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NHL Rumors: Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, and the Chicago Blackhawks

Kessel on the block

David Pagnotta: The Arizona Coyotes paid Phil Kessel a $5 million bonus on July 1st. He’s now owed solely a $1 million for this upcoming season. He carries a $6.8 million wage cap hit.

The Coyotes have made him obtainable for commerce. Would the Coyotes be prepared to retain 50 p.c of his cap hit to maneuver him? 

Canucks have made Schmidt obtainable

David Pagnotta: Have been advised that Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nate Schmidt is on the market. Issues haven’t labored out for him in Vancouver.

Schmidt has three years left on his deal at a $5.9 million cap hit and has a 10-team no-trade checklist.

Loads of offseason selections for the Blackhawks

Scott Powers of The Athletic: It was Duncan Keith who approached the Chicago Blackhawks a couple of potential commerce.

“We weren’t seeking to transfer him, nevertheless it was initiated by Duncan,” a supply stated. “He’d wish to be nearer to his son. He’s getting older, and Duncan didn’t get to see him a lot final season. We perceive that.”

It doesn’t imply that he will certainly be traded by means of. Can they discover somebody to tackle his full cap hit? One supply stated the Edmonton Oilers have the necessity for a defenseman and the belongings.

A supply stated it’s onerous to seeing the Blackhawks have the ability to purchase Jack Eichel and becoming in one other $10 million contract. Alex DeBrincat has two years left on his deal after which will seemingly be on the lookout for one thing within the $8 to $9 million vary.

A supply stated that Kirby Dach and DeBrincat are untouchables.

RFA defenseman Nikita Zadorov was believed to be on the lookout for a five-year deal at round $5.85 million per. The Blackhawks have been nearer to $4 million. They’re discovering some frequent floor now.

Buying and selling Keith or re-signing Zadorov earlier than the growth will play an enormous half of their protected checklist.

Brandon Hagel and the Blackhawks are usually not progressing in contract talks and it may very well be a protracted course of.

The Blackhawks nonetheless have determine what they’re doing with Vinnie Hinostroza, Adam Gaudette and Max Shalunov.

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