With the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft set for tomorrow and the current NHL roster freeze set to be lifted on Thursday at 1 PM ET, the NHL trade chatter is approaching a crescendo once again. The chatter will get even louder at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft Friday and Saturday.
Are the New York Islanders trying to work out a way to keep Josh Bailey and hook up with the Seattle Kraken on the NHL trade market?
There was no way the Montreal Canadiens were going to be able to trade Cary Price or Shea Weber; so are their current situations part of a grand scheme to move on from both player and their cap hits?
That and more in your BHN Puck Links:
The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals will renew their rivalry to kick off their 2021-22 preseasons. (Boston Hockey Now)
My partner-in-crime, Joe Haggerty, takes a look back at how the Boston Bruins fared in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights. (Boston Hockey Now)
National Hockey Now
A great get here by my Long Beach buddy Christian Arnold. An NHL source with direct knowledge told NYI Hockey Now that Seattle is keen on Josh Bailey, but the Islanders are trying to push them towards Jordan Eberle. Could the Isles and Kraken hook up on the NHL trade market so the Islanders can keep Bailey? (NYI Hockey Now)
The trade for defenseman Ryan Ellis on the NHL trade front was just the beginning for the wheeling and dealing Flyers. Buckle up! (Philly Hockey Now)
Who will the Seattle Kraken select on Wednesday night? A breakdown of the Pittsburgh Penguins available and why Seattle could select each (and why they shouldn’t), including 3-1 odds that they surprise everyone and select Marcus Pettersson. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
It’s looking more and more like the Detroit Red Wings will lose a veteran defenseman in the expansion draft. (Detroit Hockey Now)
Remember Pavel Datsyuk? The 43-year-old is being encouraged for one more season. No, he’s not coming back to the NHL, but other big teams want him. Sidenote: A well-placed source told me that for a brief time in 2011, Datsyuk’s name was on the NHL trade market and the Bruins pushed hard to grab him. (Detroit Hockey Now)
It might be a double whammy for the Florida Panthers. Could they lose both Chris Driedger AND Springfield, MA native, former UMass star and Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano? (Florida Hockey Now)
Sammi Silber (who is KILLING it in Washington like an old pro) steered head-on into the controversial Capitals decision to protect Trevor van Riemsdyk and expose Justin Schultz. (Washington Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks decided Adin Hill was starting-goalie material and snagged him on the nHL trade market just under the Saturday deadline. Now it appears his salary cap hit will be higher than expected. Sheng Peng explains. (San Jose Hockey Now)
NHL Draft prospect Logan Mailloux renounced himself from the 2021 NHL Draft after being fined for photographic activity constituting the invasion of privacy as well as defamation. (TSN)
After trying hard to sign him last offseason and then to acquire him at the NHL Trade Deadline, it appears the Montreal Canadiens are set to take another stab at signing forward Mike Hoffman. (TSN)
Speaking of the Montreal Canadiens, are the Shea Weber and Carey Price situations the perfect opportunity for the Habs to move on for both veterans? (Montreal Gazette)
With the NHL Expansion Draft tomorrow, Lance Hornby takes a cool look back on the NHL’s expansion adventures. (Toronto Sun)