Bruins RFAs a “work in progress”
Conor Ryan: Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney said yesterday that there is no new updates on contract talks between Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. Sweeney said it’s still a “work in progress.”
What could RNH be worth?
Jim Matheson: Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is entering the final year of his deal and will make $6 million.
He and the Oilers may be at a crossroad after the season. Would think that he could be a $7.5 million player.
Spurgeon not worrying about an extension
Dave Schwartz: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon said on Tuesday that contract negotiations won’t be hanging over his head.
Spurgeon said that he’s letting his agent deal with things and he doesn’t want to talk about it unless there is some big news.
Senators and Chabot still talking
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Both Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion and defenseman Thomas Chabot confirmed that contract extension talks are continuing.
It’s believed that talks have been going on all summer and are progressing but there isn’t the sense that something is imminent.
“It’s been a pretty good summer. I just worked out. I’m going into training camp with one more year left on my contract,” he said. “You’re all aware there’s been talks and they’ve been going smoothly. I’m just leaving that to my agents. They’re taking care of everything and, hopefully, we can get something done for sure.”
Malkin denies trade request
Rob Rossi of The Athletic: It was believed some within the Pittsburgh Penguins management and ownership that Phil Kessel had to be traded in order for Evgeni Malkin to stay.
Multiple sources say that Malkin requested a trade if Kessel was going to be back with the team. Malkin denies it.
Rossi notes on the Malkin-Kessel situation: “Malkin declined to elaborate on how his on-ice relationship with Kessel fell apart. But it’s clear he grew tired of feeling caught between the ongoing Sullivan-Kessel rift, according to multiple team and league sources. Those sources also say Malkin had come to believe Kessel was content with two titles and mostly interested in his statistics. Malkin was worried he’d be seen the same way if Kessel remained his winger.”