June 12 2024 – Frank Corrado & PuckPedia’s Hart Levine

Big game hunting?

Despite the Canucks having several holes to fill on the roster, today the guys look at the possibility of the team devoting a lot of their cap space to bringing in a true difference maker to the team on the free agent market. Frankie Corrado stops by and gives his opinion on the matter, including his scouting report on the top tier and 2nd tier players. Also, Frank gets into the role of salary cap websites as tools for teams, but also talks about how players use the sites as well.

Then the guys are joined by Hart Levine of PuckPedia, the sole salary cap site that will be left standing when CapFriendly goes dark in July. Hart gets into the history of his site and what got him interested in doing it. He also weighs in on the current crop of free agents, and the new changes his site has recently undergone. All that, plus another edition of The Golf Report as we get set for the US Open! Presented by Applewood Auto Group.

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Report: Laine, Blue Jackets working on trade

The Columbus Blue Jackets are mutually working with Patrik Laine to trade the 26-year-old forward, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Wednesday's edition of "Insider Trading."

"That's the goal from everyone involved. ... (Laine) would like to move on," LeBrun said. "His agent has had conversations with the Blue Jackets about it, and both sides are gonna work together to try and get that done. He wants a fresh start. Hasn't been a good time in Columbus."

Laine entered the player assistance program on Jan. 28 and remains in the program, LeBrun added.

The Finnish sniper tallied six goals and nine points in 18 games this season. He missed nine contests due to a concussion in October before sustaining a broken clavicle on Dec. 14 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Laine has two years left on his contract with an $8.7-million cap hit, according to CapFriendly. He also has a 10-team no-trade list.

The Blue Jackets acquired Laine with Jack Roslovic from the Winnipeg Jets for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in January 2021.

Laine has accrued 64 goals and 138 points in 174 games over four seasons in Columbus. He's missed 117 contests since 2021.

The 2016 second overall pick burst onto the scene in Winnipeg with three straight 30-goal seasons to commence his career, including a 44-goal campaign as a sophomore. Laine hasn't eclipsed the 30-goal mark since 2018-19.

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Report: Jets GM open to discussing Ehlers trade

The Winnipeg Jets aren't slamming the door on the possibility of trading Nikolaj Ehlers.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is open to having conversations about Ehlers with interested teams, TSN's Darren Dreger reported on Wednesday's edition of "Insider Trading." Winnipeg would like to extend Ehlers, but that'll be complicated given Jets sniper Kyle Connor eventually needs a new pact, Dreger added.

Ehlers tied for fourth on the Jets in goals (25), ranked third in assists (36), and tied for third in points during the 2023-24 regular season. He added a pair of helpers in five playoff games this spring.

The Danish winger is signed through 2024-25 at a cap hit of $6 million, and his contract allows him to submit a 10-team no-trade list, according to CapFriendly. He'll be eligible to sign an extension on July 1.

Ehlers has a history of injury woes, but he played all 82 contests this past season for the first time since 2017-18. It was only the third time he's done so in his nine-year career, which he's spent entirely with the Jets. Winnipeg drafted Ehlers ninth overall in 2014.

Connor, the Jets' leading goal-scorer this season, buried 34 tallies in only 65 games. He's on the books for two more campaigns beginning in 2024-25. Connor will be due a hefty raise on his cap hit of $7,142,857, either on July 1, 2025 - when he's first eligible to ink an extension - or at the end of his deal as an unrestricted free agent.

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McDavid confident Oilers will solve power-play woes

The usually lethal Edmonton Oilers power play has been neutralized so far in the Stanley Cup Final, failing to convert on seven opportunities.

Captain Connor McDavid said the Oilers need to counter the Panthers' aggressive penalty kill by abandoning some structure and letting their instincts take over.

"We call it playing road hockey," McDavid said. "We've got to be elite at that."

Edmonton's power play has operated at 32.8% during the postseason, second only to the Colorado Avalanche, who were bounced in Round 2. McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Evan Bouchard, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins rank one through four among postseason skaters in power-play points. Zach Hyman ranks tied for second with five power-play goals.

The Oilers have led the league in power-play percentage three times in the past five seasons. They've never finished worse than fourth in that span.

"The power play has been together for a long time and we've been great at what we do," McDavid said. "We usually solve penalty kills, and I would expect us to figure this one out, too."

Florida's penalty kill has been excellent, though, killing off 89.7% of power plays this postseason - second only to Edmonton's 93%. The Panthers' PK ranked sixth during the regular season.

The series shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 on Thursday. Darnell Nurse is expected to play despite logging just 4:20 in Game 2 while playing through an apparent injury. Corey Perry is also expected to draw back into the lineup up front, though it's unclear who would come out. Evander Kane notably appeared to be laboring in Game 2.

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