NHL Rumors: Stars want Ryan Suter; Predators in on Dougie Hamilton; and Bruins trying to get Christian Dvorak

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May 8, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Christian Dvorak (18) during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

When the Minnesota Wild bought out the contract of Ryan Suter; the rumor mill began to buzz quickly. Many insiders believed there would be a ton of interest and that’s been the case.

So where will the 36 year-old land?

NHL Rumors: Stars a favorite to land Ryan Suter

The veteran defenseman from Madison, Wis., posted 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 56 games in 2021-22. He has 607 points (93 goals, 514 assists) in 1,198 games with the Nashville Predators (2005-12) and Wild. His buyout came as a shock but he seems to have his plenty of suitors.

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May 13, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) shoots during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, Suter has several 4 year deals on the table and the Dallas Stars are one of the top teams in the mix. Dallas recently lost Jamie Oleksiak in the Seattle Expansion draft and would love to take the money they allocated for him and use it on Suter.

Are the Predators a stealth team for Dougie Hamilton?

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Jun 8, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The 28 year-old Dougie Hamilton is considered the top-free agent on the market coming into tomorrow. Yes, we know Alex Ovechkin is a UFA but all signs indicate he will stay with the Capitals before the bell rings.

Hamilton is in line for a new deal in the $9 million AAV range. The Hurricanes allowed him to talk with other teams but now want a decision if he’s returning or hitting the market. NJ is pushing hard for him.

Yesterday, The Fourth Period’s Dennis Bernstein was on NHL Radio and said a stealth team for Hamilton would be the Nashville Predators. His reasoning for it is because the Preds have cleared cap space and are looking for a partner for Roman Josi after trading Ryan Ellis.

Bruins after Christian Dvorak

The Arizona Coyotes are not done making trades. They already shipped out Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson for futures. They took on Anton Stralman’s cap hit for futures and they are going to make more of these moves.

Phil Kessel is expected to be moved this offseason but so is Christian Dvorak.

Dvorak has generated plenty of interest and multiple sources have confirmed the Coyotes and Boston Bruins have discussed a trade involving the 25-year-old centre. It is believed Arizona is looking for a package of draft picks and prospects for Dvorak, who has four-years left on his contract.

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A deal for Dvorak would help explain why the Bruins did not qualify Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase yesterday.

The 25 year-old center has a current cap hit of $4.45M and scored 31 points in 56 games last season.