Contract talks between the Montreal Canadiens and Alex Galchenyuk were temporarily put on hold after the forward fired his agent Igor Larionov.
Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that Galchenyuk has hired super agent Pat Brisson to represent him in contract talks with the Habs.
Brisson represents several high profile players including Sidney Crosby and John Tavares.
Galchenyuk’s three-year, entry-level deal is set to expire making him a restricted free agent.
The 21-year-old set career highs for goals (20) and points (46) during the 2014-15 season.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, and Alex Ovechkin offered their thoughts on why we’ve seen a decline in scoring in the NHL since the cap era’s 2005-06 debut season and what might be done to help bolster the game offensively. (Toronto Sun)
For those interested in what could have been, here’s a look at the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup champion memorabilia that never was. (The Hockey News)
While we’re on the subject of champions, here’s an interactive timeline of how the 2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks were built. (Puck Junk)
Should Buffalo Sabres fans temper their short-term expectations for Jack Eichel? (Buffalo News)
Tyler Seguin is set to be the 11th hockey player to be included in ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’. (TSN)
Here’s Puck Daddy’s Top 20 UFA list. (Puck Daddy)
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If you look at his regular season numbers, Williams’ career has been fine, but hardly unique. But of course, Williams isn’t known for what he does in the regular season.
He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion that’s scored 30 goals and 78 points in 115 playoff games. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014 and has been called Mr. Game 7 for scoring seven goals and 14 points in his seven career Game 7s, per ESPN.
That has to be balanced against the fact that he scored a comparatively lukewarm 18 goals and 41 points in 81 contests in 2014-15, but certainly any team that’s been struggling to live up to expectations in the playoffs would have to be intrigued by the possibility of signing Williams on the open market.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, for example, are looking to bolster their supporting cast as they try to capture a second Stanley Cup championship during the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era.
That’s assuming of course that he doesn’t re-sign with the Kings first. Los Angeles doesn’t appear to have the cap space at the moment to re-sign him, although depending on what happens with Mike Richards in terms of a possible trade or buyout, that could change.
“At this point, I love L.A. If I re-sign here, great. I’ll be part of a great team moving forward,” Williams told Sportsnet.
“But if not, I’m going to try to restart my career somewhere else, turn the page and try to win as many hockey games as I can. I’m at a point in my career where it’s not all about money, it’s about winning for me.”
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