Predator, Oilers and Wild move early to close the Avs gap


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The predator also lost Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche When they were wiped out of the first round.With McDonald’s Resigned Philip FoshbergNashville wants to start filling the Colorado gap.

“It’s at our meeting because we lost to Colorado, who won the Stanley Cup. That’s our measuring bar,” said General Manager David Poyle on Monday. “There’s no false illusion. There’s still a way to go, but today I feel like I’m a year older for many young players and adding McDonald’s. I think we’re heading in the right direction.”

Nashville isn’t the only team with that measuring stick in mind. Western nations such as Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild, who were hit by an avalanche in the finals of the conference, have been moving to chase after the champions even before the free agents began.

The Oilers gave up the draft topic to free up space in the salary cap to re-sign the scoring winger Ebander Kane, even while giving the agent permission to talk to rival clubs. Wild has re-signed Marc-Andre Fleury to become one of the NHL’s top goal-ending duos. And even some emerging candidates like the Los Angeles Kings have stretched out some young players who can help them follow the path of Colorado.

“It’s obviously hard to stay on top,” said Avalanche, president of hockey operator Joe Sakic. Promotion After winning the GM of the Year award. “Everyone’s dream is to win the Stanley Cup, and now that we’re the Stanley Cup champions, we’re going to get everyone’s best game.”

Their next match isn’t until October 12, and these challenges have already begun as Avalanche re-signs Winger Valerie Nichushkin to a $ 49 million eight-year contract.

Nashville was excited at the Blue Line with McDonald’s, who won the Cup twice in a row at Tampa Bay and never missed the playoffs in his 12-year NHL career. A veteran defense known for his toughness had his choice of destination essentially for the trade protection of his contract, and he said they could reach the top. I didn’t choose a predator if I didn’t think about it.

“It was a big point soon to realize that this group was competitive and had all the elements I believe needed to win the cup,” McDonald said. “You always want to fight, playoffs, keep the deep plan, and this team has it all.”

Forsberg saw the same before deciding to sign a contract that counts $ 8.5 million for salary caps by 2030. The deal represents an investment to bring the Swedish Winger to his heyday and bring the cup to Nashville for the first time.

“The only thing we miss is the Stanley Cup, which is the main driving force for all of us,” Forsberg said. “We’re close. We have a really good team. I’ve been lucky enough to play with a lot of really good teams here, but I’m still not taking that last step. “

Indeed, predators are not the only ones in the sector. More than 30 years after the Oilers won everything, they enjoyed a deep playoff run this spring before being attacked by Colorado.

In last week’s draft, Edmonton offered Arizona the flexibility of the cap by exchanging picks and more for the first round, offloading Zack Kassian’s contract. The new deal between young restricted free-agent winger Kyler Yamomoto and Jesse Puruyarbi is one of those lists, along with the possibility to find something in common with Kane who was just right with Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl. It’s on top.

“There are so many things,” said GM Ken Holland. “We need to set a goal. That’s where the cap space goes: one or two of the (them) places.”

Kane’s agent, Daniel Milstein, confirmed to the Associated Press that he had begun negotiations with other teams while continuing discussions with the Oilers. His client is eligible to become an unlimited free agent on Wednesday.

What can complicate the situation is Kane’s notable dissatisfaction with San Jose Sharks’ termination of the deal earlier this season. This will almost certainly not be resolved in the next 3 days.

One thing that was resolved was the situation in Minnesota’s goal-ending after Wild re-signed three-time cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury for $ 7 million for two years. They will pair Fleury and Kamtalbot again. This was a successful recipe in the last 6 weeks of last season.

“I think we have one of the top tandems in the league to have Marc-Andre Fleury and Cam Talbot as a 1-2 punch,” said GM Bill Gerin. “Every night, I put a great goalkeeper on the net.”

With Avalanche rotation Minnesota hopes to be a bit unknown with the transfer from 26-year-old Alexander Georgiev and Darcy Kuemper and have enough nets to survive the long regular season and play off.

“I play off and go in every season with the aim of going from there,” Fleury said. “I don’t think it’s good to be proactive, but definitely our goal is to always get to the end.”

To do so, Wild must go through an avalanche-or for the same reason one of the other teams in the west loads.


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