On the Minnesota Wild …
Sources said that Fenton was expected to be in Minnesota yesterday for likely his final interview with owner Craig Leopold.
Multiple sources saying that Fitzgerald is expected to be in Minnesota on Thursday for likely his final interview with owner Craig Leopold.
On the Columbus Blue Jackets …
The Blue Jackets have Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky entering the last year of their deals and could be looking for $10 million a season. Adding a high-end center may only happen through a big trade offer.
On the Tampa Bay Lightning …
Chris Nichols of FRS Hockey: Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet 650 and was asked about the Lightning’s window beyond this season.
Friedman says they are going to have to give Nikita Kucherov an extension soon, it’s not going to be cheap, and they’ll need to figure out how to make it work.
“But Kucherov made it pretty clear the last time that they used the full weight of the CBA on him, and next time he’s going to use the full weight of the CBA on them. So they’re going to have a big one that they’ll have to deal with.”
Friedman adds the Lightning draft and develop well, they have lots of prospects and should be a contender for a while.