In today’s National Hockey League rumors, are the Dallas stars close to signing Jason Robertson on a new deal? In the meantime, where do things stand between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Rasmus Sanden?
Will the Montreal Canadiens consider trading Joel Edmondson? There seem to be a lot of commercial offers available to him. Finally, if Dylan Holloway gets the Edmonton Oilers main roster out of camp, is he likely to stay with the team?
The stars and Robertson keep talking
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Neal told Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News that there was a “very open dialogue” between the Dallas Stars and Jason Robertson. He indicated that the team is considering a training camp as a deadline for his signature.
Neil said, “History has shown that any time players miss camp, it usually results in their training camp stagnating a bit and the start of the season. Our goal is to bring him here for training camp, yes.” Robertson is off a season 41 goals and it would be great to see if the team prioritizes a long-term deal over a bridge contract.
A long-term deal spanning seven or eight years is likely to be close to $9 million. A bridge contract that comes in about three or four years is likely to be around $7 million, in line with previous deals for similar players. Superstars can create more space by carrying fewer players on their active roster, or by trading players like Anton Khudubin ($3.333 million) or Radek Vaxa ($3.25 million).
Source – ‘Stars, RFA Jason Robertson have ‘very open dialogue’ in contract talks as camp approaches – Matthew DeFranks – Dallas Morning News – 09/13/2022
What’s interesting about the timing of this news is that the stars just negotiated an extension with Neal. He secured a one-year deal that runs through 2023-24. As part of Stars owner Tom Gaglardi’s statement issuedHe emphasized the mission Neal had undertaken to reshape the club and put them in a position to compete with the best teams in the league each season.
One would have to wonder if signing Robertson first would be a priority or a better outlook for the organization.
Maple leaves need sandin registration
When asked about the status of negotiations between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Rasmus SandenElliot Friedman noted during his recent 32-note podcast that the two sides are in some kind of confrontational state. He also noted that Maple Leafs is beginning to feel some pressure to seal the deal.
And Friedman noted that if you look at the blue line and put the cap on, you can quickly see that the team doesn’t have a lot of long-term signed defenders when it comes to the blue line. There is only one person signed after the 2023-24 season and that is Morgan Riley.
Friedman does not believe the PTO’s offer to Zach Anton-Reese will play any role in the Maple Leafs’ ability or desire to sign Sandin.
Edmundson gain commercial interest
Montreal hockey now Jimmy Murphy cited a report by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports that self-defense Joel Edmondson He is gaining interest in the commercial market as the training camp approaches. Lavoie claims there are a lot of teams looking at a defensive man like Edmundson and that if the Habs wanted to make a deal to send his contract off the records they could.
Lavoie said, “I don’t think it will be traded now, but I can tell you there are some very attractive offers. They can continue to become more attractive in the coming months.” The timing is interesting in this matter because Edmundson has not had a solid season from 2021-22 and has just been named alternate captain for next season.
Holloway’s time with season oilers may have been short
According to Edmonton Journal’s Kurt Leavins, he believes potential striker Dylan Holloway makes the team, but he may not stick with the Edmonton Oilers for very long if he doesn’t come out of the gate to start the season with some production.
I expect Dylan Holloway to be on the initial opening roster so the club can better accommodate the bonus structures built into his contract. But unless he knocks Holland & Woodcroft’s socks into camp, I think he’ll start the season in Bakersfield and “move around too much” there until a better 6 NHL opportunity opens up for him. However, I also feel that once he makes it to the league, he will probably stay here.
Source – “Space Cap Is Currency in 2022, So Edmonton Oilers Count on Dylan Holloway in More Than One Way” – Kurt Leavins – Edmonton Journal – 09/14/2022
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