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RUMOR! Nazem Kadri would be a very serious option for Rangers

With the NHL offseason in full swing, it’s easy to lose track of where to turn when it comes to rumors. With the free agent market opening tomorrow and potential deals that may be announced shortly in the Bettman circuit, here are everything what you need to know right now about nearly thirty players who could change addresses in the coming days:

Free agents

Nazem Kadri: After a big season with the Avalanche, Kadri will be a man in demand on the market, he who is an excellent second center for a contending team. A return to Colorado is possible in his case, but other teams will be interested. And according to what my colleague Maxime Truman was able to learn, the Rangers are seriously interested in signing Kadri.

Larry Brooks discussed earlier today a scenario where a team other than the Rangers (Chicago or Arizona, probably) would sign Kadri before immediately trading him to the Rangers for prospects and/or picks, retaining 50 % of his salary. That would be something.

The Coyotes (who want to give credibility to their team), the Kraken, the Red Wings and the Bruins have also been linked to the attacker.

Johnny Gaudreau: Gaudreau closed the door on a return to Calgary earlier today, and he too will be in demand in the market. The Islanders and Devils are interested in signing him, but the Flyers are also a meaningful team for him.

Mathias Brunet, he hears that the New York teams, the Flyers, the Penguins and the Bruins would be the destinations targeted by Gaudreau.

Evgeny Malkin: The forward will test the market, but a return to Pittsburgh is still possible. I believe it will eventually happen, especially if Sidney Crosby has his say.

UPDATE : Malkin finally signed a four-year contract to stay in Pittsburgh Tuesday night, hours before the free agent market opened.

Claude Giroux: His name is often linked to the Senators, where he comes from, but the Panthers and the Maple Leafs would also have him in their sights.

John Klingberg: The best defenseman available on the free agent market could return to Dallas. However, the Kraken and the Hurricanes seem to want to pull out the checkbook to lure him out.

Jack Campbell: Constantly linked to the Oilers since the start of the offseason, it is probably with them that he will sign his next contract.

Darcy Kuemper: Much like Campbell, he has been linked to the same team for weeks: the Washington Capitals. This is probably where he will sign.

David Peron: The Blues don’t have much money to spend, so Perron will test the market tomorrow. If he agrees with another team, it will be the first time in his career that he will sign with a team other than the Blues.

Evander Kane: After a great stint in Edmonton, Kane will be free as air tomorrow, but we could well see him back in the Oilers uniform next year.

Ondrej Palat: Palat hasn’t been able to come to terms with the Lightning in recent weeks and will become a free agent tomorrow.

Vincent Trocheck: The Hurricanes are unlikely to retain the services of Trocheck. Pittsburgh native, Trocheck pcould he replace Malkin with the Penguins if the latter had to leave?

Andrew Copp: Just like Trocheck, he is not expected to be back with his team, Rangers.

PK Subban : It will become free as air tomorrow, but there are very few rumors surrounding it. Could he consider retirement to pursue a career in the media?

Ben Chiarot : Acquired at a high price at the last deadline by the Panthers, Chiarot should also benefit from its autonomy tomorrow. Will his dodgy stay in Florida cost him big bucks?

Brett Kulak: Barring a turnaround, Kulak won’t sign a new contract in Edmonton until the market opens. Pierre LeBrun reported earlier today that several teams will be interested in signing him, including the Canadiens, who should make him an offer.

My colleague Maxime Truman was able to learn that the offer that the CH will submit to Kulak tomorrow will be a serious one. I wouldn’t have believed it a few days ago, but today I expect Kulak to return to Montreal for 2022-23.

Players who could be traded

Pierre-Luc Dubois: The Jets forward has been at the heart of trade rumors ever since he told the Jets he’ll want to test the free agent market in 2024. racing, despite the acquisition of Kirby Dach.

My colleague Maxime Truman has also learned that the CH and the Jets have talked seriously about PLD on the sidelines of the repechage and that a transaction could have been completed. Is this still realistic following the acquisition of Dach? The answer in the coming weeks.

JT Miller: The attacker and the Canucks seem far from joining on the negotiations of a contract extension. He would like to play in the United States and the Rangers and the Devils would have interest in him.

Patrick Kane: With the Chicago sale on fire, it’s a safe bet that Kane could seek a trade shortly. The Rangers (again) have been linked with the forward, as have the Avalanche, who could add even more punch offensive to his team.

Jonathan Toews: Just like Kane, he could be traded, but his value is far less than his teammate. Maybe more at the deadline in his case, but it’s not impossible to see him move this summer.

Jakob Chychrun: The Coyotes defenseman has been at the center of rumors for months, but the Arizona team is not shy about his value, when it will take four young players/prospects/choices to get him out of the desert.

Vladimir Tarasenko: The Blues need the money and Tarasenko wants to quit. If there is a good offer for him, he will leave.

Torey Krug: Once again, the Blues need the money and Krug’s name is in the air. It does, however, have a no-trade clause.

Jeff Petry: The CH defender wants to be exchanged (to the United States) because of his family situation. The Stars, Red Wings and Hurricanes would be interested in him. When Klingberg signs, teams will look to Petry (unless he’s already gone?), who could be paired with Ryan Poehling to boost the return.

Jesse Puljujarvi: It’s time for Puljujarvi and the Oilers to part ways, and both parties know it. However, the Oilers are disappointed with the lack of interest in the Finn right now, so a trade may not be imminent.

Blake Wheeler: The Jets veteran could be on his way out, especially as his no-move clause becomes a list of five teams he’d agree to be traded to. However, if it is a good destination for his family and his career, his list could grow, according to Frank Seravalli.

John Gibson : The Ducks goaltender’s agent denied rumors about a trade request from his client, but a fresh start could smile on Gibson. If a team wants to go for the big shot in net, Gibson is an option to consider.

Jake Allen: The uncertainty in net at CH could see Allen stay in Montreal, but there’s interest in the goaltender across the Bettman circuit. If Carey Price’s situation becomes clearer and he can return next year, Allen could really be traded.

In short, it’s not the action that will be lacking in the NHL in the days and weeks to come. These 27 files will certainly be the most interesting to watch, but who knows: maybe an unsuspected name will steal the show in the end.

A lot of

– Johnny Gaudreau has indeed left the Flames for family reasons. The Flames will now have to look elsewhere to replace him.

– Nikita Zadorov will also test the market tomorrow.

– Shane Wright wanted to be drafted… fourth overall?

– Arber Xhekaj to replace Alexander Romanov on the blue line at CH? I like the idea.

– Speaking of the free agent frenzy.

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