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Sabres with an Offer Sheet? Western Conference RFA??

August 1, 2019 - 12:46 PM ET

Been following up on a rumor today that the Sabres are working on an offer sheet with a prominant RFA....One source says it is a player from the Western Conference, but another source would NOT confirm that part... Stay tuned.. On TuneIn Radio Listen to the HockeyBuzzcast w/@Eklund...

Shattenkirk Enters Free Agent Pool After Buyout...Who Should Sign Him?

August 1, 2019 - 6:44 PM ET

Well kids, a right-handed power-play defenseman has entered the pool of available players. That comes as a result of Kevin Shattenkirk, signed to a four-year deal worth $26.6 million by the Rangers in 2017, has been bought out by the Rangers after being replaced by Jacob Trouba. Shattenkirk, w...

Rumor: Oilers Make Offer to Rangers for Kreider...

August 2, 2019 - 2:18 PM ET

Been chasing this rumor today...will be back with an update...I am supposed to get confirmation on the exact offer this afternoon/early evening..more to come....

Any Laine deal has to include Max Domi. Is it worth it?; Mellanby-Wild

August 3, 2019 - 12:40 PM ET

Talked to a source this morning and the Montreal-Winnipeg talks have reached a critical point. The Jets are requiring that ANY deal for restricted free agent Patrik Laine starts with Max Domi. That's a big price to pay for the Canadiens. Would you do it? Also, there are reports that the Wi...

Sunday Matchup: Who Will Make the Playoffs: NJ Devils or NY Rangers?

August 4, 2019 - 1:26 PM ET

Happy Sunday Hockeyworld. I am meeting a source tonight to get the latest on a slew of RFAs and how this year's RFA situation could soon turn into a disaster with implications stretching far beyond this year's teams and likely to impact the next CBA negotiations... But those dark thoughts aren'...

Shattenkirk Signs with Tampa. 1/1.75 Million

August 5, 2019 - 9:50 AM ET

The Lightning continue to bring in ex Rangers D-men. Smart signing by Tampa and smart place to go for Shattenkirk...More to come. On TuneIn Radio Listen to the HockeyBuzzcast w/@Eklund @sportsology & @MikeInBuffalo on iTunes (https://t.co/yXakLaiyRy) & Tune In (https://t.co/O3Em8BtZ6W...

Your RFA Today... Leaf/Marner Leaks Show Frustration and End Game.

August 6, 2019 - 12:05 PM ET

Hey hockey world...so never before has so much been completely hanging in the balance in the first week of August.... I have some other cool new stuff I am preparing to keep you entertained while we await the return of the games, but overwhelmingly I am getting questions about these RFAs and people...

Your RFA Today: Konecny and Connor...Offer Sheets? Buzzcast at 3pm

August 7, 2019 - 12:19 PM ET

There is a lot being made of the top tier RFAs and this will always be the case...However, talking to a source I trust this morning, he said that there are two VERY solid players out there who could be the most likely to get offer sheets in the next few weeks... Kyle Connor of Winnipeg, and Phila...

Your RFA Today> Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor Offer Sheets?

August 7, 2019 - 12:19 PM ET

There is a lot being made of the top tier RFAs and this will always be the case...However, talking to a source I trust this morning, he said that there are two VERY solid players out there who could be the most likely to get offer sheets in the next few weeks... Kyle Connor, of Winnipeg, and Phil...

RFA...Marner, Provorov, Boeser...Markov Return, or Gardiner?

August 8, 2019 - 9:44 AM ET

It sometimes feels like nothing is going on day to day in August, but what I have found is simple...when millions of dollars are at stake someone is stressed about it. On Provorov... The Flyers are putting the ball firmly in Provorov's court right now by essentially not doing anything...just w...

Islanders Approval On Belmont Changes Everything.

August 9, 2019 - 12:49 PM ET

NY State last night passed legislation that clears the way for the arena to be built in Belmont and according to sources this security really will help the Islanders in attracting players in the future... Due to several years of uncertainty, many of you reading this probably don't realize how att...

RFA Today Update: Marner Deal Getting Shorter...Tkachuk Deal Longer...

August 10, 2019 - 12:47 PM ET

Talked to a few sources today and the word on the street is about how two of the more prominent RFAs are heading in opposite directions... It sounds like any deal that Marner gets done with Toronto will be more in the three year range where Tkachuk and Calgary may be looking more like a 6 or 7 ye...

Charlie McAvoy Bridge Deal Close?

August 11, 2019 - 12:34 PM ET

Looking into rumors this hour that the Bruins and Charlie McAvoy are closing in on a bridge deal...This is big news because if he signs the bar for Proorov and Werenski could be set... More to come...

Ristolainen HAS asked to be Moved, Luongo Number Retired

August 12, 2019 - 11:40 AM ET

Good Monday hockey world. So how does news that Rasmus Ristolainen has asked to be traded affect the RFA market? It is pretty interesting actually. Talking to a source this morning I was told that a number of the RFAs are growing more and more impatient with the waiting game and while offer s...

Marner two-year-deal gaining traction? Wild GM Search

August 13, 2019 - 11:50 AM ET

Quick hits before the podcast, with updates throughout the day... On Marner... A source familiar with the proceeding say a two year deal appears to be gaining some traction today...I really cannot see any upside to this for the Leafs unless they simply believe they need to see more of Marner t...

Your RFA Update: Gardiner, Laine; Hoffman to Edmonton/Philly?

August 14, 2019 - 11:22 AM ET

Start here today hockeyworld. On Jake Gardiner... I am hearing five teams are in on Gardiner, but that two are really standing out: The Florida Panthers (E3) and Calgary Flames (E5). The other teams still involved are the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, and New Jersey Devils. It so...

Is King Henrik Staying a Ranger? Flames and Blues Trade Talk..Thur's Buzz

August 15, 2019 - 11:40 AM ET

Start here today... I am hearing that the Flames have talked to the Blues about D-man Carl Gunnarsson. I find this rather interesting, and definitely a sign of our times, when it is possible the Stanley Cup Champ would help out the team with the best regular season record in their own Conference...

Updates on Laine and Provorov

August 16, 2019 - 5:52 PM ET

Patrik Laine came out today unhappy that there have been no talks with the Jets. I hear that both Montreal and the Islanders have tried to trade for him but Winnipeg is not interested in moving him at this point. There is a similar stalemate STILL going on between Ivan Provorov and the Flyers. A...

Canes grab hotly contested NCAA free agent: Chase Priskie

August 17, 2019 - 11:39 AM ET

The Hurricanes are very deep in young defensemen and they just got deeper by signing Quinnipiac's Chase Priskie. Many teams -- the Islanders, Sabres, Canadiens, Flyers and Canucks among others -- were after Priskie. A 5-foot-11 defender, Priskie scored 17 goals and 39 points in 36 games for Quin...

RFA Today. Leafs NOT OK with Marner Missing Camp. Laine Talk Soon

August 18, 2019 - 2:30 PM ET

Quick update on this HOT Sunday in August. There has been a lot of talk about the fact that most of the pundits out there are saying the RFAs wont be getting signed until after camp opens....but at least one team is not OK with that. A source with the Maple Leafs texted me this morning that th...

3 RFAs UPDATED + It is "What the Ek?" Time, taking questions; Mon's Buzz

August 19, 2019 - 11:13 AM ET

After a very interesting day yesterday, and so many questions coming in, I figure it's time to do another "What the Ek?" Blog. And I will answer as many questions as possible TODAY in a blog this afternoon... A few quick updates... On Travis Konecny... It looks like a deal could be close...

The first of my Answers to today's "What the Ek?"Questions...More coming..

August 19, 2019 - 9:15 PM ET

gergeswillems asks... What the Ek is going on with Mitch Marner? You said the Leafs gave him a July 31st deadline. You also said the Leafs aren't screwing around. What the Ek is going on here, Ek? ek: I hear ya. The Leafs patience is running thin. They wanted a July 31 deadline to give D...

Could a Werenski for Provorov Trade Happen? Who is better?

August 20, 2019 - 1:29 PM ET

I will get back to answering more of your questions with my late day blog, but for now, one of the questions asked to me yesterday... Quite a few of you asked this question, in various ways, but essentially... Given the fact that some bad blood is starting to form, is it possible any of these...

Breakfast Buzzcast with Kevin Allen

August 21, 2019 - 8:53 AM ET

Buzzcast at 9 will discuss the latest chatter with USA Today's Kevin Allen, including the reports yesterday that Mitch Marner's agent has contacted a club in the Swiss League about playing or practicing with them if he is not signed by the time for training camp rolls around next month....

Guerin named Wild GM, Brassard to the Isles

August 21, 2019 - 2:53 PM ET

Mentioned on the Buzzcast last week, the Wild have officially announced that Bill Guerin will be their next GM. We also discussed Derick Brassard this morning, where reports had the veteran center signing a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. There are now indications that Brassard will be h...