Some quick updates on Dougie Hamilton, P.K. Subban, Steven Stamkos, James Reimer and more.
The following is provided without commentary as I’m in Buffalo preparing for the 2016 NHL Draft. Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments section below.
TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: Chris Nichols cites Bob McKenzie telling TSN 1260 there’s conflicting reports regarding the trade status of Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton. He’s hearing Hamilton isn’t available but others believe he is.
McKenzie also told TSN 690 (stick tap to Conor McKenna) he doesn’t think the Montreal Canadiens will trade defenseman PK Subban.
Elliotte Friedman tells Sportsnet 590 he thinks there’s a game of chicken going on between Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli and Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin regarding Habs defenseman P.K. Subban. The report yesterday was the Oilers being asked for Leon Draisaitl and the fourth overall pick. He claims there was more to it than that (perhaps Oscar Klefbom, perhaps more), but the Oilers haven’t been willing to do it. Such a move isn’t easy to do.
Friedman also believes the Buffalo Sabres have the salary cap room to make a major bid for Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos if he hits the open market on July 1.
NHL Network’s Brian Lawton reports several Florida Panthers officials say rumors of center Nick Bjugstad being shopped are not true.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports there’s lots of interest in Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov but nothing is close.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the San Jose Sharks are willing to shop the rights of goaltender James Reimer, who’s a pending UFA on July 1