Quick Hits: Free Agency Day 1

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Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings Rumors: Wings Out on Christian Ehrhoff Due to Contract Demands | DSS
The Wings are unwilling to give Ehrhoff a five-year deal, which is what he is asking for. The difference between Ehrhoff and Niskanen in this situation is that Niskanen is four years younger.

A YouTube video scouting report: Red Wings first-round pick Dylan Larkin | The Detroit Hustle
A scouting report of the Wings first-round draft pick.

Red Wings plan on signing goalie Tom McCollum to one-year contract to remain in Grand Rapids | MLive.com

In fairness to McCollum, he did have the best season of his career last season in Grand Rapids.

NHL News

Ranking the top 40 NHL free agents for 2014 - SBNation.com
Interesting list. They have Stralman ranked as the top defenseman available. I cannot say that I agree with that.

Report: Stastny, Avalanche can’t complete a deal | ProHockeyTalk
Not a huge surprise here. Stastny will probably be the most sought after free agent today, which means that he will receive a ridiculous contract. He made $6.6 million on average on his last deal, I would not be shocked if he receives a pay raise.

Avalanche trade P.A. Parenteau, fifth round pick, to Canadiens for Daniel Briere | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And...the Canadiens just made one of the best trades of the offseason.

Johansen: Blue Jackets offer 'a slap in the face' - Sportsnet.ca
Johansen is an RFA, which means that a Subban-like holdout may occur.

‘Deeply disappointed’ Gorges expands list of acceptable trade destinations | ProHockeyTalk

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been linked quite a bit with Gorges in the last few days.

Off-season Watch: Monday's latest from around the NHL | TSN
Some of the latest rumors ahead of today's action.

NHL rumors: Ryan Miller 'being wooed' by Canucks in Vancouver - CBSSports.com
If the Canucks want to be a rebuilding team, I would advise against signing Miller. Assuming that they want a high draft pick next season, having one of the best netminders in the world on your team certainly does not aid that cause.

Why do NHL teams give goalies long, stupid contracts? - SBNation.com
Teams tend to overreact to having a good goaltender, so they overpay to keep him.

Report: Lecavalier-to-Nashville deal falls through | ProHockeyTalk

Nashville has been snubbed by both Jason Spezza and Vinny Lecavalier. Is it reasonable to believe that Paul Stastny will join those two?

NHL free agency: 8 things to know | USA Today
The Sabres are $20 million under the salary cap floor at the moment. That is incredibly low.

Relive Sam Gagner’s remarkable Tampa Bay Lightning career in video tribute | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
For Gagner, it was not the quantity of hours that he spent with the Lighting, it was the quality of them that truly mattered.

Buyer beware with Matt Niskanen, a top NHL free agent defenseman - SBNation.com
Niskanen is a very good defenseman. He is young, and shoots right-handed. From a player perspective, I have no problem with the Wings pursuing him. My problem is the massive contract that he will receive. Niskanen is almost certain to receive a seven-year deal, and a cap hit north of $5 million. The salary I am fine with, it's the term that I cannot stomach.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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