NHL Rumors: Bonino, Vanek, Sharp, Boyle, Neil and Jagr

NHL Rumors: Bonino, Vanek, Sharp, Boyle, Neil and Jagr

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On Nick Bonino …

Larry Brooks: Nick Bonino could be looking for a four or five year deal. Can’t see that Rangers being into that. The Rangers interest in Patrick Marleau is baffling.

Chris Nichols: Elliotte Friendman on Bonino: “I think there’s a lot of interest. I wonder if Montreal is in on him.”

On Thomas Vanek …

Paul Hamilton: Thomas Vanek on WGR 550:”I never wanted to leave, I wanted to win a Cup here, but this organization had no clue what direction it wanted to head in so it was time to move on.”

Chris Nichols: Vanek on WGR 550 yesterday said that when he talked to his agent a few days ago “a few teams have reached out right away.”

On Patrick Sharp …

Bob McKenzie: Nine teams have been in contact with free agent Patrick Sharp.

On Brian Boyle …

Joe Smith: It doesn’t look like Brian Boyle will be coming back to Tampa. As of yesterday the Lightning were not one of the teams that had reached out to him.

On Chris Neil …

Andy Strickland: Chris Neil has three firms offers and is considering his options.

On the Florida Panthers and Jaromir Jagr …

Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that he plans on striking fast on Saturday. Could expect them to sign two wingers before 12:30.

Jaromir Jagr: “Everywhere I look,I read:all FA getting calls from10-12teams. Me0 calls.On the contrary,I’m trying to call them,and no ones picking up.”

Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Tallon when asked by a fan at their “Summer Summit” on Thursday how negotiations with Jagr were going.

“I talked to his agent on a regular basis, Petr Svoboda, almost every day,’’ Tallon said. “I talked to him today; we’ll talk tomorrow.’’

(After the fan asked the question a “J-A-G-R, J-A-G-R” chant started)

The Panthers don’t want to go as high as last year – $5.5 million with $4 million in bonuses.

If the Panthers don’t re-sign Jagr, that would make three wingers gone from last years roster – Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith the others.

Tallon said he’ll be aggressive on July 1st for scoring help.