NHL Rumors: Buffalo Sabres, LA Kings, Washington Capitals, and Carolina Hurricanes

NHL Rumors: Buffalo Sabres, LA Kings, Washington Capitals, and Carolina Hurricanes

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Capitals shoot down Justin Faulk interest. The Carolina Hurricanes and Sebastian Aho have some good contract talks.
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Sabres looking to add another goaltender

Lance Lysowski: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said that the Sabres will be looking for a third goaltender for the organization. They don’t want to rush prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

LA Kings and Leipsic talks continue

Curtis Zupke: Los Angeles Kings GM Rob Blake said that contract “discussions will go on” continue with Brendan Leipsic.

Could the Capitals fit in Johansson?

Tom Gulitti: Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on the reports that they would be interested in bringing pending free agent Marcus Johansson.

“We monitor the whole free agent market. Obviously, we like Marcus, we’re familiar with him, but it’s going to come down to cap space and the contract.”

Tarik El-Bashir: Have been told that the Capitals do like Johansson and did some tire kicking, but there is basically no way at the moment that they could make it work. They would need to trade out a big contract. You can obviously never say never, but it seems unlikely.

Teams still calling Capitals for Burakovsky

Tarik El-Bashir: Have been told that teams continue to call the Capitals about pending RFA Andre Burakovsky.

The Capitals still see a lot of potential in Burakovsky and aren’t interested in trading him for the sake of trading him with little return.

MacLellan shoots down Faulk rumors

Tom Gulitti: Capitals GM MacLellan on the report that they were talking to the Carolina Hurricanes about defenseman Justin Faulk.

“No. We haven’t had any discussions about him.”

The Hurricanes and Aho camp have “a great discussion”

Michael Smith: Carolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said that they had “a great discussion” with Sebastian Aho‘s camp on Friday.

“I think things are going to move along. … The good thing is I don’t think we’re terribly far apart. They want to get a deal done as much as we want to get a deal done.”