NHL Rumor Roundup – September 17, 2019
The latest on the remaining notable restricted free agents in today’s NHL rumor mill.
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox recently looked at the status of the key NHL restricted free agents.
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois remains optimistic of getting center Brayden Point re-signed. The Lightning has around $8.5 million in salary-cap space. Point is believed open to a range of terms, stretching from two to eight years. His agent claims his client loves Tampa Bay.
The Colorado Avalanche have plenty of salary-cap space (over $15 million) to re-sign winger Mikko Rantanen. The problem, however, is how much more he could make above the $6.3 million per season earned by superstar Nathan MacKinnon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater (stick tap to Shawn Lamba) claims Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner’s new contract (six years at over $10.8 million annually) has complicated Rantanen’s contract talks. I doubt the Avs will that high but they could end up paying him closer to $10 million annually than $9 million.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving insists Marner’s contract won’t affect his effort to get power forward Matthew Tkachuk re-signed. With around $6.3 million in salary-cap space,Treliving has reportedly entertained trade offers for Michael Frolik and T.J. Brodie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll likely cost much more than $6.3 million to re-sign Tkachuk. A knee injury to defenseman Juuso Valimaki has reportedly made Treliving reluctant to part with Brodie. Frolik, on the other hand, was almost shipped to the Minnesota Wild at the February trade deadline in a failed deal for Jason Zucker.
A recent report by Fox’s colleague Sean Reynolds claimed three teams discussed the possibility of an offer sheet for Winnipeg Jets winger Kyle Connor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of those clubs could have been the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reports sources confirmed they were among the clubs that had conversations with Mitch Marner earlier this summer. Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen declined to comment about offer sheets but acknowledged he’s looking at “all ways possible to improve our club.”
Cap Friendly indicates the Jackets have over $10.7 million in salary-cap space. It’s not a stretch to assume Connor could be on their radar.
The Jets recently offered a three-year bridge deal to winger Patrik Laine with an annual average value around $5 million. It’s believed Laine is willing to accept a short-term deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps Laine will consider a three-year deal similar to Vancouver’s Brock Boeser’s new contract. The AAV is $5.875 million but he’ll get $7.5 million in actual salary in the final year. The Canucks’ qualifying offer would have to be $7.5 million unless they take him to arbitration, reducing that offer by 15 percent to $6.35 million.
The Boston Bruins only have $3.2 million in salary-cap space to re-sign defenseman Brandon Carlo. They could get some cap relief by placing Kevan Miller and John Moore on LTIR. Their injury status could also give Carlo additional leverage.
**UPDATE** Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Bruins have re-signed Carlo to a two-year contract with an annual average value of $2.85 million.
Fox also noted the New York Rangers are willing to raise defenseman Anthony DeAngelo’s salary to $925K. That’s quite low for a 30-point blueliner.
Dallas Stars rearguard Julius Honka has requested a trade. The Montreal Canadiens are among the clubs kicking the tires.