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In today’s roundup of NHL rumors, the Florida Panthers are signing Eric Stahl. Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators have begun contract extension talks with Artem Zub, though sources say the team may need to prioritize completing that deal.

The Montreal Canadiens are in no rush to secure additional goaltending support, but may be looking for a short-term addition to the blue line. Finally, what are the plans for the Vegas Golden Knights if the salary cap jumps at the end of this season?

Panthers Sign Eric Stahl

Eric Stahl has finally signed a contract with the Florida Panthers. The team and players agreed to a one-year, one-way contract worth $750,000 a year. According to Daily Faceoff’s Frank ServalliThe Panthers wanted to sign Stahl, who was out of the PTO, but couldn’t afford it. The deal was made possible when defenseman Aaron Ekblad went on the long-term injured list.

Eric Stahl Montreal Canadiens
Eric Stahl of the Montreal Canadiens (Photo credit: Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan wrote:“We can confirm. Eric Stahl’s deal will be finalized this afternoon. Stahl will not be in the lineup tonight against the Lightning, but should make his debut on Sunday against the Islanders.”

Senator Struggles to Keep Artem Zub

Senators defenseman Artem Zub is off to a good start to the season. This is good news for the team in the short term, but in the long term it could be a problem if he continues to play top pair with Thomas Chabot. Zub is pending unrestricted free his agent and with the current $2.5 million cap most believe his hit will certainly get him a sizeable raise. He may want to test the market.

Artem Zub Ottawa Senator
Artem Zub, Ottawa Senators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

According to TSN’s Chris Johnston (according to a recent Insider Trading segment), even if Zub gets there, it likely won’t last long in the market. There have been no substantive extension talks between the Senators, and Zub, citing an insider, believes there is league-wide interest in Zub’s services. may give priority to extension negotiations.

Related: NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Red Wings, Flames, Kings

In other senator news, head coach dj smith Goalkeeper Cam Talbot says he is still not allowed to shoot despite being back on the ice. I was.

Canadiens in no rush to add goaltending help

According to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, his latest mailbag segment outlines plans for the team’s goaltending position should Carrie Price be unable to return and a knee injury forces him to unofficially retire. It has been. Engels has said the Canadiens are not going to rush out and secure the services of another goalie.

Instead, Hubs will seek to identify a future starting goaltender in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft after signing Jake Allen to a two-season extension. If the Canadiens are playing well and the team needs to bolster its lineup this year, a trade could occur at some point depending on Allen’s situation. I’m assuming this is the most likely method.

Meanwhile, Marco D’Amico wrote in a recent Montreal Hockey Now column that the Canadiens are still looking for a right-arm defense despite the recent addition of Jonathan Kovacevic to the off-waiver. The team wants a veteran presence on the Blue Line in the short-term due to growing confidence in Kaiden Goulet and Arbor Jekuja.

Golden Knights hoping for an early salary cap jump

Speaking from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the salary cap could be raised at the end of this season if the card is good for the league. One of them is Vegas Golden Knights.

Vegas Golden Knights 2022-23 Reverse Retro
Vegas Golden Knights 2022-23 Reverse Retro (NHL/Adidas)

The Athletic’s Jesse Granger recently interviewed Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley. When asked what the club might do, he said:

It gives us the ability to go out and maybe make another really quality forward. can be done. Our defense is great. We have really good players and they’ve been signing up for a long time. We feel like we are in a great place.

Source – “Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley on Salary Cap Future, Trade Deadlines & More” – Jesse Granger – The Athletic – 10/19/2022

Given that the Golden Knights have ditched many legitimate wingers due to cap issues, it’s interesting that the team’s ownership doesn’t seem to learn from past mistakes.