NHL Buzz: Tuesday, June 8th

Todd CordellCorrespondent IJune 8, 2010

MONTREAL - JUNE 26:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Toronto Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke and Special Advisor Cliff Fletcher look on during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Their has been a ton of Buzz around the NHL today.  Here is the latest along with my thoughts.

The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Ray Whitney are not close on a contract extension and according to multiple sources the Hurricanes are going to let him walk. It is too bad his stint with the Hurricanes is going to end this way, but now he can look at all of his options this Summer and sign with a contender.

The Florida Panthers have contacted the Boston Bruins about acquiring the 2nd overall pick in this years draft.

I personally think that is a smart move by Dale Tallon. He may not even get the pick but it was smart of him to try and work something out with the hope of landing a franchise player on a struggling Florida Panthers team.

According to multiple sources the Calgary Flames and Ian White are not even close on a contract extension.

This is terrible news for the Flames. Many people think that he was the best player the Flames got in the trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Leafs. If they don't get him re-signed it will be a huge loss to the Flames and their blueline.

Rumors are out that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has told teams that RFA Nikolai Kulemin is available, due to the price that Kulemin and his agent are asking for.

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This is a smart move by Brian Burke as he should try and get something for him if he doesn't plan on re-signing him. However, I also think Brian Burke should give Kulemin the money he wants but only on a one year contract so his play this year sets his value for next year.

If Ray Whitney does become a UFA July 1st it is expected Brian Burke will try and bring in the veteran to play in the top six.

The Maple Leafs will be a much better team next season and could turn some heads. As of right now I believe the Leafs will make the playoffs next year, and bringing in Ray Whitney will only help their cause.

This concludes today's edition of NHL Buzz, enjoy!

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