The reporter from post media Bruce Garrioch reports that Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion remains open to trading in choice no. 7 in the next NHL Draft.
Garrioch identifies the Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes as two teams interested in adding another top 10 pick, even as the Senators are looking for a big comeback. Garrioch writes that in exchange for their first pick, the Senators are hoping to get a right winger to play alongside Tim Stützle or a right defender to complete their top-4.
After making an offer to the Minnesota Wild for Kevin Fiala before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings last week, Garrioch wonders if there are any other forwards on the market that might be of interest. He identifies Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat, Vancouver Canucks JT Miller or Connor Garland, Edmonton Oilers limited free agent Jesse Puljujarvi, and Winnipeg Jets strikers Blake Wheeler and Pierre-Luc Dubois as potential options, depending on their cost.
If instead the team decides to improve in defense, Garrioch notes that Jakob Chychrun is the biggest name available and would fit what the senators are looking for. Coyotes CEO Bill Armstrong, however, said last week that he plans to detain the 24-year-old this summer.
Fleury, another Leafs target?
Our colleague Pierre LeBrun wrote Atletico On Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs were working on a trade maturity exchange to acquire Marc-Andre Fleury from the Chicago Blackhawks, which ultimately went bankrupt.
LeBrun notes that Fleury was willing to accept a trade for Toronto, but was eventually traded to the Minnesota Wild after the first trade failed. LeBrun wouldn’t be surprised to see the Maple Leafs come back to try and add Fleury to their roster, this time through the free agent market.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper had a save rate of 0.908 and averaged 2.90 goals against the average in 56 games last season with the Blackhawks and Wild. In the playoffs, he recorded a save percentage of 0.906 and 3.04 goals versus the average as the Wilds were eliminated in the first round of six games by the St. Louis Blues.
LeBrun says the Wilds remain interested in signing Fleury, but will face competition for the veteran, with no fewer than 10 teams looking for goalkeepers and only four notable candidates in the free agent market: Fleury, Jack Campbell, Ville Husso and Darcy Kuemper. LeBrun wonders if the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche could fall back on Fleury if they can’t find a deal with Kuemper.
Fleury just completed a $ 21 million three-year deal and won the Vezina Trophy with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2020-21.
Where will Giroux go?
While Claude Giroux and the Florida Panthers consider continuing their partnership, it looks like the Edmonton Oilers will be among the teams courting the veteran if he ventures into the free agent market starting July 13.
LeBrun wrote Atletico that the Oilers “have discussed internally the merits of trying to get Giroux under contract” if they fail to keep Evander Kane’s services.
LeBrun notes that Giroux will be looking for a multi-season contract, but adds that the 34-year-old veteran will also be looking to join a winning team.
The Ottawa Senators are also reportedly interested in Giroux, but LeBrun wonders if the team is close enough to a playoff spot to clinch him.
Giroux scored 21 goals and 44 assists in 75 games for the Philadelphia Flyers and Panthers in 2021-22, scoring three goals and adding 20 assists in 18 games after being traded to Florida. He added three goals and five assists in 10 playoff games when regular season champions Panthers were overwhelmed in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Giroux said last month that he was interested in staying in South Florida, even though wage cap room for maneuver remains an issue for the Panthers. According to the specialized site CapFriendly, the team has just over $ 3 million in space with just 17 players under contract for next season.
The Oilers have $ 7.1 million at their disposal with 15 players under contract, but could free up another $ 2.2 million if Mike Smith is placed on the long-term injury list.