NHL Rumor Update (Part Two) – July 1, 2019
With the NHL free-agent market opening shortly, here’s a quick look at the latest rumors.
UPDATE ON PANARIN
THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline reports Artemi Panarin rejected the Columbus Blue Jackets’ last-ditch effort to sign him. The offer was reportedly an eight-year deal worth $96 million. He’s believed considering seven-year offers from the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.
NEW YORK POST’s Larry Brooks reports being told the Rangers aren’t out of the bidding for Panarin. However, he has received “higher offers.” Remains to be seen if they’ll up their bid.
OFFER SHEET FOR AHO?
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Carolina Hurricanes offered restricted free agent Sebastian Aho an eight-year contract worth $7.5 million annually. His camp countered with five years at an annual average value of $9.5 million. LeBrun wonders if Aho gets an offer sheet, saying it’s definitely being contemplated.
NEWSOBSERVER.com’s Chip Alexander reports Hurricanes GM Don Waddell recently said he’d match any offer sheet for Aho.
LEE TO GET BIG MONEY?
THE ATHLETIC’s Craig Custance said he’s hearing Anders Lee could top $9 million AAV when he signs today. The Blue Jackets aren’t expected to be part of the bidding.
LATEST ON THE LEAFS AND SENATORS.
Pierre LeBrun reports the Toronto Maple Leafs received plenty of calls on center Nazem Kadri over the last 2-3 weeks. While they’re not shopping him they’re willing to listen to offers. Will keep Kadri if they don’t get an offer they can’t refuse.
LeBrun’s colleague Darren Dreger reports Cody Ceci has verbally agreed to a one-year, $4.5-million contract with the Leafs. He was acquired today from the Ottawa Senators.
Meanwhile, Bob McKenzie reports former Leafs Ron Hainsey and Tyler Ennis are expected to sign with the Senators today. LeBrun said Hainsey’s AAV will be $3.5 million.
Hearing Tampa Bay is the front-runner to land UFA goalie Curtis McElhinney. Not a done deal yet but the Lightning right now are most likely destination.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2019