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Roster Deadline is Today, Four Big RFA’s Not Signed Yet

pksubbanTeams were originally suppose to have their rosters submitted by 3 PM EST today, but the NHL pushed the deadline back to 5 PM EST.

Most of the 51 players who were placed on waivers yesterday, will be cleared by 11:59 AM and assigned to the AHL.

The Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers may have a big whole missing from their lineup when the season starts tomorrow, as they have important restricted free agents who haven’t been signed yet.

The Dallas Stars and Jamie Benn’s camp continue to talk but haven’t been able to agree on term and dollar amount according to Pierre LeBrun. Bob McKenzie said that Benn is looking for a deal in the three to five year range, and is not interested in six or more years. The Dallas Stars twitter account did post a comment from Stars owner Tom Gaglardi saying, ”We’re Deeply committed to getting Jamie Benn in a Dallas Stars jersey for a long, long tim,” but have since taken it down.

P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehen, has said that there has been no progress on a contract for Subban. There are also no meeting/discussions schedule as of last night, but things can change quickly.

The Avalanche are having trouble coming to terms with center Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly’s agent, Mark Guy, told the Fourth Period yesterday that there is “no progress” on contract talks. It’s believed that his looking for a multi-year deal paying him somewhere around $3.5 to $4 million per season.

There are reports that Panthers have, or are close to re-signing defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a 2 year contract. He’s back in the U.S. and is heading to Florida today for his physical. Reporter Harvey Fialkov said last night that deal was signed, but the team may be saying otherwise until the physical is complete. Can expect it to be complete today, but it’s not known if yet if he’ll be ready for their opener.

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Mark is the NHL editor for Sports City and myNHLtraderumors.com. Lives north of Toronto in the snow-belt, not a big fan of snow. Despises lockouts.

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