NHL Rumors: Tomas Hertl, Phil Kessel and Aleksander Barkov
Two gamers who might strike the trade bait board

TSN: Some gamers that might have their names on the trade bait board this season.

Pierre LeBrun: San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl might be among the larger names that may be offered at some time. He’ll be an unlimited complimentary representative after the season and would get some interest.

“The Sharks would have enjoyed to have actually extended him this previous summer season, however my sense was Hertl simply wasn’t all set to get in that kind of discussion. So where does this go? If the Sharks run out a playoff area come March 21st trade due date and Hertl doesn’t have a change of mind, I believe that’s a man that might be in play. “

  • Kevin Kurz: “Pierre reporting Sharks wanted to sign Hertl to an extension last season, but – as I reported in late August – Hertl may not want to. Gonna take some time for this to play out, methinks.”

Darren Dreger: Arizona Coyotes pending UFA forward Phil Kessel will be offered as GM Bill Armstrong continues to restore. Kessel is open to a new beginning and to make a brand-new offer for next year.

“He’s got some no-trade protection and he wants to go to a competitive, if not a contending team. He’s got the big cap-hit, but the salary is only one million dollars. So, if you have an injury or a team that is struggling offensively, he could be a fit later in the season.”

The Panthers and Barkov promoting an extension

TSN: There have actually been great deals of talks in between the Florida Panthers and Aleksander Barkov the previous couple of weeks about a long-lasting agreement extension according to Pierre LeBrun. He’s set up to be an unlimited complimentary representative after the season.

“I think if they can push this over the finish line you can see an announcement within the next few weeks in Florida.”



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