NHL Rumors: Ducks, Rangers, and Bruins

Today’s NHL Rumors dives into the latest rumblings regarding the Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, and Boston Bruins.

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NHL Rumors: Ducks and Trevor Zegras

There are several high profile restricted free agents that remain unsigned with Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks atop that list.

Recently, the Ducks locked up forward Troy Terry to a 7-year deal with an AAV $7 million that included a modified no-trade clause starting in 2025-26 (10 team no-trade list). Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff doesn’t believe Zegras should get more than that at this time. That could ultimately lead to a bridge deal instead of a longterm contract this summer.

“It’s kind of out of my control,” the 22-year-old forward said before participating in the Shoulder Check Showcase benefitting the HT40 Foundation on Thursday. “Obviously, this is why you have people in place to handle this type of stuff. In the summertime I just have to keep doing my thing, what I’ve always done, and that stuff should take care of itself.”


Zegras recorded 23 goals and 65 points in 81 games last season. Selected by the Ducks 9th overall in the 2019 Draft, he’s amassed 139 points in 180 career regular season contests.

Alexis Lafreniere says new deal coming

NHL Rumors Alexis Lafrenière
Apr 27, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Alexis Lafreniere #13 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on April 27, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of high-profile restricted free agents, first overall pick of the 2020 Draft, Alexis Lafreniere says a new contract is close.

At the Pro-Am charity game last week in Quebec, Lafreniere told La Presse’s Simon Olivier Lorange that his agent is in the middle of negotiations with a deal nearing completion.

“It’s coming,” he promised. “My agent and the Rangers are in discussions, I hope it will be settled in the next few weeks.”

Alexis Lafreniere per La Presse

For his career spanning three seasons, Lafreniere has posted 91 points in 216 regular-season games. Due the New York Rangers limited cap space, a bridge deal for two years with an AAV of around $2.5 million is expected.

For more on this story, check out Forever Blueshirts.

Another Bruins center retires

On Monday, David Krejci joined Patrice Bergeron as the latest member of the Boston Bruins to retire. The 37 year-old finishes his career with 786 points in 1,032 games played.

“After 15 full NHL seasons I have decided to retire from the best league in the world,” Krejci wrote in a farewell message.

Boston now has some big skates to fill down the middle and that’s why rumors persist they could be the top landing destination for Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames.

“I’ve heard [talks] have been slow,” Elliotte Friedman said in July on NHL Network. “From what I understand, the Flames have not yet given up hope that they can extend him. Initially I thought the number was going to be around Horvat and Dubois, which was $8.5M, now I think it will have to be higher. Around $8.8M or $9M.”

Lindholm, 28, registered 64 points in 80 contests last season and will be a UFA next summer.

Per CapFriendly, the Bruins only have $429K in projected cap space and will need to move out a contract in order to fit another center. Other potential low-cost options may include Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, and Colin White.

Recent rumors suggest they are shopping either one of their goaltenders (Linus Ullmark – $5M AAV, Jeremy Swayman – $3.475M AAV).