With the NHL's free agency period just days away from opening, teams are making decisions on how to build their rosters for next season. Check out today's rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat, and follow TSN.ca each day until July 5 for all the updates.
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A New Jersey
One of the hottest names available this summer will undoubtedly be New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson.
Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti reported that Clarkson and his camp are prepared to move on and test the free agent waters after the 29-year-old forward officially hit the open market on Monday.
Clarkson's agent Pat Moriss was candid about the ball being firmly in New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello's court if he wants their bruising scorer back.
“We have no need to call him,” Moriss told Gulitti. “New Jersey is the one facing life without David.”
Twin City Trim
The Minnesota Wild jettisoned Cal Clutterbuck at Sunday's NHL Draft, but the payroll trimming in light of last summer's spending spree could still continue as the team aims to fit itself within the confines of next season's shrinking salary cap.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo outlined some of the potential moves for the Wild to get their payroll in check including possibly letting free agent forward Matt Cullen hit the open market.
Russo also looks at the possibility of buying out defenceman Tom Gilbert as well as a troika of trade targets, including Devin Setoguchi, Zenon Konopka and – from the longshot bracket – Dany Heatley.