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If the New York Islanders want to be able to improve this offseason, players with a high cap hit have to be dealt. After news broke that Nick Leddy was being shopped, we now know that Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is looking to move a handful of players. These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders need all the salary cap space they can get and general manager Lou Lamoriello appears to be working to free up space. Both The Athletic and The Fourth Period reported that Lamoriello was actively trying to shop Jordan Eberle, Leo Komarov, Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey. Andrew Ladd was also mentioned in The Athletic report. The New York Islanders have roughly $5 million in cap space and will get another $6 million freed up once Johnny Boychuk is placed on LTIR. They’ll need as much room as possible with new deals for restricted free agents Adam Pelech, Anthony Beauvillier and Ilya Sorokin needed. Casey Cizikas will lead the pack of unrestricted free agents that Lamoriello will likely try to keep as well. (NYI Hockey Now)

Andrew Gross is joined by Hockey Night in New York’s Christian Arnold and Sean Cuthbert to discuss Islanders free agency, the expansion draft and more offseason decisions. Plus, Andrew’s Answers. (Newsday)

After rumors surfaced during the Stanley Cup playoffs that Boston Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer was headed to the KHL, it’s been confirmed this week. The longtime reserve Bruins defenseman has signed a one-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan to play in the KHL next season, a signing confirmed to Boston Hockey Now by Kampfer’s agent Alec Schall. (Boston Hockey Now)

Tuesday night on 93-7, the Fan host Paul Zeise teed up Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski for their latest evening radio chat about the Pittsburgh Penguins, the coming expansion draft, what we could see on the NHL trade market, and the Penguins goalie situation. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Chuck Fletcher signed Ryan Suter as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild way back in 2012. After Suter was bought out on Monday, could Fletcher sign Suter as a free agent again? The Philadelphia Flyers could be a logical landing spot for the veteran defenseman. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Minnesota Wild’s decision to buy out Zach Parise’s and Ryan Suter’s contracts gives Red Wings fans a chance to decide whether Detroit’s failed attempt to sign these two nine years ago was a missed opportunity or a bullet dodged. In the summer of 2012, the Red Wings offered winger Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter about $73 million over 13 seasons. They didn’t win the bidding war. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Minnesota Wild shook the hockey world Tuesday when they bought out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. With Suter now a free agent, the Washington Capitals could be interested in targeting the left-handed defenseman in free agency. Sources indicated to Washington Hockey Now that the Washington Capitals are one of two teams already interested in right-side defenseman Ryan Suter, who will be bought out by the Minnesota Willd. (Washington Hockey Now)

Via his personal Twitter account, now former Vegas Golden Knights analyst Mike McKenna announced that he will not be back on team broadcasts next season. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Most serious hockey fans – and that includes all of you, my loyal and smart readers – already have heard the news that the Minnesota Wild will buy out the final four years of the contracts of veterans Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. The Wild will have nearly $15 million in dead cap space for the next four years. Ouch. Each player will become unrestricted free agents on July 28. The Colorado Avalanche will be like any other team – free to make an offer for either player, at whatever terms they desire. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed RFA Josef Korenar. Per Curtis Pashelka, Korenar’s one-year contract is a two-way deal, worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level, $125,000 guaranteed. This was expected: The 23-year-old performed competently in his debut NHL season, going 3-5-0 record with an .899 Save %. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter each will have the final four seasons of his contract bought out by the Minnesota Wild. Parise and Suter, who each signed a 13-year, $98 million contract ($7.54 million average annual value) on July 4, 2012, can sign with any team when NHL free agency begins July 28. “Today, it’s really tough to look back on everything from a hockey standpoint, but I’m not [going to] sit here and say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did,” Parise told The Athletic. “It’s just unfortunate this is where we are today. … This wasn’t part of the plan when Ryan and I signed here, I didn’t think.” (NHL)

Pekka Rinne retired from the NHL on Tuesday, ending a 13-season playing career, all with the Nashville Predators. “For more than 15 years, I’ve been on an incredible, life-changing journey with the Nashville Predators that has taken me to more places than I could have ever imagined and given me more than I could ever hope to give back,” the goalie said. “This decision wasn’t easy, but I know this is the right one at the right time.” (NHL)

In the days leading to the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23-24, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top goalies available. NHL.com’s full draft coverage can be found here. Jesper Wallstedt is expected to be the first Sweden-born goalie selected in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. The first round is July 23. Rounds 2-7 are July 24. (NHL)

The Minnesota Wild are clearing more than $10 million in cap space for next season with their buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and it appears the team could put that money towards adding a star centre to their roster. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger said Tuesday he believes the Wild will make an offer to the Buffalo Sabres for Jack Eichel this summer, though the team does not intend to overpay. (TSN)

 

 

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