On the Toronto Maple Leafs …
Mark Masters: Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said that the Leafs “seriously considered” drafting Sebastian Aho in the second round of the 2015 draft. (The Leafs selected defenseman Travis Dermott at No. 34. Aho went to the Carolina Hurricanes at No. 35.)
On the Buffalo Sabres …
John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres want to improve their blueline for next season, but it’s not going to be easy when looking at the free agent market.
Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner is worthy of getting a contract. If the Sabres are not able to convince Stattenkirk to sign with them, the UFA market may not land the Sabres much.
Sabres GM Tim Murray will likely have to go the trade route.
On the New Jersey Devils …
Chris Ryan of NJ.com: (mailbag) 2016 2nd draft pick Nathan Bastian is likely a year or two away for competing for a roster spot. 2016 1st round pick Michael McLeod could make the team next year.
The Devils could make a big push for UFA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He played for the Devils youth organization when he was young. He’s been tied to the NY Rangers. The Devils have the cap space.
Can see some roster turnover, but don’t expect a drastic change. A few prospects may get bigger roles. Any ‘big change’ may depend on how aggressive they plan on being in free agency.