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Paul Kukla Kukla's Korner

Published on Sunday, July 25, 2021

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Focusing On Signings, Trades And UFAs

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said after the first round of the draft Friday that he is fielding calls on Eichel. He said he spoke to Eichel's agent, Peter Fish, twice Saturday, and has not ruled out keeping him the Buffalo captain.

"I would have no problem at all if Jack Eichel is on our team when we start training camp," Adams said. "I have said this before and I'll say it again: If we are in a position that we believe will help our franchise not just short term but for the long term in building this out, building around a core and a foundation of critical assets, then we'd be open to look at that. If we didn't have that on the table or don't think that makes sense, then we don't do something. But, yeah, I have no problem with Jack being here."

The expansion Seattle Kraken plan to be active entering the free agent market for the first time.

"Certainly we think there are some players in free agency that we'd like to have a discussion with, and hopefully we're able to convince them to come and join our organization," Kraken general manager Ron Francis said.

Several teams have already addressed needs through trades or signing their own would-be free agents.

The Colorado Avalanche got defenseman Cale Makar, a pending restricted free agent, under contract for six years and $54 million ($9 million average annual value). They'd like to re-sign forward Gabriel Landeskog and goalie Philipp Grubauer; each can become an unrestricted free agent.

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