NHL Rumors IV: Boyle, NHL Revenue, Kovalchuk, Panthers and Canucks

  • Andy Strickland: There haven’t been negotiations between the Islanders and Dan Boyle yet. They won’t take place unless Boyle decides he wants to play there. A decision is expected this week. There appears to be a slim chance that Boyle would sign with the Islanders. He may be looking to play for a contender at this point in his career. Boyle has been speaking with people within the Islanders organization this week, as well as people who have played there in the past.
  • Chris Botta: NHL revenue this past season is approximately $3.7 billion. With the Canadian TV deal kicking next season, revenue could be well over $4 billion. James Mirtle: $3.7 billion in revenue would be the salary cap over $70 million. 2015-16 cap could hit $76 million, with the salary floor being $20 million less.
  • Tom Gulitti: For Ilya Kovalchuk to return to the NHL next season, all 30 teams would have to OK it.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: If the Panthers don’t get an offer they like for the first overall pick, they could be leaning towards Aaron Ekblad as he may be the most NHL ready player projected to be in the top four.

    “Ekblad is this year’s player most likely ready to step in and play in the NHL,” Scott Luce, the Panthers director of scouting, told the Sun Sentinel last week. “He’s physically mature and has got lots of mileage underneath him at the OHL level.”

    Dan Bylsma will meet with the Panthers. Fialkov wonders that if they hire Bylsma, would pending UFA defenseman Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen be interested in playing in South Florida?

    The Maple Leafs (No. 8), Flames (No. 4) and Oilers (No. 3) are said to be interested in the top overall pick.

  • Mark Spector: Canucks GM Jim Benning on their 6th overall draft pick: “We’re going to be using that pick.” Doubtful that he trades their 2nd round, 36th overall pick.


  1. Canucks fan

    June 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    LOVE IT BENNING!!!! Keep the pick and let things play out.. We’ll either be left with Dal Colle Draisitl or Nylander which is absolutely awesome. That second rounder will be huge as it could land us a faller like Ho Sang or a solid d prospect which we desperately need.

  2. rob

    June 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Now kovalchuck wants back In the NHL…… He won’t get the kind of money he wants….

  3. ChrisB

    June 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    @rob It doesn’t say if he actually wants to come back or not. Gulitti is more clearing up what would have to happen for it to happen. Couple days ago there was a tweet by Dino Costa(whose credibility is being questioned by pretty much everybody, even before this tweet) that surfaced indicating that NJ and Kovy were in discussions and negotiating his return.

    If Kovy wanted back and NJ wanted him back, the most logical approach would be to have Kovy sit out of pro hockey(that includes the KHL) for a year, then only NJ’s OK would be needed. Right now, there is a less than 0% chance that an unanimous 30-0 decision is made.

  4. Jacob

    June 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    These technicalities aren’t the reason that Kovalchuk isn’t getting signed. The guy who “leaked” that story is a known for plagiarizing and making things up.

  5. rob

    June 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    @chrisb does he have a contract with nj

  6. ChrisB

    June 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Not with NJ. The remainder of it was absolved when he “retired”(minus $250K recapture penalty that NJ is paying).

    He signed a 4 year deal with SKA St. Petersberg. Which is another huge obstacle to get around itself, unless there’s some sort of out clause, which I’m not sure there is. Highly doubt KHL will just let Kovy go back to the NHL before that contract is up.