Johnny Gaudreau
NHL trade rumors for July 12, 2022 feature pending free agent Johnny Gaudreau. Will he re-sign in Calgary and sign with a team like the Carolina Hurricanes?

With free agent frenzy set to begin tomorrow, NHL trade rumors are ramping up on Johnny Gaudreau. Will he re-sign with the Calgary Flames or sign with another team?

When you look at every NHL teams salary cap situation, there really is only a handful of teams that could offer Gaudreau a contract worth $10.5 million/year.

Not including the Calgary Flames, here are the teams that could offer Gaudreau the money he seeks.

  1. Arizona Coyotes
  2. Carolina Hurricanes
  3. Chicago Blackhawks
  4. Detroit Red Wings
  5. New Jersey Devils
  6. Ottawa Senators
  7. Seattle Kraken

Of the seven teams listed above, only the Hurricanes would be considered Stanley Cup contenders. You would have to think, Gaudreau would want to play for a team competing for the Stanley Cup instead of a rebuilding team like the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks or Seattle Kraken.

Gaudreau could consider the Devils or Senators as they hope to be playoff contenders this year but they are not Stanley Cup contenders just yet.

It will be interesting to see if Gaudreau re-signs, or picks a team like the Hurricanes?

There is a chance another team could swoop in and sign Gaudreau if they make trades to free up the salary cap space needed to take on the huge contract that Gaudreau will get.

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