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Insider Trading: Canucks eavesdrop on Miller and Boeser; Flames await on Gaudreau –

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Chris Johnston and Pierre LeBrun join host Ryan Rishaug for the latest on some high-profile trade candidates in Vancouver, where contract talks are being held between Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames, the Maple Leafs quiet talks with UFAs on hold Jack Campbell and Ilya Mikheyev, and more in the latest edition of Insider Trading.

What’s the latest on high-level trade targets for the Vancouver Canucks?

Dreger: Looks like it’s open season for the Vancouver Canucks; it’s not a clearance sale so don’t get me wrong – we’ll talk about that later JT Miller and we will talk about Brock Boeser. Miller has a year left on his contract and then he’s an unrestricted free agent and Boeser is a restricted free agent this offseason and there’s going to be a solid market for those two players. Boeser is 25 and he’s a scorer, Miller just finished a career year and he’s a brave forward – there isn’t a Stanley Cup playoff team (including the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche) who wouldn’t consider Miller a good addition to what they already have. The Canucks are interested in listening, [Canucks GM] Patrik Allvin has been busy, but the Canucks aren’t just looking for draft picks. They need good young players [and] if they give up NHL players in return, it will be a very interesting off-season for them.

Also with a career year in Calgary [for] Johnny Gaudreau, what is the last one? Looks like they’re kind of playing a waiting game.

LeBrun: The Flames wasted no time after the season. They have already made a contract offer and there has been an ongoing dialogue ever since. It won’t be about the money if Johnny Gaudreau decides to go to market – considering the eighth year that only the Flames can offer, the total dollar will be hard for other teams to match and we know the win matters to Gaudreau and the Flames will be a contender if he decides to stay. What the Flames can control is their area code and whether Gaudreau decides to go home; the Flames want to sign him off, and they’ll try to push that before July 13 (the opening of the free agent signing period) because if he’s still not signed by July 13, they may have to -be rotated.

Johnston: We’re not talking about players of Gaudreau’s quality with the Maple Leafs situation but about their two players who could hit the market in Jack Campbell and Ilya Mikheev. What stands out to me is that the Leafs apparently haven’t reached out to make an offer yet. There’s ongoing dialogue and they’ve had discussions with the camps of these guys, but no numbers have been exchanged, no real negotiations and it’s starting to feel like some guys that we’ve seen go out by the door in the past when you look Zach Hyman and Frederic Andersen during the last years. Keep in mind that Mikheyev is looking for $4-5m on the open market and Campbell could even go north of that depending on where the goalie market is going on the 13th.

In Minnesota, Cam Talbot with another year on his contract but a fairly high profile acquisition in Marc-Andre Fleury – can they extend this relationship, do you think?

Dreger: They can, but the conversation hasn’t started between [Minnesota Wild general manager] Bill Guerin and Allan Walsh, who represents Fleury, but I can tell you that Guerin would very much like to bring together this duo of Fleury and Talbot for next year. Fleury enjoyed his time in Minnesota with the Wild; it was short, but the Wild can see the value in bringing back the experienced 37-year-old goaltender. But Fleury isn’t ready to think about it just yet, his family just got back from vacation, so there’s plenty of time for the business side of the game in the days to come.

LeBrun: Let’s get him back to the Stanley Cup Final – Josh Mansonpending an unrestricted free agent, was brought in as a trade deadline acquisition by the Colorado Avalanche – it’s pretty much unrealistic to expect the Avalanche talk to him when they have Nazem Kadri coming, Valery Nichushkin coming, Darcy Kuemper to come and they will try to extend some type named Nathan MacKinnon, so Manson should go to the open market. The Anaheim Ducks I’ve been told would like to talk to him when he comes to the open market, of course he’s spent most of his career there, hugely popular in that locker room – other teams are going too take an interest in him. , but expect Anaheim to be one of them.

The awards are tonight, Chris, a little different look but we expect things to be back to normal next year.

Johnston: Absolutely, shoehorn for the Stanley Cup Final: not being an ideal scenario, completely driven by the schedule here, so when you look at 2023, the NHL really wants to take it back, have it in a standalone city – I’m told it won’t necessarily be Vegas because it was before the pandemic. There are other teams that have come forward and expressed interest in having him. There are also pending clarifications on the 2023 NHL Draft, there are rumors that Seattle will be the host city – it won’t happen, won’t be the new NHL team, the bidding process should be completed at some point by mid-July.

Pierre, Carolina’s latest release on Necas?

LeBrun: Well, Martin Necas is a restricted free agent, is out of his entry-level contract, had a 40-point season, a 2017 first-round pick, and loaded in terms of potential and talent, but had a bit of an on-and-off year , genus has been replaced in the range by Seth Jarvis. Teams are calling the Hurricanes about this young man and I don’t know if Carolina really wants to move him but I think if the offer gets to a point where you get a young [defenceman] the Hurricanes could listen.

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