NHL Rumors: Duchene, Canadiens, Lee, Turris, Aho, Panarin, Canucks, Leafs, Oilers, and Avs
Columbus Blue Jackets Artemi Panarin talks about free agency and what the future may hold.
Quick Hits — past midnight eastern so Panarin can only sign for seven years

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: Matt Duchene in the tax-friendly Tennessee for seven years at $8 million. The Blue Jackets offered eight years around the same money.

The Montreal Canadiens could be in on Anders Lee – possibly seven years at $8 million. Chicago Blackhawks are around Lee as well.

Canadiens also had interest in Wayne Simmonds and Jake Gardiner. Wonder if they could look at trading for Kyle Turris.

Sources saying that Keith Kinkaid likely backup to Carey Price.

Could the Canadiens offer sheet Sebastian Aho?

Last ditch effort by Columbus Blue Jackets to sign Artemi Panarin – eight years around $96-$100 million. Panarin has known this money was available for a long time now.

Several people have said that Panarin could be getting around $12.5 million from Islanders or wherever he lands. The Rangers won’t go that high, but the Colorado Avalanche offered it.

The Vancouver Canucks appear to be landing Tyler Myers and Jordie Benn.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to Kenny Agostino and Nick Shore.

Less certain on Gustav Nyquist and the Blue Jackets, Marcus Johansson and the Blue Jackets or Buffalo Sabres.

The Edmonton Oilers less likely on Nyquist, and have they’ve looked at Valtteri Filppula.

Pierre LeBrun: Heard that the Blue Jackets offered Panarin eight years around $12 million.

Brian Hedger: On Panarin: “Number is north of $11 million/per for 8 and possibly significantly higher – which fits other reports out there about a possible $13 mill/year aav.”

David Pagnotta: Free agent summary.

Pavelski, Perry > DAL
Bobrovsky, Connolly > FLA
Duchene > NAS
Zuccarello > MIN
Donskoi > COL
Myers, Benn > VAN
Talbot > CGY
Smith > EDM
L. Schenn > TB

Adrian Dater: “An informed source tells me: “good chance” Donskoi signs with Avs. But there is STRONG competition for him though. Nothing over til it’s over”

Darren Dreger: “No reason the Canucks and Tyler Myers won’t come to terms. Vancouver is considering structural options. It’s expected details will be worked out tonight or in the morning.”