On Connor, Hall and Byfuglien
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: Kyle Connor‘s agent Rich Evans on Monday on the report that they were close to having a deal done.
“That’s just not true,” Evans said.
The New Jersey Devils and Taylor Hall‘s camp have had preliminary talks. Now, if a deal can’t be reached … Due to last seasons knee issues, Hall’s trade value could be same at the trade deadline as it would have been this offseason as teams would have wanted to know how he bounces back. The Devils can be patient with him. gut feeling is that he re-signs, and it may take $11 million or more.
The Winnipeg Jets have suspended Dustin Byfuglien while he’s pondering his future. If his situation drags well into the season, a mutual termination of the contract could become an option. He’s owed $8 million and $6 million over the next two years. He would then be a UFA. The Jets would likely rather have him for the next two years though.
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Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: Patrik Laine may be the most affected by Brayden Point‘s deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets have been looking at four to six-year deals. The Colorado Avalanche are wanting long-term with Mikko Rantanen.
From the Board of Governors meeting, the early 2020-21 salary cap estimate is at $84.5 million with no escalator used.
Believe the New Jersey Devils and Taylor Hall are trying to get an extension done.
The Montreal Canadiens may have some extra forwards. May want to keep an eye on Jonathan Drouin who played a team low 11:57 on Monday.
The New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets could be in the market for a defenseman.
The Anaheim Ducks are looking for a right-handed defenseman.
Teams could be looking at Los Angeles Kings pending UFA forward Tyler Toffoli.
Think that St. Louis Blues forward Klim Kostin’s name came up in talks with the Edmonton Oilers about Jesse Puljujarvi.