Boeser looking at four years?
Retaining Hall and attracting other players to New Jersey
Larry Brooks of NY Post: With Artemi Panarin getting offers going up to $12.5 million a season, Taylor Hall could get offers of $13 million next offseason when he becomes a free agent.
If you are New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero, $13 million is where you start right now. It would be a risk for Shero to enter the season without having Hall signed.
Hall has risk on his side as well. Last year he only played in 33 games because of a knee issue and has dealt with bad knees in two of the past three seasons.
The P.K. Subban trade may have been more ownership-driven than by management. The Devils have a lot stake. Acquiring Subban and draft Jack Hughes should help with Hall and to also aid in attracting other players to New Jersey.
Did something happen between Lou and Lehner?
Larry Brooks of NY Post: There is some belief that something personal may have happened between New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello and goaltender Robin Lehner during contract talks. The Islanders gave 31-year old Semyon Varlamov four years at $5 million.
Red flags for Dzingel
Larry Brooks of NY Post: There may be some red flags surrounding free agent Ryan Dzingel as even the Columbus Blue Jackets are not trying to re-sign him.
Pressure from ownership
Larry Brooks of NY Post: Ownerships may have been pressuring management to sign some free agent in Dallas (Joe Pavelski and Corey) and in Minnesota (Mats Zuccarello).