Shrinking choices for the Blues and Tarasenko
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong is making an attempt his consideration to his restricted free brokers. As soon as they’re taken care of, it doesn’t appear possible that they’ll have the room for UFA ahead Tyler Bozak, until they’re able to transfer Vladimir Tarasenko and his contract.
Choices to maneuver Tarasenko are shrinking and transferring him has been simpler mentioned than performed. Tarasenko has been keen to maneuver his no-trade clause to principally anyplace.
The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes might slot in his $7.5 million wage cap hit. It doesn’t look like GM Armstrong needs to retain any wage.
Three groups battling for Tarasenko?
Kyle Cannillo: David Pagnotta of The Fourth Interval mentioned that the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and New York Islanders are “in a battle” for Blues ahead Vladimir Tarasenko. Pagnotta additionally mentioned that there “has been progress” on a possible commerce.
Neal McHale: If the #NJDevils are certainly “in a little bit of a battle” over Tarasenko right here, it won’t be dangerous that the Devils Advisor to Hockey Ops is Martin Brodeur, who has been a part of some earlier pitches and has a relationship with the Blues entrance workplace
Inner middle choices for the Bruins, or use DeBrusk in a commerce bundle?
Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic: So David Krejci determined to return to the Czech Republic to play in entrance of his household and associates and have his children dwell the place he did when he was younger.
Charlie Coyle might begin the season because the Boston Bruins No. 2 middle and the underside two traces could possibly be a middle by committee and embody Jack Studnicka, Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, Tomas Nosek, Trent Frederic and Curtis Lazar.
The Bruins have a few $1 million in cap area. They could not have the ability to slot in Jack Eichel‘s $10 million contract in the event that they have been 100% okay along with his medical information.
They might use Jake DeBrusk as a commerce asset however he alone wouldn’t land you a second-line middle.