NHL Rumors: Smith, Stars, Williams, Canucks, Boyle and Sabres

NHL Rumors: Smith, Stars, Williams, Canucks, Boyle and Sabres

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Brendan Smith close to signing four year deal with the NY Rangers
On the New York Rangers …

Bob McKenzie: The NY Rangers are close to signing free agent Brendan Smith to a four-year contract extension.

Bob McKenzie: Smith’s deal will carry a salary cap hit of $4.35 million.

Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger on TSN 690: “I know that one of my sources on the draft floor suggested that they would kick tires on Joe Thornton.”

On the Dallas Stars …

Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger on TSN 1260 on the Dallas Stars: “I think they’re going to add a forward or two” and that it makes sense this veteran team would look to add a veteran player.

Chris Nichols: Dreger continuing on the Stars: “I know this is true. They have considerable interest in Justin Williams.”

Sean Shapiro: The Stars have nine defenseman now so they will have to make some moves. Marc Methot is a definite upgrade and fits in with their long-term left side transition plan.

Darren Dreger: The Stars have now shifted to looking at forwards after trading for Methot. Can see the Stars being interested in someone like Justin Williams.

On Justin Williams …

Pierre LeBrun: Free agent winger Justin Williams is narrowing his list down to a smaller group. List will be about fit and if they have a chance to win.

JJ Regan: LeBrun’s tweet doesn’t bode well for the Capitals chances of re-signing Williams.

On the Vancouver Canucks …

Rick Dhaliwal: Have been told that the Canucks are interested again in Sam Gagner.

Rick Dhaliwal: As of yesterday the Canucks are not one of the teams that have called on Nail Yakupov.

On Brian Boyle …

Pierre LeBrun: Don’t believe the Maple Leafs have shown much interest in center Brian Boyle so far. As of yesterday several teams had reached out to him.

On the Buffalo Sabres …

Michael Russo:  Hearing that Chad Johnson could be returning to the Sabres.