NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Panthers, Jagr, Maple Leafs and Assistant GMs

NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Panthers, Jagr, Maple Leafs and Assistant GMs

Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and Connor Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs
On the Chicago Blackhawks …

Scott Powers of The Athletic: The Blackhawks will likely have to wait another month to find out what Maxim Shalunov’s plans are for next year. Shalunov’s agent said on Monday they will likely decide next month to either sign with the Blackhawks or remain in the AHL. Shalunov was a 2011 fourth round pick of the Blackhawks.

On the Florida Panthers …

Harvey Fialkov: Panthers assistant GM Eric Joyce said that Roberto Luongo will be their starting goaltender next year.

Harvey Fialkov: Source confirmed yesterday that Tom Rowe won’t back as their head coach next season.

Harvey Fialkov: Panthers coach Tom Rowe said that there have been no discussion yet on Jaromir Jagr‘s future with the Panthers.

Pierre LeBrun on TSN: LeBrun interviewing Jaromir Jagr.

Pierre LeBrun: I know you’ve joked about playing until you’re 50, but honestly you look like you can —

Jagr (interrupting): I wasn’t joking. I was serious. I’m not joking. If God gives me the health, I will.

On if he’ll be back for at least next season.

“Well, let’s finish off the season first. It’s not over yet.”

On the Toronto Maple Leafs …

Chris Johnston: Buffalo Sabres pending free agent defenseman Cody Franson made it abundantly clear that he would welcome a return back to the Maple Leafs this offseason.

On Assistant GMs who could be GM Candidates …

Craig Custance of ESPN: Looking at 10 assistant GMs that could be considered for a GM position this offseason.

  1. Paul Fenton – Nashville
  2. Julien BriseBois – Tampa Bay
  3. Bill Guerin – Pittsburgh
  4. Rob Blake – Los Angeles
  5. Craig Conroy – Calgary
  6. Brad Pascel – Calgary
  7. Scott Mellanby – Montreal
  8. Bill Zito – Columbus
  9. Tom Fitzgerald – New Jersey
  10. Brent Fehr – Minnesota