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John Carlson Appears To Be Staying With The Washington Capitals

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Questions Before UFA Day

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from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

With the completion of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on Saturday, the focus turns to the beginning of the interview eriod for potential unrestricted free agents on Sunday.

During the interview period, teams can discuss general parameters of a possible contract with potential UFAs to lay the groundwork for when the free agent market opens at 12 p.m. ET on July 1.

Here are the biggest questions to be answered in free agency this year:

Will John Tavares re-sign with the New York Islanders?

Tavares reportedly will talk with five teams other than the Islanders during the interview period to determine if he wants to return as New York's captain or play elsewhere. The Athletic reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars are expected to be among the teams to talk with the 27-year-old center and his agent, Pat Brisson.

Re-signing Tavares remains the top priority for Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, who has the advantage of being able to give him an eight-year contract. The maximum contract term for other teams trying to sign Tavares is seven years....

Will John Carlson leave the Washington Capitals?

After GM Brian MacLellan said Friday that the Capitals were "really close" to signing Carlson to an extension and that he hoped to get a deal done with the 28-year-old defenseman before the interview period opened, Carlson remained unsigned Sunday. His agent, Rick Curran, said he is continuing to negotiate with the Capitals, but with no deal in place they are taking calls from other teams and listening....

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The Detroit Red Wings Did Well In The NHL Draft

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via Dimitri Filipovic of Sportsnet,

The biggest beneficiaries of teams going off the board and reaching for players early on were the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders.

The Red Wings arguably got the biggest steal of the draft in Filip Zadina, who was simply too skilled to pass up on at No. 6 despite the team presumably entering the draft expecting to come away with whichever defenceman out of the top ‘Non-Rasmus Dahlin’ tier fell to them. For whatever reason people started to overthink things with Zadina — after having him as the consensus third-highest ranked talent in the class for the majority of the season, draftniks began nitpicking various things about his game while elevating others as the pre-draft process dragged along.

He’s already on the record saying that he’s going to prove those people wrong, and it’s easy to believe him. Blessed with a skill set that not only translates to the next level, but should consistently make him a top flight scorer in a league that needs more of them, he’s positioned to do just that. With Zadina, and the combination of Joe Veleno and Jonatan Berggren falling past their draft slots, the Red Wings have a case for being the team that squeezed the most value out of the assets they had coming into the weekend.

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The Latest On Soon To Be UFA John Carlson

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A Big Week For The Chicago Blackhawks

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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

“There’s going to be a lot happening,” Bowman said.

The first order of business is deciding whether to re-sign restricted free agents Anthony Duclair and Tomas Jurco. Then come the more important conversations — with fellow general managers; with the agents for free agents such as van Riemsdyk, Calvin de Haan, Ian Cole and others; and yes, maybe with Tavares himself.

“It’s our job to have a lot of talks over the next few days, and I can’t really predict where it’s going to go,” Bowman said. “We have to wait and see what the agents have in mind. But we’re going to certainly talk a lot, and it’ll all play -itself out over the next week or so.”

The fate of the 2018-19 season might already hang in the balance.

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Looks Like The Wings Will Buyout Xavier Ouellet

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added 11:22am, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are parting with Xavier Ouellet.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Ouellet is being placed on waivers to enable a buyout.

It has been clear for some time Ouellet, 24, no longer fit into the Wings’ plans. He played only 45 games in 2017-18, unable to gain a foothold and passed on the depth chart by Nick Jensen.

It’ll cost roughly $166,000 against the salary cap next season and $266,000 the following season. The benefit is it clears a roster spot. The Wings are banking that at least one prospect from a group that includes Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Libor Sulak and Joe Hicketts will push for a spot in Detroit out of training camp this autumn.

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The Leafs Have Money To Spend On UFAs

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

With Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner a year away from signing big contracts, presumably, and with William Nylander on the docket this summer, can the Leafs afford to add a significant piece in free agency once July 1 hits?

“We have the best cap people in the league, I hope, so we will try to figure that out if the opportunity presents itself,” Dubas said at the American Airlines Center.

“We’re confident right now with our cap situation that we can do really whatever we want to do at this point. Nothing is going to stop us and hold us back. That’s how we will proceed here through the entire summer.”

The Leafs have approximately $25 million US in salary cap space with the bar now set at $79.5 million.

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UFA Talk For The Vegas Golden Knights

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from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Unrestricted free agents can begin contacting other teams Sunday night and sign starting July 1. The Knights have four unrestricted free agents — forwards James Neal, David Perron and Ryan Reaves and defenseman Luca Sbisa — and McPhee said Saturday that the team has extended offers to all four.

“So far, they haven’t been accepted, so we’ll see where the process takes us,” McPhee said. “But there’s a line there. You either have a deal or you don’t.”

Neal, who turns 31 in September, rejected a five-year, $25 million offer, according to reports out of Canada. He wants $6 million a year over six years; he made $5 million last season.

Reaves, who made $1.12 million last season, also wants a longer-term deal with an increase in pay.

“We made our offer, and they said they’d circle back,” McPhee said. “They’re looking for a longer term, and if they get it, they won’t be back.”

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Morning Line- Mark Kiszla

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In Grubauer, the Avalanche has a sturdy and talented goaltender built for a championship run.  With MacKinnon thirsting for a drink from the Cup, it leaves us hungry for more.

-Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post where you can read more on the Avalanche.

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Topics Of Interest

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- We are 14 months away from the NHL and NHLPA being able to exercise re-openers on the collective-bargaining agreement. The league has until Sept. 1, 2019 and the PA until Sept. 15, 2019 to opt out. If either side re-opens, the agreement expires following the 2019-20 season. The sides are expected to chat informally this summer, but no formal meetings have been scheduled.

The league is expected to move to redefine hockey-related revenue in order to come away with a larger share of its 50-50 cut. There will likely be a push to set maximum contract term at five years, the hill on which Deputy Dawg Bill Daly died during the 2012-13 Owners’ Lockout III. And we have been told by a mole that Commissioner Gary Bettman has already addressed/lectured the Board of Governors on the topic of signing bonuses for the lockout season; as in, stop giving them out.

Biometrics will be a significant issue in the talks. Indeed, we’re told the issue is already arising in certain precincts. We’re told that there are teams taking the position they own the right to monitor, for instance, a players’ heartbeat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The players quite naturally feel otherwise. Who wouldn’t?

- Artemi Panarin’s decision not to engage in negotiations for an extension with the Blue Jackets was motivated solely by his desire to play and live in a major market. You (and more to the point, he) can take it to the bank that the Rangers will be all in if the transcendent Bread Man reaches free agency next summer.

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