Will the Montreal Canadiens target Tyler Sequin?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan wonders if Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin would want to play for the Montreal Canadiens if he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. He notes the Canadiens struck out on John Tavares and Paul Stastny this summer, as the pair indicated they had no interest in coming to Montreal. The Habs would have the cap space to spend on UFAs next summer, if any of them want to come to Montreal.
Artemi Panarin gives Columbus Blue Jackets a contract deadline
THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline reports Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin informed general manager Jarmo Kekalainen “that he wants all business matters pushed aside as of Sept. 13, the day training camp opens in Columbus and across the NHL. Panarin’s agent confirmed this.” Dan Milstein said his client hates the business side of hockey and wants to focus on playing. Portzline said that deadline is meaningless as Panarin is currently unwilling to negotiate a contract extension. He feels it could carry more weight on the trade front if the Jackets decide to move the winger.
Latest Pittsburgh Penguins rumors
TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie reports the Pittsburgh Penguins have a logjam at the center position and might look at trading a player. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said some of those centers, such as Derek Grant, Matt Cullen and Riley Sheahan, can also play on the wing. Bombulie also suggests a trade is a possibility. Outside of untouchables Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Derick Brassard could fetch the best return, perhaps to bring in a scoring left winger. He also acknowledged Brassard might also address that need if they try him at that position.