NHL free agency rumors: Alfredsson talks with Sens, Devils lay out plans

Joel Auerbach

A look at some of the rumors being discussed about contract negotiations heading into the start of free agency on July 5.

* The Ottawa Senators have been engaging in discussions with Daniel Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, in hopes of agreeing on a contract extension. Many believe that this is merely a formality given the mutual desire to strike a deal. It's believed that Alfredsson could command upwards of $6 million, while the Senators are hoping to sign him to a deal that pays in the $4.5 million range.

* The Washington Capitals are not expected to sign pending-unrestricted free agent Matt Hendricks, which means he will be heading to the open-market. Hendricks' agent, Michael Wulkan, said to the Washington Post that the two sides are not close to a deal and are likely heading in "different directions."

* The Tampa Bay Lightning have not extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Benoit Pouliot. The club attempted to trade him, but could not find a willing suitor, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS. In turn, he will become an unrestricted free agent come July 5.

* Despite manager Lou Lamoriello being one of the most secretive operators in the industry, he was willing to share some of his plans for the coming days, albeit in a discrete manner. Negotiations are expected to begin in earnest with restricted free agent Adam Henrique, according to Richard Chere of the Star-Ledger. Lamoriello is expected to start negotiations with the rest of the club's RFAs, as well.

In terms of his unrestricted free agents, Lamoriello hopes to retain Marek Zidlicky. In terms of David Clarkson, the manager stated that he "didn't know" and hoped to speak with him again, according to Tom Guilitti of the Bergen Record.

Lamoriello stated that he spoke with goaltender Johan Hedberg and discussed options the club might take. Given the acquisition of Cory Schneider via Sunday's draft day trade with the Vancouver Canucks, Hedberg has become an expendable asset. A buyout is apparently a potential course of action.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins and pending-unrestricted free agent Pascal Dupuis spoke again on Monday, according to Dupuis' agent, Allan Walsh, as told to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. There has yet to be any progress made in negotiations.

* The New York Rangers and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist met to discuss a contract extension on Monday and have plans to meet again, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. Lundqvist will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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