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NHL Free Agency

Will the Johnny Gaudreau to the Boston Bruins NHL Trade rumors finally come to fruition this summer?

The Boston Bruins have been linked to the Calgary Flames winger and former Boston College star in NHL Trade rumors numerous times over the past few years. With the silly season kicking into full swing again, the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner finds himself in the eye of the NHL Trade rumor storm but if the Bruins or any other team who may have interest better step up soon. 

Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman recently confirmed that Gaudreau’s agent Lewis Gross and Flames General Manager Brad Treliving have begun discussions on extending Gaudreau’s past this coming season, the final in his six-year contract that carries a $6.7 million salary cap hit. However, after shooting down a rumor that forward Matthew Tkachuk asked for a trade, Treliving was still non-committal on Gaudreau and other underachieving Flames stars when asked about Friedman’s report and Gaudreau’s future in Calgary. 

“I’m certainly open to exploring any avenue available to make our team better,” Treliving said in a recent radio interview. “We didn’t meet the expectations we had of our team, so we’ve got to look at how we can make it better.”

So should Boston Bruins Don Sweeney present an avenue for Treliving to explore when it comes to Gaudreau who has twice cracked the 30-goal plateau and scored 36 goals while falling one point shy of 100 in 2018-19? It could be now or never.

Boston Bruins

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National Hockey Now

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From a Marc-Andre Fleury-Penguins trade to Jason Zucker going to Seattle. We examine the probability of eight Penguins’ offseason moves. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

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Hello Anthony Beauvillier? The Islanders need a much more consistent Beauvillier to get over that Stanley Cup hump. (NYI Hockey Now)

Some cool history–How close were the San Jose Sharks to drafting crushing defenseman Scott Niedermayer instead of their famous pick of Pat Falloon? (San Jose Hockey Now)

NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning need to put a dent in their immaturity not the Stanley Cup. (ESPN)

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