NHL Rumors: Predictions for Free Agent Frenzy and more
The opening bell for NHL Free Agency begins at 12:00 PM EST tomorrow. All I can tell you is to expect the unexpected. There could be a flurry of signings and then silence and then there could be utter chaos with trades to boot.
Seriously, no one knows what to expect. After the draft GM’s all said there were a lot of discussions but no moves were made. Those conversation could lead to some big trades tomorrow or just more of nothing.
NHL Rumors – Alex Pietrangelo
As of tonight, Alex Pietrangelo and the Blues are still talking. While there is mutual interest, he will hit the market and get a big offer the Golden Knights. Plus, I didn’t see the Blues clear enough cap space to make a deal.
Prediction: Pietrangelo signs with Vegas
NHL Rumors – Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall is hitting the market and the rumblings inside the rumor mill are the Nashville Predators want him bad. GM David Poile wants an elite winger to play with Matt Duchene and he’s going to get one tomorrow. Hey, they didn’t buyout two players for nothing.
Prediction: Halls signs with Nashville
NHL Rumors – Torey Krug
The Bruins are trying to keep Krug on their defense but he wants to hit the market. When all is said and done, I believe this Michigan native is going home. Steve Yzerman has plenty of cap space to make it happen.
Prediction: Krug signs with Red Wings
NHL Rumors – Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Arizona likely has an internal mandate to shed salary. Tomorrow the Vancouver Canucks will be the beneficiary of that mandate when they get Ekman-Larsson for a song. He has a no-move clause and is using it. Remember he didn’t ask to be traded.
Prediction: OEL traded to Vancouver
NHL Rumors – Patrik Laine
As of tonight, Darren Dreger is reporting that talks have cooled. That is likely because no one is going to pay a top center and a defenseman for him.
Prediction: Laine goes nowhere
Other signing predictions
Bobby Ryan signs with the Flyers
Henrik Lundqvist signs with the Capitals
Alex Wennberg signs with the Rangers
Kyle Turris signs with the Jets
Tyson Barrie signs with the Ducks
Braden Holtby signs with the Avalanche
Mikael Granlund signs with the Sharks
Tyler Toffoli signs with the Columbus
Jacob Markstrom re-signs with the Canucks
Mike Hoffman signs with the Devils