Rumor Roundup

How will the Avalanche address their defense?

How will the Avalanche address their defense?

by Lyle Richardson - October 2, 2013 4:15 PM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche start this season with big question marks on the blueline, so what can they do to fix the problem?
The Colorado Avalanche’s blueline corps remains an area of concern entering this season. Though they acquired Cory Sarich in a four-player trade with the Calgary Flames and signed free agent Andre Benoit, the Avalanche didn’t bring in any significant defensive upgrades.


Will Franson push out Liles?

Will Franson push out Liles?

by Lyle Richardson - September 27, 2013 2:55 PM EDT

Now that Cody Franson has signed, will John-Michael Liles be shown the door?; plus the Flyers, Panthers and more.
Cody Franson finally ended his contract standoff with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a one-year, $2- million deal on Thursday. Franson's contract pushed the Leafs payroll to $64.


Dwindling space for Cody Franson

Dwindling space for Cody Franson

by Lyle Richardson - September 25, 2013 3:20 PM EDT

The latest on Cody Franson, Derek Stepan, Brenden Morrow and the Oilers pivot problem.
David Clarkson's 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during last Sunday's Maple Leafs-Sabres donnybrook could adversely affect the Leafs efforts to re-sign defenseman Cody Franson.


Penguins goalie hunting?

Penguins goalie hunting?

by Lyle Richardson - September 23, 2013 1:08 PM EDT

With Vokoun out and Fleury struggling, will Pittsburgh look for help in the crease? And are the Canucks searching for forward help?
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun is sidelined indefinitely following a procedure on Saturday to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis.


Morrow preparing for contract offer

Morrow preparing for contract offer

by Lyle Richardson - September 20, 2013 2:02 PM EDT

Brenden Morrow hasn't received a contract offer from anyone, nor is he on a training camp tryout; will the Avs reach out to Radulov?; and more.
While several notable unrestricted free agents (Tim Thomas, Damien Brunner, Brad Boyes, Ryan Whitney, Hal Gill) are attending training camps on a tryout basis, former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow is still waiting for a contract offer.


Clemmensen injury crowds Panthers crease

Clemmensen injury crowds Panthers crease

by Lyle Richardson - September 18, 2013 1:48 PM EDT

An injury actually made Florida's goalie situation more of a competition; Hemsky trade scenarios; and more.
Tim Thomas finally found an NHL team with which to make a comeback, agreeing this week to a professional tryout contract with the Florida Panthers.


Leafs leave little room for Franson

Leafs leave little room for Franson

by Lyle Richardson - September 16, 2013 1:57 PM EDT

How can Toronto keep its 26-year-old defender?; goalie controversy with the Rangers?; Gagne upset at Flyers; and more.
Cody Franson's contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs remain stalled. Franson released a statement expressing optimism for a resolution in the near future.


Hurricanes on the hunt for defense

Hurricanes on the hunt for defense

by Lyle Richardson - September 13, 2013 1:40 PM EDT

After losing Pitkanen for the season, Carolina signed Ron Hainsey and is still looking for an upgrade.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen (broken left heel bone) will miss the entire season, which is a major blow to the blueline. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford wasted little time finding a replacement, inking former Winnipeg Jets blueliner Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $2-million contract.


Is Kulemin part of Toronto's plan?

Is Kulemin part of Toronto's plan?

by Lyle Richardson - September 11, 2013 1:25 PM EDT

Looking at what the Leafs can do to sign Cody Franson; how the Flyers will add Dan Cleary; and Florida's search for a veteran backup.
On the eve of training camp, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally re-signed center Nazem Kadri, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $5.8-million deal.


Flyers, Capitals looking for a trade?

Flyers, Capitals looking for a trade?

by Lyle Richardson - September 9, 2013 2:56 PM EDT

Recent roster moves by the Flyers and Capitals have some suggesting the two teams are trying to make trades.
Recent moves by the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals may be a sign of future trades from both clubs. The Flyers invited veteran defenseman Hal Gill to training camp on a tryout basis.


Will Kadri get an offer sheet?

Will Kadri get an offer sheet?

by Lyle Richardson - September 6, 2013 1:28 PM EDT

Looking at the young Maple Leafs RFA, Ales Hemsky being taken off the market, and the full house on L.A.'s blueline.
As the contract standoff between the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Nazem Kadri continues, Sean Gentille of The Sporting News wondered if Kadri would receive an offer sheet from another club.


Updates on 10 remaining free agents

Updates on 10 remaining free agents

by Lyle Richardson - September 4, 2013 2:42 PM EDT

We look at 10 players who had rumors about them, but are still without a contract.
It's been a long, quiet summer for several notable unrestricted free agents, but with NHL training camps opening next week, some should soon find new homes.


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