So, will Max Domi be back? NHL Watcher: According to Pierre McGuire, that answer is no. During a radio hit on TSN 690 our of Montreal, McGuire mentioned it is rather apparent that the forward will not be back. This surprises few people but the next question is where does he wind up? Possible destinations
A few questions for New Jersey Devils’ Tom Fitzgerald Mike Morreale of NHL.com: It has been a surreal offseason for many teams but New Jersey will be one of the seven that expects at least a nine month layoff. They prepare for the NHL Draft to be held virtually October 9th and 10th. New Jersey
Minnesota Wild questions get answered — at least some Michael Russo of The Athletic (mailbag): Again and again, the questions keep coming. Russo tried to answer them as best as he could. One of the big inquiries focused on Kirill Kaprizov. This became a bit of a two-parter. Burning a year of the entry-level deal
Edmonton unloading top defensemen? David Staples of the Cult Of Hockey: A series of rumors persisted over the internet that Edmonton has a surplus of defensemen. If they traded one or two of them, Edmonton could acquire the offensive depth or goaltending needed. Evan Bouchard and Philip Broberg could easily make a couple defensemen expendable.
Could Jesper Fast be a flat cap casualty? Vincent Z. Mercogliano of Lohud.com: Again, Fast presents as a versatile player who can serve a variety of roles. Last season, Fast played on the second line allowing Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin to have career seasons. Sometimes it is more than those simple numbers known as
There has been some talk that with next year’s salary cap going to be the same as this year, or possibly less, teams could be given the option of using a compliance buyout. Part II of the potential buyout candidates for the Atlantic Division. NHL Buyout Candidates – Atlantic Division (Part I)
Bill Guerin, the Minnesota Wild, and the rebuild/reload debate… Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Bill Guerin made moves that suggested the Minnesota Wild were both a buyer and seller. However, Guerin struck back with this quote. “I would say more of a retool,” he said. “You look into the ages of a lot of
Ilya Kovalchuk draws interest from several teams plus more Eric Engels of SportsNet: A motivated Ilya Kovalchuk continues to draw interest from other hockey teams. Marc Bergevin selling at the trade deadline looks more likely but not yet. In 15 games, the winger has six goals and 12 points including an overtime game-winner against Toronto.
Vancouver Canucks’ five possible trade targets Harman Dayal of The Athletic: Unfortunately, Vancouver possesses no first-round pick and has salary cap constraints. However, they are in a unique position. The Pacific Division remains mediocre and Vancouver could make a deep run in the playoffs. That is because of said division. There are a few targets
Will Jonathan Quick stay or will he go? Josh Cooper of The Athletic: The numbers improved slightly this season but Jonathan Quick remains trade bait. Will he get traded come the trade deadline? Players like Marc-Andre Fleury posting similar 5-on-5 numbers helps the chances a little. However, does it move the needle enough? Quick competes
A Mikael Granlund hot streak means what now? Adam Vingan of The Athletic: The coaching change rejuvenated Granlund as he has looked much better of late. Is it too little, too late? Watching the forward return to his normal, productive self has to make Nashville scratch their heads. Granlund scored three times in his last
31 Thoughts this week Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: A few notes have popped up this week including Kyle Dubas “investigating every good defenseman on the market”. One player noted was Mathew Dumba from Minnesota, who has three years left on his current deal. Dumba underperformed so far this year but a change of scenery may
Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline John Dietz of The Daily Herald (mailbag): The Chicago Blackhawks remain three points out of a playoff spot with lots of teams to hop. Chicago’s plan is not to mortgage to buy. Would they take a bad contract with a sweetener? That appears more likely than straight buying. Also,
Steve Yzerman Evaluating the Detroit Red Wings Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press (mailbag): For a team that may not win 20 games this season, Detroit has many questions. However, this year was all about development and not wins and losses. Filip Zadina and Dylan Larkin starting to look like what they were
Decisions leading up to the trade deadline for the Avalanche Mike Chambers of the Denver Post (mailbag): How Colorado plays over the next ten games will determine what they will do for the trade deadline. A big move for a top-six forward or a defenseman remains unlikely. On the other hand, a depth forward or
What is the Washington Capitals’ biggest trade deadline need? J.J. Regan of NBC Sports Washington (mailbag): Assessing what may be the Washington Capitals’ biggest need is the most essential thing of their trade deadline. Some argue that need is little or no. That may be true. On the other hand, defense seems to be a
Chris Kreider still high on the Boston Bruins’ radar Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston: This feels like a broken record but Chris Kreider will be highly sought after by the Boston Bruins. Sometimes the more modest fish turns out to be the best. However, Kreider provides power to the top-six in Boston’s forward core.
Is Jeff Carter a possible Philadelphia Flyers target? Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia: As Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings played in Philadelphia last week, the question inevitably got asked. Would the winger like to return to the Flyers? Carter remains on pace to score 23 goals this season and Philadelphia could use