Kings just getting warmed up
Teams calling Devils about Vatanen
Some ‘stealth’ winger options for the Penguins
Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins are monitoring the trade market. Elliotte Friedman said last month that the Penguins made a standing offer to the Minnesota Wild.
The Penguins could use a winger or two. Looking at a few ‘stealth’ forward targets the Penguins could look at.
Craig Smith – Predators – The Predators could look for a second- or third-round draft pick for Smith if they go into selling mode.
Jesper Fast – Rangers – Not a top-six option, but could still fit in nicely in their bottom-six.
Extension talks between the Oilers and Darnell Nurse progressing
TSN: Bob McKenzie on TSN said that over the past week to 10 days there have been considerable contract extension talks between the Edmonton Oilers and pending restricted free agent defenseman Darnell Nurse. They are making progress on a new deal.
“Now in an ideal world, the Oilers and Darnell Nurse would do a six- or seven- or eight-year long term deal but the Oilers can’t do that because of their cap situation. They just can’t. Especially in the next year or two, it’s problematic. So the likely solution is to do maybe a two-year deal with Darnell Nurse.”
Nurse would like to remain in Edmonton long-term and the Oilers include him in their core players, but they’ve got the salary cap to deal with. A two-year deal at a little under $6 million, and then talk about a long-term extension in a year?