If there is a year in which National Hockey League GMs will break their stalemate with each other and begin to use the CBA as it was written, this is the offseason. Teams are actually checking in on RFAs. Finally. The league will be without a great goalie and one of the first social media darlings, Roberto Luongo. Matt Duchene is making the dinner circuit rounds and Montreal looks like an option. And the Pittsburgh Penguins could have a true rookie in their lineup for the first time in a long time.
The Penguins haven’t had a rookie without professional experience in their lineup since…Olli Maatta? Samuel Poulin wants to be the next one (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Forgive me if I’ve missed someone since Maatta.
Matt Duchene is suddenly under the radar. He met with Montreal on Tuesday. Wednesday is Nashville’s big chance (Sportsnet)
Bye bye Bobby Lou. Roberto Luongo’s friends and family said one more year. His body said no. His open letter to fans (NHL.com)
He was an extraordinary goalie. I don’t think he ever got the credit he deserved because he lost Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and because he played with far too many irrelevant teams in Vancouver and Florida. Next stop, Toronto and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Will we finally, finally, see an offer sheet tendered for the first time since 2013? It is a real possibility. Teams are calling… (TSN)
Bargain bin free agents for the Boston Bruins, courtesy of our boys in Boston (Boston Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks are trying to trade backup goalie Aaron Dell to clear some cap space (NBC Sports)
Five potential destinations for Corey Perry. The Hockey News doesn’t list Pittsburgh Penguins (The Hockey News)
Do not overlook the Penguins in the Corey Perry discussion. Elliot Friedman has also heard the Penguins are interested–and as we reported last week, it would not be a big July 1 splash deal, but there are certainly some in the Penguins organization who are interested.