Rumor Roundup

Johan Franzen's Red Wings future

Johan Franzen's Red Wings future

by Lyle Richardson - August 5, 2013 1:20 PM EDT

Could Franzen be a buyout, or even trade, candidate?; and the questions surrounding Colorado, from O'Reilly to Stastny.
The Detroit Red Wings free agent additions of Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson prompted a Wings fan to ask MLive.com's Ansar Khan if their presence would make Johan Franzen expendable.


Slow summer market

Slow summer market

by Lyle Richardson - August 2, 2013 11:35 AM EDT

Free agency has slowed to a crawl, as most money has already been thrown around. But there are still noteworthy players available.
It's been a month since this summer's NHL unrestricted free agent market opened, yet a number of notable free agents remain unsigned.


Room for Kadri and Franson?

Room for Kadri and Franson?

by Lyle Richardson - July 31, 2013 1:11 PM EDT

The Leafs have two key players to sign, but are running out of cap room; the latest on Miller and Vanek in Buffalo; and more.
The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Matt Fraser, inking him just hours before his hearing to a one-year, $1.


Luongo, Franson and Tootoo

Luongo, Franson and Tootoo

by Lyle Richardson - July 29, 2013 2:20 PM EDT

Does it mean anything that Roberto Luongo hired a new agent?; will the Leafs trade Franson?; and Tootoo back to Nashville?
Roberto Luongo's decision to change agents has some observers believing the veteran goaltender is laying the groundwork for a trade out of Vancouver.


Best leftover free agents

Best leftover free agents

by Lyle Richardson - July 26, 2013 12:53 PM EDT

Looking at the best remaining UFAs and what the rumor winds are saying about their futures.
For the first time since the opening weekend of free agency a notable name was signed, as Jaromir Jagr inked a one-year bonus-laden contract with the New Jersey Devils.


Grabovski tops list of remaining free agents

Grabovski tops list of remaining free agents

by Lyle Richardson - July 24, 2013 3:53 PM EDT

Three teams are interested in the ex-Leaf; and the Red Wings are full with forwards.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski remains among the few notable players still available on the free agent market. As a result, speculation has increased over which NHL team the recently married Belarusian will sign with once he returns from his honeymoon.


Pietrangelo still unsigned by Blues

Pietrangelo still unsigned by Blues

by Lyle Richardson - July 22, 2013 1:45 PM EDT

The big Blues defenseman seeks roughly $7 million; will Tim Thomas find a home?; and more.
The St. Louis Blues avoided salary arbitration with restricted free agent Chris Stewart by inking him to a two-year, $8.3-million contract last week.


Free agency leftovers

Free agency leftovers

by Lyle Richardson - July 19, 2013 10:34 AM EDT

After the initial free agent frenzy, signings have slowed considerably, but several intriguing names remain on the market.
The opening day of this summer's free agent period saw 63 restricted and unrestricted free agents signed to new contracts. In the two weeks since that frenzy, the signings have significantly slowed, especially for unrestricted free agents.


Hemsky staying in Oil country?

Hemsky staying in Oil country?

by Lyle Richardson - July 17, 2013 11:01 AM EDT

MacTavish could be done dealing; Blues' goalie glut; Miller to stay to Buffalo?; Philly's cap crunch
Following the early July trade of Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers fans expected right winger Ales Hemsky would be next.


What now, New Jersey?

What now, New Jersey?

by Lyle Richardson - July 15, 2013 12:00 PM EDT

The Devils ponder roster moves in the post-Kovalchuk era; will Leafs trade Phaneuf?; and more.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision last week to retire from the NHL and return to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg shocked the hockey world.


Ten best remaining free agents

Ten best remaining free agents

by Lyle Richardson - July 12, 2013 11:45 AM EDT

From the bought-out Ilya Bryzgalov to the one-year NHLer Damien Brunner, where will those left to sign end up?
Last Friday's frenzy of free agent signings significantly depleted an already weak market for talent. Several recognizable names still remain for bargain-hunting GMs.


Are the Bruins finished trading?

Are the Bruins finished trading?

by Lyle Richardson - July 10, 2013 2:51 PM EDT

Boston has made one big splash in the trade market - is another on the way?; plus the Flames still look to improve.
Two days after the Boston Bruins’ heartbreaking Stanley Cup final loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe wrote a column that suggested the Bruins should trade Tyler Seguin or Brad Marchand.


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