Quick strikes including the Kraken, Flyers, Kuzmenko, and Staal
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: It’s not likely that the Seattle Kraken don’t trade pending UFA defenseman Mark Giordano. His rental trade worth will be high.
The Philadelphia Flyers are still in the playoff race so they don’t need to make any choices relating to Claude Giroux‘s future right now.
Russian pending complimentary representative Andrei Kuzmenko is one gamer to enjoy in the Olympics. He’s not in any rush to sign and most likely won’t dedicate to anything prior to completion of the KHL season. Fit is the most crucial thing for him for next year. He can sign a one-year NHL offer and after that be a UFA.
Chip Alexander: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal stated that his sibling Eric is “itching” to return into the NHL which he might likewise have an interest in betting Team Canada in the Olympics.
Letang and Malkin on their UFA status
Pens Inside Scoop: Kris Letang on his pending UFA status: “I don’t really think about this right now, to be honest…Right now, I’m just trying to play my game at the same level. Every time I enter the year, my goal is to win another Stanley Cup, and that’s what I focus on. The rest can take care of itself.”
Josh Yohe: Letang approximates that he wishes to play 4 more years after this season.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin back on December 29th: “I want to play maybe like three or four years more…”
Letang on Tuesday: “I don’t have a timeline, to be honest. In my mind, it could be five more years… I have to beat Geno, eh? Sid’s gonna say six.”
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: It will be intriguing to enjoy what occurs with Pittsburgh Penguins pending UFAs in defenseman Kris Letang and forward Evgeni Malkin. Coach Mike Sullivan is dealing with ensuring their agreement status (along with Bryan Rust‘s) doesn’t impact their group. There is still a lot of time, and believes they all understand where the opposite stands.