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Two buyouts coming: Mason Raymond and Eric Nystrom

Calgary forward Mason Raymond and Nashville forward Eric Nystrom have been placed on waivers for the purposes of being bought out.

Raymond, 30, had one year left on his three-year contract, with a cap hit of $3.15 million. He had just four goals in 29 games last season. He played 15 games for AHL Stockton, scoring six times with nine assists.

Nystrom, 33, also had one year left on his contract. His cap hit was $2.5 million on a four-year deal. The Preds tried to trade him, but not surprisingly had no luck after he scored just seven goals, with no assists, in 47 NHL games last season.

Report: the Blue Jackets also signed Dubois to his ELC

The Seth Jones extension was the big news of the morning in Columbus, but according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Blue Jackets have also signed Pierre-Luc Dubois to a three-year, entry-level contract. (It won’t be official until Friday.)

You might have heard that Dubois was drafted third overall on Friday, ahead of Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi. (Pretty big story that day.)

Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has since told reporters that the 18-year-old forward has a “very good chance to compete for a spot on our team” next season.

Dubois, who believes he can be a “first-line center in the NHL” (and Columbus could use one of those, after trading Ryan Johansen for Jones) said Friday that he was confident the Jackets didn’t make a mistake by choosing him over Puljujarvi.

“Jesse is a really good player,” said Dubois. “Pretty much every guy in this draft is a really good player, but I’ve gained 40 pounds the past two years. I think my ceiling, my potential is still far away, so I have a lot to develop. I think over the next couple of years — that’s what I told every team — the next couple of years, I think now everybody is talking about the two Finns and Matthews No. 1, 2, 3, but in the next couple of years, I think I’d be in that discussion, too. I think I developed later than others, but they draft you for what you’re going to be in your prime and not what you are right now.”

UFA of the Day: Shane Doan

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 12:  Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Gila River Arena on February 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Flames 4-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Every day until June 30, we’ll write about a pending unrestricted free agent. Today’s UFA of the Day is…

Shane Doan

Most of us thought he would’ve re-signed by now. Because that’s what Shane Doan does — no matter what, he stays loyal to the franchise that drafted him all the way back in 1995, when it was still in Winnipeg.

But he hasn’t re-signed yet, so what’s the deal?

“Negotiations continue,” GM John Chayka told Arizona Sports. “There are just a lot of balls in the air with our entire team; a lot of liquidity in our market. Once we get a little more clarity on where everything fits then it makes it a lot easier to get Shane in the right spot.”

Suffice to say, Doan used to be more of a priority for the Coyotes. It didn’t matter if there were “a lot of balls in the air.” (When are there not with this franchise?) He was their captain, and it was important for their credibility when he chose to re-sign in 2012.

Of course, a big difference now is that he’s 39 years old, turning 40 in October. He can still play; he had 28 goals last season. But he’s a lot closer to the end of his career.

Another big difference is the general manager. It’s no longer Don Maloney, who just last year said that Doan “will stay with us as long as he wants to stay with us.” Now it’s Chayka and Dave Tippett running the show. Perhaps they see the situation differently.

Doan has said in the past that he’s not really interested in pursuing a Stanley Cup anywhere but Arizona, but if it gets to Friday and he’s free to test the market, you have to wonder if he might.

Click here for all our 2016 UFA profiles.

Chiarelli states the obvious: ‘It’s hard to get a No. 1 defenseman’

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers attends the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Of all the reasons the Edmonton Oilers haven’t made the playoffs in a decade, the best is that they haven’t had a number-one defenseman since Chris Pronger forced his way out right after their run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

In fact, they haven’t even had close to a number-one defenseman. Tom Gilbert might have been their best. Yes, really, Tom Gilbert. Unless it was Jeff Petry. Maybe it was him. (Here, you decide.)

And that’s why there’s so much pressure on GM Peter Chiarelli right now. Even with Connor McDavid and all the other talented forwards the Oilers have assembled, it’s hard to see them contending without a significantly better blue line.

“I can understand the fans’ frustration, but you have to make the right deal. I’m having lots of discussions,” Chiarelli told reporters Saturday at the draft. “It’s hard to get a No. 1 defenseman. There are not many — over half the teams don’t have one. There are deals out there we’re working on that have good defensemen. They’re smart, they can move pucks. Different players. As I’ve said, I’d prefer a right-shot defenseman. That’s what I’m focusing on.”

Which is why the Oilers have been linked to P.K. Subban, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jacob Trouba, Matt Dumba, and Jason Demers. The latter is the only unrestricted free agent. The others will cost some serious assets, if they’re even available at all. Remember that Columbus had to give up Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones.

Prior to last weekend, many expected Chiarelli to use Edmonton’s fourth overall draft pick as currency to land a top defenseman in a trade. Or, if not that, at least choose a defenseman with the selection — someone like Mikhail Sergachev, who went ninth to Montreal, or Olli Juolevi, who went fifth to Vancouver. But then winger Jesse Puljujarvi fell into their lap, and they weren’t going to pass on him.

And so Chiarelli will keep trying. (Just like Don Sweeney will keep trying in Boston.)

“You have to grind away,” Chiarelli said. “Whenever there’s a deadline, things loosen up. The next one is July 1.”

Related: Why are the Oilers still bad? Look at their drafting

Shattenkirk’s agent calls a trade ‘inevitable’

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 23:  Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the San Jose Sharks in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 23, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Kevin Shattenkirk wasn’t traded during the draft last weekend, and that surprised his agent a bit. 

But his agent still believes Shattenkirk will be traded.

“I would say at this point, Kevin and I do think it is inevitable that he ultimately will get traded,” Jordan Neumann told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday. “So with that in mind, I guess any player in that situation would certainly hope it would be sooner rather than later.”

The Blues went into the weekend with a high price for the 27-year-old defenseman — ultimately too high to get a deal done. But teams like the Bruins and Oilers still have a pressing need, and there isn’t a right-shooting d-man in free agency who can bring what Shattenkirk brings. (The closest is probably Jason Demers.)

Whoever gets Shattenkirk will need him to sign an extension. He’s only under contract for one more year, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. That’s why he’s likely to be traded by the Blues, who already have Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko on the right side of the defense.

“Kevin loves it in St. Louis, he’s really enjoyed his time, his career has really taken off there,” said Neumann. “But at the same time, he’s a very smart young man and we completely understand the business. It would be naive to say we didn’t expect it to be coming.”