NHL Rumors: Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets

Dorion to fulfill with Dzingel’s camp after the season

Bruce Garrioch: Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion mentioned that this offseason he’s going to sit down down with pending UFA Ryan Dzingel‘s camp.

Nothing for Rangers brief or long-range plans

New York Rangers: GM Jeff Gorton didn’t come throughout any provides on the deadline that match their short- and long-range plans.

“We made quite a few calls, took quite a few calls, went by quite a few eventualities, and it’s clear we’ve a plan in place. Nothing that got here alongside was going so as to add to what we wished to do and was one thing we felt was going to assist us, brief time period or long run.”

Loads of choice for Kekalainen as he eyes a reload and never rebuild

Aaron Portzline of The Athletic: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is insisting it’s going to be a reload and never rebuild.

“Rebuilding takes rather a lot longer,” Kekalainen mentioned. “That’s the large distinction.

“We now have some actually good items. You take a look at rebuilds and so they form of strip it down. They commerce all of their greatest gamers, even when they’re not over the hump but. They promote everyone and begin constructing from scratch. We nonetheless have our core items in place.”

Kekalainen could have choices to make on head coach John Tortorella, in addition to assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Brad Larsen as they’re all within the final yr of their contracts. Tortorella seemingly desires to proceed teaching however there may very well be a mutual settlement that he coaches some place else subsequent yr.

They may have choices to make on whether or not to maintain Elvis Merzlikins or Joonas Korpisalo, as one will seemingly be moved this offseason.

Patrik Laine is a pending RFA and defenseman Zach Werenski is an RFA after subsequent offseason and is eligible for an extension this summer time.

Seth Jones is a UFA after subsequent season and likewise eligible for an extension. If Jones doesn’t wish to keep it could transfer them from a reload to a rebuild.

“We’ve expressed (to Jones) that we’d like to maintain him right here for the remainder of his life,” Kekalainen mentioned. “We’re continuing within the perception that we will (signal him), completely. He’s been a cornerstone of ours and he’s going to be an excellent greater cornerstone transferring ahead. He’s a pacesetter.”

The Blue Jackets have three first-round picks and will put one Toronto’s or Tampa’s in play.

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