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

6/12/2014 1:07:58 PM

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, provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

Parting Ways

Richard Labbe of La Presse reports that the Montreal Canadiens will not be offering a new contract to forward George Parros, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Parros played 27 games with the Canadiens this season and didn't play a single playoff game.

The Canadiens acquired him last July in a trade with the Florida Panthers.

Busy Penguins?

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that other NHL teams have already contacted new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford about some of his players.

"Some people came after me today, and there's ideas out there," Rutherford said Wednesday after their annual GM meeting in New York. "I haven't been throwing any ideas out, but I'll listen."

As Rossi notes, eight roster players will have full or modified no-trade clauses that kick in July 1. While James Neal is not among them, Neal's agent told the paper he's received calls from other teams that expressed interest in acquiring the winger. Neal's agent also told the Tribune-Review he has not requested a trade.

Rutherford added that retaining defenceman Matt Niskanen, one of 11 players who will to become unrestricted free agents July 1, is "not going to be easy."

Free Agent Grab

Mikhail Grabovski's agent Gary Greenstin told The Washington Post that he thinks the Capitals want the 30-year-old centre back in the fold next season.

"I believe (management has) interest in Grabo," Greenstin told The Post's Alex Prewitt. "We have interest to stay in Washington. We'll see what's happening."

Last summer, Grabovski signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Capitals after the Toronto Maple Leafs bought him out for the final four seasons of a five-year deal worth $5.5 million per season. He scored 13 goals and 35 points in 58 regular season games with Washington.

"If we've done the deal (by July 1), great," Greenstin added. "If not, not to worry. It has to be right, for Grabo's camp, for the team. We're not worried at all.

"We have short time, but we still have time."

Something Bruin For Iggy

Joe Haggerty of writes that the Boston Bruins have made re-signing Jarome Iginla their main priority right now.

Afterwards, the focus will be on locking up restricted free agents Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith

A source also told that the agent for soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Shawn Thornton hasn't yet been approached by the Bruins. As per Haggerty, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said after the team's playoff elimination that he asked both Iginla and Thornton to "give him a few weeks" before the front office made any decisions on their status. However, Chiarelli added after the season that the Bruins are "trending away from that (fisticuffs) style."

Staying In Jersey?

New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger that he doesn't believe defenceman Adam Larsson would return to Sweden next season amid rumours that he was going back to play in his home country.

New Job Coming

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported in Insider Trading on Wednesday that former Hockey Canada President and CEO Bob Nicholson will soon join the high ranks of an NHL team in a high executive capacity - above the level of president and below that of an NHL owner.

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News added Wednesday that Nicholson has offers from Washington, Edmonton and Vancouver to be CEO, with the Capitals offering the most money.