NHL free-agency rumors 2013: Briere rules out Islanders, Thomas talks with Flyers


A round-up of rumored discussions between teams and pending free agents. This update includes Alex Pietrangelo, Danny Briere, Nathan Horton and Tim Thomas.

* The Philadelphia Flyers have been contacted by Tim Thomas' agent, according to Tim Panaccio of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. The Flyers only have one goaltender on their NHL roster and are looking to bring in a player to either take over the starter's role or work in tandem with Steve Mason. Thomas has been a rumored name that the team might consider. Panaccio tweets that the Flyers might look for a cheaper option. It's unclear whether that is his opinion or the Flyers.

* Former-Flyer Danny Briere has received considerable interest since being administered a compliance buyout. He was believed to have as many as 15 suitors, but has narrowed that search. Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the New York Islanders are not among the final teams on Briere's list. The New Jersey Devils are still a potential landing spot. Briere has indicated that he hopes to sign somewhere near his home in the Philadelphia-area.

* Forward Nathan Horton is looking to continue his career in a non-traditional hockey market, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. His agent, Paul Krepelka, informed LeBrun that Horton will be meeting with a prospective team on Wednesday but did not identify the club. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be pursuing Horton. He didn't mention whether they were the club he was meeting with.

* The St. Louis Blues have not spoken with restricted free agent Alex Pietrangelo since the NHL Draft on Sunday, according to his agent Don Meehan as told to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Meehan states that general manager Doug Armstrong spoke with him at the draft and said he would be in touch in the near future.

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