On Ilya Kovalchuk …
John Shannon: There still hasn’t been a final decision from Ilya Kovalchuk with regards to if it’s the NHL or KHL. He’s still going over his options.
Aivis Kalnins: There are still teams that are trying to convince Kovalchuk to sign now and not wait.
On the Pittsburgh Penguins …
Jason Mackay: Rutherford added that prices for a third-line center were a little high [yesterday] but he expects to do something on the trade front at some point.
Wes Crosby: Rutherford on acquiring a center: “It could be in the next day, it could be in the next couple of months, it could take into the season”
On the Tampa Bay Lightning …
Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning added Dan Girardi yesterday in free agency. Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekkoek and Mikhail Sergachev will all compete for a roster spot in camp, and all could have a shot at making the team. That would put them at eight defensemen though.
Could the Lightning be considering carrying eight defensemen next year?
“Why not?” Yzerman said. “I could have 10 defensemen if I want. No rules say you can’t. A lot of teams carry eight. We want to see how our young guys do. It will all sort itself out.”
A lot can happen between now and the start of the season – they could trade someone like Andrej Sustr.