Frenzy Watch: Monday's free agent rumours from the NHL Staff

7/1/2013 4:13:15 PM

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 each day until July 5 for all the updates.

Be sure to tune in to TSN and visit on July 5 for Free Agent Frenzy, starting at Noon et/9am pt.

Swing Clowe

The New York Rangers will not be welcoming forward Ryane Clowe back, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

The Blueshirts had interested in retaining the Newfoundlander but their' decision not to use a compliance buyout on Brad Richards put them in a financial bind where re-signing Clowe became impossible.

LeBrun tweeted that the Rangers were attempting to trade his rights at Sunday's NHL Draft.

Devil in the Details

After providing Sunday's biggest headline by acquiring Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils' general manager Lou Lamoriello set to business on the rest of his roster on Monday.

He signed Dainius Zubrus for three more years and - according to Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger – also spoke with a number of other players.

Chere quoted Lamoriello as saying he'd like to re-sign pending UFA Marek Zidlicky, that he'll soon begin negotiations with restricted free agents like Adam Henrique and that the team has held discussions with incumbent back-up Johan Hedberg in the wake of the Schneider acquisition.

Striking Oil

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson speculated about possible upgrades for the Oilers on Twitter on Sunday night.

He tweeted that he expects GM Craig MacTavish to make a “full court press” for UFA-to-be Nathan Horton.

Matheson also speculated that Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg might be a good fit for the team's third line.