Columbus Blue Jackets on Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Matt Duchene
Aaron Portzline of The Athletic : Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, questions never go away, while Matt Duchene wants $ 9.5 million to $ 1
Remember, Seth Jones is a free agent in three years. Also, getting value for the two free agents is something that Jarmo Kekalainen must do.
Aaron Portzline of The Athletic : Again, this is not a blink of the week. If all three players ultimately leave, Columbus has over $ 30 million in cap space. his prospect pool can be of h elp this season.
It is true some players are on the cusp of playing in the NHL but again the message center is twofold.
Is Torey Krug interest heating up?
Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now : The Boston Bruins listening on offers for Torey Krug but are not actively shopping the defenseman . That is the pulse right now.
Also, Detroit and Vancouver have a substantial package and at least half a box of other teams have inquired. This is now Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin situation at least.
Detroit is near Krug's hometown and Vancouver's management has ties to Don Sweeney so it makes some sense. Jim Benning signed Torey Krug in 2012 after all. Will Torey Krug sign an extension? Would he? These are all good questions
Marcus Johansson or not Marcus Johansson
Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston : Marcus Johansson provided a kick in the playoffs which means he can cash in on a long-term deal. That money he commands could be used by Boston elsewhere to sign their existing restricted free agents
Given Johansson's injury history, any long-term contract carries a great deal of risk. Johansson appears more of a third line (or middle six) than a bona fide top-six player.
Plus, Boston still has designs on trying to keep Torey Krug. The money seems to be not for Johansson.