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

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TSN.ca Staff
6/20/2014 9:43:55 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 heating up towards a busy off-season.

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

Where Willie Go?

As TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger tweeted Friday morning, there may be a 'change of heart' in Pittsburgh as he's hearing Willie Desjardins is no longer a slam dunk for the head coaching job following his meeting with the Penguins Thursday night.

Dreger adds that as of Thursday night, Desjardins was Pittsburgh's target but perhaps his interest in the Canucks' coaching job scuttled the Penguins' plan.

Broadway Bucks

Craig Custance of ESPN.com speculates that if the New York Rangers use their second and final compliance buyout on Brad Richards, they could use some of the money saved to go after unrestricted free agents like Paul Stastny, Dan Boyle or Mikhail Grabovski.

Floor Issues

As John Vogl of The Buffalo News points out, the Sabres are about $16 million under the expected $52 million salary floor for next season.

As it stands, their payroll for next season is $36 million, which covers 17 players. Vogl adds that if the team sends qualifying offers to restricted free agents Cory Conacher, Jamie McBain and Chad Ruhwedel, they're still more than $12 million from the floor with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno left to re-sign.

Peter Prinicple

As Tracy Myers of Comcast SportsNet.com writes, there have been no contractual discussions yet between the Blackhawks and Peter Regin, though his agent Craig Oster said things should become clearer over the next week as the NHL draft approaches.

Regin, 28, played 17 regular season games, recording two goals and four points.

Willie Desjardins (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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