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In today’s NHL rumor recap… it’s NHL Trade Deadline Day! With a number of big names off the board and much of the action taking place before the traditional frenzy which is the last day to move, some are wondering what’s left. The response is plentiful as there are still big names on the board and some smaller transitions taking place on Sunday evening mean many more players can move than initially thought.

Another quick version of the recap will feature news on the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers.

Oilers watching Soucy and Kulak, among others

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports that the Oilers are still looking for help on the blue line as the deadline nears and they’re “throwing tires” on Seattle Kraken’s Carson Soucy as well as Brett Kulak of the Montreal Canadiens. The Oilers aren’t expected to make any big changes, but a few insiders said the team is trying to get something done. A left-handed defender remains their priority.

Brett Kulak Montreal Canadiens
Brett Kulak, Montreal Canadiens (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

NHL Network’s Brian Lawton wrote that the Tampa Bay Lightning upped the ante for all NHL teams and that the Oilers would be among the teams that felt the need to respond. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff writes: “The Oilers continue to look for left-hand shooting options for their blue line. They also checked a number of attackers. The price remains high, but they are looking for ways to improve.

Flames tried on Giordano

Pierre LeBrun noted during Sunday’s TSN Insider Trading segment that the Calgary Flames actually considered buying out Mark Giordano before the defenseman was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. But, the Flames got clarification on a little-known CBA rule that they couldn’t buy Giordano out of Seattle and have Seattle keep any salary or cap they hit in that trade. In fact, they also couldn’t involve a third team to help them.

Because they were unprepared and couldn’t take his full blow, it took them out of contention before the deadline.

Wild Not Wild About Fleury Asking price

LeBrun also offered an update on speculation the Minnesota Wild has checked on the acquisition of Marc-André Fleury. He said cost is perhaps the biggest hurdle a player or team has in trying to make a deal work. The Chicago Blackhawks are asking for a first-round pick and Wild general manager Bill Guerin doesn’t want to pay that price.

Related: Montreal Canadiens News and Rumors: 2022 Trade Deadline Edition

And, if the Wild acquire Fleury, what does that mean for Cam Talbot? He has one more season left on his contract at $3.66 million. Would the Wild consider trading him knowing they need to free up space for next season?

Could sharks move Reimer?

LeBrun also said goaltender James Reimer is attracting some interest in the NHL. He has one more season at $2.25 million on his contract and the Sharks would be happy to retain him. But, if a team offers something strong enough for the Sharks to be convinced to move it, they probably will.

James Reimer is attracting interest… The Sharks don’t need to move him, he has one year left on his $2.25 million AAV deal and they like him. But the teams are calling. It could be interesting.

Dubas loves Maple Leafs moves

Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas got to work Sunday making a number of trades that would free up space for him to land Mark Giordano. Dubas is getting a lot of praise for the work he has done and there is a theory he did more than just move plays on Sunday.

By giving up goalkeeper Petr Mrázek and striker Kyle Clifford, then signing Finnish goalkeeper Harri Säteri for the rest of the season, Dubas freed up space. But it’s the interest he and the Maple Leafs have publicly shown in Ben Chiarot and Josh Manson that has helped ensure other teams go after these players, giving him the opportunity to trade. against Giordano and not giving up a first-round pick to land him. . Seattle kept 50% of his salary in the process.

What does Georgiev’s 44 save performance mean?

Alexandar Georgiev came out on the eve of the NHL trade deadline and had one of his best games in the NHL. An outstanding 44-save shutout performance has people wondering what the deadline could mean for him and the organization.

Alexander Georgiev
Alexandar Georgiev, New York Rangers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Does this performance convince a team to negotiate for him? Or do the Rangers know he can be a game stealer in the playoffs and prioritize his guard? There’s also the question of how many buyers watched this game and decided he might be the guy they would target if they needed a goalie.

Coyotes near extension with Vejmelka

Goaltender Karel Vejmelka and the Arizona Coyotes are rumored to have agreed terms to a three-year contract extension. The value is between 2.5 and 3 million dollars per season.

The Panthers could stay busy

Seravalli reports that news Aaron Ekblad out for the rest of the regular season could keep the Panthers busy on Monday. He writes: “I am told that Aaron Ekblad will be placed on LTIR and will not return during the regular season, but sometimes during the first round.” He then adds that the Panthers could try to claw back some of the draft picks they spent to land the deadlines they met thanks to the salary cap flexibility that comes with Ekblad’s $7.5 million without count against the ceiling.