NHL free agency 2018: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1

Discussing the major deals, rumors and trends as the NHL free agency period begins (at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 1). Newest updates are at the top. 

Blues find a center

TSN’s Bob McKenzie has reported that the Blues will sign Tyler Bozak to a three-year, $5 million deal. That fills a void created when Paul Stastny was traded to Winnipeg last season. It also would seem to mean that the Blues are not going to trade for Ryan O’Reilly.

The wait goes on 

 

Wild add some grit

The Athletic’s Mike Russo says Matt Hendricks will be going to the Wild for $700,000 for one season. He’s the type of feisty role player that coach Bruce Boudreau appreciates.

Golden Knights are the favorites to land Paul Stastny

According to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, the Golden Knights are the favorites to land two-way center Paul Stastny. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity because the contract is not finalized. 

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