Will the Boston Bruins trade Tuukka Rask?
NBC Sports: Joe Haggerty thinks the Boston Bruins should explore what Tuuka Rask could yield in a hockey trade, and even pull the trigger if the price is right given that Jaroslav Halak is there as a proven starting goaltender? There has been plenty of talk about Torey Krug being on the move if the right trade comes up to fit Boston’s needs, and there’s no reason why Boston’s All-Star, $7 million a year goaltender shouldn’t be part of that roster improvement conversation as well.
Nobody is saying to ship Rask simply for the sake of doing it, and clearly the Bruins would need to find themselves a young goalie they could groom as the eventual No. 1 guy to go along with the older, declining Halak. But the signing of Halak officially opened the door for the Bruins to at least toy with the idea of moving Rask in a good hockey trade to a team desperate for goaltending help (Carolina, the Islanders and the Flyers immediately come to mind.)
Will Mark Stone sign a long-term extension with the Ottawa Senators?
The Score: While the Ottawa Senators and Mark Stone may have only come to terms on a one-year contract this offseason, the star forward is confident both sides will be able to reach a long-term agreement in the future.
Stone inked a one-year, $7.35-million contract just hours before his scheduled arbitration meeting with the club. Stone can sign an extension anytime after Jan. 1, 2019. He is coming off his most productive season in terms of points per game, as the 26-year-old tallied 62 points in 2017-18 (tied for the team lead) despite being limited to just 58 games due to injury.
Having managed no fewer than 20 goals and 54 points in his first four full seasons in the league, Stone will likely cash in once his next round of contract talks pick up.