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Anthony Mantha‘s name remains in trade talks

Daily Faceoff: Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha has a year left on his agreement at a $5.7 million cap hit, and according to Frank Seravalli, his name has actually shown up in trade talks.

The Capitals quit a lot to obtain Mantha and it hasn’t actually exercised – an initially, 2nd, Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik.

“At that price tag of $5.7 million and that type of production of 27 points in 67 games, perhaps you could get someone to take a flyer on him, but if so, they’re not going to get anything in return. And more to the point, I wouldn’t be shocked if, depending on how aggressive they are and really trying to move him, that someone might actually have to pay.”

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The Columbus Blue Jackets 2nd first-round choice remains in play

Daily Faceoff:  The Columbus Blue Jackets remain in the procedure of employing a brand-new head coach. Candidates consist of Mike Babcock, Peter Laviolette and Paul Vincent.

Frank Seravalli states the first-round choice they obtained from the Los Angeles Kings (22nd total) remains in play, and might be wanting to include a defenseman.

“But to use that first-round pick, I’m told the Kings’ 22nd overall pick is certainly in play as they will try and leverage that and maybe use their own pick at the very top, 3rd overall, but after that, they’d like to improve and be a playoff team for next season.”

Will Evan Rodrigues desire more than the Avs can pay for?

Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now: The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $2 million offer last offseason. The 29-year-old balanced over 15 minutes for the season and the Avs might seek to bring him back however just at the best rate.

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He rejected a three-year, $10.5 million deal last offseason. Evolving Hockey tasks a four-year offer at $4.75 million per. Turning 30 this offseason and with the cap just increasing a $1 million, that number might be tough to acquire. That would likely be excessive for the Avs.

Three years at $3 million would work for the Avs however most likely not for Rodrigues.

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