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The Daily: Jets May Trade Intriguing Prospect; NHL Rumors



Rutger McGroarty, Michigan

University of Michigan forward Rutger McGroarty, a premium Winnipeg Jets prospect, might be traded before the NHL draft.

Rumors have stepped since Elliotte Friedman reported that trade talks about McGroarty, 20, have occurred. McGroarty recently announced he was heading back to Ann Arbor for his junior season. That prompted speculation about possible tension between the Jets and the player.  McGroarty seems more than ready for professional hockey.

The Jets drafted Nebraska native McGroarty 14th overall in 2022. He is a hard-nosed forward who put up 16 goals and 52 points in 35 games last season for Michigan.

The presumption would be that if the Jets were to trade McGroarty they would want, as a minimum, a  draft pick in the top half of the first round.

Montreal Hockey Now’s Marc Dumont looks at whether the Montreal Canadiens might be interested in McGroarty

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

GM Steve Yzerman says he would like to sign one or more of his own free agents. Those include Patrick Kane, David Perron and Shayne Gostisbehere. But he also says he can’t be sure he will be able to sign any of them.

The Florida Panthers may join the 1942 Detroit Red Wings as the only team to blow a 3-0 series lead to lose the Stanley Cup Final. Game 7 of the Edmonton Oilers vs. Panthers series is Monday.

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Red Wings Offseason

Talking about Justin Holl’s future, Yzerman said Friday: “I’m not sure we’ll go back with the same group of Dmen next year, but Justin was a good player in the NHL and will be. Just didn’t get opportunity and we had some depth and we didn’t have any injuries… I still have had talks and will continue to talk with (Shayne Gostisbehere’s) agent. Haven’t ruled that out. We would like to try and figure something out, but in order to do that, we’ve got potentially Simon and Albert Johansson (coming next season). We got to make room for those guys and figure out a way to do that. ”

Hockey Now Network

Buffalo: Jason Moser offers the Sabres’ best and worst draft picks of the 1980s. Buffalo Sabres.

Chicago: Nate Brown looks at whether the Blackhawks are talking to the Carolina Hurricanes about a Martin Necas trade. Chicago Blackhawks.

Florida: Stanley Cup history will be made one way or another in Monday’s Game 7. Florida Panthers.

San Jose: Is Mark Giordano the perfect San Jose player? SJHN explores that question. San Jose Sharks.