Today will be a busy day for those following all of the free agent speculations, about who is talking to who and which player is traveling to which city. With the NHL now employing a 48-hour "interview period" before the actual start of free agency, teams and players exploring a new realm in negotiations that adds another layer of intrigue to the annual festivities.
Today is also the 4th of July, so everyone down in the States will be checking their phones furiously while flipping burgers on the grill and grabbing a brewski from the cooler.
At least, that's what I'm going to be doing.
With the Dallas Stars in the market for centers, and apparently trying to land two centers in one offseason, expect Jim Nill and company to be included in much of the speculation that will be out there. Already, there are reports that the Stars are kicking the tires on center Tyler Bozak -- who is looking for at least a five-year contract from the Leafs.
Use this thread to discuss any rumors or speculation that you see out there, as well as any actual developing news. We'll be right back at work tomorrow, covering the actual start of free agency live from Development Camp while also trying to get a good look at these new young players in the organization.