December 5, 9: There isn't much scuttlebutt around the Blues these days, other than general manager Doug Armstrong 's willingness to leverage his two first-round picks into a much higher pick if the opportunity arose. But the arch-rival Chicago Blackhawks got busy retooling to avoid long-term salary cap complications. They reacquired sturdy winger Brandon Saad an earlier salary cap casualty from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Artemi Panarin , whose almost magical connection with Patrick Kane raised expectations on his next contract.
Panarin, who has scored points in NHL games, can become a free agent in while Saad is under contract until Although the Hawks will welcome Saad back home -- especially after that playoff disappearance against Nashville -- losing the highly skilled Panarin and the defensively stingy Hjalmarsson are notable blows.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes also sent the No. The Coyotes are starting over. A lot more could happen with a new ownership structure in place.
Meanwhile, the Rangers cleared cap space, which could go to former Blue Kevin Shattenkirk. The Big Apple has long been his favored destination for free agency. Here are some possibilities:. Whenever Jeff Gordon posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link.
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