Think the Winnipeg Jets will keep Mark Scheifele. They’ll be patient with Pierre-Luc Dubois as they have two years to make a decision. The Jets will try to move Blake Wheeler. Brenden Dillon is getting interest.
The Nashville Predators and Filip Forsberg continue to work away on a deal. If it gets done, guessing it comes in around $8.5 million a season for eight years. The Predators could be a landing spot for Phil Kessel.
The Edmonton Oilers want cap space. Don’t think Mike Smith will play next season. Oilers trade candidates include Warren Foegele, Zack Kassian, Jesse Puljujarvi and possibly Tyson Barrie. The Oilers may have interest in Jack Campbell.
It seems more likely now that the Chicago Blackhawks trade Alex DeBrincat. How will Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews react if they trade DeBrincat? The Blackhawks won’t approach them. Teams are doing their research on forward Kirby Dach.
Reilly Smith’s extension with the Vegas Golden Knights isn’t official. One team believes Reilly and his brother Brendan want to play together. Laurent Brossoit could be traded for cap reasons. The Golden Knights don’t really want to trade RFA defenseman Nic Hague.
It’s believed the Calgary Flames offered Johnny Gaudreau eight years and $9.5 million per season and would like an answer by next week. Where do he and his family want to live? What kind of seven-year offer could he get?
The Colorado Avalanche will try to Nathan MacKinnon signed to a contract extension. It’s going to be hard to re-sign Nazem Kadri. What about Darcy Kuemper? Valeri Nichushkin knows he has a good fit in Colorado but can both sides make it work. Will Erik Johnson retire? The Avs wouldn’t let assistant GM Chris MacFarland interview with the Ducks or Sharks. Will he get promoted and Sakic moves up?