NHL Rumors: Latest Offseason Chatter Around the League
Free agents are being snatched up left and right around the NHL, but there are also some other interesting developments that could shake things up.
Restructuring contracts and players looking to escape poor situations are also big offseason factors that teams have to manage properly.
Some of the big signings that usually happen this time of the year don’t always pan out as teams originally expected. That leads to a necessity for those organizations to either come to terms on a new deal or to trade away those unfavorable or unproductive contracts.
It’s also prudent to award players for excellent play by actually giving them more money and longer years on their current deals, if desired.
There’s been some talk around the league about a couple of these situations. Let’s take a look at who could be on the move and who could be staying in place for the long haul.
Free-Agent Jaromir Jagr Eyeing Montreal Canadiens
Veteran and 42-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr and the Montreal Canadiens have mutual interest in coming to an agreement, according to TVA Sports. Petr Svoboda, Jagr’s agent, weighed in on the potential one-year agreement between the two parties:
Jaromir always wanted to play in Montreal. We discussed with [CEO] Marc Bergevin. The interest is mutual, but the decision is now up to Canadians ... Jaromir liked what he saw in Montreal this year. He would like to contribute to their success ... The Canadiens clearly have a plan. (They're going) in the right direction.
At this point in his career, Jagr’s contributions to the Canadiens’ playoff hopes next year would be minimal. However, he could provide some depth help for a team that could definitely use it on the wing. Jagr scored 16 goals and compiled 19 assists in 45 games last season while splitting time with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins.
Boston Aiming to Keep Patrice Bergeron for Long-Term
The Boston Bruins and forward Patrice Bergeron are “very close” to coming to a contract extension that would keep the 27-year-old star in Boston for nearly the rest of his career, according to ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald.
McDonald noted that the contract extension would likely include eight years and be worth more than $50 million.
Bergeron seems to be on-board too.
"It would mean a lot," Bergeron said. "That's the goal. Since the beginning, it's been a team that's believed in me when I was 18 and coming up. “
Expect an announcement soon that will make this pending deal official.
Robert Luongo Still Undecided About Future
You remember the Robert Luongo trade rumors that swirled throughout the strike-shortened 2013 NHL season. The disgruntled netminder’s status is still up in the air as he begins to prepare for the future, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.
Roberto Luongo is still looking at his options. We don't know yet if he'll accept to go back to Vancouver. #RDS— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 5, 2013
He was likely taken aback by the Vancouver Canucks recent trade that made him the de facto No. 1 goalie for the team next season. That trade sent goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the seventh pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
He still has nine years left of his 12-year, $64 million contract, but it remains to be seen whether he can mend the bridges that general manager Mike Gillis burned during this lengthy dispute in order to move forward with the team.
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