Canucks, Oilers, Rangers, Golden Knights, Kraken

Are the Vancouver Canucks interested in KHL free agent Andrei Kuzmenko in today’s NHL rumors? What else do you have on your offseason to-do list?

The Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers are working on free-agent deals, while the Vegas Golden Knights are likely to decide who to eliminate this summer. Will the Seattle Kraken eventually land a big blue line target in free hand?

Canucks have a few things on their to-do list

According to The Athletic’s Thomas Drance, expect the Canucks to pitch Kuzmenko, a highly sought-after KHL free agent. He writes in a recent article:

The big name out there is Andrei Kuzmenko, the KHL’s second-best goalscorer this season. The Canucks have a keen interest in Kuzmenko and are believed to have a significant interest in them, although many in the industry are skeptical about how easy it could be for Canada-based teams to secure the appropriate work visas for Russia-based players Light of the invasion of Ukraine.

Source – Canuck’s off-season to-do list: Expanding Bruce Boudreau. What about Bo Horvat?’ – Thomas Drance – The Athletic – 04/29/2022

The other items on the Canucks’ to-do list are renewing Bruce Boudreau as head coach, deciding whether they will renew JT Miller and Bo Horvat this summer, and navigating Brock Boeser’s highly qualified bid. Drance notes that market value for both Horvat and Miller will likely start at over $7 million. He believes realistic comparisons for both players could see them ending up in the $8 million to $9 million range.

Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks
Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

In order to do what they want, they need to create extra space and that could mean difficult decisions for the likes of Conor Garland or Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Oilers and Rangers extend deal deadline for takeovers

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, both the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers will do their best to renew the two key players they signed on loan this season: Evander Kane for the Oilers and Andrew Copp for the rangers

Related: The former Oiler suggests an early playoff exit should result in a draisaitl trade

Dreger Notes:

“These guys are both upcoming Top Unrestricted Free Agents. In Andrew Copp, talk about a very successful chemistry experiment. Perfect fit with Artemi Panarin. And Evander Kane was an excellent addition on the left with Connor McDavid. But you have to go through the negotiations.”

Dreger wonders if anything over three years is too much for the Oilers and how open Kane will be to signing something shorter term.

Golden Knights fire DeBoer and McCrimmon

Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli isn’t sure the coach or GM will survive the purge that may be coming to the Vegas Golden Knights organization. A team that has vowed to win the Stanley Cup in its first six seasons has many problems to solve this summer after failing the postseason.

Vegas Golden Knights George McPhee Bill Foley Kelly McCrimmon
Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee, owner Bill Foley and general manager Kelly McCrimmon May 02, 2019 (Photo by David Becker/NHLI via Getty Images)

Seravalli Notes:

They threw reigning Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury overboard and then backed the bus over warrior Robin Lehner, and their mercenary roster played a lot more like a collection of jerseys than a team, as seemingly everyone over the shoulder looks and wonders who will go next. The Golden Knights have no cap spot, no top draft picks, and a thin prospectus cabinet. It feels like an inevitability that trainer Pete DeBoer will be unleashed… but will GM Kelly McCrimmon follow him out?

Kraken probably on Land Klingberg

Based on a discussion between Sportsnet’s Eric Engels and Jeff Marek, there appears to be a belief that defenseman John Klingberg is destined for Seattle and will join the Kraken as a free agent this summer to bolster their power play. Part of their discussion Thursday revolved around defenders, and the conversation suggested that Klingberg could end up in Seattle while Jeff Petry could end up in Dallas. The Canadians would then potentially attempt to land Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang to shore up their blue line.

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