NHL Buzz: Saturday, July 17th
With training camps getting closer and closer, teams are trying to finish their business up as soon as they can. Here is the latest:
Canucks GM Mike Gillis has made it very clear that he is open to trading one of his defensemen (Kevin Bieksa) but knows he does have some time and won't rush a trade if he doesn't get what he wants.
Rumor has it the Canucks want a top six forward or a couple of line 2/3 forwards as well as prospects/picks. As of right now it appears the Sabres are very interested in Bieksa's services.
Sticking with the Canucks now it is believed Mayson Raymond is asking in the two/two and a half million per season range, causing a problem for the Canucks as they don't want to pay him that kind of money.
Personally I think a player with Mayson Raymond's speed, skill and potential is well worth the money.
Like I suggested yesterday if the Sharks can't acquire Kevin Bieksa, or Tomas Kaberle they could turn their attention to Denis Grebeshkov.
It is believed the Penguins will put Malkin up on the wing with Crosby or Staal but if it doesn't work out Staal could be moved to the wing or they could go back to all three of them playing center.
According to multiple reports the Bruins are trying very hard to shed some salary (Savard and Thomas). Rumor has it if they lower their asking price for Marc Savard the Leafs could jump in.
Multiple sources have said the Devils are done shopping for players via free agency (aside from Kovalchuk). My sources have said that the Devils will look to prospects like Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby to fill out the available forward positions and look to players like Alex Urbom and Harry Young to fill out the defense.
This concludes today's edition of NHL Buzz, enjoy!
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