The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in signing David Perron.
Perron is from nearby Sherbrooke, Quebec and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Per Sportsnet, Perron is more than willing to play in his home province. The Canadiens are in the market for at least one top-six forward and Perron certainly gives them that. The 28-year-old scored just 12 goals and 36 points in 71 games in 2015-16, but he really turned it on after being traded from the Penguins to the Ducks. He had 20 points in 28 games with Anaheim.
The Boston Bruins are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Jacob Trouba.
It's no secret that the Bruins need to get better and younger on defense and this would be an expensive way of doing that. According to Joe Haggerty, the deal would be worth a minimum of $47 million dollars. If the Jets refuse to match that, it would net them four consecutive first round picks from the Bruins. Trouba had six goals and 21 points in 81 games last season. The 22-year-old averaged 22:03 of ice time in 2015-16.
According to Andrew Shaw's agent, Pat Brisson, his client never asked for $4.5 million per season.
Last week, a report surfaced in the Chicago Sun-Times saying that Shaw was asking the Hawks for $4.5 million annually, but Brisson insists that isn't true. "The Blackhawks did everything they could to sign ‘Shawzsy,’" Brisson said. "They just don’t have the cap space. Contrary to reports, we didn’t ask for $4.5 million." Scott Powers of the Athletic says Shaw was asking for $3.2 million on a seven or eight year contract. That's a lot of term for a player like Shaw, but it's a long way away from $4.5 million. Shaw ended up signing a six-year deal worth $3.9 million per season.
Dmitry Kulikov is excited about a new beginning with the Buffalo Sabres.
Kulikov was shipped from Florida to Buffalo in a draft day trade last weekend. "I was comfortable with Florida," Kulikov said during a telephone conference call on Tuesday. "I didn’t think that something like that was going to go down. But it did. It’s part of the business. And I’m excited for the future. I haven’t been as productive as I wanted to be in the NHL and obviously, I want to grow in that part of the game. I’m just happy for a fresh start and happy for the opportunity in Buffalo."
Kevin Fiala wants to be in the NHL next season.
"I wanted to be of course in the NHL last year, but that doesn't matter," Fiala said. "I'm still young. I'm 19. I have to respect the process, and that's it. I just do what they tell me to do and give my best every day. We'll see what happens." Nashville coach Peter Laviolette thinks Fiala has the ability to be a difference maker, but he will have to prove it at training camp.
Milan Lucic didn't verify reports that he will sign with the Edmonton Oilers once free agency begins on Friday.
"I didn't. Not allowed to," he said. "And I haven't made decision." Sources are reporting that Lucic has agreed to a tentative deal with the Oilers, but we probably won't get confirmation on this until free agency opens on July 1.
Agent Rick Curran has spoken to a number of teams regarding Eric Staal.
Staal wants a top-six role with whatever team he agrees to play for and he would prefer to play at center. The door hasn't completely closed on Carolina if they are still interested, but he's talking to other teams during this time and exploring his options.
Pierre-Luc Dubois is expected to play with Cape Breton of the QMJHL in 2016-17.
However, he doesn't think he is far away from joining the NHL and making an impact once he gets there. "I can play all three forward positions," Dubois said. "I can add depth at first. In the long run I think I can be a top talent on the team." He describes himself as a late bloomer, who got better over the course of the season. He also excelled at center, which is where Columbus hopes to use him after he was chosen third overall at the 2016 NHL Draft. Comparisons to Jesse Puljujarvi, who went fourth to Edmonton, are sure to follow but Dubois said it won't be part of his focus.