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NHL Rumors: Flyers, Senators, Penguins, More

In today’s NHL news and rumors, there are updates out of Pittsburgh with the Penguins, news on The Flyers and Chris Stewart, plus Patrick Marleau sends out a heartfelt thank you.

In today’s NHL rumors and news update, the Philadelphia Flyers are going to sign a new forward, the Ottawa Senators are holding off on a search for a Team President, and will the Pittsburgh Penguins finally make a trade? GM Jim Rutherford certainly wants to.

Chris Stewart to Sign With Flyers

Frank Seravalli of TSN is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers are about to sign Chris Stewart to a one-year, one-way contract. He should be in the lineup versus the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

As per Seravailli’s report, Stewart’s deal is expected to be worth $750K, with $50K of that being a signing bonus. Keep in mind, the cap hit will be slightly higher, being that the season has already begun.

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Sens to Press Pause on Search For President

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Ottawa Senators have decided to end their search for a President, at least for now. The franchise will hold off on the hire while the season is ongoing and there is doubt they will actually look for a President of Hockey Operations, even after the season ends.

The Sens have had terrible luck trying to find anyone both worthy of and wanting the job. They may have to completely reexamine their plans for that position.

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Penguins Trade Options

Friedman also reported on the trade situation in Pittsburgh and said that Penguins GM was less-than thrilled about what’s out there in the marketplace for his team to make a change.

The Penguins have a ton of viable defensemen that they could offer up in trade and the need to lower their salary cap. And, with a rash of injuries the team has suffered early in the season, there may be no GM more eager to make a move.

Speculation is that the Arizona Coyotes may now look to add a d-man with the loss of Niklas Hjalmarsson for three months. The Penguins and Coyotes already completed a trade this offseason so there may be pieces they were already discussing that didn’t wind up as part of the Phil Kessel trade. Erik Gudbranson is a name to watch as this situation unfolds.

Still with the Penguins, Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now notes that a source confirmed Rutherford called the New York Islanders about forward Josh Ho-Sang.

The ‘New York’ source couldn’t confirm whether talks were serious or advanced.

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Patrick Marleau Thanks Sharks Fans

After an emotional return to San Jose, Patrick Marleau took to Twitter to thank the fans and the organization for bringing him back to a location he always wanted to be.

Marleau wrote:

Hi, Patrick here. I wanted to take a moment and say Thank You. Thank you to the @SanJoseSharks for the incredible welcome home, and to the fans for welcoming me back. I can’t put into words what it means to me, what you all mean to me. There is no where else I want to be -PM

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