With the 2014 NHL draft right around the corner and the free-agency period beginning shortly after, rumors circulating around the league are plentiful right now.
Each franchise is looking to shore up its roster for next season by looking toward the draft, signing in-house players, peering into the free-agency market or gambling on a trade.
As teams begin to look into these options, rumors begin to surface, and we begin to speculate.
Let's take a look at a few juicy nuggets of information regarding some of the league's biggest names.
Evander Kane on Trade Block
It appears as though the Winnipeg Jets are shopping Kane this offseason, according to a tweet from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press:
Chevy and #nhljets would want a young top 6 F or young top 4 D in return for Kane. Player must be coming of age or in prime and locked up— gary lawless (@garylawless) June 21, 2014
Of course, the Jets are asking a good sum for the left wing, as Kane hasn't exactly reached his peak yet and is still under a very cap-friendly deal through 2018—with a cap hit of just $5.25 million per year—according to Spotrac.com.
Kane's talents should be highly coveted throughout the league. After all, he's a great two-way player who contributes nicely on special teams and plays with both speed and physicality.
The Jets aren't exactly contenders and could see the promise in adding two or three talented young players to their roster in place of Kane.
If the value is right, a move could be made here.
Champs Staying In-House
The Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup this past season partly due to the stellar play of Marian Gaborik. Well, it comes as no surprise the team would like to keep him in house for next year.
According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the team has already made Gaborik an offer: "Los Angeles wants to keep leading playoff goal scorer Marian Gaborik—they've offered three years and $15 million, which would require a hometown discount of sorts."
Gaborik is coming off a huge postseason for the Kings. After leading all playoff scorers with 14 goals, the acquisition of Gaborik from Columbus at last year's trade deadline appears to have been a brilliant maneuver.
Keeping him in Los Angeles would be yet another fantastic move for the Kings.
Will the Next Penguins Coach Please Stand Up?
After a talented-yet-underachieving Pittsburgh Penguins roster exited the playoffs extremely early, former coach Dan Bylsma was fired by new general manager Jim Rutherford.
During Pittsburgh's search for a replacement, Chris Peters of CBS Sports reported the team failed to obtain its first choice to fill the position.
Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted his assumption to who that may have been:
As of last night, Desjardins was Pittsburgh's target. Perhaps, Desjardins interest in the Canucks coaching job scuttled the Pens plan.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 20, 2014
Now, the Penguins are still without a head coach as the draft and free-agency period quickly approach.
Well, there's some more bad news for the Penguins, as William DePaoli of InsidePittsburghSports.com tweeted another name has been withdrawn from consideration:
Marc Crawford removes himself from Pens coaching search, Todd Nelson emerges on Rutherford's radar, source says http://t.co/Vu6fitpEPb— William DePaoli (@TIOPS_DePaoli) June 21, 2014
Marc Crawford had plenty of experience as a coach in the NHL—something this talented Penguins team is certainly looking for.
Crawford won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and has reached the playoffs eight times over his coaching career. He holds a career record of 549-421-100-77 and a postseason record of 43-40.
Apparently, the focus of the team is shifting to Todd Nelson.
Nelson was drafted by the Penguins back in 1989 but played most of his career in the minors. He doesn't have much coaching experience in the NHL, but he had plenty of success as head coach of the Muskegon Fury in the UHL.