Check out the latest notable offseason news from your favorite Canadian NHL teams.
TSN: The agent for Calgary Flames defenseman and captain Mark Giordano is seeking a deal in the range of $9 million annually for his client. Giordano, 31, is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steep price for Giordano, though he is definitely among the NHL’s top defensemen. Bear in mind this is the initial asking price by the Giordano camp. As the piece suggests, the final total could be lower, though at that initial rate I doubt it comes in under $8 million annually. And if the Flames won’t re-sign him for that price, plenty of teams will happily line up to do so next summer. The real concern for me is term. Giordano can justify $8-$9 million, but if he seeks seven-to-eight years, the Flames could balk at that length. Four to five would likely be their counter.
OTTAWA SUN: The most touching moment of the 2015 NHL Awards show came when the league honored young Ottawa Senators fan Jonathan Pitre, who suffers from “Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) — a condition which causes his skin to blister and severely scar.” Pitre was joined onstage by several Senators, including Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson and GM Bryan Murray. “Pitre was invited to next year’s all-star weekend in Nashville and the NHL made a contribution to his charity.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Classy move by the Senators and the league. Stay strong, Jonathan.
THE PROVINCE: Steve Ewen took note of recent rumors linking Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic to the Vancouver Canucks, and wonders what it might take to land him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lucic is a Vancouver native, but in recent years he’s had some rough experiences in his hometown, including getting sucker punched inside a Vancouver restaurant. He might not be keen to accept a trade to the Canucks.
SPORTSNET: The Montreal Canadiens have issued qualifying offers to restricted free agents Alex Galchenyuk, Brian Flynn, Jarred Tinordi, Michael Bournival, Christian Thomas and Magnus Nygren.
TORONTO SUN: The overhauled Maple Leafs front office prepares for its first NHL Draft.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: If the Edmonton Oilers retain the 16th overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, they’ll likely use it to select a defenseman.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets hold plenty of draft picks to use as bait if they wish to move up in the draft order. They have two picks in the first round (17th and 25th overall).