NHL Buzz: Monday, July 26
This sounds like it could be a busy week in the NHL. Here are the latest rumors that I have been hearing in the past few days.
Brian Burke is coming home from his fishing trip today, which means he will focus on moving Kaberle before August 15 when Kaberle's NTC kicks in. Brian Burke will be looking for a top-six forward for sure, anything extra is just a bonus. Rumor has it up to 10 teams are interested in Kaberle.
According to Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers are very interested in Alex Frolov. He also stated that the Kings have some interest in bringing him back.
St. Petersburg of the KHL could become a big time player for some NHL free agents. Rumor has it that they have sent offers out to Maxim Afinogenov, Alex Frolov, and Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk's goal is obviously to stay in New Jersey, and chances are that happens. However, if Frolov and Afinogenov don't get the money they are asking for, they could find themselves in Russia next season.
Things with Blake Wheeler and the Bruins could get sour in a hurry since rumor has it they are not close to a deal. Wheeler's arbitration hearing is coming up soon and it is expected he will get more money then the Bruins will pay. If that is the case he will become a UFA.
Even with Sami Salo's injury, it is expected the Canucks will move Kevin Bieksa. As it sits right now, the Canucks are over the cap and still hope to acquire another forward. Bieksa is the guy to get them that.
This concludes today's edition of NHL Buzz, enjoy.
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