Will the Tampa Bay Lightning look at trading Steven Stamkos?
TSN: It’s no secret that the Lightning have to move upwards of $10 million to be able to re-sign their restricted free agents this off-season.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the list of Lightning untouchables is small: Conn Smythe Trophy winner Victor Hedman, runner-up Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois will talk with other teams to see if a deal can be done in a trade for Steven Stamkos. Stamkos holds the hammer with full no-trade protection. It will also be very difficult to move an $8.5 million cap hit during hockey’s most extraordinary economic times with a frozen cap.
The Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Patrik Laine
Pierre LeBrun reports the Philadelphia Flyers and the Winnipeg Jets have held discussions over a possible trade that would see winger Patrik Laine on his way to Philadelphia.
Winnipeg has a total of 10 players on their NHL roster that are pending unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents, with only $14-million in cap space, this leaving Laine as the most likely to be traded.
Darren Dreger was on TSN 1050 and stated that Nolan Patrick and a 1st round draft pick would have to come back in the trade. Dreger thinks the Jets are looking for a top 4 defenceman rather than a forward to come back in a Laine trade.