It's been a whirlwind week-plus in the NHL.
The Seattle Kraken filled out their inaugural roster in the expansion draft, the next generation of stars arrived via the entry draft and dozens of players changed teams on Day 1 of free agency.
But it's not over yet.
More movement will come between now and Oct. 12—when the first pucks drop on the 2021-22 season—which means more buzz is set to swirl.
Some moves will be expected. Some will be stunning. And let's face it, some buzz will contain plain old B.S.
Which can only mean one thing: It's B.S. Meter time!
The B/R hockey team got together to scan the up-to-the-minute rumor horizon and apply a tag indicating how close each suggestion is to happening.
Click through to see what we came up with, and let us know how we did with a line or two in the comments section.
Jack Eichel Gets Wild
For a while, it was the biggest thing going
Disgruntled Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel is widely considered to be finished in Western New York, and a press conference announcing his move to the Minnesota Wild seemed inevitable as rumors swirled.
Make no mistake: It still seems unlikely that the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft opens the 2021-22 season in Buffalo's blue, white and gold sweaters, but it's also looking far less likely that he will start receiving his fan mail at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, this fall.
The reported asking price of multiple future assets (equating to four first-round picks) in exchange for Eichel, not to mention his $10 million annual salary for the next five seasons, has soured Wild general manager Bill Guerin on the idea, per The Athletic's Michael Russo. And Buffalo GM Kevyn Adams is at least publicly digging in his heels, telling reporters he feels no particular pressure to get a transaction done before the start of training camp.
B.S. Meter: It's B.S.
Eichel is still destined to continue his career elsewhere, but it won't be in Minnesota. The guess here is Vegas.
Marc-Andre Fleury Returns to Pittsburgh
Hard as it may be to believe, Marc-Andre Fleury is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the league's best goaltender in 2020-21.
Not that the veteran and three-time Stanley Cup winner isn't worthy of the status, but instead it's because of the offseason chaos that's followed him since he completed a stellar campaign at age 36.
Not only did the Vegas Golden Knights trade him to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday for not much more than a bag of pucks, but the decorated goalie also reportedly found out via Twitter, per The Athletic's Jesse Granger.
So where does that leave us?
Fleury doesn't want to play with the Blackhawks, per The Athletic's Rob Rossi, Scott Powers and Mark Lazerus. He could retire. Or he could break character and play the aggrieved athlete long enough to force a trade.
If that occurs, many believe it would be back to Pittsburgh, where he starred for the Penguins for 13 seasons before being selected by the Golden Knights in their 2017 expansion draft. In fact, The Athletic reported "Fleury has long eyed a return to Pittsburgh" and that "high-ranking officials on the business side would 'love it' if [GM Ron] Hextall could bring Fleury back."
If that's the suggestion, here's the call.
B.S. Meter: Not B.S.
Given the Penguins' issues in goal, expect Fleury to team with, or supplant, Tristan Jarry by the time 2021-22 gets started in October.