Rumor Roundup

Jamie Benn update

Jamie Benn update

by Lyle Richardson - September 5, 2012 2:29 PM EDT

The latest on the contract negotiations between the Stars and their star RFA, plus Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly.
Throughout this NHL off-season, there’s been little to report on contract negotiations between the Dallas Stars and center Jamie Benn. A restricted free agent, the 23-year-old Benn is coming off an entry level contract that paid him an average annual salary of just more than $821,000.


Last-minute contracts

Last-minute contracts

by Lyle Richardson - September 4, 2012 4:40 PM EDT

As a new CBA is on the horizon, players may want to sign long-term deals now, before it might be too late.
The NHL collective bargaining negotiations have brought trades and unrestricted free agent signings to a standstill over the past month, but have had little effect on teams re-signing key players who are 30 or younger with one season remaining on their existing contracts.


Impact of a new CBA

Impact of a new CBA

by Lyle Richardson - August 31, 2012 12:15 PM EDT

How will a new CBA, with a lowered salary cap, impact rosters? Expect a lot of movement from teams that need to shed salary.
Prior to the NHL’s latest collective bargaining proposal this week, it was assumed the league would seek another rollback on player salaries as part of its effort to reduce the salary cap ceiling.


Jose Theodore's uncertain future

Jose Theodore's uncertain future

by Lyle Richardson - August 30, 2012 1:32 PM EDT

If the Panthers go after Roberto Luongo, what does it mean for their current starter?; plus the latest on the Wings.
Rumors regarding Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo’s return to the Florida Panthers have churned throughout the summer. Luongo, whose contract carries a no-trade clause, spent five seasons with the Panthers prior to his trade to Vancouver in 2006 and reportedly wouldn’t object to returning.


Bobby Ryan speculation dies down

Bobby Ryan speculation dies down

by Lyle Richardson - August 29, 2012 1:08 PM EDT

Any suggestion the Ducks scorer was on the block has dissipated; plus the Penguins and Sergei Samsonov.
Throughout this summer, Anaheim Ducks right winger Bobby Ryan has been a recurrent subject of speculation, sparked by his comments in late June expressing frustration over being frequently mentioned in trade rumors.


Ovechkin, Malkin bound for Russia?

Ovechkin, Malkin bound for Russia?

by Lyle Richardson - August 28, 2012 3:20 PM EDT

If the NHL goes into another lockout, will Russian players begin heading back home to play?
The GM of Kontinental League team Moscow Dynamo created a stir over the weekend by suggesting his team would pursue Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin in the event of an NHL lockout.


Evander Kane trade talk

Evander Kane trade talk

by Lyle Richardson - August 27, 2012 3:02 PM EDT

Did the Jets' young star really ask for a trade out of town?; is Sergei Samsonov coming back to the NHL?; and more.
The ongoing contract talks between the Winnipeg Jets and left winger Evander Kane continues to provide fodder for trade speculation. On August 12, CTV Regina sports anchor Julie Stewart-Binks took to Twitter to report “inside sources” claimed Kane, 21, had requested a trade.


Red Wings making moves?

Red Wings making moves?

by Lyle Richardson - August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT

Will Detroit have to make a trade to address its defensive shortcomings?; and will Tim Thomas be traded?
The Detroit Red Wings’ need for an experienced top-four defenseman remains an issue of concern heading toward this NHL season. MLive.


Doan speculation dies down

Doan speculation dies down

by Lyle Richardson - August 23, 2012 12:32 PM EDT

Why have rumors of Shane Doan's destination ground to a halt? Are the Coyotes nearing a sale?
The free agent status of Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was a dominant headline throughout July and into early August. For several weeks, Doan fielded offers from other teams while hoping to re-sign with the Coyotes if their long-awaited sale to prospective buyer Greg Jamison was completed this summer.


No rebuild for Flames

No rebuild for Flames

by Lyle Richardson - August 22, 2012 11:54 AM EDT

The Calgary Flames were under pressure from some corners to start all over, but they instead pushed ahead.
Following the Calgary Flames’ disappointing finish last season - missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year - anticipation of a significant roster overhaul abounded in the Stampede City.


Planning for a lockout

Planning for a lockout

by Lyle Richardson - August 21, 2012 4:02 PM EDT

Where will NHL players turn if the owners lock them out? Like last time, eyes will turn to Europe.
The threat of another NHL lockout has sparked speculation over the backup plans of some NHL players. Szymon Szemberg of the IIHF took to Twitter to report Swiss club HC Davos had announced San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and New York Rangers right winger Rick Nash would be joining their club in the event of another NHL work stoppage.


Vancouver Canucks buzz

Vancouver Canucks buzz

by Lyle Richardson - August 20, 2012 1:07 PM EDT

Vancouver talking extension with Burrows and Elder; still looking to trade Luongo and sign Doan.
The possibility of yet another NHL lockout isn’t preventing the Vancouver Canucks from attempting to re-sign two of their notable players.


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