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From the Branches: the Leafs should call Jaromir Jagr and other links

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It’s July 1st eve!

Buffalo Sabres v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Can you believe that, on the eve of free agency, ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr has yet to receive any calls from teams? Somehow, at age 45, Jagr was still able to be a solid producer for Florida. And yet, no calls.

Seriously, Lou. Call this man.

Leafs links

A deeper look at Eemeli Räsänen - Pension Plan Puppets
Aside from the fact he towers over Mark Hunter, what do we know about the Leafs’ second round pick?

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Adam Brooks to entry-level contract - Pension Plan Puppets
The WHL superstar is now officially on the Leaf payroll.

Free agency extravaganza

NHL Free Agency 2017: Thornton’s decision reportedly depends on Marleau’s - Fear The Fin
Leafs, Kings, Rangers, and Predators reportedly reached out to both players.

Thursday free agent rumours, and is Jordan the Weal deal? - Pension Plan Puppets
This is the best time of the year for rumour mongers and speculators. Let’s play too.

NHL Free Agency Rumors: Pens looking to add Antti Niemi? - PensBurgh
Reports say the Pittsburgh Penguins will start young Tristan Jarry in the AHL next season and might sign free agent goalie Antti Niemi on Saturday when free agency starts. Is this a good move for the Pens?

Cheap UFA Centers That Could Improve The Rangers Fourth Line - Blueshirt Banter
With Oscar Lindberg departing for the Vegas Golden Knights in last week’s NHL Expansion Draft, the New York Rangers are suddenly in need of a fourth line center. While they do have an internal...

NHL Free Agency 2017: Beau Bennett could be a bottom of the roster bargain - Fear The Fin
He was New Jersey’s best possession player last season.

NHL Free Agency Buzz: Rumblings from around the league
With NHL Free Agency opening on July 1, Elliotte Friedman shares some rumblings of potential signings from around the league.

Booooo.

Other news

Player agents respond to talk of discontent with NHLPA leadership - Sportsnet.ca
Two agents with contrasting views have spoken out amid news that NHL player agents have expressed unhappiness with the NHL Players' Association's leadership.

Meet The New Guy: Niklas Hjalmarsson may be the one to calm the blueline - Five For Howling
Hjalmarsson may not be flashy, but he does his job well.

Oilers Place Pouliot on Unconditional Waivers - The Copper & Blue
A Buyout is Likely Imminet.