It has done the max every year but two. The first was , because the cap went up 13 per cent. The second was last summer, because of high escrow. Carolina GM Don Waddell indicated the Hurricanes will likely stay put, and they probably will, but this is a new regime and we are still learning its true approach.
If Carolina decides to stay put, the draft starts with Montreal. GM Marc Bergevin is looking for centres and defencemen, telling anyone who will ask that the players they need are only available here. If Bergevin wishes, he can trade down a little and still get what he wants.
You have to assume the price would be high. Addendum to the Thomas warning: One year later, he me told six weeks before the draft he was going to pick Marcus Camby. Gave me the scoop. I do think Montreal is a stealth destination for unrestricted free-agent-to-be Jack Johnson. There were reports Montreal began some preliminary discussions with Max Pacioretty , who is one season away from unrestricted free agency.
A sign-and-trade makes a lot of sense for the Canadiens, too, as cost certainty makes him more valuable. Somehow, Los Angeles is going to add scoring, and I can see the Kings being one of the clubs involved.
The Kings have been linked to Jeff Skinner. Enter Florida in that market. The Panthers, who narrowly missed the playoffs after a late-season charge, are looking to add.
I have a theory on Dundon: He wants to know how everyone else thinks and how the league works. Trade that might only make sense to me: Scott Darling for Marian Hossa , with the Hurricanes keeping money on the goalie.
Blackhawks clear cap room and gain security if Corey Crawford is unavailable. Carolina can go elsewhere in net and save actual dollars. The defenceman, who played 1, NHL games, joined the old Hartford Whalers in , and has been with them ever since, minus a seven-game stint in Toronto.
After retiring in , he moved into player development and has been there since. However, another former Hurricane may be returning, as Jeff Daniels is under consideration to join the coaching staff. Daniels joined the organization in , staying until as a player, NHL assistant and AHL bench boss and has been on the scouting staff since then. Mike Hoffman is very much in play for Ottawa. The ask is high. They have two firsts, but no second- or third-rounder.
Toronto is looking for a third-line centre, Tampa Bay a right-shot defenceman. Another very interesting arbitration case: Seven goals in the regular season, seven big ones in the playoffs. Smith-Pelly is one year from unrestricted free agency, and those numbers are too low for him. Oshie signed his eight-year extension last summer at age 30 and rewarded the Capitals with an impactful season.
He was a physical force in the final, with his Forsberg-esque reverse hits taking a toll on Colin Miller in particular. The powerful winger played hurt, still scored 24 goals and turns 30 in August. The market for Philipp Grubauer starts with Carolina and the Islanders. Others believed to be out there: A logical spot would be Detroit, since he and Jeff Blashill just worked together at the World Championships.
Lou Lamoriello is a DJ Smith fan, too. His teams tend to start well when he arrives. Mark Hunter, involved in almost as many rumours, has been linked to Detroit, Montreal and the Islanders. Word at the combine was Netflix is out, Fortnite is in.
I think the fans and players liked it, too. Sometimes, we confuse personality for selfishness.