NHL Rumors and Notes: Top Remaining Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents

NHL Rumors and Notes: Top Remaining Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents

Taking a look at some rumors and notes involving the top remaining restricted and unrestricted free agents.
Latest on some unsigned restricted and unrestricted free agents …

Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Looking at the top remaining restricted free agents.

The Calgary Flames acquired Noah Hanifin in the Dougie Hamilton trade and over a week ago GM Brad Treliving said they were making progress.

“He’s certainly a priority for us. I’ve been speaking with his representatives regularly. I’d say we’re making progress,” Treliving told Sportsnet 960 on July 25 (listen here). “We’ll get him signed. The fact he doesn’t have arbitration rights doesn’t make him any less of a priority for us.”

Buffalo Sabres RFA Sam Reinhart has found his name in the trade rumor mill this offseason. A long-term contract could see J.T. Miller and Tomas Hertl comparables at over $5 million and for at least five years. The Sabres may be looking for a two-year deal.

Anaheim Ducks forward Ondrej Kase will be getting a raise from his $670,000 cap hit last season.

The Edmonton Oilers have just under $5 million in salary cap space for this season, so they may have to do a short-term deal with Darnell Nurse.

Does Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey bet on himself with a two-year deal then look to go big on his next contract when he’s 25?

Anaheim Ducks winger Nick Ritchie may also benefit from a short-term deal. The Ducks and Ritchie’s camp have exchanged numbers.

Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Looking at the top remaining unrestricted free agents.

Rick Nash‘s status for this upcoming season is still not known. The Blue Jackets were one of at least five teams that were interested but were told he’d be sitting out the start of free agency.

The Chicago Blackhawks had some interest in defenseman Luca Sbisa last month and have cleared some space by moving Marian Hossa‘s contract.

Toby Enstrom switched agents late last month.

Mark Letestu could be had at a reasonable number for a team looking for a third or fourth line center. Has been some speculation that the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators could be fits.

Mike Cammalleri could head to Avangard Omsk if there is no NHL interest.

Alexei Emelin has KHL interest and his agent is speaking with multiple NHL teams.

Scott Hartnell could retire.