NHL Rumour Roundup: Latest on John Tavares, Ilya Kovalchuk
The Washington Capitals may have won the Stanley Cup five days ago, but it won’t be long before rosters begin turning over.
Just four days after Pittsburgh won the Cup last year, Montreal went heavy into the trade market by moving Mikhail Sergachev for Jonathan Drouin. The NHL’s buyout window opens on June 15 at 12:01 a.m. ET, which could add to the free agent pool and open up space for teams to explore bigger trades. The draft, which goes June 22-23 in Dallas, has become a huge trading period for both picks and players. And then of course there’s Canada Day, July 1, when the free agent market opens and teams let the money fly.
You can bet the rumour mill will only heat up the closer we get to the draft and free agency.
This NHL off-season is set to be another exciting one, with no shortage of trade candidates or storylines to watch unfold. And as it goes on over the next few weeks, we’ll keep you up to date on the buzz around the league.
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