NHL Rumors: Steven Stamkos available, Predators after Mike Hoffman, and more

Stamkos scores in triumphant return (Marko Ditkun / TB Times)

The NHL rumor mill just got an interesting nugget with regards to Steven Stamkos. According to Elliotte Friedman in his latest 31 Thoughts Blog, he noted that Tampa asked Stamkos to waive his no trade clause.

Steven Stamkos trade bait?

“I do believe Stamkos was asked to consider waiving his no-move by Tampa Bay,” Friedman wrote. “There‚Äôs a wall of secrecy around it, and the captain is recovering from surgery. Obviously, his health is a huge factor.”

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Stamkos raises the Cup (Getty Images)

So could we see Stamkos moved this offseason in order for the Lightning to retain RFA’s Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev? Should that happen it would take Tampa eating some of Stammer’s heavy cap hit at $8.5 million AAV.

Nashville Predators not done signing free agents

Nashville’s GM went on record saying they are not done making signings on the market. The Predators were rumored to be in on Taylor Hall but missed out. Now the expectation is they will be going all in for Mike Hoffman.

Senators spending that money

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Dadonov in Ottawa (Getty Images)

Ottawa is trying to get better fast with their large amount of cap space. Today they announced the signing of Evgeni Dadonov. The deal is for three years with an AAV of $5M and a 10 team no-trade clause. Pierre Lebrun also reports that the Sens are not done signing players.

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