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Stamkos Domino the Biggest. Who and When? Free Agent Buzzcast

July 1, 2024 - 12:59 PM ET

Happy Canada Day! On Stamkos...and prediction for pace of today... He's also 100% the biggest domino teams are waiting on today. And that may be tricky because he likely will take his time signing somewhere...and could even end up in Tampa the longer he waits to decide. So what does that...

Staios "Overplayed His Hand"

July 3, 2024 - 12:48 AM ET

Talked with a longtime source today about the Jakob Chychrun trade to Washington for 33 y/o Nick Jensen and a 2026 third-round pick. That seemed awfully low, even though Chychrun is likely to head to UFA next summer. "What happened was that (Steve) Staios overplayed his hand," the source said. "T...

Early Winners and Losers Of Free Agent Day on Wed's Buzzcast

July 3, 2024 - 6:02 PM ET

Watch and listen to the @HockeyBuzz Buzzcast for your daily #NHL news and rumors on:@YouTube https://t.co/yKfvRAkraC@TuneIn https://t.co/gseaUhfA7V@ApplePodcasts https://t.co/M5dT4bhrDt— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) January 5, 2021...

The latest on Klingberg and Farabee

July 5, 2024 - 5:04 PM ET

A couple short items for today: the fifth day of NHL free agency and nearing the time of year (after the Draft and development camps leaguewide) that hockey ops staffs leaguewide tend to go on summer holidays. * A source told me that several NHL teams have reached out to UFA defenseman John Kling...

Where Will Necas Go??

July 6, 2024 - 8:47 PM ET

Of the 14 players who filed for salary arbitration on Friday, the name of Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas was the most curious. The 25-year-old is coming off a 53-point season and has been the focus of trade chatter since the Canes were eliminated in the second round. Necas was almost t...

Rangers Making Pitch for Zegras

July 7, 2024 - 8:44 PM ET

Hearing that the Rangers are making one of the strongest pushes to acquire Trevor Zegras from Anaheim. The Bruins are also in the mix. Habs also have interest. The trade price remains VERY high, however....

Draisaitl’s Deal The First Indicator Of McDavid’s Future; Mon's Buzzcast

July 8, 2024 - 5:29 PM ET

Other than the Mitch Marner and Sidney Crosby sagas, the most interesting story of the summer may be what the Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl agree upon on a new contract. Draisaitl became eligible for a contract extension on July 1, and after scoring 40+ goals in the last four full-length...

Flyers Still Pushing for Krebs; Wednesday's Buzzcast

July 10, 2024 - 4:39 PM ET

Spoke to a source today who said the Flyers are STILL pushing for a deal with Buffalo to acquire Peyton Krebs. Philly is also interested in Mattias Samuelsson. There isn't an awkward situation anymore with Mattias' dad, Kjell, being part of Hockey Ops and player Development for Philly. That situati...

Bolts and Cats Continue to Make Smart Signings;Fri's Buzz

July 12, 2024 - 12:07 PM ET

This has not been a "big splash" year for free agent signings. BUT there have some sneaky good signings by some clubs. The two Florida-based teams in particular have done a fine job. With Tampa Bay, I thought signing Cam Atkinson at a bargain cost after Philly bought him out was a very good decis...

Askarov Asking Out?

July 13, 2024 - 1:50 PM ET

The name of Yaroslav Askarov was in the air as a possible trade chip for the Nashville Predators since their season ended, although that was uncertain with Juuse Saros entering the final year of his contract. Since then, Saros has signed a long-term extension and GM Barry Trotz added backup Scott...

Which Eastern Team Could Drop Out Of The Playoff Picture?

July 14, 2024 - 7:12 PM ET

After all the moves made at the draft and earlier this month, there are teams that made the playoffs that took a big step back. In the East, in spite of the departures of OEL, Montour, Tarasenko, and some depth players, Florida will still make the playoffs….but the biggest dropoff appears to be...

Kuznetsov Heading To Russia?; Utah HC; Mon's Buzzcast

July 15, 2024 - 5:49 PM ET

Reports out of Russia are that Evgeny Kuznetsov is bolting from the final year of his deal with Carolina to sign a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg. This will be welcome news to Washington, who had to retain $3.9 million in salary to move the troubled forward before the deadline, but perhaps n...

Canucks Get Silovs Signed

July 16, 2024 - 7:11 PM ET

Two years, $850K cap hit for the 23-year-old Latvian goalie. I think he's going to be a good one when he earns a full time spot in the NHL.Lots of potential here. Good signing for the Canucks....

Byfield, Kuznetsov, the latest news on Wed's Buzzcast

July 17, 2024 - 6:34 PM ET

Watch and listen to the @HockeyBuzz Buzzcast for your daily #NHL news and rumors on:@YouTube https://t.co/yKfvRAkraC@TuneIn https://t.co/gseaUhfA7V@ApplePodcasts https://t.co/M5dT4bhrDt— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) January 5, 2021...