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On the eve of free agency Adidas Max Pacioretty Jersey , the NHL guessing about his destination.With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most likely options. Returning to the Islanders looks less likely now after the midnight deadline passed for Tavares to get an eight-year contract from his current team.The Tavares sweepstakes dragging on into Sunday seems to favor San Jose and Toronto, either of which could sign the 27-year-old to a seven-year deal worth $70 million or more. He met this week with the Sharks, Maple Leafs, Islanders, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, and his decision could drastically affect the plans of those teams and others.”I think other teams have admitted, we would have to make moves (to clear salary-cap space) Adidas Seth Griffith Jersey ,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeny told reporters in Boston on Friday. ”Pretty confident we’d be able to do that.”As hockey waited for the Tavares watch to end, several teams made moves Saturday ahead of the frenzy.The Sharks agreed to a $64 million, eight-year extension with forward Logan Couture, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. It can’t become official until after noon Sunday because it doesn’t begin until the 2019-20 season – the same as long-term deals the Los Angeles Kings have with Drew Doughty and Arizona Coyotes have with Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson.Detroit got its own defenseman under contract for the next two seasons by agreeing to deal with Mike Green that pays him $5,375,000 annually. Signing Green could be just the start of the action for the Red Wings, who have been linked to unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier and winger Thomas Vanek.New Jersey also shored up its goaltending situation by re-signing Eddie Lack to a $650,000, one-year deal. The Devils also have Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, who split time last season and in the playoffs.A person with direct knowledge of discussions said the Buffalo Sabres are expected to sign goalie Carter Hutton, who had been the St. Louis Blues’ backup to Jake Allen. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because agreements cannot be announced until the signing period begins.Hutton and others seem to already be ticketed for certain places Adidas Jack Roslovic Jersey , but many big-name players are still up for grabs.Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk, who tied Tavares with 36 goals last season, has been drawing significant interest and, at 29, could easily command a seven-year contract at a substantial raise over his previous $4.25 million salary. The Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights have cap space but might lose wingers David Perron and James Neal, who combined for 110 points last season.The Winnipeg Jets are doing their best to try to bring back center Paul Stastny after he was so instrumental in their playoff run. They cleared about $5.5 million in cap space by trading goaltender Steve Mason and Finnish forward Joel Armia to Montreal on Saturday but may still need more room to bring back the 32-year-old.The Canadiens are set to buy out Mason, putting him on unconditional waivers as the Minnesota Wild did with forward Tyler Ennis to clear cap space.Stastny fit in seamlessly after Winnipeg acquired him from St. Louis at the trade deadline but also might be better served waiting to see what Tavares does. Teams looking for a center who don’t land Tavares will look to Stastny and Toronto’s Tyler Bozak and could look into a trade for Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly, who is signed for the next five years and owed a $7.5 million bonus Sunday.—AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Jose, California, contributed to this report. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrik Laine never envisioned challenging the NHL’s single-game scoring record.Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice did not share in his young winger’s modesty.Laine recorded the 61st five-goal game in NHL history Saturday night as the Jets’ defeated the St. Louis Blues 8-4.“I’m surprised that it hasn’t happened sooner,” Maurice said. “On the nights that he’s scored his three Adidas Laurent Brossoit Jersey , he’s had his chances to get so much more.”Laine didn’t share his coach’s confidence.“If somebody thinks that it’s going to come easily, it doesn’t,” Laine said. “Every goal you’re going to score in this league, it’s hard. It’s the best league in the world. Obviously scoring five, it’s pretty unreal, but for those who think it’s easy, it’s not.”The last player to score five goals in a game was Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 2, 2011. Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs was the last player to score six goals in a game, on April 22, 1976, against Boston.Joe Malone Anaheim Ducks T-Shirts Womens , who played in the early days of the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, scored seven goals in a game with the Quebec Bulldogs in January 1920. He also had a six-goal game and three five-goal games.Brandon Tanev, Blake Wheeler, and Brandon Lemieux also scored for the Jets who snapped their first two-game losing streak of the season.Laurent Brossoit allowed four goals on 27 shots for his first career win against St. Louis. He improved to 4-1-1.Chad Johnson allowed six goals on 25 shots and fell to 2-5-0. He was pulled in favor of Jake Allen after allowing his sixth, and Laine’s fourth goal of the game. Allen stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced in relief.Laine’s five goal outburst gives him a league-leading 16 goals in 10 November games and 11 in his last four contests.“I felt like every time I touched the puck it kind of went in somehow,” Laine said. “It was one of those nights. It’s probably not going to happen in a while, but we’ll hope it happens. It was a great night overall for myself and my line mates.”Laine’s line mates, Bryan Little and Kyle Conner, combined to assist on four of Laine’s five goals.“It’s up there,” Little said about how Laine’s performance stacks up to feats he has witnessed during his career.“It honestly seemed like every time we got possession of the puck we’d make a couple passes and Patty was wide open in the slot. We’d just find him. I think he missed one chance tonight and scored on everything else, so it shows just how good of a shooter he is.”Laine scored his first goal 16:26 into the first period when he buried a feed from Little just 41 seconds after Wheeler tied the game 1-all with his fourth goal of the season.Tarasenko tied the game 2-all 1:24 later Anaheim Ducks Hoodies Womens , when he snapped a 10-game streak without scoring a goal with his seventh tally of the season.Laine’s second goal came on the power play with Vladimir Tarasenko serving a two-minute penalty for roughing and put Winnipeg up 3-2.Laine completed his seventh career hat trick and third of November when he beat Johnson 12:53 into the second period.Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson fought Tyler Myers shortly after Laine’s third goal, but that did nothing to change the tide as Laine netted his fourth goal later in the period.Laine netted his fifth of the game when he pushed a feed from Little past Allen, becoming the 45th player in NHL history to record a five-goal game.“We’ve got to play him harder,” Blues left wing David Perron said. “It’s almost like we respected him too much.”Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues who have not won consecutive games since defeating Carolina and San Jose on Nov. 6 and Nov. 9.“This is a tough one to swallow, especially after the effort we gave last night beating a team like that,” Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. “We’ve got to be ready to play.”NOTES: Blues LW Brayden Schenn skated in his 100th game with the team. . Perron scored his first goal in 14 games. .. Jets RW Blake Wheeler skated in his 800th career NHL game. .. Laine’s has scored 13 goals in 11 career games against St. Louis.UP NEXT:Jets: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on TuesdayBlues: At Detroit on Wednesday to start a three-game road trip.


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