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All About The Jersey

2020 Free Agency & Offseason Preview for the New Jersey Devils

You’re the man now, dog. Time to make some decisions. | Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via As the Stanley Cup Playoffs wind down, offseason activity is increasing around the league. The NHL Draft and free agency will begin in a few weeks. This post previews the offseason for the New Jersey Devils with looks at their salary cap, team needs, current rumors, and more. The 2020 Stanley Cup Finals have begun and can theorhetically end this week. Most likely, it will end next week - which will still be before October begins. While the NHL wants to have a full season for 2020-21, it is not...

The Hockey Writers

5 Free Agents the Wild Need to Target

Only a few teams remain in the 2020 Playoffs, and we are a couple of weeks away from awarding the Stanley Cup. That means, free agency opens in less than a month. Related: The Best NHL Goalies of the 1980s The Minnesota Wild are straddling the line between playoff contender and rebuilding. They finished the […] The post 5 Free Agents the Wild Need to Target appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Pension Plan Puppets

Monday FTB: Who has enough Pietro in the tank to win the Cup?

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ I regret absolutely nothing about that headline. Things related to hockey I care about now, ranked: The upcoming draft, since I dove headfirst into prospects this year I’m excited to see what happens and write about who the Leafs get. Free agency day, for obvious reasons. William Nylander workout videos. I guess the Stanley Cup Finals. About the draft, it was fun this weekend following scouting twitter people. There has been various leagues who are already into “next season” in various stages. Sweden, Finland and Russia have their regular seasons under...

Defending Big D

Monday Links: In Praise Of Anton Khudobin

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via As it turns out, Dobby’s name has been synonymous with The Good Times for a long time. Plus, Joel Hanley’s journey to the Final, Alex Pietrangelo’s trek to free agency, and more. Anton Khudobin is, as that old Kodak tagline would have it, the gift that keeps on giving. Having worn the sweater of five different NHL clubs and a double handful of other professional teams, the Kazakh Scorpion has a résumé that Deep Ellum’s own Traveling Man would envy. And everywhere he goes, he spreads his unique brand of joy. NHL.com’s Russian correspondent...

Pension Plan Puppets

What does and does not need to happen for the Leafs to land Pietrangelo in free agency

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 09: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs reacts after his team was defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round at Scotiabank Arena on August 09, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. | Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via How the Leafs can (realistically) afford Alex Pietrangelo and the choice he comes with. Cap Friendly has been overrun with Leafs fans this weekend as reports indicate contract negotiations between the Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues have deteriorated. It’s becoming more and more...

Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs News Week in Review

The Toronto Maple Leafs, like most other NHL teams, didn’t have any games this week. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars will play for the Championship, and the Toronto Maple Leafs will continue to prepare for the upcoming draft and free-agency period. Overall, it wasn’t too exciting of a week for the Leafs, […] Toronto Maple Leafs News Week in Review - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency: Top 5 buyout candidates

Could there be some buyouts ahead of NHL free agency, which starts in October? Here are five possible candidates. NHL free agency is almost here. It’ll start roughly three months later than everyone expected. Usually, free agency starts in July. But thanks to these troubling, chaotic times, free agency will begin on Oct. 9 at […] NHL Free Agency: Top 5 buyout candidates - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

The Hockey Writers

Canucks Should Pursue Pietrangelo in Free Agency

The Vancouver Canucks will be looking to upgrade their blueline this offseason, either by trade or free agency. Matt Dumba, Aaron Ekblad, and Damon Severson have been discussed, but there’s a player entering unrestricted free agency that will only cost cap space, not assets. His name is Alex Pietrangelo, soon to be formerly of the […] The post Canucks Should Pursue Pietrangelo in Free Agency appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Sportsnet.ca

Headlines: Pietrangelo preparing for free agency

Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston break down the latest news from around the NHL, with Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues potentially ready to part ways, and what Gary Bettman thinks next season could look like. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

On the Forecheck

Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Bottled Up

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ The all-Sunbelt Stanley Cup Final has commenced. Why Joe Pavelski chose Dallas over Tampa Bay for his Stanley Cup shot | Sportsnet.caIt’s clearly working out for him so far, but choosing a team because they won a lot of one-goal games is a chancy proposition in a sport as low-scoring and therefore random as hockey. The Lightning fall to the Stars 4-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup Final | Raw ChargeSo this was, uh, not ideal for the Lightning, or for anyone cheering against the Stars. Blues' Pietrangelo: Exploring free agency may be 'best for both sides' |...

The Hockey Writers

Maple Leafs Signing Pietrangelo Can Be Done, But It’s Difficult

In case you weren’t aware, St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo is the premier name on this year’s free agency list. Like the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Blues are in a difficult spot where they have little space to try and retain their captain for the foreseeable future.  Related: Top 3 All-Time Maple Leafs Goalies There’s […] The post Maple Leafs Signing Pietrangelo Can Be Done, But It’s Difficult appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

PensBurgh

2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins’ franchise milestone guide

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via A look at Crosby and Malkin’s attempts to break the Pittsburgh career numbers of Lemieux and Jagr In the quiet and calm before the storm coming with the draft and free agency right around the corner, let’s change our focus to where the Penguins’ franchise ledger stands on some key categories and what records could be bound to change in the year ahead. Games Played: Sidney Crosby - 984 Mario Lemieux - 915 Evgeni Malkin - 907 Kris Letang - 808 Jaromir Jagr - 806 Jean Pronovost - 753 Crosby will still be seeking the magical 1,000...

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency: 3 teams who should sign Alex Pietrangelo

Which teams have the best chance of signing Alex Pietrangelo in NHL free agency? According to Darren Dreger, the St. Louis Blues are likely going to let their captain Alex Pietrangelo test NHL free agency. For the first time in his career, the Stanley Cup champion will be on the open market. It’s rare to […] NHL Free Agency: 3 teams who should sign Alex Pietrangelo - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Sportsnet.ca

Blues’ Pietrangelo: Exploring free agency may be ‘best for both sides’

No defenceman will demand quite as much attention when NHL free agency opens on Oct. 9 as Alex Pietrangelo, and it appears as though his latest intent is to explore his options for a new home fully. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Editor In Leaf

Can the Toronto Maple Leafs Even Afford Alex Pietrangelo?

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Alex Pietrangelo are a constant topic of conversation as the NHL approaches its free-agency period. Can the Toronto Maple Leafs sign him?  Will he test free agency? Do the Leafs even want him? If they do, can they free up the cap space? And so on, and so forth. The […] Can the Toronto Maple Leafs Even Afford Alex Pietrangelo? - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blues, Pietrangelo talks hit stalemate

Team captain may hit free agency when it opens on Oct. 9.

Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Players to Replace Kyle Clifford

Kyle Clifford is going to test free agency, which means the Toronto Maple Leafs need a new fourth-line left-winger. The Toronto Maple Leafs search for a fourth-line left-winger begins today after it was announced that Kyle Clifford will be testing free agency. But don’t be alarmed Leafs Land, this is very positive news for your […] Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Players to Replace Kyle Clifford - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Puck Prose

St. Louis Blues: Alex Pietrangelo to test the free agent market

The St. Louis Blues are reportedly going to let their team captain Alex Pietrangelo hit free agency. Just one night before the Stanley Cup Finals begin, the offseason for the eliminated teams is underway. Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, contract talks that were taking place between the St. Louis Blues and their captain Alex Pietrangelo have […] St. Louis Blues: Alex Pietrangelo to test the free agent market - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Sportsnet.ca

Why Joe Pavelski chose Dallas over Tampa Bay for his Stanley Cup shot

After narrowing his free-agency choices to two teams last summer, Joe Pavelski chose to sign with the Stars over the Lightning. Starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet and SN NOW, we’ll find out whether Pavelski made the correct call. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

The Hockey Writers

Devils News & Rumors: Palmieri, Kuokkanen, & More

It’s time for another roundup of New Jersey Devils news and rumors. The draft and free agency are less than three weeks away, meaning the rumor mill is beginning to kick into high gear. That’s been the case with the Devils, as The Athletic’s Pierre Lebrun had some news about Kyle Palmieri’s future with the […] The post Devils News & Rumors: Palmieri, Kuokkanen, & More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Puck Prose

Toronto Maple Leafs: How they could afford Alex Pietrangelo

Here’s how the Toronto Maple Leafs can create enough cap space to sign Alex Pietrangelo without trading any of their major stars. Alex Pietrangelo is going to hit the free agency market unless something unforeseen happen. Since Pietrangelo is from King City, Ontario, Canada, which is slightly less than 50 kilometers (a shade over 31 miles […] Toronto Maple Leafs: How they could afford Alex Pietrangelo - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Bleedin' Blue

St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo Dealings Akin To Russian Roulette

The St. Louis Blues are trying to be financially responsible in an era of financial instability. They are playing a risky game, however. Despite the fact that NHL free agency is still around three weeks away, the chatter around the St. Louis Blues. Of course, the large majority of it has been centered around Alex […] St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo Dealings Akin To Russian Roulette - Bleedin Blue - Bleedin Blue - A St. Louis Blues Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

St. Louis Game Time

Report: Talks between the Blues and Alex Pietrangelo have broken off

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Blues may have a new captain next year. According to Darren Dreger, the Blues and Alex Pietrangelo have reached an impasse in contract negotiations that may be insurmountable. Sources say contract talks between the St Louis Blues and Blues captain, Alex Pietrangelo have broken off. The team has advised Pietrangelo to pursue unrestricted free agency.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 18, 2020 The Blues, despite trading Jake Allen to the Montreal Canadiens to clear cap space, still do not have the room to offer Pietrangelo a large raise...

Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs Could Be Closer to Landing Alex Pietrangelo

Rumours continue to abound linking defenseman Alex Pietrangelo with a move to the Toronto Maple Leafs when free agency opens next month. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in search of some real quality on the right side of their defense and current St. Louis Blues captain and last year’s Stanley Cup Champion Alex Pietrangelo is […] Toronto Maple Leafs Could Be Closer to Landing Alex Pietrangelo - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pension Plan Puppets

St. Louis has told Alex Pietrangelo to seek free agency: reports

Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Let’s do it. Let’s have 50 million in five players. These things can change, but sources also suggest tonight exactly that, that the top potential UFA is headed to market. https://t.co/eFspY2x2XC— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 18, 2020 And: Just spoke with Pietrangelo who says contract talks haven’t gone the way both sides were hoping and, unless something changes, it’s in the best interests for both to see what the market looks like on October 9th. https://t.co/OWHiWMidkC— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 19,...

The Hockey Writers

Bruins GM Sweeney Faces Most Challenging, and Important, Offseason to Date

Entering his sixth offseason of his tenure as the general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney has his work cut out for him. This team is at a crossroads, and, as a result, the 2020 free-agency period and Entry Draft will be crucial in determining just which path the club takes. The Bruins roster […] The post Bruins GM Sweeney Faces Most Challenging, and Important, Offseason to Date appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Del Zotto ready for leadership role with Canucks

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Michael Del Zotto talks to reporters about free agency, overcoming adversity early in his career, and preparing himself for an upcoming leadership role with the Canucks.

Alfredsson leaving caught Senators off guard during free agency

Irfaan Gaffar reports from Ottawa where the Senators made more news off the ice on July 1st.

Lamoriello “extremely satisfied” with Maple Leafs’ free agency day

Lou Lamoriello talked about the Maple Leafs signing Ron Hainsey and Dominic Moore and what that means to the team going forward.