Offer on the table for Linus Ullmark that could lead back to monster trade!

Offer on the table for Linus Ullmark that could lead back to monster trade!

You know the goalie’s been swarmed with trade rumours.

Chris Gosselin

The truth has revealed way more than we expected when it comes to Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark and how he was almost dealt at the trade deadline. Not only did the goalie supposedly blocked a move out West, now Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Carolina Hurricanes were another one of the teams in talks to pick up Ullmark. Friedman said it’s unclear if forward Martin Necas was involved in the discussions, but there is a sense that the Canes could revisit that possible offer this summer.

It has become quite clear for the Bruins that Jeremy Swayman is ready to be the team’s full-time starter. The young goalie signed a one-year, $3.475 million contract in arbitration last summer and is set for restricted free agency again in July. He could be given the full starting role and Boston could go get an affordable veteran backup option to support him in the future. Which means Ullmark is on his way out. But where, that depends if the goalie uses again his no-trade list, especially now that he gets to submit a new list of 15 teams prior to next season.

Rumours have also surrounded Martin Necas in Carolina, whose father recently explained how his son would like to play somewhere other than Carolina, on a first line and on the first power play. Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour never used Necas in such a way, stapling him to the right wing for much of his past five seasons with the Canes. Necas has still put up impressive numbers in Carolina, leading the team in scoring in 2022-23 with 28 goals and 71 points, while recording 24 tallies this season with a total of 53 points.

Necas is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this offseason as his two-year, $6 million bridge deal comes to an end, and many insiders have already hinted at a change of scenery for the 25-year-old forward. He could be a fit in Boston if the Bruins and Hurricanes go back to that rough offer from the deadline in March.

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