NHL free agency rumors: Grabovski to hit market, Vanek cuts down his list

Bruce Bennett

Thomas Vanek and Mikhail Grabovski will both likely be on the move when free agency opens at noon on Tuesday.

The clock is ticking, and free agency is nearly here. We're within an hour of the noon start time, and the floodgates are opening up and more rumors are flying in as teams make last-ditch efforts to keep their top players off the market before it's too late.

But one team that wasn't able to strike a deal with one of its own was the Washington CapitalsMikhail Grabovski and the Caps couldn't come to terms on a new deal, and the 30-year-old center will hit the market.

Kane, Toews talks still going

In Chicago, the Blackhawks are still reportedly working hard on locking up franchise players Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, who are seeking big-money extensions.

Vanek narrows his list

One of the bigger names who will be available is Thomas Vanek. After bouncing around from team to team last season, Vanek will be looking for a new home after Montreal announced its intentions to let him walk. He wasn't short of suitors and on Tuesday, he reportedly cut down his list of potential teams.

Gionta going to market

Another player who looks like he'll soon be leaving the Canadiens is team captain Brian Gionta. Coming off the final year of a deal that paid him $5 million, Gionta would have likely needed to take a pay cut to remain in Montreal, but now it sounds like the 35-year-old will hit free agency.

Lecavalier trade coming?

In Philadelphia, the Flyers brass has been trying to move Vincent Lecavalier after not executing a trade during the draft. Lecavalier is set to make $2 million in bonuses, and if Philadelphia is willing to pay most or all of that sum, the Flyers could reportedly find a trade partner.

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