On Alex Kerfoot …
Darren Dreger: A decision where Alex Kerfoot will be signing should be decided soon. Up to 10 teams had shown interest – Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche are in the final five.
Arthur Staple: A bit surprising that the Islanders are in Kerfoot’s list of teams, a bigger surprise would be if they were able to sign him. Have heard that it is the Sharks or the Rangers.
Andy Graziano: Would have to think the Kerfoot’s relationship with Jimmy Vesey might have the Rangers an edge.
Kevin Kurz: On Dreger’s report, the Sharks lack depth up front and Kerfoot could play for them right away. Could be a plus from his point of view.
On David Pastrnak …
Craig Custance: Wondering if a Nikita Kucherov type bridge deal is the most likely route for David Pastrnak. Leon Draisaitl’s new contract is playing a prominent role in this situation.
On Jack Eichel …
Josh Gold-Smith of theScore: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said yesterday that both the Sabres and Jack Eichel are looking to do a max term deal – eight years.
“We certainly want to get Jack signed up for the maximum amount of term possible,” Botterill told reporters, via WROC’s Dan Fetes. “(Eichel) has the same belief, and all of our discussions with him have been very positive about the contract, but also just about his season and preparation in general.”
Botterill added that contract talks have been positive.
“It’s obviously a little bit of a new market this summer with some of the new contracts that have (been signed), but our discussions have been very positive,” Botterill said.
“Discussions have been very amicable on both sides,” he added. “I’ve done quite a few deals in the past with (Eichel’s agency) and we have that relationship there, so we understand both sides’ positions and (we’ll) continue to work for an agreement.”