NHL Morning Rumor Mill – August 23, 2013.

The latest on the Sedins, Dustin Byfuglien and Alex Pietrangelo.

The Sedins agent will open contract talks soon with the Canucks.

The Sedins agent will open contract talks soon with the Canucks.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Mike Halford, citing a report from Sportsnet, reported agent J.P. Barry, who represents the Sedin twins, will head to Vancouver to begin contract talks “in earnest” with Canucks GM Mike Gillis. Henrik Sedin said there was “no rush” to get a deal done. Halford noted Barry publicly stated his clients took less money to remain with the Canucks, the only NHL team they’ve played for.

James O’Brien wondered if the Winnipeg Jets should “cut bait” with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, citing the pros and cons of doing so.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sedins are eligible for UFA status next summer and will be coming off identical five-year, $30.5 million contracts (worth an average cap hit of $6.1 million). The twins remain the Canucks best players – and among the best in the league – but they’re turning 33 in September and Canucks management could be leery of committing too much for too long to the pair. The Canucks currently have over $42.7 million invested in 12 players for 2014-15, and should the cap rebound to $70 million would have over $27.5 million in cap space. Retaining them will prove costly, potentially eating up half of that cap space.

As for Byfuglien and the Jets, they apparently have no plans to move him, but his performance this season will determine if his name remains in the rumor mill.

STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford provides an update on the Blues contract negotiations with RFA defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. The talks are reportedly “ongoing” but they don’t appear any closer to a deal. “Pietrangelo’s asking price is believed to be close to $7 million per season. The Blues apparently aren’t willing to eclipse $6 million.”


  1. Gee whiz Barry and his clients have certainly been very good to a few NHL owners giving them great hometown discounts. The Sedins and their 61 million dollars they made over the past 5 years Alfredsson only made 19.5 mill in four years. Thats only 80.5 million dollars for 3 players, providing these great bargains just for the good of the team, like this it surprising Mr. Barry can even feed himself….so selfless truly a heart and soul guy always looking out for the good of others.

    Shut up JP

    • Agreed,

      No other profession or person has EVER taken into account other factors than just mney for where they want to work.


    • To be honest all 3 players took discounts to play with their teams imo… Most hockey analyst say decent things about Barry (from what I’ve heard/read).

      This is why I cannot understand Alfredson fiasco. I think Sens owner screwed Alfie.

      • The Sedins took “discounts” if thats what you wanna call it to play and stay together as much as it was to play for the Canucks, and saying Alfie gave a discount is like going to the dollar store and instead of getting 2 chocolate bars for a dollar you buy 1 for 50 cents and thinking you got a discount. He got nearly 20 mill for four years in a cap circumventing deal, dont get me wrong the Sens are part of it too, but Barry can quit running around and acting like a hero to teams and their fans anytime now.

        • Go to capgeek and tell me how many guys you see over the age of 35 making 7 million bucks a year and like Alfie did for the first 2 years of his last deal then come back and tell me Alfie gave the Sens a discount…

          • Good point. Another good point is he played last season fora million. A year that was tacked on at theend to bring downthecap hit.So he didtake a discount last year because no one ecpected him to still be playing last year whebwhen he originally signed that contract.

  2. Byfuglien should sign his next contract with Phoenix Coyotes and stay as far away form the boats as possible.

    • bahahah…I see what you done there

    • Or he could sign with the Avs!

      • Stay away from snowboards?

        • Cant get a DUI snowboarding can you?

          • Nope, but you can sure hit a tree pretty hard

  3. The Blues won’t re-sign Pietrangelo, unless they trade someone away by the sounds of it. Well, they already have a 23 man roster.

    • Blues have enough cap space..

      • I know they have enough cap space, if they can re-sign him under $7M per. Because they only have $7.6M of available cap space, and that is not enough, as they need cap relief in case of injury.

  4. Pietrangelo is simply asking for too much money

    • Kris Letang doesn’t think so

      • Letang was becoming UFA next year.

  5. Oh… oh… Look out when Barry brings up the point of them taking less money to stay with the Canucks…

    • Better still don’t give them no-trade clauses plus their bonus money up front…(i.e. Heatley)

  6. The Sedins will sign for about 5 million a piece, on one or two year deals from here on out IMO. They love Vancouver so will work something out.

    • With the salary cap increasing they’ll not sign for 5mil a year for 2 years…. keep dreaming! 😉
      And if the trend continues that all teams sign their most talented players like this year the UFA pool will be thin and not much talent available. That could press the canucks to sign the Sedins for more money and longer term!

      • push not press


  7. Byfuglien would be such a great fit with the Pens because of his size and heavy shot. Letang got paid big time though and he’s one of my favorite players but he really needs to step it up this year when the heat is on. Good luck to the Blues Pietrangelo is a good young player and the cost alot these days, wonder if they pay more now to possibly have him at a bargain later?

  8. Hypothetically, what do you think the canucks could get for the twins? Excluding the fact they have ntc’s etc.

    As for Winnipeg I don’t see them moving buff yet. They don’t have anyone who can eat those minutes and still play decent. Unless package him for a young dman. That is assuming they bring trouba along slowly. I think that kid will be good