Sports Blues open to moving some pending unrestricted free agents

05:20  07 april  2021
05:20  07 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Trade-deadline primer: St. Louis Blues

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Last year's free agency period featured a major shockwave when John Tavares ditched the Islanders to join the Leafs, and we could have some more big-time deals this offseason. Artemi Panarin is clearly the biggest prize of a pretty intriguing class of unrestricted free agents but he's far from the only name that After being acquired by Columbus at the trade deadline this past season, Duchene finished the year strong and had a nice playoff run to increase his value on the market. He's the top playmaker down the middle in this year's free agent class and he should be able to cash in on a huge deal after a year

Rumblings: Why some pending free agents won't be re-signed or traded. With that, though, I wonder how long it's going to take for more and more people in hockey to stop freaking out when it comes to pending unrestricted free agents . In football, players come and go every offseason, but it seems there isn’t that same narrow focus on making sure pending free agents are either re-signed midseason or are traded for assets.

The St. Louis Blues have been in a slump for the last month. They’ve lost seven straight and 12 of their last 14 games and as a result, they’ve gone from a team that’s in a playoff spot in the West Division to one that is tied for fifth and sits five points behind Arizona for fourth place. As a result, Pierre LeBrun notes in TSN’s latest Insider Trading segment that Blues GM Doug Armstrong is indicating that he’s open to moving some of his pending unrestricted free agents. Winger Mike Hoffman and center Tyler Bozak stand out as potential options.

a group of people in uniform: St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak (21) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal. © Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak (21) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal.

Hoffman is clearly the headliner of the two. He was pegged to be one of the more highly sought-after players in free agency last fall but it took a long time for a market to materialize. He ultimately settled on a PTO with the Blues with the framework of an agreement in place. The two sides worked out a one-year, $4M pact just before the regular season got underway.

Bruins acquire defenseman Mike Reilly from Senators

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Blues are open to sign-and-trade for Kevin Shattenkirk, but are finding few takers so far. The Bruins are reportedly one of the teams chasing Kevin Shattenkirk, who is in the final year of a four-year, million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire. A nice consolation prize for teams that strike out on Shattenkirk could be pending UFA Dmitry Kulikov. The Buffalo Sabres will move Kulikov close to March 1 if they fall out of the playoff race. My understanding is that, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the bigger picture still trumps all.

sign that player once the signing window opens on July 1st. With that, there are some interesting names on the pending unrestricted free agent list here in 2019. Let’s take a look at some of the top names as well as what they bring to the table before listing some potential suitors for that player’s Teams looking for an impact offensive upgrade won’t do any better than Panarin who is all but certain to move on from the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency this summer. Panarin is coming off his second consecutive 80-point season with his 87 from last season representing a career-high for the

Unfortunately for him and St. Louis, it hasn’t been the best of fits as the 31-year-old has just 21 points (9-12-21) in 36 games and was recently a healthy scratch. For someone that had 65 goals over the previous two years, the Blues were hoping for more from him. On the other hand, that recent track record should generate some interest on the trade front in the coming days.

As for Bozak, he has had a limited role this season while also missing significant time due to a concussion. As a result, he has been limited to just two goals and two assists in 14 games while averaging a career-low 13:14 per contest. While he would serve as capable bottom-six depth, he also carries a $5M AAV which, even if St. Louis pays up to half of it, will limit his market considerably.

Boston Bruins to acquire Taylor Hall

  Boston Bruins to acquire Taylor Hall Hall had just two goals in 37 goals for the Sabres this season.Hall had full control of this process, considering he held a no-movement clause and could block a trade to any team in the league. He decided to waive that clause to go to Boston. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period notes that the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals were also in the running earlier Sunday. The fact that the Sabres were unable to secure a first-round pick for Hall will be the takeaway for Buffalo fans, but he is in the midst of a brutal season.

Once free agency opens , teams can negotiate contracts with players, and there are certain classifications that players fall into. There are unrestricted free agents , who are able to talk with and sign with any team, and restricted free agents , whose prior team has the ability to match any contract offer. As already noted, unrestricted free agents are able to talk to and sign with any team during the offseason. Some of these players may end up being "cored" by their teams, but until then they'll remain in this grouping.

Pietrangelo, and many other pending free agents would have already cashed in at this point in the summer in a regular year. Instead, returning to compete in the NHL playoffs after time away represents a significant injury risk with free agency looming in October and the chance of something serious jeopardizing Staying healthy has added importance for Pietrangelo, Boston’s Torey Krug, Arizona’s Taylor Hall, Washington’s Braden Holtby and more than 100 other pending unrestricted free agents taking part in the 24-team playoff s. Instead of cashing in July 1 had this been a normal year, they

Jaden Schwartz is another pending unrestricted free agent but wasn’t mentioned by LeBrun as a possible trade option. The 28-year-old has been with St. Louis for his whole career spanning parts of 10 years and at this point, it’s quite possible that the intent is to try to work on a contract extension. If that’s the case, those discussions would logically need to intensify over the next few days.

Armstrong is no stranger to selling when his team has been hanging around the playoff race before. He moved Kevin Shattenkirk four years ago when they were in a playoff spot and the following season, sent Paul Stastny to Winnipeg when they were only a point out. With that in mind, even if they pick up a couple of wins by next week, the GM could still lean towards selling. As teams that are looking to buy start honing in on their desired candidates, they’ll now need to take a look at the Blues.

NHL suspends Avs' Jacob MacDonald two games for hit on Wild's Ryan Hartman

  NHL suspends Avs' Jacob MacDonald two games for hit on Wild's Ryan Hartman The incident in question took place during Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, with MacDonald targeting a defenseless Ryan Hartman in the first period. Player Safety described the hit as follows: © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Jacob MacDonald is facing a two-game suspension for a hit during Wednesday's game. "MacDonald delivered a high, forceful hit to [Hartman] that picked his head, making it the main point of contact on a hit where such contact was avoidable… MacDonald, arriving on the backcheck, delivers a high hit that cuts across the front of Hartman and picks his head.

Thornton enters unrestricted free agency as the league’s active leader in points and 35 assists shy of becoming the seventh NHL player to record 1,100 assists. A crafty, feisty, playmaking top-six forward, Zuccarello became everything the Stars needed after they acquired him at the trade deadline. He revitalized a wilting offense and was one of the team’s best players in the postseason. Now a pending free agent for the first time at age 31, Zuccarello won’t have a better chance to test the market and earn long-term stability.

There are plenty of question marks in this wildly uncertain NHL season, but there are still some guarantees, too. One such guarantee is that contracts will expire and free agents will abound. The Toronto Maple Leafs already took care of one of their top unrestricted free agents (looking at you I cover Toronto-area teams, including the Blue Jays and Leafs, for Forbes in addition to working on the news desk at Sportsnet. I have two summers-worth of experience covering MLB’s Detroit Tigers — first with MLB.com, then with The Athletic — and have other past bylines at places such as the Detroit

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Martinez, Carrier lift Golden Knights to 6-1 win over Blues .
ST. LOUIS — Alec Martinez scored two goals and William Carrier added a goal and an assist, sparking the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Tomas Nosek, Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Hague also scored for Vegas. Vegas coach Pete DeBoer liked what he saw from his team, which had been scuffling in recent games. “We talked about relaxing. We’re in a good spot,” DeBoer said. “We need to keep the good things we’re doing and fix some things we weren’t doing well. The group came out committed and got rewarded for that.” Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis. Robin Lehner was in goal for the Golden Knights and made 31 saves.

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