Spurgeon on an extension
Michael Russo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon on the possibility of signing a contract extension this offseason: “Obviously my family loves it here. We love it here. I want to win here so you can just go about it the way you can and let your agent to do his thing.”
Would make sense for the Canadiens to lock up a couple of their pending UFA defensemen
Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn is one of their five pending unrestricted free agents – Christian Folin, Jordan Weal, Nate Thompson, Antti Niemi – and he’s hopeful that he’ll be back.
“It’s not going through my mind now, but I hope it’s not my last game here.”
It makes sense for the Canadiens to try and re-sign Benn and Folin, their third pairing.
It’s likely that they re-sign Kulak.
Coaching options outside of McLellan for the Sabres
European route – Rikard Grönborg, and Ralph Krueger.
College coaches – Nate Leaman, Mel Pearson, and Guy Gadowsky.
Sabres could still get Skinner signed, but a few options if they can’t
“Both sides have continued to focus on, ‘How do we get a deal done?’” Botterill said. “He’s a fun player. He’s an energetic player. You love watching Jeff Skinner out there. I think the relationship for both sides – for the player and for the team – has been a positive one. That’s why we’re trying to find a resolution.”