NHL Rumors: Bereglazov, Koskinen, Shestyorkin, Hutton, and the Panthers

NHL Rumors: Bereglazov, Koskinen, Shestyorkin, Hutton, and the Panthers

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On Alexei Bereglazov …

Aivis Kalnins: Alexei Bereglazov, after having his NHL contract with the Rangers terminated, is expected to sign with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

On Mikko Koskinen

Igor Eronko: Hearing that  will be leaving SKA and will sign with an NHL team. Different sources are saying that Koskinen could be heading to the New York Islanders.Mikko Koskinen

Aivis Kalnins: Sport-express is saying the Islanders are going to sign Mikko Koskinen on July 1st.

On the New York Rangers and Igor Shestyorkin …

Adam Herman: Koskinen leaving SKA likely means that Rangers goaltending prospect Igor Shestyorkin will be the starting goaltender next season for SKA in what could be his last year in the KHL before coming to North America.

On Carter Hutton

Jeremy Rutherford: Pending UFA goaltender Carter Hutton said that he wants to be a 1A goaltender and that he’ll speak with this agent and see what is best for him and his family.

On the St. Louis Blues …

Lou Korac: GM Doug Armstrong had made it clear that they will be active this offseason – either the free agent or trade market.

On the Florida Panthers …

Greg Wyshynski of ESPN: Looking at the offseason priorities for the Florida Panthers.

1. Add a top-six winger – The Panthers could use a winger to play on the second line with Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau. There are not a lot of right wing free agents. Michael Grabner could be the top free agent option.

2. Make a decision on defenseman Alex Petrovic – The 26-year old Petrovic is a pending RFA who played well on their third pairing. They like the intangibles he brings but if they could move him to help improve the team, do they do it?

3. Don’t do anything and stand pat – This group with their young core is heading in the right direction. Already have 19 players under contract for next season.

They are a team on the rise and should be a playoff team next season.