Kessel on the block
David Pagnotta: The Arizona Coyotes paid Phil Kessel a $5 million bonus on July 1st. He’s now owed solely a $1 million for this upcoming season. He carries a $6.8 million wage cap hit.
The Coyotes have made him obtainable for commerce. Would the Coyotes be keen to retain 50 p.c of his cap hit to maneuver him?
Canucks have made Schmidt obtainable
David Pagnotta: Have been informed that Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nate Schmidt is offered. Issues haven’t labored out for him in Vancouver.
Schmidt has three years left on his deal at a $5.9 million cap hit and has a 10-team no-trade record.
Loads of offseason selections for the Blackhawks
Scott Powers of The Athletic: It was Duncan Keith who approached the Chicago Blackhawks a few potential commerce.
“We weren’t trying to transfer him, but it surely was initiated by Duncan,” a supply mentioned. “He’d prefer to be nearer to his son. He’s getting older, and Duncan didn’t get to see him a lot final season. We perceive that.”
It doesn’t imply that he will certainly be traded via. Can they discover somebody to tackle his full cap hit? One supply mentioned the Edmonton Oilers have the necessity for a defenseman and the property.
A supply mentioned it’s exhausting to seeing the Blackhawks be capable to purchase Jack Eichel and becoming in one other $10 million contract. Alex DeBrincat has two years left on his deal after which will seemingly be searching for one thing within the $8 to $9 million vary.
A supply mentioned that Kirby Dach and DeBrincat are untouchables.
RFA defenseman Nikita Zadorov was believed to be searching for a five-year deal at round $5.85 million per. The Blackhawks have been nearer to $4 million. They’re discovering some widespread floor now.
Buying and selling Keith or re-signing Zadorov earlier than the enlargement will play an enormous half of their protected record.
Brandon Hagel and the Blackhawks aren’t progressing in contract talks and it might be a protracted course of.
The Blackhawks nonetheless have determine what they’re doing with Vinnie Hinostroza, Adam Gaudette and Max Shalunov.