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from the CP at TSN,
At least one prominent player agent thinks the NHL's six-day free agency interview period is a waste of time.
"I just don't find it productive at all," said J.P. Barry, who represents pending free agents Andrew Ladd and Loui Eriksson. "It's become like maybe a bit of a temporary beauty contest. It doesn't necessarily predict what's going to happen going forward."
Since 2013, the NHL has allowed teams and players entering unrestricted free agency to interact freely over a six-day period ahead of July 1. It's a concept the NHL Players' Association proposed to help both sides in free agency, where big money is doled out by clubs and big, life-changing decisions are made by players.
Barry would rather it disappear, believing it to be an unconstructive charade that only complicates the process.
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill was also lukewarm on the subject, believing it effective only on a case by case basis.
via the Minnesota Wild,
Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed restricted free agent Jason Zucker pronounced (ZOOK-ER) to a two-year, $4 million contract worth $2 million in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Zucker, 24 (1/16/92), tallied 23 points (13-10=23) in 71 games with Minnesota last season and set career highs in games played, assists, penalty minutes (20), shots (158), hits (83), takeaways (40), blocked shots (33) and TOI/game (15:35). The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Newport Beach, Calif., ranked second on the team in takeaways and sixth in shots. Zucker added two assists in six playoff contests. He owns 61 points (42-19=61) in 169 career NHL games in parts of five seasons with the Wild. Zucker was originally selected by Minnesota in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The fun time of the year...
NHL Free Agency - Where will Steven Stamkos Sign?
Tampa Bay Lightning 1/1
Detroit Red Wings 11/4
Toronto Maple Leafs 7/2
Montreal Canadiens 12/1
Vancouver Canucks 22/1
NHL Free Agency - Where will Milan Lucic Sign?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
- Trade talk involving Fowler seems to have died down after the draft. I think it's because had he moved, it would have involved Anaheim getting a top-10 pick back as part of the package, whether that was No. 8 from the Buffalo Sabres or No. 9 from the Montreal Canadiens, perhaps.
Either way, there's no telling for sure whether Fowler moves or not this summer but I think the Ducks -- loaded with talent on the back end -- are ready to start the season with him in their lineup unless somebody really steps up and makes a quality offer. They're not giving this guy away.
- You don't hear much about Dan Hamhuis as the UFA bidding gets set to open Friday but in a depleted blue-line market, he probably deserves more notice. And maybe it's because teams are wary that he struggled to decide on potential trades to the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks before the trade deadline and stayed put with the Vancouver Canucks. But my sense now is that he’s ready to leave his native British Columbia, the Canucks having not re-signed him, and the idea of finding a good role on a good team appealing to the 33-year-old defenseman.
- Defenseman Tyson Barrie remains an unsigned RFA as Friday approaches. The Colorado Avalanche made his camp a new contract offer at the draft in Buffalo last week. Nobody is saying either way but I don’t get the sense it was seen as good enough. He’s eligible for arbitration. The Avs would rather not trade him, GM Joe Sakic has said. Going to be interesting to see where this heads. Still lots of time to work out a new contract, though.
more on Fowler plus Eric Staal...
added 10:33am, Columbus release is below...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
So, who is No. 1 on the TSN Trade Bait board du jour? That would be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but it depends on the Oilers’ plans in free agency.
For now, Nugent-Hopkins remains a valuable luxury at centre with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
But if the Oilers do indeed land left winger Milan Lucic, who visited Edmonton on Tuesday and got reacquainted with his old GM Chiarelli, then Taylor Hall will rocket to the top of the list.
Hall, 24, is Chiarelli's premier trade chip up front — aside from McDavid and Draisaitl. He presents the best opportunity to bring back a top-pairing defenceman the Oilers so desperately crave on the right side.
more and the top 15 trade bait players listed too...
“Obviously there’s a lot of thoughts that go through your head, as the time ticks away here, you wonder what’s in store for you and your future. You still hope something can get done [with the Islanders], but it’s a business. I never thought it would get this far, but this is how these things go.”
-Matt Martin, soon to be a UFA. More on Martin from Arthur Staple of Newsday.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
To sum up, the Oilers, who are in desperate need of top-tier defencemen and have one of the best young left wingers in hockey, are preparing a massive contract offer for Milan Lucic.
Only in Edmonton.
Just imagine the outrage locally if this was a Jim Benning joint.
If the Oilers end up signing Lucic, and a few in Edmonton think it’s a virtual fait accompli, and it ends up a six-year commitment and squeezes out one of their good young forwards, Vancouver may feel just fine about being among the bridesmaids, yet again.
The Canucks have earned a reputation for finishing second this decade. Remember them chasing Shane Doan, Justin Schutz, Drake Caggiula and the Stanley Cup?
Missing out on a 28-year-old, hard-playing power forward who is asking to be signed well into his 30s would not be the worst thing to happen to the Canucks this off-season.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
I think members of the Hockey Hall of Fame voting committee sat around, pondered all their choices for the Class of ’16, and in the true spirit of 21st century media, decided to go full click bait on us.
Meet the new class of the HHOF: the one without Mark Recchi.
This is where the click-bait masters would show the pictures of those admitted to the Hall on Monday: Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and Pat Quinn. And right next to them, the silhouette of the unchosen Recchi, with the big bold question mark floating over his head.
Recchi, now five years into retirement, his last of three Stanley Cups fresh in hand as he left Boston, should have been ushered through the FastPass door. But the Hall is not Disney World, and Recchi will have to wait another day to be granted entrance. Hopefully, he won’t have to wait more than 365 days.
Take this for what you will, from CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:
According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.
The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.
Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.
Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.
Continued with an explanation as to why that financial total is important...
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