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Ahead of the free agent market opening on Wednesday, TSN.ca keeps you up to date with all the latest rumors and speculation from around the NHL beat.

Holding Out Hope

The clock is ticking for the Calgary Flames to re-sign Johnny Gaudreau, but general manager Brad Treliving said Friday he hasn’t closed the door on the possibility.

Treliving said he still believes there’s a chance of keeping the winger from hitting unrestricted free agency on Wednesday and he’s solely focused on trying to reach an extension with Gaudreau.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported earlier this week that Gaudreau’s decision could also affect Matthew Tkachuk’s future in Calgary.

“Johnny Gaudreau has had an offer for a month now of eight years from the Calgary Flames and the Flames want some clarity very soon here so that they know if they have to pivot, they do,” LeBrun said on Insider Trading. “I’m not sure they’re going to get that clarity. In the meantime, there are teams that are waiting to pounce on Matthew Tkachuk potentially if they think Johnny Gaudreau is leaving. That would impact Tkachuk in the sense of maybe not wanting to sign long-term with Calgary yet.

“None of that has happened yet. But teams are wanting to get in on that.”

The 28-year-old Gaudreau is coming off a career season in 2021-22, in which he recorded 40 goals and 115 points in 82 games with the Calgary Flames.

He is coming off a six-year, $40.5 million contract with an average annual value of $6.75 million.

Circling Back?

After moving goaltender Petr Mrazek During the first round of the NHL Draft Thursday night, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said the team now has the cap space to take a run at any goaltender on the market this summer.

That list includes pending unrestricted free agent Jack Campbellwho TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston reports Dubas will meet with in the days ahead.

There’s been little by way of negotiations to date between the Leafs and Campbell, though the team now has an additional $3.8 million in cap space after trading Mrazek and the 25th overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday for the 38th overall selection.

Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray could be a potential option for the Leafs as TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports the netminder is open to being traded to either Toronto or the Edmonton Oilers.

The Buffalo Sabers tried to swing a deal with the Senators on Thursday, however Murray declined to waive his no-trade clause.

Murray has been limited to just 47 starts over his first two seasons in Ottawa since signing a four-year, $25 million contract with an average annual value of $6.25 million.

The 28-year-old recorded a .906 save percentage and 3.05 goals-against average in 20 games this past season while missing significant time with an upper-body injury.

Thursday saw plenty of movement on the goaltender market, with the Colorado Avalanche now ready to let Darcy Kümper go after acquiring Alexander Georgiev from the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild keeping Marc-André Fleurywho had been linked to Toronto, from reaching a free agency with a two-year deal.

Dubas on Mrazek trade: ‘We want to make ourselves as flexible as possible’

Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas spoke about the reasoning behind trade Petr Mrazek and the 25th pick to Chicago for the 38th pick in the NHL draft.

“It opens up a lot for us,” Dubas said of the Mrazek trade. “You see with the trades (Thursday) and the signings today that the number of chairs are starting to go by the wayside.

“Our situation would be encouraging for any goaltender.”

With Erik Kallgren and joseph woll Currently the only two goaltenders under contract for next season, Dubas said his focus will be adding one netminder and allowing those two to compete for the other role.

“I think I feel good about Kallgren and Woll battling there as well and that gives me confidence that the focus will certainly be one (goalie) and then we’ll see what the cap situation is from there and proceed,” Dubas said.

Campbell, 30, recorded a .914 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average with a 31-9-6 record in 49 appearances with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. In the playoffs, he had a .897 save percentage and 3.15 GAA as the Maple Leafs were eliminated in seven games in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Oil Rich?

It’s looking like the Edmonton Oilers could have plenty of cap space by the time the free agent market opens next week.

Following reports on Friday that veteran defenseman Duncan Keith has decided to retire, the Oilers will free up $5.54 million in cap space, adding to the $3.5 million in space cleared Thursday by trading Zack Cassian to the Arizona Coyotes.

With goaltender mike smith ($2.2 million AAV) and Oscar Klefbom ($4.12 million AAV) potentially spending the season on long-term injured reserve, Edmonton could have as much as $22 million to work with this summer.

“It was obvious that we had to make a move or two to try and get some cap space,” Holland said of dealing with Kassian, adding he didn’t want to buy out the remaining two years of the winger’s contract.

The Oilers currently have 14 players under contract for next season with wingers Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi scheduled for restricted free agency. The team could be looking for multiple goaltenders on the open market and have been linked to forward claude-girouxin addition to their stated interest in re-signing pending UFA Evander Kane.

Stay Put

It appears Marc-André Fleury‘s extension will not be signaling the end of Cam Talbot‘s time with the Minnesota Wild.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the Wild plan to move forward with the veteran tandem and met with Talbot and his agents to make sure the 35-year-old is on board with the team’s plan.

“We both stated our positions,” Talbot’s agent George Bazos told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun via text message after the meeting. “(Wild general manager Bill Guerin) has a lot to think about.”

Fleury, 37, signed a two-year, $7 million extension on Thursday, while Talbot remains signed through the upcoming season at a cap hit of $3.67 million.

Talbot had a 32-12-4 record last season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. He was supplanted as the team’s starter when the Fleury was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks ahead of the trade deadline.

Fleury had a 9-2 record upon arriving in Minnesota with a .910 save percentage and a 2.74 GAA. He started the team’s first five playoff games against the St. Louis Blues, posting a .906 save percentage and 3.04 GAA. Talbot then replaced Fleury as the team’s starter for Game 6, allowing four goals on 26 shots as the Wild were eliminated in the first round.

The Wild, who have $12.7 million in dead cap this season from buying out Ryan Suther and Zach Parise last year, currently have $1.43 million in cap space with 20 players under contract for next season, per CapFriendly.

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