NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Potential Markov Destinations, and Canadiens Reject Golden Knights Offer At The Draft

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Looking at five potential destinations for defenseman Andrei Markov.
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A first round exit could spell the end for Babcock

Scott Billeck of NBC Sports: It is possible that the Toronto Maple Leafs could be without Mitch Marner to start the season. The Marner situation seems similar to what the Maple Leafs went through last year with William Nylander.

Other RFAs may be waiting for Marner to sign first.

Marner is set to skate in Switzerland if he doesn’t have a contract to be with the Leafs during training camp.

If the Maple Leafs don’t get out of the first round this year, they would likely part ways with head coach Mike Babcock.

Five potential destinations for Markov

Jared Clinton of The Hockey News: Andrei Markov‘s new agent Allan Walsh tweeted that Markov was skating in Florida and looking to return to the NHL this season.

Looking at five teams that could/should consider signing Markov.

Montreal Canadiens – There is a logjam on their Canadiens left side and there may not be room for him.

New Jersey Devils – A reuniting with P.K. Subban? The Devils third pairing battle at the moment on the left side is likely down to Andy Greene or Mirco Mueller.

Calgary Flames – If they are looking for more experience to fill in for Juuso Valimaki while he’s out, Markov could be an option. Cap room could be an issue.

Colorado Avalanche – Adding some veteran experience to help guide some of their younger defensemen could be helpful.

Edmonton Oilers – Markov could be an upgrade to their third pairing. Holland likes having veterans and he hasn’t shied away from signing them in the past.

Canadiens reject Golden Knights offer at the 2019 NHL draft

Ken Boehlke of The Sin Bin: From a Montreal Canadiens 2019 draft video they tweeted out.

The Canadiens were on the clock at No. 15. The Vegas Golden Knights had the No. 17 pick.

The Golden Knights called the Canadiens and offered a 3rd round pick to move up two spots. The Canadiens declined and selected Cole Caufield. The Golden Knights selected Peyton Krebs at No. 17.

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