NHL free agency rumors: Steven Stamkos re-signing with Lightning adds wrinkle

While the Devils were busy acquiring Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers for Adam Larsson, there was plenty of other action across the NHL on a crazy Wednesday afternoon.

Along with the Montreal Canadiens sending P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, the Tampa Bay Lightning redefined what the free agency market will be when the period opens on July 1.

Devils players about to become free agents

The Lightning re-signed Steven Stamkos, who was seen as the most coveted player on the market, to an eight-year, $68 million contract. With him gone, his projected suitors are moving on to Plan B.

The Red Wings, one of the many teams that were in on the Stamkos sweepstakes, will likely turn to one of the other top forwards on the market, along with other teams aiming to add offense, such as the New York Islanders.

OTHER RUMORS:

• Ron Hextall could be a potnetial free-agent target for the Philadelphia Flyers.

• The Boston Bruins are interested in Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, but they may be hesitant about extending a big offer sheet.

• The Lightning may be interested in adding Andrew Ladd, although it is unclear how the re-signing of Stamkos will impact that interest. 

• The Sharks agreed to a two-year extension with Tomas Hertl, taking another restricted free agent off the market.

• Defenseman Brian Campbell will reportedly not return to the Florida Panthers, and he’s eyeing a return to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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