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CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray will begin contract talks with RFAs Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to gauge their interest in re-signing long term. Murray also said he didn’t receive any offers remotely close enough to make him consider moving defensemen Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff, adding the latter’s cap recapture penalties toward the end of his contract are a concern which affects trade scenarios…Friedman hopes someday we’ll find out how many times Flyers GM Paul Holmgren rejected trade offers for Sean Couturier, who’s become an elite shutdown forward…The Coyotes depth at center could shift their off-season trade target toward adding an Adrian Aucoin or Michal Roszival-type defenseman…Friedman wonders how much input Oilers owner Daryl Katz could have in any attempt to trade Nail Yakupov. He claims Katz was thrilled earlier this season with the idea of moving Yakupov…Ilya Kovalchuk said he’ll see about a return to the NHL when his KHL contract expires. He has three more years left on that deal and will be 33 when it expires.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ennis is 24 and coming off his second NHL contract, while the 22-year-old Foligno is completing his entry-level contract. Ennis could get at least a four-year extension. Foligno, however, might be a two-year bridge deal candidate…I think Murray has deliberately set the asking price for Myers very high to discourage interest in him. I’ve previously noted the expensive salary cap recapture penalties for Ehrhoff, which significantly penalize the Sabres in the final two years of the deal…Couturier might not become a significant offensive player but there’s no denying his strong defensive skills. His name will keep popping up in the rumor mill but I don’t believe the Flyers will part with him…The Coyotes could find an affordable option via this summer’s free agent market…Unless the Oilers receive a significant offer for Yakupov they should retain him and hope to develop his game…I can see Kovalchuk returning to the NHL in three year’s time. It’ll depend upon his family, but if they’re fine with it, he could return.