Tkachuk in search of a bridge?
Bruce Garrioch: The Senators don’t wish to re-sign Tkachuk to a bridge deal as they need him to be part of their core long-term.
Do the Maple Leafs lock up Rielly now or let issues play out?
David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period: The wage cap is predicted to go up by $1 million, which might at the moment give the Toronto Maple Leafs about $15 million in wage cap area for subsequent yr.
Becoming in a long-term Rielly extension gained’t be straightforward, particularly because it might are available between $8 and $9 million.
Rielly has stated he’s going to depart the contract negotiations as much as his agent and solely give attention to hockey. If one thing is vital, then he’ll get an replace from his agent.
The Leafs might lock him as much as an extension every now and then simply take care of the wage cap scenario subsequent offseason, or they might deal with him as their very own ‘rental’ and let issues play out.
Devils might add on the deadline if within the playoff race
Anthony DiMarco of The Fourth Period: Mike Morreale of NHL.com on the “Brotherly Pod” final week stated that he believes if the New Jersey Devils are within the playoff race GM Tom Fitzgerald will look so as to add on the NHL commerce deadline in March.
“If the Devils are there (within the playoff combine) and trying to perhaps climb into that quantity eight, seven spot, a wild-card spot, within the East, I believe he makes that transfer,” Morreale stated. “In the event that they’re not within the hunt, it’s not going to occur.
“If the Devils are there, I believe Fitzgerald will take a look at that and look to enhance the crew much more.”
The Devils at the moment have $12 million in wage cap area which initiatives to only below $62 million on the deadline.
They’d probably search for assist upfront, presumably a veteran heart. Including a winger wouldn’t be a shock both.