NHL rumours: JT Miller in hot demand, John Klingberg free as air

It bends for the services of JT Miller.

TSN insider Darren Dreger reports that the Vancouver Canucks’ asking price for the forward remains high, but interest in the 29-year-old is “very high”.

Miller is coming off his career-best season, which included 32 goals and 99 points in 80 games, but has just a year left on his contract at an average annual salary of $5.2 million and his future with the Canucks is far from secure .

Responding to trade rumors about Miller, Canucks hockey operations president Jim Rutherford said last month that while the team wanted to keep Miller, it might not be wise for Vancouver to get him to sign a long-term contract.

The Canucks, who missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years this season, have $2.15 million margin under the salary cap after winning Brock Boeser a three-year, $19.95 million contract extension last week dollars have offered.

Klingenberg free as air?

DailyFaceoff reporter Frank Seravalli reports that Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg will be an unrestricted free agent starting July 13.

Talks between the 29-year-old defender and the stars have been cordial but it’s believed no agreement will be reached by the July 13 deadline. As a right-handed attacking defenseman, Klingberg had 374 points, including 71 goals, in 552 NHL games. He had his best offensive season in 2017/18 with 67 points.

Four teams interested in Puljujarvi?

Several teams are interested in the services of restricted free agent Jesse Puljujarvi, but what they’re offering the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the forward wouldn’t live up to their expectations at this point.

TSN reporter Ryan Rishaug reports that up to four teams will be fighting for the rights to the 24-year-old winger. However, he adds that the consideration offered is currently “minor” but that could change in the coming days.

Oilers general manager Ken Holland made no commitment when asked if Puljujarvi would be part of the team’s long-term plans after the Oilers were eliminated from the playoffs last month.

“I have to fix that,” Holland said at the time. “I spoke to Jesse yesterday and I know he’s disappointed. He got off to a great start. I think he scored 6 goals in his first 10 games and after the first 13, 14 or 15 games he had almost a point a game. But his second half of the season was really difficult.

“I think he’s lost his confidence. He was in the top 6 and found himself on the last two lines. But he’s only 24 years old, he’s still relatively young. I have Jesse’s case to settle. »

Puljujarvi has recorded 14 goals and 36 points in 65 games this season and added two goals and an assist in 16 playoff games.

Puljujarvi finished fourth in the 2016 NHL draft and has 46 goals and 98 points in 259 career games with the Oilers.

He just signed a two-year deal worth $2.35 million.

It will be activated for Chychrun

While Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong seemed to quash rumors about Jakob Chychrun last week, it looks like they’re back on the rise.

Citing two sources, Brian Hedger of Columbus Shipping reports that the Blue Jackets are in talks with the Coyotes ahead of the NHL Draft, which begins Thursday in the first round. He notes that Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has said he’s open to trading the 12th pick if he can bring on a young player long-term.

The Blue Jackets hold the Chicago Blackhawks’ sixth pick, acquired in the Seth Jones trade last summer, in addition to their own 12th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

Chychrun’s annual salary, which makes up $4.6 million on the payroll, shouldn’t be a problem for Columbus, who has $19.5 million to play with under the 20-player-signed salary cap, according to specialist website CapFriendly. Four restricted free agents remain to be signed this summer, including Patrik Laine.

If Chychrun is available, Ken Warren from mail media believes Ottawa senators should also be interested in the defense attorney. To make his takeover, Warren writes, the Senators would likely need to trade their first-round pick (No. 7) alongside a young defenseman like Erik Brannstrom or 2019 first-round pick Lassi Thomson alongside another player.

The Coyotes already have three first-round picks (3, 27 and 32), in addition to four picks in the second round of Friday’s draft.

Chychrun, who is under contract until 2024-2025, had 7 goals and 21 points in 47 games last season, his sixth with the Coyotes. Drafted 16th overall by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, he had his best season in 2020-21 with 18 goals and 41 points in 56 games.

Meeting between Sakic and the Kuemper clan

Our colleague Pierre LeBrun said Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic met with Darcy Kuemper’s agent for goaltender and future unrestricted free agent Ben Hankinson on Wednesday morning.

No agreement was reached and talks are continuing, LeBrun adds.

The 32-year-old recorded a .921 save percentage and a 2.54 clean sheet average in 57 regular-season games for the Avalanche. He was 16-10-4 in the playoffs with a .902 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against-against average.

Kuemper was acquired from the Avalanche by the Arizona Coyotes last summer, shortly after the team’s former No. 1 goaltender Philipp Grubauer signed with the Seattle Kraken.

Kümper just signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Coyotes in 2019.

Kümper, a sixth-round pick at the 2009 Minnesota Wild, is 143-95-36 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in 299 games with the Wild, Los Angeles Kings Angeles, the Coyotes and the Avalanche.

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