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NHL Summer Buzz: Skinner could be gaining trade value for Hurricanes

GM Waddell says demand for forward will increase after free agent market opens; Vanek could return to Red Wings

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Welcome to the NHL Summer Buzz. With the 2018 NHL Draft over and the beginning of free agency beginning July 1, the 31 NHL teams are making moves to shape their rosters for the 2018-19 season.

Here's a look around the League at the latest doings for Saturday:

 
Skinner's trade value could go up for Hurricanes

Jeff Skinner could bring back more to the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade after free agents start to sign around the NHL, Carolina general manager Don Waddell told the News & Observer on Saturday.

"We think the marketplace is only going to get stronger because there are still some teams that think they're going to fill that void in free agency and there's not many players of his caliber out there," Waddell said. "So patience will pay off for us in that situation. And if we don't get what we think are the right assets (in a trade offer), we'll bring him back and he'll be a good player for us on this ice."

The Hurricanes have been fielding offers for the 26-year-old forward but have not been comfortable with any, Waddell said. Skinner reportedly has a no-trade clause.

He scored 24 goals this season after scoring an NHL career-high 37 the season before. He has missed three games in the past three seasons.

"As I continue to say, we've got a good player here who scores 30 goals," Waddell said. "We've had a lot of people talking to us."

Carolina will sign a goalie to back up Scott Darling, the newspaper said. Cam Ward is expected to leave as a free agent, likely to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Petr Mrazek and Robin Lehner are among the possibilities to replace him.

 

Vanek could return to Red Wings: report

Thomas Vanek, who played with the Detroit Red Wings for most of the 2016-17 season before being traded to the Florida Panthers, is considering a return to Detroit, according to TSN.

The 34-year-old forward, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, split this season between the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets, and had 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) in 80 games. In 965 games during 13 NHL seasons, Vanek has 753 points (357 goals, 396 assists).

Tweet from @DarrenDreger: It���s believed Thomas Vanek is considering a return to Detroit. Mike Green is staying put and the Wings likely to add Bernier Sunday as well.

Multiple media reports have said defenseman Mike Green is expected to re-sign with Detroit and that the Red Wings are likely to sign goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Each can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Green has spent the past three seasons with the Red Wings. The 32-year-old had 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 66 games for the Red Wings this season. He has 464 points (142 goals, 322 assists) in 787 NHL games with the Red Wings and Washington Capitals.

Bernier, 29, was 19-13-3 with a 2.85 goals against average and .913 save percentage for the Colorado Avalanche this season.

 

Lack re-signs with Devils

Eddie Lack signed a one-year, one-way contract with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

The contract is worth $650,000.

The 30-year-old goaltender was acquired by the Devils in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Dec. 30 and went 1-2-0 with a 3.19 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in four games (three starts) with New Jersey. In 16 games with Binghamton of the American Hockey League, he went 6-7-2 with a 2.90 GAA and .889 save percentage.

Lack is 56-55-18 with a 2.62 GAA and .909 save percentage in five NHL seasons.

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