NHL free-agency rumor roundup: Latest on Forsberg, Giroux, Kadri, Campbell

We're a little over a week away from the opening of NHL Free Agency, and there are tons of rumors floating around in the hockey world. With some Superstars poised for big paydays in the prime of their careers and celebrated veterans looking for one last shot at the trophy, anticipation is building for July 13th.
Here's the latest talk in town.
What takes so long at Forsberg?
Nashville Predators star forward Filip Forsberg is expecting a big pay rise from the six-year, $36 million deal that expires at the opening of NHL free agency next week. Forsberg, 27, has had an outstanding season, recording 42 goals and 42 assists for 84 points, all career-highs. According to The Athletic's Pierre Lebrun, the Predators and their top scorer have a strong mutual interest in staying together for eight years, but the two camps appear to be at an impasse over wage demands. LeBrun reports that Forsberg is aiming for a high eight million dollar annual figure, while Nashville GM David Poile prefers to settle for about half a million dollars cheaper.
Filip Forsberg could become the biggest fish in the NHL's free-agent pond if he doesn't agree an extension with the Nashville Predators before July 13. (Getty Images)
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The longer these negotiations drag on, the more realistic the possibility of Forsberg getting onto the free market, where he would arguably be the most desirable free-agent forward, depending on whether or not Johnny Gaudreau re-signs from Calgary.
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Will Giroux settle in Florida?
LeBrun also reported that upcoming free agent Claude Giroux and the Florida Panthers, to whom he was traded before the deadline, have a mutual interest in a deal that keeps the 34-year-old in the Sunshine State. But with the Panthers' tight cap situation, an agreement with the veteran forward could be out of reach.
According to LeBrun, the Edmonton Oilers are a team Giroux will monitor in case they fail to keep playoff standout Evander Kane. Another option would be the Ottawa Senators, a city where Giroux has family ties and where he spends his summers. The key to any negotiations with the former Philadelphia Flyers captain is tenure, as Giroux is likely seeking a multi-year deal, LeBrun reports. Since he's never won a Stanley Cup, he might prefer to sign with a team that's currently fighting for a championship.
Kadri is PAID
On Monday's episode of the Real Kyper and Bourne podcast, Nick Kypreos said Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri is expecting at least $8 million a season on his next deal, but that number could go as high as $10 million. Kadri posted a career-high 87 points last season and amassed 15 points in 16 games in the playoffs en route to Stanley Cup victory.
While the Avalanche can be priced out of the Kadri sweepstakes, the 31-year-old will have many suitors in the league. Kypreos said the Seattle Kraken and Boston Bruins would be a good fit for Kadri, but also added that the Arizona Coyotes could be a dark horse in the race for his services.
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