Blackwood can carry the load.

It wouldn’t be shocking for the Devils to sign a low cost save option like Jimmy Howard.

Could the Blackhawks be interested in Dubois?

Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun has named the Chicago Blackhawks as one of seven potential teams that may be interested in disgruntled Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois. While Dubois seems like a good fit on the surface, the problem for the Blackhawks is that the conversation probably starts and ends with Kirby Dach, who LeBrun says the Blue Jackets would like to include in the deal.

The Blackhawks would be unlikely to want to give up on Dach yet, but LeBrun notes:

” It is [Dubois] the kind of young centerpiece that would fit the vision for what’s going on in Chicago right now, so I would expect the Blackhawks to at least educate themselves. But if I’m the Jackets the conversation needs to start with Kirby Dach and that might be hard for Chicago to consider given their place in the Hawks’ rebuilding plans. Still, Stan Bowman, general manager of Kekalainen and Hawks, has already made some big jobs.

Related: New York Islanders Sign Mathew Barzal Again

Islanders’ long-term deal with Barzal fell

The New York Islanders announced on Saturday that they have signed a three-year transition agreement with Mathew Barzal with an average annual salary of $ 7 million. It was only after the failure of a six-year extension, reports Darren Dreger of TSN.

Mathew Barzal, Islanders de New York (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)

Apparently, General Manager Lou Lamoriello hasn’t been able to move enough money to make this deal work. Right before camp, negotiation shifted to a three-year bridging deal that keeps Barzal an RFA at the end of the term and gives him arbitration rights with a huge salary at the end of the term.

Flames a good fit for the Blue Jackets?

Elliotte Friedman was on Oilers Now on Friday and speaking of the issues between Dubois and the Columbus Blue Jackets, he mentioned that the Blue Jackets may be considering a one-for-one swap since GM Jarmo Kekäläinen saw those big four. type trades for one don’t work. It opened the door for some who think the Calgary Flames could be a good choice.

Sean Monahan Flames de Calgary
Sean Monahan, Flames de Calgary (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Pierre LeBrun noted in his article on Athletic that the Flames could be an attractive business partner for Jackets if they are looking for a comeback that can help them immediately. LeBrun notes that despite business speculation, the Flames haven’t moved either Sean Monahan or Johnny Gaudreau and explains:

This could be an attractive business partner for Columbus if a Dubois deal is more focused on picking up players who can help the Jackets now. Is there something here around Dubois and Monahan? Again, it’s only me spitting. But I’d be surprised if the Flames didn’t check in.

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