David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Due to the Flyers cap situation, they may look at moving some players to be able to re-sign Brayden Schenn and possibly Steve Downie. Some trade options could be: Jakub Voracek (2-years at $4.25 million), Wayne Simmonds (5-years at $3.97 million), Braydon Coburn (2-years at $4.5 million), Luke Schenn (2-years at $3.6 million) and Nicklas Grossman (2-years at $3.5 million). The Blackhawks could have future salary cap concerns with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane needing contract extensions. Some players they could make available could include: Patrick Sharp (3-years at $5.9 million), Bryan Bickell (3-years at $4 million), Brent Seabrook (2-years at $5.8 million) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (5-years at $4.1 million). The Bruins could have some cap issues and may look to move some bodies out. Trade chips could be: Brad Marchand (3-years at $4.5 million), Chris Kelly (2-years at $3 million) and Johnny Boychuk (1-year at $3.3 million).
Jason Gregor: Ray Ferraro: “Stralman is a solid #4, but I think he is a candidate to be grossly overpaid. He had 1 goal. He won’t bring much offence.”
Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “If the numbers are even close to what he wanted to stay as Captain in NY, up around that $5 plus – $6 plus range” … “I can’t imagine that TB would invest that $. Not that they wouldn’t want to. Lots of interest in Callahan around the league” … “Callahan’s a useful player & character guy and he’s not going to have too much trouble finding a job” … “Callahan has to come down a bit [in salary demands] and I believe he will”
Cap Geek: Estimating bonus overages: Bruins at $3.7 million, Red Wings at $3 million and the Devils at $3 million. James Mirtle: Heard the Red Wings overages may be around $3.2 million.
Adam Vingan: The Captials see Braden Holtby as their starter next season and having Philipp Grubauer start in the AHL.
Andrew Gross: The Rangers say they have no players who will be schedule for offseason surgery as of now.
John Shannon: Expect there to be two outdoor games next season, with one being in Washington.