The team wants him back in 2017-18, but at least a mild discount, according to the Miami Herald’s George Richards. Ultimately, the Panthers may remain the best fit for the 45-year-old, although it would be awfully interesting to see what kind of interest Jagr would draw if he truly put “feelers” out there. Jagr saw a reduction in production last season, generating 16 goals and 46 points after a spellbinding 27-goal, 66-point campaign in 2015-16.
When the New York Rangers fell to an Ottawa Senators team that many thought would be a speed bump on the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, the hockey world knew the time for change had come. Jeff Gorton heard the message loud and clear, and the Rangers’ core looks drastically different than it did six weeks ago. Gone are Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi, two of the team’s longest tenured players, as well as alternate captains. The team has opted against bringing back bit pieces in Brandon Pirri, Adam Clendening, and Marek Hrivik, proving the winds of change are blowing throughout the organization. With the window for talking to (but definitely not negotiating with, wink wink) pending Group 3
Andrew Knoll The Montreal Canadiens were not satisfied with a first-place finish in the Atlantic Division -- and much less so with a first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Similarly, the Ottawa Senators, who came within one game of the Stanley Cup Final, may shake up their roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning look to vault themselves back into the Eastern Conference elite after missing the playoffs. (Free agents are unrestricted, unless otherwise noted). Notable free agents: LW David Pastrnak (RFA), C Ryan Spooner, C Dominic Moore Needs: A raise for 70-point scorer Pastrnak will be the top priority in terms of forwards. Charlie McAvoy should augment the defense corps but adding depth on the