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Off-Season Watch: Friday's latest from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
6/13/2014 9:52:30 AM
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With the NHL Draft coming up on June 27 and free agency opening on July 1, discussions between NHL general managers are already heating up towards a busy off-season.

Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

One Last Run?

As per Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, Martin Brodeur plans to meet with his agent Pat Brisson soon to see which teams might be interested in his services for next season.

Brodeur, 42, told Gulitti that it will likely be the final season. "It's going to be probably my last year," he told The Record. "You never know what kind of energy I'm going to get from my decision, but I'm not looking for anything more than one year that's for sure."

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported last week that Brodeur is preparing to hit the free agent market and is ready to suit up for another team.

Brodeur, however, didn't sound interested in playing in his hometown of Montreal. "Montreal would be tough," he explained to The Record.

"For me, I'm so used to being in the states and playing in the type of markets I'm used to playing in. But, again, I don't know. That's something that when we come to that bridge, we'll go over it. But it's something that, put it this way, they're not too much on my radar."

West Is Best?

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen believes that the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues are the favourites to get centre Jason Spezza from the Senators, with Nashville and Dallas as possibilities as well.

He adds that the price for Spezza will be younger players like Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano or Nick Bonino, or Blues skaters Patrik Berglund, Kevin Shattenkirk or Ian Cole.

Bruins/Sharks deal?

On Friday, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com that there was nothing to the report that the Bruins were interested in a swap that would see Brad Marchand go the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau.

"I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him," Chiarelli said. "I don't make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary."

According to XNSports.com, there's speculation that the San Jose Sharks could be interested in trading veteran centre Patrick Marleau to the Boston Bruins for winger Brad Marchand.

Suitors for Vinny

Tim Panaccio of csnphilly.com lists the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators as possible landing spots for Vincent Lecavalier north of the border and also mentions the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported in Insider Trading this week that new GM Ron Hextall is looking to deal the veteran centre who signed a five-year contract with the Flyers last summer.

Martin Brodeur (Photo: Canadian Press)

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