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Noon on Wednesday is creeping closer and closer as the rumors continue to swirl around the 2022 NHL free agent class.

Teams are not supposed to be in talks with players before 12 p.m. ET on July 13, but the reports have clubs connected to all sorts of free agents. Like always, the beginning hours of free agency are expected to be a frenzied one.

Will Johnny Gaudreau stay in Calgary, or leave money on the table to return to the northeast? Will Evgeni Malkin really sign with another team and not return to Pittsburgh? Who will land the Claude Giroux, John Klingberg and Nazem Kadri?

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All the answers will soon be revealed, but for now, The Sporting News has who covered on all the latest in the rumor mill for NHL free agency.

(All times Eastern)

Tuesday, July 12

5:45 p.m. — Two goalies are on the move, as the Wild have traded Cam Talbot to the Senators in exchange for Filip Gustavsson.

4:15 p.m. — Islanders are emerging as a big player in the Gaudreau sweepstakes. They reportedly are set to offer him $9 million a year for seven years.

4:15 p.m. — The Kings hand out a one-year extension to Alex Edler. He gets the veteran minimum as he enters next season at 36 years old.

3:30 p.m — The Sabres are bringing back Vinnie Hinostroza on a one-year extension.

1:25 p.m — The J.T. Miller trade front has gone cold, as the Canucks aren’t getting quite the offer they are looking for. They’ve been patient with him and could still sign him to an extension.

1:20 p.m. — The Flames reported offer would make Gaudreau one of the 15 highest-paid players of 2022. Gaudreau still rumored to be interested in returning to the northeast.

12 p.m. — Four players placed on waivers with the purpose of a buyout. A couple of surprises in Oskar Lindblom and Rudolfs Balcers.

10:30 a.m. — Brett Kulas and the Oilers likely going their separate ways. The defenseman will test the market after he was acquired by Edmonton at the deadline.

9 a.m. — Andrew Copp is heading to the open market Wednesday, as he and the Rangers could not come to an agreement on an extension. He was acquired at the trade deadline by New York.

Monday, July 11

10 p.m. — Rickard Rakell and the Penguins agree to a six-year, $30 million deal.

8 p.m. — The Maple Leafs have acquired goalie Matt Murray from the Ottawa Senators along with two draft picks for future considerations.

6 p.m. — Valeri Nichushkin and the Avalanche have agreed to an eight-year, $49 million extension, keeping the big winger in Colorado.

5:30 p.m. — Evgeni Malkin is going to test free agency for the first time in his career. He and the Penguins could not come to an agreement on a new contract.

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