NHL Rumors VI: Penguins, Avalanche, Blackhawks and Canucks

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s sounding like Penguins pending UFAs Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen will be playing elsewhere next season.

    “I’ve talked with them,” Rutherford said. “I think both players would like to return. But they’re also coming off good years.

    “It’s time for them to hit free agency and get their big contracts. With that being said, we’ll see what happens leading up to free agency.”

    Neil Sheehy, Niskanen’s agent “isn’t alarmed” as “this is exactly what Jim had told us privately.”

    The Penguins hold the No. 22 pick at the draft and could look move it.

    “We will trade that pick if it can help us get a player who can help us immediately,” Rutherford said.

  • William DePaoli: The Penguins have NO plans to shop Kris Letang at the draft according to sources. Letang’s no-trade clause kicks in on July 1st.
  • William DePaoli: There is a good chance that the new Penguins coach won’t be from a candidate who was one of the eight that were interviewed last week. Very few of those are still in the mix.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing that Paul Stastny could listen to other offers and then circle back to the Avs.
  • Chris Kuc: Jonathan Toews said it’s “very doubtful” that there is a scenario that he wouldn’t sign a contract extension with the Blackhawks.
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks GM Jim Benning on trying to move up in the draft: ‘We’re going to stay on that going forward. We’ll see where those conversations lead.”

3 Comments

  1. Jon

    June 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Why are the Penguins having such a tough time finding a coach? Most of the ones they’ve had interest in have chosen to coach elsewhere. I find this strange… thought for sure someone would jump all over this position.

  2. hankbemis

    June 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I think it’s because they won’t let them pick their assistants and won’t…. was it offer more than a year? I can’t recall. But those were the two reasons why their top choice went to carolina.

  3. Buck Nuck

    June 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Pens want Babcock after his contract expires following this upcoming season. Hence Pittsburg is only offering shorter term deal for someone in the interim. Even if they sign a coach on 2 year deal, they still have the option to eat their salary after this season and sign Babcock. They likely don’t want to have to eat assistant salaries as well.