NHL Rumors: Oilers, Flames, Avalanche, Senators

In today’s NHL rumors, the Calgary Flames have been informed that Matthew Tkachuk will not be signing a long-term renewal. What’s next and which teams would Tkachuk say he’d like to go to? Are the Edmonton Oilers interested in Patrick Kane now?

His name has been linked to the organization in recent days. It doesn’t sound like the Colorado Avalanche are going out of their way to sign Nazem Kadri, and how serious are the Ottawa senators about signing a defender?

Flames informed Tkachuk that he is not signing long-term

According to The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian and Jeremy Rutherford, Matthew Tkachuk has actually told the Calgary Flames that he has no intention of re-signing a long-term deal with the organization. He has submitted a list of teams he would sign a long-term deal with and it is believed that the Flames have already started selling the player to one of those teams.

Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames
Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

There have been some mixed reports as to which teams make Tkachuk’s roster. The article suggests the St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are there. However, Nashville just signed Nino Niederreiter and Vegas has no cap room to make that kind of move. New Jersey and the New York Rangers have also expressed interest. What seems to be a consensus is that the Flames want this done before the arbitration hearing, which was officially scheduled for August 11th. They don’t need to reschedule the player until then as they would have all season to finalize a deal, but Calgary is looking to do so as soon as possible once the return is there.

Oilers don’t care about Patrick Kane

While sports betting site Sportsbetting.ag has the Oilers edge Colorado in odds to land Patrick Kane in the trade, TSN’s Tom Gazzola and the OilStream podcast says the Oilers aren’t interested in Kane right now. He says he checked the rumors and was informed directly by sources close to Ken Holland that the rumors are not accurate.

Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

“It’s something that’s come up in recent meetings about hockey operations and it’s been closed by everyone at the top, starting with Ken Holland. That’s just a rumor, that’s fueling it, that’s clickbait,” Gazzola said. He said the issue of Kane had been raised but there were no rumors there was a plan to go after the player.

Avalanche is unlikely to trade in Girard to create Cap Space

As time goes on, it seems increasingly unlikely that the Colorado Avalanche will bring Nazem Kadri back on the team as a free agent. Corresponding Adrian date, he certainly doesn’t think the Avs will trade defenseman Sam Girard to create the space. He tweeted: “Putting my thinking cap on more I doubt Sam Girard will be traded. Only 24, plenty of tenure left, very good player. There’s no point in moving it cheaply.”

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Dater feels Kadri might be frustrated with a lack of big deals like he expected. Some believe Kadri’s demand will fall as this process progresses, and more teams will jump into the mix as that happens.

Senators in connection with defense attorneys

TSN’s Travis Yost writes that the Ottawa Senators have been linked with some defenders as they try to improve their blue line. Among the names being joined are Florida Panthers MacKenzie Weegar and Arizona Coyotes Jacob Chychrun. The question some are asking right now is: how aggressively will the senators be? They have a good group of top six forwards and could be close to fighting for a playoff spot.

While Thomas Chabot is a stud, their projected top-six defenses currently include Travis Hamonic, Nikita Zaitsev and Nick Holden. They need an upgrade.

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