Canucks and Pettersson move closer to short-term deal
On Tuesday, Elias Pettersson’s agent JP Barry spoke with Rick Dhaliwal of Athletic and CHEK TV, and noted that he and the Canucks are negotiating the terms of the player’s next deal and the conversations are focused on different short-term scenarios. Barry said:
We’re going to look at everything, but I think everything for Pettersson will be five years old or less, and we’ll have to see with Quinn whether we can do a little more or not.
There are better comparables like Mathew Barzal and Brayden Point in the three-year range and maybe that’s where Pettersson falls. If he signs for around $ 7 million per season, he will be able to re-sign when the fixed salary cap is expected to start increasing. Maybe that’s what his agent gets hold of.
Word is, Pettersson’s slightly declining season is not affecting the negotiations. He is a player the Canucks appreciate and he knows he will do very well.
Eichel has not yet cleared to speak with other teams
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Buffalo Sabers have not given other clubs permission to speak to Jack Eichel about his injury situation, which would make them more comfortable with a potential trade. This will be an important next step for clubs wishing to take a closer look at the acquisition of the disgruntled center. At this point, the Sabers and Eichel are still negotiating the next step in his recovery from a herniated neck disc.
If the Sabers trade Eichel, the more likely scenario is that they end up with another high pick in the first round of this year’s draft, plus some. Jimmy Murphy of Florida Hockey Now reports that the Seattle Kraken is a team that verified Eichel’s situation. He writes:
We’re watching the Kraken, and GM Ron Francis has put the new team in a position to land a superstar in exchange for a prospect selected with the second overall pick.
source – ‘OTR: Kraken Hides For Splash Trade, Avs Heading For A Big Upheaval? | FHN + ”- Jimmy Murphy – Florida Hockey Now – 06/14/2021
The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun notes that the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers are among other teams that may be interested. He writes:
And while I’m not saying the star center will be traded before the playoffs are over, what I’m hearing is that conversations between the Buffalo Sabers and other interested teams are getting more and more intense and serious… The Kings want to make a banging move for a top 6 forward, the Wild could use another top cross, and the Jackets (who have three first-round picks this year) of course really, really need a center n ° 1.
source – ‘LeBrun: Jack Eichel draw has started, NHL Coaching Carousel news’ – Pierre LeBrun – The Athletic – 6/16/2021
Devils take an interest in Rasmus Ristolainen
Lance Lysowski of Buffalo News Reports that the New Jersey Devils have shown interest in Sabers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. Citing the likely exit of right-back Connor Carrick in free agency, the Devils are looking for a replacement.
Ristolainen has hit a cap of $ 5.4 million for one more season, but the analytical community is not a fan. He has one of the worst numbers in the NHL when it comes to defenseman in many categories, and while that can be attributed in part to the fact that he played for the Sabers, many believe he would be in the game. interest of the Sabers to move from the player. .
Lysowksi writes, “The Devils have the assets (choices and outlook) that would make a deal work for Buffalo,” and Elliotte Friedman wonders if the Devils might have Shayne Gostisbehere and / or Dougie Hamilton on their radar as well.
Related: Sabers’ Potential Expansion Project Scenarios Are Wide And Varied
Could the Panthers consider acquiring Laine?
Friedman also writes, “I’m curious to see if Florida asks about Patrik Laine. He and Aleksander Barkov have a good relationship. Friedman believes the Panthers will be aggressive in their quest for improvement and that Laine might be suitable.
In January, TSN’s Darren Dreger noted that there was commercial interest in Barkov and the teams felt he might be ready to move on as a free agent when his contract expired at the end. next season. Florida took a big step last season and if the Panthers are looking to take another step, making sure Barkov is keen on signing again, a player like Laine could do a lot to ensure he is a happy camper.
Travelers don’t really care about Hamilton
Friedman also reports that the Flyers haven’t named defenseman Dougie Hamilton as a prime target for their blue line. As the team looks to make improvements at the back, the NHL insider suggests they look in a different direction and won’t chase the 27-year-old unrestricted free agent.
Instead, Friedman believes the Flyers will look to Seth Jones of Columbus or Matt Dumba of Minnesota. Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia speculates that the Flyers might also consider more affordable options, such as Jamie Oleksiak of Dallas, Alec Martinez of Vegas and Cody This of Pittsburgh.
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