NHL Rumor Roundup: Rask doesn’t want trade; More players hit free agency

During the NHL off-season, we will deal with some rumors about trading and free agents in the NHL on a daily basis.
Need to keep abreast of rumors of NHL trading and free agents this week?
Big names flew around on Wednesday, from commercial rumors from Patrik Laine to talks with freelance agents at Taylor Hall.
Back on Tuesday, PHT looked at Henrik Lundqvist's possible next target, Steven Stamkos rumbling into the NHL rumor mill, and more. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Torey Krug were represented in Monday's summary.
Rask hopes Bruins don't trade him
Most of these summaries will tell you about teams looking to swap players and what certain people need in order to forego non-trade clauses. While Tuukka Rask lacks such a clause, he wants to stay with the Bruins. Ideally until his retirement.
"I think [Bruins GM Don] Sweeney came out and said that wasn't going to happen," said Rask Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald. "I just want to play for the Bruins."
Of course, there are roughly five billion examples of sports teams that insist they don't swap players beforehand. And Rask's lack of an NTC leaves the door open.
With Rask aged 33 and hitting a $ 7 million cap hit, the Bruins could see a robust goalkeeper free agent market as an opportunity to improve elsewhere and save money online. Still, Rask + Jaroslav Halak were a fantastic duo for the Bruins. Trading rask could result in the Bruins rethinking things as even a deep goalkeeping market is unlikely to offer an upgrade.
Rask finished last season as a Vezina finalist with a saving of 0.929 percent and an outstanding saving of 0.922 percent on his career. Rask left the playoff bubble for family reasons.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Situation challenging for Bruins, Canucks
OEL gave the coyotes Friday afternoon to trade with him and the choice between the Canucks and Bruins is slim.
In general, insiders have moved back and forth as to whether the Canucks or Bruins would rather trade for Ekman-Larsson. In the latest update, TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the Bruins are currently finding the Coyotes too expensive for OEL.
Given the challenges both the Bruins and Canucks face and the well-known financial constraints on the Coyotes, it is not surprising that Arizona has trouble asking about the moon.
If they can't stand getting a poor trading return for Ekman-Larsson, should they focus on saving money elsewhere? Difficult situation, but this makes it dangerous to assume that you can get a player to forego a no-trade clause.
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Duclair among the fascinating free agents after teams resisted qualifying offers
NHL teams looking for free agent bargains could really get rewards this off-season. Granted, in many cases it pays to be patient. The best deals are likely to come after the free agent frenzy, as they have often done in the past.
For cost reasons, some NHL teams have declined qualifying offers and deepened the free agent pool.
Notable names include: Anthony Duclair, Dominik Kahun, Nick Cousins, Troy Stecher, Andreas Athanasiou, Vinnie Hinostroza and Matt Benning.
On the one hand, the senators may save money by running Duclair. But did they partially just do it to win over flawed defender Erik Gudbranson?
Between Duclair and Athanasiou, teams can roll the dice on fast but faulty players. With Kahun, a team could add an intriguing mix of points and respectable game play. Kahun and Duclair are among the biggest head scratchers in this group.
(The Sabers may still be trying to get Kahun back, which is worth it.)
Summary of NHL Trading, Free Agent, and Retirement Rumors
In case you missed it, Corey Crawford will be a free agent, and Anton Khudobin is expected to get there too. Cory Schneider is also available after a buyout, but its value is… questionable.
Unfortunately "Mr. Game 7 will not be available after Justin Williams announced his retirement.
TSN's Frank Seravalli reports that Dustin Byfuglien is likely to retire. On the other hand, Patrick Marleau wants to continue (also according to Seravalli).
Dreger reports that the Flames are trying to negotiate a deal with TJ Brodie that will result in a free agency.
If you want to track the movements of the free agents, follow the PHT tracker.
Off-season trades could be even more exciting, and there's a tracker for that too.
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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk for NBC Sports. Email him at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.
NHL Rumor Roundup: Rask Doesn't Want A Trade; Other players who met the free agency originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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