Schuldt to narrow down list
Michael Russo: St. Cloud State Jimmy Schuldt will meet with his agent on today to get a list down to five or six. There are lots of teams interested, with the Minnesota Wild being of them.
After they shrink the list, they will talk to each team a little more in depth.
Skinner going to free agency?
Skinner has one goal in his past 22 games.
Flames, Jets and Golden Knights looking at KHL free agents
Igor Eronko: There had been a rumor going around that Alexander Yelesin and Andrei Chibisov could be joining recently added Artyom Zagidulin in Calgary. Don’t believe that it is the case.
The Winnipeg Jets had been scouting Chibisov.
Yelesin should be looking for a team that has less depth. heard that the Vegas Golden Knights had some interest in him.
Oilers need speed
The could also use a third-line center and two other bottom six-forwards.
All four players that they could use need to have speed.
A couple of Flyers needs
Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: For next season, the Philadelphia Flyers need a veteran defenseman to stabilize their blueline, a number two center, and a scoring winger.
What the next contracts of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome could look like
It might make sense for the Chicago Blackhawks to try and lock DeBrincat to a seven-year extension now, but it may not make sense for DeBrincat.
Current comparables could put DeBrincat’s ask at six-years and in the $42-$45 million range. Another solid season could increase his asking price in the $8 million range.
Projecting what Strome’s next deal could look like is a little harder.
– 7 goals, 9 assists in 48 games for the Arizona Coyotes
– 14 goals, 31 assists in 53 games for the Blackhawks.
If Strome is the Blackhawks second line center next season and puts up around 60 points – and given his age, position and production – comparables could be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, Dylan Larkin, Alexander Wennberg, Aleksander Barkov and Bo Horvat.
A fair extension could be six-years at $6.5 million per season.
Locking up DeBrincat and Strome will likely cost the Blackhawks in the $13 million-$15 million range.