Just days before the 2022 National Hockey League (NHL) draft, the rumor mill is in full swing.
Here are five players up for grabs during the two-day amateur auction in Montreal on July 7th and 8th:
The Chicago Blackhawks are in full reconstruction and are currently listening to offers from other NHL teams for forward Alex DeBrincat. We bet a lot of them want to get their hands on the man who scored 41 goals in 82 games last season.
According to Sportsnet, the Hawks turned down an offer that included two first-round picks and a prospect for the 24-year-old right-hander.
DeBrincat has one year left on his contract and will make $6.4 million in 2022-23. The American could then become a restricted free agent.
Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes could be very busy on the Bell Center floor. In addition to the 14 choices, the GM should be looking to get rid of one or more large contracts, including defense attorney Jeff Petry’s.
The 34-year-old athlete has a $6.25 million-a-year contract that runs through the end of the 2024-2025 season.
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The full-back had a disappointing season last year. In 68 games, he accumulated 27 points (6-21). Most of his points came after the sacking of Dominique Ducharme and the arrival of Martin St-Louis.
According to specialist website capfriendly.com, Petry has a clause in his contract that allows him to pick 15 teams he doesn’t want to be traded to.
Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson has been at the center of trade rumors for several years. Will the arrival of a new administration within the California club finally change the situation in his case?
However, the holder of a no-move clause with a list of 10 teams he doesn’t want to be traded to is just coming off one of the worst seasons of his career. In 56 games, he had a .904 save percentage and a 3.19 clean sheet average.
Several teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are looking for a new goaltender.
Speaking of goalies, the Florida Panthers are reportedly actively trying to get rid of Sergei Bobrovsky.
Last week, analyst Nick Kypreos claimed that general manager Bill Zito would be willing to keep 50% of the masked man’s incredible salary. Bobrovsky signed a seven-year contract totaling $70 million with the Panthers in July 2019. This leaves four seasons left in his contract.
The 33-year-old Russian is enjoying his best statistical season since playing for the Panthers. He went 39-7-3 with a .913 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average in 54 regular-season games.
The Vancouver Canucks would not take the risk of losing forward JT Miller without receiving something in return, who could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023.
The 29-year-old American was excellent last year, amassing 99 points in 80 games.
It seems that the British Columbia organization and the player are far from reaching a compromise regarding a contract extension.
In 2022-23, Miller will sign a five-year deal that will net him $5.25 million per season.