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

TSN.ca Staff
6/17/2014 9:35:27 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.

Kane A Fit For Oilers?

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted on Monday that the Winnipeg Jets WPG could be 'much more open' to considering a trade for any player, including forward Evander Kane.

That said, David Staples of The Edmonton Journal suggests that the Oilers could look into acquiring Kane for another winger who may benefit from a change in scenery.

"Would a Nail Yakupov for Kane deal make sense?," he wrote. "A risk for a risk?

Of course, having just lost Alexander Burmistrov to the KHL, the Jets might not be so keen on picking up another young Russian attacker. Of course, most Oilers fans would much rather see Sam Gagner and spare parts moved for Kane, but Winnipeg is OK at centre with Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele.

A Winnipeg/Edmonton deal certainly doesn't seem out of the question here.  A bit of logic to it."

Alfie's Answer?

Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press writes that the Red Wings are waiting to hear whether Daniel Alfredsson wants to play another season and want him back if he does.

St. James also writes that the team are trying to trade forward Jordin Tootoo, who has one year left on a three-year, $5.7-million contract. Tootoo spent most of this season with Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Washington's Playbook

As Chuck Gormley of csnwashington.com writes, new Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan would like to go with Braden Holtby as his No. 1 goalie next season and add a veteran backup either through trade or free agency so that Philipp Grubauer can develop further in the AHL.

MacLellan adds that the Capitals are still in talks with pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski and would also like to explore Evgeny Kuznetsov as the the team's No. 2 center. "We're going to have to develop one of our young guys to play second-line centre," he said. "I think it's hard to add in free agency."

Also of note, MacLellan says it's a priority to get defenceman Mike Green "on track" and that there were circumstances that hindered his performance last season.

"I guess I'm open to trading anybody," he told Gormley, "but as of right now I think we'd like to bring Mike Green back."

MacLellan also said he would try to land a top defenceman through a trade or free agency.

Centre Of Attention

Adrian Dater of The Denver Post tweeted that the Colorado Avalanche say they will continue to try and re-sign pending restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly.

O'Reilly's agent added there is "nothing to report." Dater also wrote that the Avs may be thinking that O'Reilly is a $5 million player. He made $6.5 million this past season.

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