Ahead of the opening round of the NHL Draft tonight and the free agency on July 13, TSN.ca will keep you up to date on the latest rumors and speculation about the NHL beat.
There will be no shortage of suitors for Marc André Fleury if he doesn’t re-sign with the Minnesota Wild by July 13.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun points to the Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals and perhaps Pittsburgh Penguins as potential landing spots for the 37-year-old. He adds that the Colorado Avalanche could also be a possibility if they don’t redraw Darcy Kuemper†
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger adds that the Maple Leafs, who scour the goalkeeper market, have “sniffed around” at the Ottawa Senators goalkeeper Matt Murray†
Fleury posted rescue rates of 0.908 and 2.90 last season against the average in 56 appearances, split between the Blackhawks and Wild. In the playoffs, he had a save rate of 0.906 and an average of 3.04 goals, as the Wild were knocked out in six games by the St. Louis Blues in the first round.
Fleury is out of a $21 million three-year contract with an average annual value of $7 million and is just a year away from winning the Vezina Trophy with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2020-21.
Murray has been limited to just 47 starts in his first two seasons in Ottawa since signing a $25 million four-year contract with an average annual value of $6.25 million.
The 28-year-old scored a save rate of 0.906 and 3.05 goals against the 20-game average last season, while missing a lot of time with an upper-body injury.
It seems veteran forward Claude Giroux was able to return to Ontario on July 13.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that while much could change in the coming days, the Ottawa Senators have emerged as a legitimate option — teams among other things — for Giroux, should he hit the open market next week.
The Senators could face competition for Giroux in Canada, as LeBrun wrote in the Athletic earlier this week that the Edmonton Oilers have “discussed internally the merits of trying to sign Giroux,” if they can’t re-sign. Evander Kane† LeBrun said at the time that Giroux will be looking for a multi-year deal this summer, but added that the 34-year-old will also be looking for a winning roster.
Giroux scored 21 goals and 44 assists in 75 games split between the Philadelphia Flyers and Panthers in 2021-22, scoring three goals and adding 20 assists in 18 games after being traded to Florida. He added three goals and five assists in 10 playoff games when the Panthers, who won the President Trophy, were defeated in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The heart, Ont. native stated last month that he was interested in staying in South Florida, although cap space remains an issue for the Panthers. According to CapFriendly, the team has just over $3 million in space with just 17 players under contract for next season.
Leaves that stay with Mrazek?
While speculation has posted Petr Mrazek as a possible trade or buyout candidate, the Toronto Maple Leafs seem poised to give the goalkeeper a second chance.
Mrazek was limited to 20 games last season due to various injuries. He posted a 0.888 save rate and 3.34 goals – against the first season average of a three-year contract of $11.4 million with an average annual value of $3.8 million.
Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said on Wednesday he is prepared to count on Mrazek to bounce back on career averages next season.
“I’m very happy with Petr in how he’s been in the off-season,” Dubas said. “He has been very responsive, very communicative with our employees. If I predict and bet on him I bet he was the keeper he was in the 20 games last year or I bet he was the keeper for the 270 before which was a .910 save percentage that gave his team a chance to win? I’m probably betting on the larger sample. That’s where Petr fits right in.”
Of Jack Campbell as they head into the open market, the Maple Leafs currently have Mrazek and Erik Kallgren at the top of their projected depth chart for next season.
If the Maple Leafs, who are expected to have $6.44 million in cap space, bought out Mrazek, it would give them another $2.76 million in cap space this off-season and nearly $3 million the following year. . However, the team would then have to pay a cap of $1.43 million in each of the next two years.
The Maple Leafs are already tight on cap space and have three more limited free agents to log in Rasmus Sandin† Pierre Engval and Ondrej Kase† When asked if he was concerned about an offer slip for Sandin, Dubas said that if there is one, he hopes it will come soon rather than later so the team can adjust their off-season plans.
“If we get a quote, the sooner the better, so we can make our decision and move forward,” said Dubas.
Trade rumors have surrounded the Chicago Blackhawks all off-season, and it looks like there’s no shortage of eyes on the team on draft day.
Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch reports that Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson is willing to discuss any name on the team’s roster as he prepares for a remodel in the Windy City.
Garrioch notes that trade talks continue to surround Alex DeBrincat, who scored 41 goals and 78 points in 78 games last season. The 24-year-old has a $6.4 million cap hit next season and will be back in limited free agency in 2023 before potentially reaching unrestricted free agency in 2024.
In addition, however, Garrioch reports: Seth Jones is a name to watch, despite the fact that the Blackhawks took over the defender and signed him on an eight-year, $76 million extension just a year ago.
The Blackhawks have moved their first round pick this year — No. 6 overall — as part of their deal to take Jones off the Columbus Blue Jackets last July.
Jones’ extension begins next season, when the 27-year-old will carry a $9.5 million cap hit through 2029-30. He had five goals and 51 points in 78 games in his first season in Chicago and was a career-worst minus-37.
Finally, Garrioch reports that the Blackhawks want to move downtown Dylan Stromealthough there is “talk”, he will not receive a qualifying offer from the team if no trade takes place.
Strome, 25, has scored 22 goals in his career, scoring 48 points in 69 games this season, while racking up a $3 million cap hit.
Campbell to the Oilers?
This summer may be looking for two new goalkeepers at Mike Smith likely will land on LTIR, looks like the Edmonton Oilers have their eyes on Jack Campbell†
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug believes the Oilers will have made the Toronto Maple Leafs their No. 1 target when the free agent market opens next week.
The 30-year-old set a record 31-9-6 with a save rate of 0.914 and an average of 2.64 goals this season – his first appearance in more than 31 games.
Campbell also started all seven playoff games for the team against the Tampa Bay Lightning, with a serve percentage of 0.897 and a GAA of 3.15. He is coming off a $3.3 million two-year deal signed with the Los Angeles Kings in 2019, before being traded to Toronto.
While General Manager Ken Holland has shown the team’s interest in bringing back Evander KaneRishaug expects the winger to test the open market next week.
Also 30, Kane had 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games with the Oilers this season. He added 13 goals and 17 points in 15 games as Edmonton reached the Western Conference final.
He first joined the Oilers in January on a pro-rated one-year, $2.1 million contract after his seven-year deal with the San Jose Sharks was terminated by the team.
Check out the full overview of Rishaug here: