In today’s NHL rumors, John Klingberg says he wants to stay with the Dallas Stars, but is GM Jim Nill ready to make such a financial commitment to the defenseman? Meanwhile, Jake DeBrusk spoke to the media about the status of his trade request from Boston. The Predators are rumored to have inkd head coach John Hynes for a contract extension, and the status of talks between the Vancouver Canucks and forward JT Miller is being discussed.
Klingeberg wants to stay in Dallas
During Tuesday’s season-ending meeting with the media, defenders John Klingberg said his priority is to stay in Dallas and remain a member of the team. Apparently he changed his mind after rumors surfaced during the season that he wanted a deal and when he went public about how he felt disrespected during the contract negotiations.
He remarked: “At the end of the day, I always want to stay here. We tried to find different ways to achieve this. For a year, financially speaking, we just try to get something that we’re both happy with. Unfortunately for Klingberg, it’s still very likely he’ll move on. Stars GM Jim Nill said he would like to keep Klingberg, but the Stars are signed to Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and Ryan Suter, who have at least three more seasons left. They also need to prioritize where their money goes, and Jake Oettinger, Jason Robertson, Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz could be ahead of him on that priority list.
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Nill added, “John has an opportunity to be a free agent and I don’t blame him. … It all depends on term and money. He knows where we are, I know where he is. He has earned that right and I give him full credit for it.”
DeBrusk says he’s happier and not ready to decide about the future
Jake DeBrusk requested a trade from Boston earlier this season, then signed a two-year deal to give other teams some cost certainty if they’re interested. But as his numbers started to climb and his game improved, the Bruins held him for their playoff run, knowing they needed the extra goal. The Bruins were eliminated from the postseason and during season-ending media reports, DeBrusk was asked about the status of this trade request.
He agreed to stay with the Bruins, but didn’t commit to it either. He said he needed more time and explained:
“I haven’t thought about it to be honest. It was kind of nice not to think about it since the deadline. I’ve spent a lot of time with the guys here. It’s been two days. I’ll go home with my family and go through the year more thoroughly and then make my call from there. That’s about where I’m at.”
That doesn’t mean he’ll withdraw his trade request, but it does suggest he won’t push the Bruins into making a move.
Predators Ink Hynes on New Deal
The Athletics Adam Vingan tweeted that he believed the club had agreed to a multi-year extension with head coach John Hynes to keep him behind the bench at Nashville. The deal hadn’t been officially confirmed at the time, but the Predators made the announcement when general manager David Poile met with the media on Thursday.
Hynes had a strong season as a coach. The Predators made the playoffs, and players like Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen had rebound seasons, while Filip Forsberg had a career-high 84 points. It’s believed to be a two-year deal.
Latest on Canucks and JT Miller
While JT Miller says he’s open to staying with the Canucks and signing an extension, Frank Seravalli noted on Canucks Central that he doesn’t think Miller, who is a year away from becoming a free agent, ” entering into a deal below market value. . Seravalli noted, “He doesn’t take a discount to stay. I just don’t feel like that’s a possibility.”
There’s still a strong feeling that Miller won’t be with the Canucks long-term. Technically, they don’t have to make a decision about Miller until next season’s trade deadline, but if the return is here and a team is willing to pay a heavy price to acquire Miller, the Canucks will certainly consider moving him this summer shall be.
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