Tkachuk searching for a bridge?
Bruce Garrioch: The Senators don’t need 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 house for subsequent yr.
Becoming in a long-term Rielly extension received’t be straightforward, particularly because it may are available between $8 and $9 million.
Rielly has mentioned he’s going to depart the contract negotiations as much as his agent and solely concentrate on hockey. If one thing is essential, then he’ll get an replace from his agent.
The Leafs may lock him as much as an extension at times simply take care of the wage cap state of affairs subsequent offseason, or they might deal with him as their very own ‘rental’ and let issues play out.
Devils may 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 mentioned 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 seeking to perhaps climb into that quantity eight, seven spot, a wild-card spot, within the East, I believe he makes that transfer,” Morreale mentioned. “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 have a look at that and look to enhance the group much more.”
The Devils at the moment have $12 million in wage cap house which tasks to only below $62 million on the deadline.
They’d possible search for assist upfront, presumably a veteran middle. Including a winger wouldn’t be a shock both.