Posts Tagged Viktor Stalberg

Injury Notes: Nash, Gustavsson, Eaves, Stalberg, Jones, Ruutu, Perrault, Penner, Palmieri and Beleskey

  • Nick Cotsonika: Hearing that Rangers Rick Nash could be out for seven to 10 days.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Jonas Gustavsson is still a few days away from returning. Patrick Eaves is targeting a Oct. 26th return.
  • Mark Masters: Predators coach Barry Trotz said that Viktor Stalberg (shoulder) might be ready for Saturday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames winger David Jones is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Kirk Muller is not sure when Tuomo Ruutu will be ready to return to the lineup.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Ducks Mathieu Perreault (upper body) and Dustin Penner (lower body) didn’t finish the game last night.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Kyle Palmieri (upper body) skated yesterday morning. He said it isn’t similar to the concussion he had last season where he missed four games.
  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks Matt Beleskey said his thumb is broken after it got caught in a jersey during a fight.

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Injury Notes: Stalberg, Tropp, Bolland, Red Wings, Jagr, Voracek, Brown, Torres, Handzus, Hornqvist and Horton

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Viktor Stalberg will be out three to four weeks with a AC sprain in his right shoulder.
  • Elliotte Friendman: Sabres Corey Tropp is out five to six weeks with a broken jaw from Sunday’s fight with Jamie DevaneMike Harrington: Tropp passed concussion testing.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs didn’t practice yesterday, but center Dave Bolland (leg) skated by himself. Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects Bolland to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out with a thigh contusion. Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) are still out. Ericsson said that his injury wasn’t serious and is expected to played Friday.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr decided that he’d skate yesterday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Jakub Voracek is status quo with regards to his upper-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown took part in practice yesterday. Skated as an extra with the Clifford-Stoll-Lewis-Regehr-Doughty unit.
  • David Pollak: No update yesterday on Sharks Raffi Torres‘ ACL injury. Could find out today if surgery is required.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks second line center, Michal Handzus said he almost ready and should be ready for the opener.
  • Mike Vogl: Predators Patric Hornqvist left last nights game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that Joel Armia has a hand issue.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader received stitches to his left hand after being in a fight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Recovery is slow for Blue Jackets Nathan Horton. Shoulder surgery was bigger than first expected. His shoulder had been dislocated so many times that the bone around the socket had been chipped/worn away. Had bone taken from the front of shoulder and fused with the glenoid cavity to hopefully make the joint more stable.

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Injury Notes: Gagner, Voracek, Stalberg, Boll, Laich, MacKenzie, Daley and MacKinnon

  • Bob McKenzie: The doctors who did Oilers Sam Gagner’s jaw surgery said he’ll be out the lineup for two months.
  • David Strehle: Flyers Jakub Voracek left last nights game with an upper-body injury. Sam Carchidi: Injured his lower-back after crashing into the post.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Predators Viktor Stalberg left last nights game with an upper-body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Jared Boll will miss at least the final three preseason games with an upper-body injury.
    “He’s going to be sidelined for a bit,” coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know exactly (how long) — it could be a few days, it could be a week or two weeks. Something like that.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich left practice with tightness in his left hip flexor again.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley is not expected to be ready by the start of the season because of his upper-body injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs coach Patrick Roy hints that Nathan MacKinnon will be in the lineup tomorrow.

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Free Agent Hits II: Clarkson, Horton, Stalberg, Red Wings, Flyers, Jets and offer sheets

  • Darren Dreger: Little doubt that David Clarkson a seven year deal, and some GMs are thinking he’ll get $6 million plus.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that Clarkson will end up with a Canadian team. He’s visited the Oilers, Senators and Maple Leafs. He also visited the Blue Jackets.
  • David Pagnotta: The Blue Jackets have been busy. They met with Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and others.
  • Will DePaoli: The Red Wings interest in Jarome Iginla is just preliminary at this point as they are a finalist for Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Sam Carchidi via sulia: Carchidi thinks that the Flyers should pass on left winger Simon Gagne and go after Viktor Stalberg. Would be perfect on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Five possible targets for the Jets: Clarke MacArthur, Damien Brunner, Viktor Stalberg, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nathan Gerbe.
  • Ansar Khan: Free agent options for the Red Wings: Mikhail Grabovski, Stephen Weiss (primary target), Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers may not want to trade defenseman Braydon Coburn, but he’s their best trade chip. Seravalli wonders if they’d have interest in Jaromir Jagr again. Will the Flyers be tempted with offer sheets for Alex Pietrangelo, Travis Hamonic or Jonathan Bernier?
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie wonders if there will be offer sheets. The salary cap going down and teams are not able to stash money in the minors, some teams may be vulnerable.
  • Darren Dreger: There is already talks about offer sheets from teams with cap space: Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Brian Little, Josh Baily, Adam Henrique and Travis Hamonic.

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Free Agent Hits III: Bozak, Filppula, Weiss, Alfredsson, Scuderi, Briere and the Predators

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
  • Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
  • Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
  • Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.

    “We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”

    Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Free Agent Hits: Smith, Letang, Gagner, Duchene, Bobrovsky, Nabokov, Briere, Alfie, Weiss, Pens, Rangers and Devils

  • Darren Dreger: Mike Smith’s contract with the Coyotes is still being finalized, but sounding like it’s 6-years around $5.7 million per season.
  • Darren Dreger: Sam Gagner’s agent, Jeff Jackson, met with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish yesterday. Still work to be done. A deal in the 3 to 5 year range makes sense.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Matt Duchene’s agent met with the Avalanche yesterday to talk contract contract extension. Talks will continue.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Paul Theofanous, Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent, had a 90 minute talk yesterday.
  • Katie Strang: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov will “probably” test the free agent market. Strang wonders if the Flyers will be interested on July 5th.
  • Craig Custance: Custance thinks that Daniel Briere to the Islanders makes sense. Gets to play with John Tavares and stay close to home.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Alfredsson’s agent, JP Barry, met with Senators GM Bryan Murray briefly last night.
  • Howard Berger: Stephen Weiss may be a more viable option for the Maple Leafs than Vincent Lecavalier.
  • Rick Moffat: Colby Armstrong won’t be back with the Canadiens.
  • Mike Halford: Viktor Stalberg’s agent confirms that he’s “highly likely” done in Chicago.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn’t know if he’ll be giving a qualifying offer to Yannick Weber.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Talks between the Penguins and Pascal Dupuis’ agent, Allan Walsh, haven’t progressed much. Talks started last week with Dupuis wanting $5 million. Dupuis’ side may be looking for a 4-year deal in the $18-22 million range. Penguisns are confident they will have a deal in place with Craig Adams early this week. Matt Cooke is looking for a 3-year deal and the Hurricanes could be interested if the Penguins don’t re-sign him before July 5th. The Pens have offered a 2-year deal. The Pens have had no talks with Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow and Mark Eaton.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is hopeful on re-signing David Clarkson and Patrick Elias. The Devils uncertain ownership isn’t helping things. Red Wings GM and Valtteri Filppula’s agent have talked and plan on talking again. If talks don’t go well, they could look to trade his rights, with the Blue Jackets possibly interested. Brad Boyes is expected to test free agency. The Kings haven’t ruled out re-signing Dustin Penner. As of Friday, talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi were a “work in progress.”

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Free Agent Hits: Red Wings, Bickell, Cleary, Stalberg, Horton, Brunner, Langenbrunner, Stafford and Wilson

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell’s play during the playoffs will have many teams interested, including the Red Wings. The Red Wings will be talking with Daniel Cleary next week. The Red Wings may also take a look at Viktor Stalberg who is coming off of a two-year deal for $1.75 million. Bruins Nathan Horton may be an attractive addition, though he’s red-flagged due to his concussion history.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings want to sign Damien Brunner before July 5th, but determining market value hasn’t been easy. The Red Wings may be hesitate for go more than $2.5 million or more than 3 years.

    “I guess I have to think about it in the next couple of weeks and talk to my agent and Kenny (general manager Holland), and then we’ll see what’s going on,” Brunner said during locker clean-out day on May 31.

    “It was exciting and a lot of fun; my first NHL season and I get a chance to play with the Red Wings,” Brunner said. “It was an honor to put that sweater on and I’m happy that it turned out the way it did.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Free agent defenseman that could be available when free agency kicks off July 5th: Ryan Whitney, Marek Zidlickly, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey. Looking to trade for someone like Coyotes Keith Yandle would cost young players or blue-chip prospects. There is a chance that some new names becomes free agents if their current team uses a compliance buyout on them after the Cup Final.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues have let Jamie Langenbrunner know that they won’t be offering him a contract for next season. He hopes to play one more season. The Blues could offer him a PTO.
  • Igor Eronko: Ducks Kyle Wilson signed with Dinamo Riga.

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Free Agents Hits: Malkin, Gonchar, Loktionov, Crabb, Clarkson, Elias, Bickell and Stalberg

  • Darren Dreger: There is speculation that Evgeni Malkin could command $15 million a season from the KHL, all tax free.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators UFA Sergei Gonchar has an offer from Metallurg of the KHL. Waiting to see what his NHL options are. The Senators would like to bring him back at a lower salary. Magnitogorsk’s offer is higher than $6 million a season. He made $5.5 million last year.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils deal with Andrei Loktionov is “imminent.”

    “He will be coming back,” Lamoriello said. “He will not be going to Russia.”

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Joey Crabb won’t be back with the Capitals next season.

    “He has no intentions to sign back with the Capitals,” Crabb’s agent, Kevin Epp, wrote in an e-mail to the Post. “I don’t think it worked out for either party.”

  • The Fourth Period: Sources are saying some of the Devils top free agents won’t be back next season. David Clarkson and Patrik Elias will get the most attention. Clarkson and Elias are expected to test the waters and it’s unclear if they’ll be able to come to terms with the Devils after July 5th. Clarkson is thought to command over $5 million per season. Elias could get something in the $5 to $6 million range. Both would like to return, but there is the ongoing financial issues.
  • Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: Bryan Bickell’s free agent stock is on the rise while Viktor Stalberg’s is falling.

    ‘‘Certainly there’s more eyes on you at this point of the year,’’ Stalberg said. ‘‘You try not to think too much about it. It’s about winning right now and doing everything you can for the team. Whatever happens will take care of [itself]. Right now, it’s about this group, winning right now.’’

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Free Agent Notes and Draft Signings: Wings, Rangers, Red Wings, Senators, Leafs, Sharks, Islanders and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan: Pavel Datsyuk said he wants to sign a contract extension with the Red Wings. He’s looking forward to playing with the Wings beyond next season.
  • Katie Strang: The Rangers haven’t started contract talks with Henrik Lundqvist. It’s not that surprising since it’s early and can’t officially sign before July.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will have Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg on their free agent radar. Bickell’s stock may be rising, but Stalberg’s may be falling a bit.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that the cost of acquiring a player like Bobby Ryan could cost the Senators Jared Cowen and maybe Mika Zibanejad. Ryan has two years left at $5.1 million. Brennan thinks that making a trade that doesn’t involving giving up their best assets may be the best route to go, or signing a lower-risk free agent. Bruins Nathan Horton will likely want $5 million, a little much for a someone who may be one concussion from retirement. Blackhawks Bryan Bickell would make a lot of sense for the Senators. Bickell shouldn’t cost any more than $2.5 million a season, maybe three-years and $8 million. Worst-case scenario for the Sens is that he signs with the Leafs.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs should look back on the Blackhawks salary cap situation and learn from it. The Blackhawks kept and overvalued Dave Bolland and traded/undersold Andrew Ladd. The Leafs need to figure out how much they want to spend on their centers. Mikhail Grabovksi is paid like a top center at $5.5 million and Tyler Bozak could demand that much. RFA Nazem Kadri will be looking for a big raise as well. The Leafs may not be able to afford both Grabovski and Bozak, so one may have to go. Compliance buyouts may lead to Brad Richards or Vincent Lecavalier becoming free agents and better bargains.
  • Jon Rowson: The Sharks have all but signed Tomas Hertl. Hertl has a contract with Slavia for next season, who want to keep their star.
  • New York Rangers: The Rangers signed their 2011 5th round pick, defenseman Samuel Noreau.
  • Sarah McLellan: Without new ownership, the Coyotes budget won’t increase, which doesn’t faze GM Don Maloney.

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Morning Hits: Stalberg, Ribeiro, Hendricks, Clarkson, Elias, Nabokov, Streit, Boyes, Cervenka and the Blues

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks made winger Viktor Stalberg a scratch last night and coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t give details as to the reason. A source said that Stalberg was at odds with the coaches about his roll in round one. He only received 58 seconds total of power play time in the first three games of round one, despite averaging 2:11 per game during the regular season. He only recorded two power play assists all season.

    “I had a conversation with him,” Quenneville said. “He knows how it stands, what the situation is. We’ll leave it at that.”

    Quenneville on if Stalberg could work his way back into the lineup.

    “Absolutely,” he said. “Things change in our business quickly, whether it’s health or decisions based on play. We’ll visit as things go along.”

  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals UFA second line center, Mike Ribeiro (33), is looking for a four or five year deal.

    “I don’t see myself getting worse,” Ribeiro said. “It can only get better. I can be out there. I can work out more. There’s a lot of room there to improve and, you know, that’s why I don’t think I should have less than four or five years.”

    Capitals Matt Hendricks is also looking for a long term deal.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has held talks with UFA David Clarkson, but nothing with regards to Patrik Elias. No financial discussions have taken place with Clarkson though.

    “We’ll continue to work on it. We’ve certainly started the process, but until (contracts) are complete there is nothing done,” Lamoriello said [yesterday].

  • Zach Braziller of the NY Post: Islanders UFAs Evgeni Nabokov, Mark Streit and Brad Boyes all hope to return next season. Nabokov’s agent spoke with GM Garth Snow about four weeks ago, but nothing since then.

    “I think Garth will make his decision,” Nabokov said. “I told him I would like to stay, but we were fighting for the playoffs and nothing was going on. Now we have to see.”

  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames center Roman Cervenka signed a three year contract to return to the KHL. Dmitry Chesnokov: SKA acquired Cervenka’s rights from HC Lev for two players, then signed him.
  • John Shannon: The NHL has announced that there will be two games at Yankee Stadium next Jan. 26th and 29th. The Devils will play the Rangers on the 26th and Islanders will play the Rangers on the 29th, with the Rangers being the away team for both games.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk maxed out their player bonuses again this season. Pietrangelo reached his A-Level bonuses for assists, ice time, blocked shots, and points.

    The are several categories a D-man can earn team bonuses including goals (10), assists (25), points (40), ice time (among top 4 on team), +/- (top 3 on team among D-men), blocked shots (among top 2 D-men on team), points per game (0.49 points per game). Obviously these numbers are pro-rated this season to reflect the 48 game season.

    Strickland thinks the last thing the GM Doug Armstrong needs to do is to overreact to negative things surrounding the Blues. They need to find the right balance of offense and defense. Many of their players were drafted high due to their offensive ability, and they need to utilize their instincts and playmaking ability more often. Being too conservative against the Kings may have been one of their downfalls.

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Morning Rumor Hits: Clarkson, Possible Oilers targets and an Offer sheet for Pietrangelo?

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils David Clarkson isn’t sure what to expect when it comes to unrestricted free agency.

    “I’m going to have my meeting with Lou and see what happens, I haven’t really even touched on it,” Clarkson said. “I’m sure I’ll have a meeting with my agent (Pat Morris) this week when I get back to Toronto and go through everything. But to be honest with you, I haven’t even sat down with (Morris) once this year. He’s somebody that let me play as well and just wanted to wait until this was over with.

    “Unfortunately, it’s earlier than we expected. But I’m sure when I get home in the next week we’ll have some meetings and figure things out a little more.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: It’s unlikely that the Wild will be able to re-sign Cal Clutterbuck because of salary cap reasons. Matheson thinks the Oilers should go after him. Matheson also thinks the Oilers will go after Nathan Horton, and possibly Blackhawks Bryan Bickell or Viktor Stalberg.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: New Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has said changes will be coming, but it’s unlikely to involve Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz. That could change if Shea Weber comes available.

    “I’ve always been of the belief that everything has a price, everything’s for sale. Is it likely, given the high regard we have for these players, given the punitive price we paid to get them? Highly, highly unlikely they would be part of any trade discussion, largely because we value them more highly than anybody else,” said MacTavish.

    Sam Gagner could be a trade chip this summer. There have been some talks with Gagner regarding a contract extension. The Oilers could take a run at Sabres Drew Stafford. Free agents Viktor Stalberg or David Clarkson could get a look at from the Oilers.

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren knows he has to makeover their defense, add more size up front and add more speed. Panaccio wonders if the Flyers should put an offer sheet in on Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

    “My job is to make this team the best it can be,” Holmgren said of offering an RFA sheet or any other move. “So I will look at any and every way to do that.”

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