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Oilers confident to get EITHER Gardiner /Ristolainen.... Gardiner>Habs (e3)

September 1, 2019 - 7:35 PM ET

Quick hit this evening... from a source: A source tells me the Oilers are 90% confident they will be adding EITHER Jake Gardiner or Rasmus Ristalainen....The source tells me that Holland has worked out both scenarios and it may be in Gardiner’s court....Jake is also getting lots of interest...

RFA Update: McAvoy long deal, Carlo trade? Kronwall Retires; Tues Buzz

September 3, 2019 - 10:36 AM ET

Welcome to September, Hockey World! This is the month the fun returns! This afternoon I will begin team previews full force with a bit of a twist. But first, I will always post rumors as they happen, and there is a good one this morning... McAvoy and Brandon Carlo Possibly Traded? There are...

An Early Look at the First Wildcard Team in the East in 2019-20: Montreal

September 3, 2019 - 6:21 PM ET

On the 2019-20 Montreal Canadiens…. The story has to start here with the 2018-19 Montreal Canadiens and the return of Carey Price to elite status. And yet that wasn’t the real surprise story of last year, that was the offense...5 on 5 versus on the power play. Five on five the Canadiens wer...

You're the GM. Make a trade for Mitch Marner; Buzzcast at 1pm

September 4, 2019 - 11:12 AM ET

The time has come where this has to at least be discussed...The Leafs internal frustration is VERY real I am told and while an offer sheet for Marner really forces a team to give up too much for a still young forward, a trade could be explored. At some point, it has to be explored. So you know t...

RFA Update: Avs and Jets no Longer Waiting on Marner

September 5, 2019 - 1:33 PM ET

First off....thanks to all who placed offers yesterday for Mitch Marner. Love the conversations ...I am going through the many comments, emails, and tweets I got...but first... Rantanen and Laine deals? I am told both players reps are talking with their teams and that there is more progress...

Thornton signs with Sharks, Gardiner goes to Carolina

September 6, 2019 - 10:56 AM ET

The San Jose Sharks chose not to bring back veteran Patrick Marleau after two years in Toronto, but have re-signed center Joe Thornton to a one-year, $2 Million contract. Thornton, 40, had 51 points in the regular season and 10 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and still effective in spite of losi...

Will the defensive dominoes begin to fall after Gardiner signing?

September 7, 2019 - 1:23 PM ET

There continues to be a logjam with the group of unsigned young restricted free agents less than a week before the opening of training camp, but the four-year, $16.2 Million contract that Jake Gsrdiner signed with Carolina on Friday may put things in motion in the defensive market. The Hurricane...

One-Year Bridge for Provorov?

September 8, 2019 - 1:15 PM ET

Hearing that there is a chance the Flyers and Provorov camp could avoid a camp holdout via a one year bridge deal and then revisiting an extension next summer. The Provorov side would have way more leverage if he has a strong season because he'll be arbitration eligible for the first time next summe...

Werenski bridge, Zacha to KHL? Justin Faulk to Ducks

September 9, 2019 - 10:18 AM ET

Some movement on the RFA front that was slightly unexpected: Reports out of Russia are indicating that Devils forward Pavel Zacha has signed a deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. Zacha was drafted sixth overall in 2015 after Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Dylan Strome, Mitch Marner, and Noah Ha...

Zacha signs three-year deal with Devils

September 10, 2019 - 9:16 AM ET

After reports indicated that Pavel Zacha was headed to Russia yesterday, the Devils and the 22-year-old have agreed to a three-year, $6.75 Million bridge deal ($2.25 Million AAV) Watch the Buzzcast at 1pm: On TuneIn Radio Listen to the HockeyBuzzcast w/@Eklund @sportsology & @MikeInBu...

“Marner Situation needs to be taken over by Mitch.”

September 11, 2019 - 2:52 PM ET

A former player just texted me “ Marner Situation needs to be taken over by Mitch.” This player believes neither side is really acting as the player wants and feels that Mitch needs to take over his situation. “Get realistic, tell everyone to shut up in the press.” More to come...

PROVOROV SIGNING. NHL 20 Sneak Peek

September 12, 2019 - 11:03 AM ET

Update, many reports that the Flyers and D man Ivan Provorov have agreed to a 6 year deal tonight. Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: “He’s in on time. Can confirm that Ivan Provorov has agreed to a six-year, $40.5 million deal with #Flyers. Training camp begins tomorrow morning.” This from...

Camps Opening. Signings, Byfuglien? What excites you most? Fri's Buzzcast

September 13, 2019 - 8:17 AM ET

Update: The Jets have just put out an announcement that Dustin Byfuglien has been granted a personal leave of absence from the hockey team. #NHLJets i>Update: Welcome to ANOTHER Friday...and this time it is an "Opening of training camp Friday" so news could flow a ton today.... Keep checking...

Leafs and Mitch Marner Have a Deal. 6 years, just under 11M Per. Worth it?

September 13, 2019 - 7:00 PM ET

The Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Mitch Marner have come to terms on a six-year deal. Marner, the most prized restricted free agent of the 2019 class, had 26 goals and 94 points in 82 games for the Maple Leafs last year. The No. 4 overall pick in 2015, Marner has 67 goals and 224 points in 241...

Spurgeon Gets more than Werenski or Provorov...McAvoy? "No Marner Effect"

September 14, 2019 - 2:38 PM ET

Ok, all you other signed RFAs...you are up... Today Jared Spurgeon signed a 7 year deal at 7.5 per...the biggest contract in Wild History...and somewhat surprisingly higher than either Provorov or Werenski...and the BIG Fish is still out there.. Charlie McAvoy, who some are calling among the b...

Bruins Get a Steal with McAvoy Deal. Surprised? Will We See More Today?

September 15, 2019 - 12:57 PM ET

The Bruins signed Charlie McAvoy to a three-year deal that is very similar to the deal signed by Werenski. The $4.9M AAV is low but the contract ends high and forces a high fourth year essentially... RFA Update: I am hearing this may be more of a marker for the remaining RFAs than the Marner c...

RFAs> Laine Bridges Falling Down? Tkachuk heats up. Konecny... [email protected]

September 16, 2019 - 12:19 PM ET

Start here today...Here is your RFA update: On Patrik Laine... Over the weekend there was some hope that a bridge deal could be close and now I am told that this looks like less of a possibility.... a source texted me this morning: "The Islanders and Canadiens trade talks are going to continu...

Konecny Signs with Flyers: 6 Yrs/5.5M AAV, NHLPA does not reopen CBA

September 16, 2019 - 3:13 PM ET

The Flyers have come to terms with Travis Konecny on a 6 year deal.....more to come On TuneIn Radio Listen to the HockeyBuzzcast w/@Eklund @sportsology & @MikeInBuffalo on iTunes (https://t.co/yXakLaiyRy) & Tune In (https://t.co/O3Em8BtZ6W)— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) August 2,...

Brock Boeser signs with Canucks. Carlo 2 years with Bruins.

September 16, 2019 - 10:12 PM ET

Brock Boeser signs for 3 years. 5.875 million is the AAV. Really god deal for the Canucks. Brandon Carlo has been signed to a 2-year contract with an annual cap hit of $2.85 million per a team release this morning....

Connor Close? Laine/Rantanen Playing in Bern, HBSL is live!

September 17, 2019 - 12:14 PM ET

There was a ton of talk this morning that there appears to be more hope growing that the Jets are closing in on signing Kyle Connor...but Patrick Laine and Mikko Rantanen are now both in Switzerland and skating with Bern. The Marner contract is more along the lines of what that Finns are looking f...

Byfuglien’s future in doubt, Wed's Buzzcast

September 18, 2019 - 12:26 PM ET

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported on Wednesday morning that the leave of absence Dustin Byfuglien is currently on may be to to ponder his NHL future. The Jets defenseman is 34 years old and has two more years left on his contract at $7.6 Million per season, but according to McKenzie he is contemplating...