On the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and the Salary Cap …
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: There would be teams interested if the Arizona Coyotes made defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson available. In the past six months though they have brought in his brother (AHL) and traded for one of his closest friends. GM John Chayka has said he wants to re-sign him, and if he trades him, it may be because Ekman-Larsson has told him he wants to go.
Another potential trade option for the Coyotes is defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, and there would be Stanley Cup contenders interested in him.
Nick Kypreos reported on the weekend that the Montreal Canadiens are priming for big changes. That may take time though. believes the Canadiens will still try to push for the playoffs until they know they can’t make it.
could see the Pittsburgh Penguins being interested in Max Pacioretty if he became available.
On Carey Price: “For the first time, I can see a situation where Carey Price gets traded. If someone walked up to you this second and claimed Price wanted out, could you blame him? I would protect my family at any cost.”
NHL teams are being told that Igor Ozhighanov has a verbal commitment with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Vancouver Canucks had spoken with the Colorado Avalanche back in August about Matt Duchene but moved on.
believes the Calgary Flames looked at Kyle Turris, but there wasn’t a fit with the Senators.
Gary Bettman noted that NHL revenues could be between $4.5 and $5 billion this year. If using $4.5 billion, that would put the next year’s salary cap at around $80 million.
The rumor that Flames ownership met with Houston Rockets ownership was denied, the NHL did meet with them.
Would think Seattle is ahead of Houston with the NHL, Quebec City in there as well.