According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Maple Leafs asking price for their star forward is currently a stopping point in getting a deal done.
Two hockey executives from rival teams said that over the past several weeks the Leafs have a price for Kessel that is way, way too high. So the executives are staying away until it comes down. Can’t blame Toronto for starting high. Why wouldn’t you?
‘They’re going to have to eat more of his salary than they think right now,’ said one of the rival executives.
Star Tribune: Devan Dubnyk is looking to capitalize on a strong stretch with the Minnesota Wild his past season, and is seeking a long-term deal with an average annual salary of more than $5 million. The Wild have freed up some money by waiving Matt Cooke.
The Denver Post: Mike Chambers reports the Colorado Avalanche are eyeing a left-shooting defenseman in this summer’s UFA market. He considers LA Kings blueliner Andrej Sekera the top lefty available this summer, with San Jose’s Matt Irwin his dark horse candidate.
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