NHL Rumors: Andrei Svechnikov on verge of 8 year deal; Coyotes vow to stay in Arizona; and Blues eyeing Isles Scott Mayfield

The Carolina Hurricanes appear to be on the verge of signing young star forward Andrei Svechnikov to an 8 year extension.

Reports coming out of Russia say that the two sides are getting close to finalizing the deal.

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NHL Rumors: Svechnikov 8 year extension

Per Sport-Express in Russia, it will be the max 8 year terms that only the Hurricanes can offer.

Svechnikov, 21, is coming off his ELC and scored 42 points in 55 games this past season. In his young NHL career he has registered 59 goals and 140 points in 205 contests.

The Hurricanes view Svechnikov as a top line player and one of their best along with Sebastian Aho. There’s no word on how much his new deal will come in at, but if Carolina is willing to go the full 8 years, that would likely help lower the final AAV.

Coyotes vow to stay in Arizona

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Gila River Arena in Glendale. Gila River Arena

The City of Glendale informed the Arizona Coyotes that they must vacate the Gila River Arena at the end of the season. After a breakdown in talks and money owed, the City will not renew their lease.

Late yesterday, the Coyotes released a statement of their own disappointed in the City’s decision and vowing to stay in Arizona.

“We are disappointed by today’s unilateral decision by the City of Glendale to break off negotiations on a multi-year lease extension agreement,” President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said. “Most importantly, the Coyotes are one hundred percent committed to finding a long-term arena solution here in Arizona, and nothing will shake our determination to do what is right for our organization, residents of the entire Valley and, most important, our fans.”

Blues targeting Islanders Scott Mayfield

The New York Islanders are one of the rumored teams that could be in on Vladimir Tarasenko. While it is believed that GM Lou Lamoriello has deals in place for Casey Cizikas, Kyle Palmieri, and Zach Parise he hasn’t announced them. Why? Maybe he does not want his exact cap situation known? Regardless, a deal may for Tarasenko may have defenseman Scott Mayfield going back the other way.

Per Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, he says the Blues are targeting Mayfield, a St. Louis native.

The speculation surrounding any Blues’ trade targets on defense this summer has been limited, but one name that has surfaced is the New York Islanders’ Scott Mayfield, a St. Louis native. The 28-year-old is a right-shot defenseman who has played 285 regular-season games in the NHL and another 51 in the playoffs for the Isles, who advanced to the Eastern Conference finals in 2019-20 and the Stanley Cup semifinals in 2020-21, losing to the eventual champion Lightning both seasons.

The Athletic