The rest of the NHL is keeping busy during the two day gap between games in the Stanley Cup final, and it sure seems like we’re in for a wild offseason.
In news no one should be surprised to hear, Pierre-Luc Dubois wants out of Winnipeg. In addition to that, Alex DeBrincat has given Ottawa a list of his preferred destinations via trade, and Los Angeles signed Vladislav Gavrikov to a pretty large extension.
With the Avalanche, it appears Jonas Johansson is still an option if they want to bring him back for depth.
All that and more in this Thursday edition of Evan’s Daily.
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A month ago, it seemed like Jonas Johansson was headed to Sweden. That’s not the case anymore, as Farjestad has cancelled the transaction. Is a return to the Avalanche an option?
It sure seems like NHL GM’s are getting more and more creative, and Chris MacFarland might have to get creative himself this summer if he wants to improve the team.
On Thursday, we’ll take a look at if the Avalanche should or should not pursue Dubois in a trade. Why is that?
NHL Trade Chatter
Because Dubois wants out of Winnipeg. The 24 year old center is a restricted free agent this summer, and just one year from unrestricted free agency. There’s a lot of chatter that he wants to head to Montreal as a free agent, but could any other team convince him to sign long-term if they make a move to trade for him?
It seems like a certainty that Alex DeBrincat will be dealt this summer, and he’s now given Ottawa a list of teams he would prefer to play for. Ottawa doesn’t have to move him there if they don’t want to, but it’s believed a lot of teams in the midwest are on that list.
A day after clearing cap space, the Los Angeles Kings signed Vladislav Gavrikov to a two-year deal. The two-year portion of it is very interesting, and makes you wonder if some of these free agents this summer opt for less term, knowing the cap might go up as early as next summer.
National Hockey Now
Nashville: The Kings tried to acquire goaltender Juuse Saros at the trade deadline, but didn’t meet the Predators demands. Why the deal fell apart.
Florida: Things fell apart for the Panthers when Radko Gudas went down.
San Jose: Are the Sharks in on Carter Hart?
Chicago: The Blackhawks need bodies for next season, and re-signed Andreas Athanasiou on Wednesday.
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