NHL Rumors: Vladislav Gavrikov, and what teams could be interested

Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek on 32 Thoughts: The Podcast – Goodbye, Gabby on the Columbus Blue Jackets pending UFA defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov.

** NHLRumors.com transcription

Marek: “Vladislav Gavrikov and his $2.8 million agreement is a simple include for any group that requires a defenseman. I believe Columbus’ choice is to keep Gavrikov. Like I believe they’ve most likely gone to him to see if there’s any method that they might use him something that would permit him to remain. Don’t believe that’s going to occur.

There’s a variety of groups, and we consider Edmonton definitely, right out of eviction. But as we discussed on Saturday, it seems like Columbus is most likely trying to find something along the lines of a David Savard offer if they can get it. That’s a very first and a 3rd.

And we might take a look at that and state, wow that’s a lot, however we stated that’s a lot for David Savard. We stated that’s a lot about Ben Chairot. But those are simply the costs you pay come trade due date time for defensemen.”

Friedman: “Yes, those are. I think it’s kind of wise for Columbus here to let teams talk to him to see if they can sign him. Someone was saying to me the defense market this offseason, at least from unrestricted free agency, it’s not very deep.”

Marek: “Matt Dumba.”

Friedman: “There’s Dumba. There’s (Damon) Severson. The gamer we’re discussing, Gavrikov. But it’s not deep so it makes good sense for Columbus to permit groups to do this.

I had some Leafs fans sending me keeps in mind stating, are you sure we’re in on Gavrikov. Like I believe at some time this year Toronto has actually called about like every prospective defenseman. We’ve spoken about Ottawa has actually called about every prospective defenseman. We all understand that.

Edmonton has actually called around about every prospective defenseman. We type of all understand that. Although that’s decreased cause they’re working out.

I believe the Leafs have actually called around on almost every defenseman. I don’t always believe that indicates they understand what they’re going to do or who it’s going to be, however they’ve made their calls. And I still believe they’re going to do a forward too. I believe they’re going to attempt to do both.

But Gavrikov’s a great gamer and I believe it’s a wise relocation by Columbus to state, alright, if it enhances our stock or our return, sure, we’ll let individuals speak to him.”

Marek: “You understand which other defensemen are offered this offseason?

Friedman: “Which ones?”

Marek: “All of Washington’s, well except for John Carlson. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if Erik Gustafsson, I don’t know how quickly, but I would imagine Washington would want to re-up with Gustafsson.”

** NHLRumors.com transcription

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