The Chicago Blackhawks haven't even held the parade to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory yet and teams are already looking forward to the offseason to prepare for their championship run.
It figures to be a busy offseason.
With the salary cap's move down to $64.3 million based on the new collective bargaining agreement, there are plenty of teams that will need to make moves to get below that mark. They'll also be looking to remain competitive.
That should result in plenty of interesting free-agency bidding wars and some surprise cuts. Here's the latest stories around the league surrounding the upcoming free-agency period.
Tuukka Rask About to Get Paid
Boston rode the hot hand of Tuukka Rask all the way to a Stanley Cup Final appearance. Now it's time for him to reap the benefits.
The Boston Bruins signed the goaltender to a one-year deal last season, giving him the opportunity to earn a more lucrative long-term deal. According to Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, the starting point for the negotiations is a six-year deal worth $39 million.
There's no doubting he's worth the money. Rask led the playoff field of goaltenders with a .940 in save percentage, so it's clear that the bulk of the money Boston has available could be headed Rask's way.
According to Haggerty's report, the Bruins are also looking to work out a deal to bring back Patrice Bergeron, but a mega-deal for Raask is expected to come sooner rather than later.
Detroit Red Wings Seeking to Make Moves
It appears that the Red Wings are set to be one of the movers and shakers of the offseason.
According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is currently in New York and seeking to move some players, telling St. James, "I'm looking into a trade or two...Maybe a two-for-one deal, maybe a three-for-one, or three-for-two."
The Red Wings made qualifying offers to Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl, per St. James' report.
If both Nyquist and Andersson re-sign, that would give the Red Wings 14 forwards on the roster—a likely reason as to why Holland is looking to move multiple players in a deal.
Jaromir Jagr Set to Hit Open Market
Even at the age of 41, Jaromir Jagr was still a valuable asset to the Boston Bruins' quest for the Stanley Cup this season. Now it appears he'll be trying to push another team to the next level.
The Boston Bruins' Twitter feed announced that Jagr will not be returning to the Boston next season:
Chiarelli said he told Jaromir Jagr and Jay Pandolfo that the Bruins are not signing them for next season; Wade Redden is a possibility ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 26, 2013
According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the five-time Art Ross Trophy winner intends to return to the NHL for at least one more season:
Jarmoir Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, says his client intends to return to the NHL next season.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 26, 2013
Jagr doesn't fit the bill for any team that needs long-term help, but he's still capable of contributing at a high level. He notched 10 assists in 22 playoff games and 35 points in 45 regular-season games.
He's still one of the more valuable one-year commodities on the free-agent market.