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