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

TSN.ca Staff
6/18/2014 1:21:43 PM
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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.

This And That

From TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday:

The Los Angeles Kings have already reached out to Marian Gaborik's camp to try to get something done to keep the pending UFA in the fold.

Pending UFA defenceman Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens remains unsigned as the clock ticks toward July 1. "No news. I don't expect anything to happen any time soon," Markov's agent, former NHLer Sergei Berezin, told LeBrun via text Wednesday morning. "But you never know."

Agent Steve Bartlett remains in talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning about pending UFA Ryan Callahan: "Good-faith talks with Tampa continue, hard to handicap at this point," Bartlett said via email Wednesday morning.

Avalanche of issues

As per TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger on TSN Radio 1050 on Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche will have some difficult decisions to make surrounding Ryan O'Reilly and Paul Stastny.  One of these situations will definitely get messy and one wonders if Stastny will take a "home town discount."

Bolland Banter

While speculation continues to surround the Toronto Maple Leafs and pending UFA Dave Bolland, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger told TSN Radio 1050 on Wednesday that as significant as Bolland is to the Leafs, there is a contract number in mind that the team is not comfortable going over.

Singing The Blues?

As per Andy Strickland of St. Louis's Big 550 KTRS, the Blues are Jason Spezza's top choice as a possible trade destination.

Strickland adds that Spezza believes he's headed to either the Blues or the Anaheim Ducks. 

Not So Fast

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving denied a report over the weekend that suggesting he would offer Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, "possibly" Dennis Wideman and and a draft pick for Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza.

"It's categorically false," he told Eric Francis of The Calgary Sun.

"I haven't made any such offers. That's 100 per cent Fantasy Island. I saw it early Sunday online and had to read it a couple times and had to remind myself 'oh ya I'm the Flames GM. Interesting.'"

Treliving added that while he and soon-to-be-free agent Michael Cammalleri are in talks regarding a possible contract, there was nothing to a report that both sides had agreed to his price but were not in agreement on term.

"The only things we're unable to agree on are term and price - other than that we have a deal," he told The Sun.

Pause Button On Kane?

TSN Radio 1260's Gary Lawless wrote in The Winnipeg Free Press on Wednesday that Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff won't deal Evander Kane just for the sake of trading him, as team management believes Kane has yet to reach his full potential and they wouldn't want to see him score 40-plus goals in a different uniform.

Lawless adds that the Jets aren't going to be offered a roster player of equal value and that teams will try to offer picks and prospects.

Market for R.J.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch writes that R.J. Umberger has given the Blue Jackets a list of 10 teams to which he would not approve a trade.

He adds that the Blue Jackets' first choice would be to trade Umberger for a player or a draft pick, but they will likely have to keep some of Umberger's salary to make it happen.


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