In right this moment’s NHL rumor rundown, there may be information that Jason Spezza can be open to a return to Ottawa, updates on the standing of issues between the Toronto Maple Leafs and restricted free agent Andreas Johnsson, the Dallas Stars may take a look at transferring a younger ahead and extra.
Spezza Again in Ottawa?
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic (subscription required) spoke with Jason Spezza who is not going to be again with the Dallas Stars subsequent season and requested him what his plans are for the long run. Particularly, he requested him if he would think about a return to the one different franchise he has suited up for.
Dallas Stars heart Jason Spezza (90) in the course of the NHL sport between the Dallas Stars and the Carolina Hurricanes on the PNC Area. (Andy Martin Jr)
Spezza stated he undoubtedly desires to maintain enjoying. He added:
It’s nonetheless early on this course of however I’ve an excellent relationship with the folks in Ottawa which might be nonetheless there. It could be excessive on my listing of issues that’s for positive. I left there on good phrases. It undoubtedly retains the door open. It’s meals for thought, for positive. But it surely’s so early within the course of, we’ll see.supply – ‘LeBrun: Jason Spezza contemplates his future — on and off the ice — as his time in Dallas involves an finish’ – The Athletic – Pierre LeBrun – 05/16/2019
As LeBrun factors out, Spezza turns 36 subsequent month however in the correct scenario, he can fill a bottom-six function. He did so for Dallas within the playoffs this season and he’ll be an excellent assist to any energy play. Whereas he may not be quick sufficient to excel in right this moment’s sport, his hockey sense hasn’t left him and he can assume the sport sooner than most.
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Andreas Johnsson Letting Agent do the Speaking
Restricted free agent Andreas Johnsson delivered with a 20-goal season and as one in every of Toronto’s higher forwards, he’ll get a hefty increase over the summer time. The query is, ‘What is going to a Johnsson deal seem like?’
Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews celebrates with teammates Andreas Johnsson and wing Kasperi Kapanen (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
Jonas Siegel of The Athletic notes that Johnsson is open to negotiating with the Maple Leafs and that he’s not caught on the kind of deal. Johnsson stated, “The brokers and the group have to speak about that.” He added, “No matter would work greatest for each (sides).”
If they will, and sure there’s the cap crunch to contemplate, the Leafs ought to go huge on a Johnsson deal as a result of he’s an rising participant, a spunky, shifty menace who can rating and create for others. It actually doesn’t harm that he’s grow to be a greater than viable long-term possibility for Matthews’ line, significantly because the group’s energy at wing tilts closely to the correct. supply – ‘Andreas Johnsson guess on himself. Can the Maple Leafs afford to guess on him?’ – The Athletic – Jason Siegel – 05/09/2019
In keeping with TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Leafs made a suggestion of 4 years and a $2.6 million cap hit and had been rejected. A two-year cope with a $2.1 million cap hit was additionally turned down. So, whereas Johnsson isn’t caught on the size of the deal, it does seem he desires truthful worth.
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Time for Julius Honka to Transfer On?
Sportsday’s Matthew DeFranks asks if younger defenseman Julius Honka has a future with the Stars? The restricted free agent hasn’t completed a lot for the Dallas Stars of late and DeFranks believes he might “draw a minimum of marginal curiosity from different groups.”
Stars defenseman Julius Honka (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports activities)
At 23 years previous, if he’s not going to crack the lineup for the Stars, he’s in all probability greatest to get a shot elsewhere.
Ivan Telegin Trying For NHL Contract
Ivan Telegin instructed Igor Eronko of Sport-Categorical that he’s on the lookout for an NHL contract after his cope with CSKA Moscow within the KHL lately got here to an finish. The Winnipeg Jets at present personal Telegin’s NHL rights however on the finish of June when he’ll grow to be an unrestricted free agent.
A staff on the lookout for a cheap contributor for his or her backside six may have a look.