Tarasenko and Eichel will not be traded quickly
Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Vladimir Tarasenko ought to stay with the St. Louis Blues all season as they’re a playoff contender. If they aren’t within the playoff race on the March twenty first commerce deadline, they might commerce him. If his shoulder doesn’t maintain up, he gained’t have a lot commerce worth. If he stays wholesome and has an excellent season, there ought to be an excellent marketplace for him, particularly within the offseason. He carries a $7.5 million cap hit via the 2022-23 season.
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News: Though followers might hope that Jack Eichel and Vladimir Tarasenko are traded within the subsequent couple of weeks, believes it could not occur till nearer to the commerce deadline.
Virtually half the groups have below $1 million in wage cap area, and by holding on till nearer to the commerce deadline, it could permit extra groups to be concerned in commerce talks.
The Blues could also be searching for some cap flexibility and search for prospects and/or draft picks. Tarasenko does have a no-trade clause and sure gained’t be enthusiastic about rebuilding group.
As for Eichel, contending groups doubtless aren’t going to have the wage cap area to tackle his $10 million contract for an additional 5 seasons. A group just like the Anaheim Ducks would like to land a No. 1 heart and ship out some prospects.
With each gamers having time period left on their offers, the Blues and Sabres don’t really feel the strain to maneuver them.
Bergevin holds the leverage as he enters the ultimate yr of his contract
Eric Engels of Sportsnet: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin holds the leverage as he enters the ultimate yr of his contract. Get that sense that if his asking value isn’t met, he could possibly be keen to stroll.
Bergevin and Canadiens proprietor Geoff Molson have spoken relationship again to the beginning of 2021, however it’s been a tough yr for Bergevin being in Canada and his household and youngsters within the US.
It’s believed that Bergevin was provided a three-year deal however he could also be searching for 4 or 5. The Tampa Bay Lightning simply gave Julien BriseBois $3.5 million on an extension, so Bergevin could possibly be searching for over $3 million.
One would assume that it could be greatest for each side it get one thing achieved earlier than the beginning of the common season on October thirteenth. If a deal isn’t reached by then, the chance of Bergevin returning subsequent season lessens considerably.