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NHL Rumors: Islanders, Rangers, Blues, and the Flyers

Islanders D not cellular, and the Rangers may search for assist upfront

Dan Rosen of (mailbag) The New York Islanders when wholesome nonetheless don’t have sufficient pace on their blue line and their lack of mobility is hurting them.

Imagine the New York Rangers will look so as to add a ahead on an expiring contract in some unspecified time in the future. Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad could have massive jumps of their contract subsequent yr and Kaapo Kakko wants a brand new deal. Like the thought of Reilly Smith over Phil Kessel. Gallant coached Smith in Vegas, who might want to transfer out some wage when Eichel is able to return. Pending UFAs that may curiosity the Rangers embody Calle Jarnkrok (Seattle), Andreas Athanasiou (Los Angeles) and Zach Sanford (Ottawa).

What’s going to the Blues do with Scandella and Tarasenko? A Rental Goal

Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic: (mailbag) St. Louis Blues defenseman Marco Scandella has two years left on his four-year, $13.1 million deal. His play ought to be a priority for the Blues.

Assume that they may discover the thought of buying and selling Scandella, however they could be caught along with his $3.275 million cap hit.

If the Blues are wanting on the rental market, they need to take a look at Anaheim Geese defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic: (mailbag) Issues are quiet on the Vladimir Tarasenko commerce entrance. It hasn’t been confirmed however there was some hypothesis that Tarasenko might have had a change of coronary heart from his commerce request to the St. Louis Blues. The final that had heard was that he’d nonetheless welcome a commerce. Hypothesis has him proud of the relationships with Pavel Buchnevich and with Russian teammates.

The Philadelphia Flyers are a staff that’s on Tarasenko’s commerce listing. The Flyers head of professional scouting was on the Blues-Sharks recreation and Blues GM Doug Armstrong and VP of hockey ops Peter Chiarelli have been at a Flyers-Lightning recreation final week.

If Tarasenko retains taking part in effectively and the Blues preserve successful, doesn’t see them buying and selling him till the offseason.

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