In today’s NHL rumor rundown, are the New York Islanders making a play for Mitch Marner? What options is Jake Gardiner considering? What are options the Edmonton Oilers are toying with as they search the NHL for an affordable winger? Where will players like Anton Stralman, Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry end up? They are all talking to different franchises this week.
Islanders Interested in Marner
According to @Prospects_Watch, Darren Dreger said on TSN 1050 that he believes the New York Islanders are one of the teams interested in Mitch Marner. It’s not about “sticking it” to the Maple Leafs if they were to make an offer but that they actually believe Marner is a perfect fit for them.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet agreed that the Islanders might be in the hunt as he said they match three important criteria. They have the cap space, the willingness to do something bold and the draft picks to send the other way.
The Buffalo Sabres might consider Marner as well and the Islanders are also interested in Artemi Panarin.
Oilers Interested in Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist?
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports that the San Jose Sharks are going to be a team targeted by other franchises because of their sticky cap situation. The Edmonton Oilers might have their eyes on a couple of options out of San Jose including Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist.
Many teams in the league have “kicked the tires” on Donskoi, including the Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres. The Oilers have also shown potential interest in Nyquist.
Gustav Nyquist was a nice fit with the Sharks as a trade deadline pick up and San Jose, despite its cap issues, hasn’t closed the door bringing him back. Of course, other teams are calling this week on the four-time 20-plus goal scorer, including the likes of Edmonton and Detroit, according to sources.source – ‘LeBrun Notebook: Recent UFA Ben Hutton is an intriguing option on the blue line’ – The Athletic – Pierre LeBrun – 06/26/2019
LeBrun notes that the Oilers are really scouting the market at wing hoping to find one that fits their budget. Brett Connolly is also on their radar.
Options for Jake Gardiner
Steve Simmons reports the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs are high on Jake Gardiner’s list of potential landing spots in free agency. As of Monday, there was no word on who he’ll be meeting with.
According to @Prospects_Watch, reports from Bob McKenzie on TSN 690 were that Gardiner is looking for a long-term deal at $7 million per season.
Corey Perry Market Materializing?
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet indicates that the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars are among teams on Corey Perry’s radar.
There were earlier reports that potentially linked Perry to the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks and it appears he’ll have a number of options once July 1 opens up.
Anton Stralman in Florida?
According to Pierre LeBrun, UFA defenseman Antron Stralman, 32, has about six teams on his radar who have reached out this week. A Florida Panthers source confirmed that they’ve inquired on him.
Pavelski Meeting With Teams
LeBrun also tweeted that Jo Pavelski is meeting with teams and has visited a couple of locations already. Among the cities are Dallas who LeBrun wrote Monday, were among the teams with serious interest in the 38-goal star forward. He also met with Tampa and there’s potential for a third team visit, I don’t know which team.
LeBrun said Pavelski has also spoken on the phone with several teams.
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