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In today’s NHL Rumor Roundup, reports surfaced that the Florida Panthers are actively trying to trade Sergei Bobrovsky. What are they willing to do to move it? Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are expected to name Peter DeBoer as their next head coach.

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Did the Vancouver Canucks land the biggest free agent in the KHL and are they in the market for a top-four defenseman? What will the Buffalo Sabers do if no top goaltender will consider them? Finally, will Brayden Point play Game 3 for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Panthers trying to trade Bobrovsky

The Panthers are reportedly pushing to trade goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Nick Kypreos said in the “Really Kyper and Bourne” to show. “In terms of buyers, who needs a goalkeeper, and we are willing to hold onto the money. And they tell me as much as 50 percent.”

Sergei Bobrovsky Florida Panthers
Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers (jess starr/The hockey writers)

If true and the Panthers are willing to keep 50% of his contract, it’s not a bad deal for a number of teams that could use a starter. A healthy and productive Bobrovsky for four seasons at $5 million a season is a solid value deal. Through 54 games in 2021-22, he went 39-7-3 with a .913 save percentage and 2.67 GAA and helped lead the Panthers to the President’s Trophy. His numbers have dipped at times and did in this year’s postseason (.911 SV% and 2.70 GAA in 10 games), but he was still a strong goalkeeper.

Still just 33 years old, he has a no move clause that starts in July 2024.

Stars to hire DeBoer

According to Elliotte Friedman: “Hearing that Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach of the Dallas Stars.” There has been no official announcement of the stars yet, but TSN’s Pierre LeBrun he writes that the two sides are, “working on a four-year deal worth more than $4 million per season, sources say. It’s not signed yet, but that’s where it’s headed once it’s done.”

Hearing that Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach of the Dallas Stars.

The Stars are in win mode now and DeBoer is known as a coach who can make the most of his roster. The hope seems to be that he’ll wake up some of the more offensive guys on the team who haven’t been as offensive the past two seasons.

Canucks and a top-four defenseman?

During the Donnie and Dalli Show, Thomas Drance asked Rick Dhaliwal if he had heard anything about the Canucks possibly chasing a top-four defenseman. Neither said they’ve heard anything concrete, but both believe the team will eventually look for one.

The inner feeling was that both Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tyler Myers relied too much on the club and played too often. They also believed that Ekman-Larsson was strong last season, especially when he was asked to play a closing role. They still would like to see him in more offensive positions.

In other Canucks news, Andrey Kuzmenko’s agent has confirmed that the Canucks have landed the KHL free agent. He writes, “Confirming Andrey Kuzmenko’s intention to sign with Vancouver Canucks. The details of the contract will be worked out soon.”

Sabers to play in the reserve group of goalkeepers

According to Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News, the Sabers don’t expect some of the top UFA goaltenders to be available to them. Because the organization will not be Option A for many of the high-end netminders, they are expected to take the cheaper route this summer.

Casey DeSmith, Pittsburgh Penguins
Casey DeSmith, Pittsburgh Penguins (Amy Irvin / The hockey writers)

He writes:

In free agency, the Sabers are more likely to target trade options like casey smith, Mikko Koskinen, Eric Comrie and Kevin Lankinen. There are ample commercial options. Will the Bruins make Ullmark available if they’re rebuilding? Jonathan Quick, John Gibson, Semyon Varlamov, James Reimer and Adin Hill are some names to watch out for.

source: ‘Sabres Mailbag: Goalie Plan, Pilut Status, Free Agent Search & Draft Day’ – Lance Lysowsky – Buffalo News – 06/12/2022

Signal a decision at the time of the game

Jon Cooper says Brayden Point is a game-time decision against the Colorado Avalanche for Game 3. Point didn’t take the morning skid. Neither did Andrei Vasilevskiy, but he will play tonight despite the onslaught of goals he faced in Game 2.

Cooper says Point hasn’t been exactly the same player he was before his injury, but noted that he was asked to play against the fastest team in the NHL and that it’s a tough situation to get into.

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