Late night rumour update: buzz building ahead of NHL free agency

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July 1st has arrived at last. Here a few rumours as we approach the opening bell:

- I could give you my best educated guesses for free agency, but instead I'll just direct you to the Free Agency Rumour Board so you can see who the rumoured contenders are. Aside from Lucic presumably headed to Edmonton, the bidding on the top players seems fairly wide open.

Quick rumour update: new names popping up in trade talks

A few quick rumour notes as we approach free agency:

- Is pending RFA defender Tyson Barrie still available? Talks have once again stalled between Barrie's camp and the Avs, and some wonder whether this one might be headed towards a trade despite reports and statements of optimism from both sides.

Okposo contenders, Oilers and Devils talking trade? Nichushkin rumour + more

Many teams have talked to Okposo during the interview period, so it looks like this one won't go too far past July 1st. Among those interested in the scoring winger are the Jets, Wild, Red Wings, Canucks, Kings and Coyotes.

Stamkos Sweepstakes: updated rankings

Although we still don't know for certain which team Steven Stamkos is leaning towards, it's become a lot clearer who the top bidders will be on July 1st. With the free agent interview window opening, we're starting to see a bit of separation between the various contenders.

Hall & Hamonic rumours keep coming, Johansson speculation + more

The Taylor Hall for Travis Hamonic rumours won't die down.

Hamonic requested a trade from the Islanders early on in the regular season, but recently recanted on his demand. Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped teams in need of defense from calling, and Hamonic's desire to be traded to Western Canada remains strong. The Oilers, who have long been rumoured a frontrunner for Hamonic, are believed to have offered up packages that include Jordan Eberle, high picks and perhaps Oscar Klefbom. Adding Hall into the mix would certainly be of interest to a team that looks shallow up front.

Kings looking to make series of swaps; Fleury buzz + more

Why haven't there been more blockbuster trades?

Draft day 2 rumour update

Another quick update as we get going on day 2 of the 2016 NHL draft.

Late night rumour update as UFA interview period opens

Bummed out there haven't been more trades? Last year 16 moves were made between June 26th and July 1st. They're coming, folks.

Just a quick late night update as we enter the UFA interview period.

Rumours aplenty: Elliott, Fleury, Fowler, McNeil + more

A quick update the night before the 2016 NHL entry draft. Just 24 hours left...

Taylor Hall rumours surface; crazy weekend in the NHL nears

Lots of rumours involving Taylor Hall surfacing the last few days...we have known for a few months that the Oilers would consider trading anybody not named McDavid to improve their squad, so this isn't totally out of left field. The Jordan Eberle market is rumoured to be fairly quiet, while the Oilers are taking their time before finding a trade partner for Nail Yakupov. They're also quietly looking to dump Mark Fayne's salary.

Rumoured contenders for the top pending UFAs: Part III

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The clock is ticking. Here's Part III of the contenders for the top pending UFAs.

Don't forget to check out Part I and Part II if you haven't already.

Rumours surround top picks in the 2016 NHL draft

With just four days before the 2016 NHL draft, trade talk continues to escalate around the league. Several first round picks are rumoured to be in play, with teams looking to move up, down or completely out of the first round.

Rumoured contenders for the top pending UFAs: Part II

We're now just 5 days away from the UFA interview period, and speculation continues to surface around the league. Here's Part II of the rumoured contenders for the top pending UFAs. Check out Part I if you missed it.

Rumoured contenders for the top pending UFAs: Part I

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Just 6 days from now all 30 NHL teams will be allowed to talk to any pending UFA. Time to fish or cut bait.

Rumours continue to surface; UFA interview period 9 days away

Duchene Avalanche rumours

- Matt Duchene is back in the rumour mill. His name first surfaced early in the NHL regular season, but things seemed to taper off as his play improved. The Senators and Jets are two teams known to have kicked tires. If the Avs move him, it'll likely be to improve their struggling blueline.

Rumours percolating ahead of the NHL draft: the latest buzz

Lots going on in the NHL rumour mill so you'll see shorter posts at a greater frequency for the next while.

The nine rumoured contenders for Steven Stamkos

We are a mere 11 days away from the June 25th UFA interview period, and several teams are putting the final touches on their sales pitches to Steven Stamkos. Stamkos has expressed his desire to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if and when he opens up to offers from other teams, there will be no lack of suitors.

Trade market about to bust open; players who could be on the move soon + more

We're now just 12 days away from the NHL draft and the opening of the UFA interview period. On June 22nd the NHL Board of Governors will vote on expansion, which will tell GMs whether they need to make trades in anticipation of a 2017 expansion draft. And if teams want to make sure they don't want to face an offer sheet on one of their RFAs, they'd better get on that before the June 28th RFA interview period opens.

Four NHL goalies rumoured to be on the move this summer

The goalie market in the NHL has probably never been hotter than it is right now. Teams are under increased pressure to shed salary in light of news that the NHL salary cap will remain relatively stagnant this year. If and when the NHL approves expansion to Las Vegas, an expansion draft will likely happen in 2017 which will expose eligible goalies around the league and force teams to make trades ahead of the draft. Keep these factors in mind as you read this star-studded list of goalies on the block.

D-man rumours flying: Trouba, Campell, Hamonic still available + more

Trouba Jets NHL Rumours

The list of teams inquiring on Jacob Trouba continues to grow, with Boston joining Edmonton, Colorado and the Islanders as teams with keen interest in the pending RFA blueliner. The Jets have continued a dialogue with Trouba, though they may not be able to afford him following the re-signing of Dustin Byfuglien. Rumours emerged several months ago that Trouba was seeking a long term deal of over 6 million a season.

Stamkos down to the wire; Lucic; Girgensons offer sheet + more

In just 18 days any NHL team can talk to pending UFA Steven Stamkos. The list of teams interested in Stamkos is long, and the bidding for his services is expected to be highly competitive. While some teams might be willing to offer Stamkos over 10 million a year over 7 years, Tampa has the advantage of being able to give him an extra year, despite probably being unable to give him market value. It's not clear at this point how hard Stamkos' agent will push Tampa on salary.

Trade buzz picking up; Radulov, Barrie, Malkin + more

The rumour mill has kicked into overdrive as we inch ever closer to the NHL draft and unrestricted free agency. Teams hoping to holding onto pending UFAs technically have until July 1st to lock them up, but the real day they need to worry about is June 25th, when any team can begin talking to pending UFAs. That's 21 days from now. It's crunch time.