Rumor Roundup: Bieksa drawing interest, Sharp still on the market

By Lyle Richardson

The free agency period opens in one day, but the lack of all-star talent available has teams turning to the trade market to improve their rosters. As such, players like the Canucks’ Kevin Bieksa and the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell could be prime trade targets. In addition, the Montreal Canadiens buyout of P-A Parenteau could open the door for a free agent signing. More

  • Ian Cole (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    Penguins ink Ian Cole to three-year, $6.3 million deal

    The Pittsburgh Penguins made a savvy deal Monday, re-signing blueliner Ian Cole to a three-year deal that carries a cap hit of $2.1 million per season. Cole came over to the Penguins from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline and registered one goal and eight points in 20 games, adding another two points in five post-season outings.

  • Maxime Talbot (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Bruins’ Maxime Talbot takes to Twitter to squash trade rumor

    Following the Bruins’ acquisition of Zac Rinaldo from the Flyers, a rumor began that Maxime Talbot had requested a trade out of Boston. Talbot heard the rumor and made sure to squash it personally, taking to Twitter to deny the report just hours after it surfaced.

  • Zac Rinaldo (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Bruins continue to baffle hockey world with Zac Rinaldo trade

    The agitator with a history of suspensions will not make up for the loss of Milan Lucic, but the Bruins have taken him on nonetheless. What exactly is the master plan in Boston right now?

  • NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 08:  Assistant head coach Phil Housley of the Nashville Predators coaches against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on February 8, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Phil Housley

    Here’s why it took so long for Housley to make HHOF grade

    Phil Housley has been eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2006. He finally made it on his 10th attempt, joining first-time candidates Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Sergei Fedorov.

  • Cody Hodgson (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Buyout looms as Buffalo Sabres waive Cody Hodgson

    Cody Hodgson has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Buffalo Sabres and it is expected he will be bought out by the team Tuesday. Hodgson, 25, is coming off of the worst professional season of his career. He scored just six goals and 13 points in 2014-15. Hodgson signed a six-year deal worth $4.25 million per season in 2013.

  • Antti Niemi (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    Dallas Stars going with a two-headed dragon next season

    Dallas locked up Antti Niemi and though the crease looks crowded with two No. 1 Finns, GM Jim Nill is happy to have options for what is always a road-weary crew.

  • (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHL)

    Mike Richards’ contract terminated by Kings after “material breach”

    Mike Richards’ contract with the Los Angeles Kings has been terminated, according to the team. The termination – which is not the same as the buyout, which was expected to occur today – comes as a result of what the Kings called a “material breach” of contract by Richards.

  • David Clarkson (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Numbers show free agent frenzy lends itself to bad contracts

    In two days, the NHL free agency period officially begins and it could be another day of vast overpayment for massive underproduction. It’s often a day many GMs come to regret, as underlying numbers show contracts handed out on the opening day of free agency can come back to create salary cap woes in no time.

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