NHL Rumors: Coyotes, UFAs, Canucks, Knights, Kovalchuk and Jets

NHL Rumors: Coyotes, UFAs, Canucks, Knights, Kovalchuk and Jets

Winnipeg Jets looking for a goalie to go with Connor Hellebuyck
On the Arizona Coyotes …

Jim Matheson: The Coyotes plan on talking with former Oilers coach Todd Nelson about a head coaching position.

Craig Morgan: Coyotes GM John Chayka said that reports that they will interview Todd Richards for their head coaching vacancy are a little premature. The Coyotes haven’t created a candidate list year.

On some UFAs that received interest yesterday  …

David Pagnotta: UFA forward Martin Hanzal had plenty of interest yesterday.

David Pagnotta: Forward Tyler Pitlick won’t be back with the Oilers next year and was getting lots of interest yesterday.

On the Vancouver Canucks …

Rick Dhaliwal: Have heard the Canucks spoke with the camps for defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Jordan Weal. Both are from the area.

On the Vegas Golden Knights …

Aivis Kalnins: Have been hearing that multiple teams are interested in Nikita Gusev.

Aivis Kalnins: Not sure if the Golden Knights are shopping his rights.

On Ilya Kovalchuk

David Pagnotta: Things should become a little clearer this week with regards to Ilya Kovalchuk. He can’t be moved until July 1st and likely to a team in the East.

On the Winnipeg Jets …

Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will turn his attention to finding a goalie to play alongside Connor Hellebuyck.

“We’re going to a take a look at whatever is available to us and if there’s a good opportunity there that can help us, we’ll jump at it,” Cheveldayoff said Saturday at the draft. “We’ve got a list of names lined up to reach out to their representatives and see if we’re a fit for them and as far as they want to consider us.”

Options for the Jets could be Brian Elliot (32), Steve Mason (29), Jonathan Bernier (28) and Ryan Miller (36).

Cam Ward has a year left on his Hurricanes deal at $3.3 million.