Rumors will turn into reality when fireworks subside and the 2013 NHL free-agency period starts on July 5.
Teams will be sure to form their free-agency blueprints around dethroning the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Here’s the latest buzz from around the league.
ESPN reported earlier this month that the Philadelphia Flyers would buy out Daniel Briere’s contract. According to the report, Philly will save $6.5 million in salary cap room in the process.
According to John Vogl of The Buffalo News, the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes are the most likely teams to reel in Briere.
Comcast SportsNet’s Tim Panaccio reported that far more than those four teams have their eye on Briere.
The 35-year-old center scored six goals and delivered 10 assists this past season. He isn’t the offensive performer he once was, but Briere’s leadership will still provide value to whichever locker room he moves into next year.
The Boston Bruins want Horton back.
Comcast SportsNet’s Joe Haggerty reported, to accomplish that, Boston could have to fork over a contract worth $6 million a year and 5-6 years long. At least that’s what Horton wants.
The 28-year-old right wing recorded 13 goals and nine assists in the regular season. He emerged as a star in the playoffs, finishing with seven goals and 12 assists and helping lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin reported that Horton will undergo shoulder surgery this summer for an injury he played through this postseason.
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Thursday that they would buy out the 33-year-old center’s contract.
According to TSN, Tampa Bay will pay for the remainder of the 11-year, $85 million contract Lecavalier had previously signed, which will cost it $32.67 million.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that teams will line up to pursue the veteran, with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings being his most likely landing spots. Dredger added that Lecavalier will cost somewhere between $4.5 and $5 million per season.
The now former Lightning finished this past season with 10 goals and 22 assists. He had recorded just 27 assists the previous year in 25 more games.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.