Who doesn't like a good sports rumor?

It's a particularly hot stretch on the NHL calendar with the approach of the annual entry draft later this week followed soon after by the beginning of free agency on July 13.

This time of draft picks, trades and free agency wouldn't be complete, though, without rumors.

As always, some are legit, while others are BS.

The B/R hockey team sat down to take a look at some of the most prevalent scuttlebutt around the league and fired up the BS Meter to assess the veracity of each rumor.

Scroll through to see what we came up with and drop a thought or two in the comments.


Gaudreau Waffling Out of Calgary

Johnny Gaudreau has some decisions to make.

He wrapped up a six-year, $40.5 million contract this season by putting up career-best numbers in goals (40), assists (75) and points (115) and ultimately finishing fourth for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.

The Calgary Flames would certainly like to keep him for the long term, but with 10 other free agents (seven unrestricted, three restricted) to decide upon, it's no easy task for general manager Brad Treliving to find the money to make everyone happy.

TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun reported the Flames have made an offer to retain Gaudreau's services for the next eight years, but the returning dialogue from Gaudreau and his camp has dried up, leading LeBrun to conclude Gaudreau may want to "take a peek and see what's out there, and that's not ideal if you're Calgary."


BS Meter: Not BS

Gaudreau has earned the right to field offers from other teams. He may indeed love Calgary, but his apparent lack of communication makes it look as if he won't stay.