The New Jersey Devils would be interested in making a trade followed by a signing with the Winnipeg Jets for goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, according to our colleague Pierre LeBrun.
During the broadcast Insider Trading from TSN, the reporter reported that New Jersey was one of several teams in talks with the Jets about the Vezina Trophy finalist.
LeBrun noted that Hellebuyck’s next contract could be similar to Andrei Vasilevskiy’s, which is $9.5 million. He added, however, that such an agreement could be a factor that could slow down some teams with a limited payroll.
Still with the Jets, Darren Dreger, also a panelist on the show Insider Trading, quickly informed that the situation surrounding Pierre-Luc Dubois would not only end with the Montreal Canadiens or the Los Angeles Kings.
Some buzz around the Flames and the Coyotes
According to Dreger, the next few weeks for the Calgary Flames and new general manager Craig Conroy will be busy.
The names of Noah Hanifin, Mikael Backlund and Tyler Toffoli would circulate among possible transactions.
All three players will play the final year of their contracts in 2023-24. Hanifin has a deal worth $4.95 million, Toffoli trails an average salary of $4.25 million while Backlund receives slightly more than his teammates at $5.35 million.
As for the Arizona Coyotes, we shouldn’t be surprised if the formation compromises a lot around the NHL draft, on June 28 and 29, according to Chris Johnston of TSN.
Arizona has just 11 players on their roster for next season. Several positions remain to be filled and the team has a multitude of draft picks in the next three years.
Johnston notes that there is a change in mentality among the Coyotes. The latter enter a “competitive” window awaiting their hopes.
“The Coyotes will not be a ‘contract graveyard’ this season. They have the money to get good players who will be there when the kids are ready to make the jump to the NHL,” Johnston said.