We are only six weeks away from the NHL negotiation deadline, which means that the rumor season is in full swing. Here is a look at some names that float in the league, plus some questions that we think might be answered soon.
What should Canadians do with Carey Price?
It feels incredibly strange to write “trade” and “Carey Price” in the same sentence, and yet here we are. (It’s the NHL rumor season, after all.)
At least, considering where the Montreal Canadiens are currently in the standings, and where Price is currently in his career, it seems worth exploring if it is a possibility. The same logic can be applied to Shea Weber. Andrew Berkshire, a Sportsnet contributor, who broke down what went wrong in Montreal this season, ventured boldly into those waters during a Lead off Monday appearance:
“I think they trusted guys who came too late in their careers to be in full swing and it just wasn’t something that was going to work in the first place,” Berkshire explained, with a nod to veterans Shea Weber and Carey Price. , “And now three years have passed in this bet and it is time to make a decision: if you are going to sell some assets to try to make the team competitive for those players, because you feel you owe it to them, or send them to places where they can really be competitive and can recover some assets. ”
Price, 32, is under contract until 2025-26 with a cap of $ 10.5 million. Although sometimes he has had problems, the surrounding team is simply not ready to fight seriously yet.
“If you ever want to win a Stanley Cup, you have to give yourself the best possible opportunities in the future, and you’re not giving yourself the best possible opportunities in the future if you stay with the players longer than you should.” He continued. “I am a big fan of Carey Price. I think he has done so much for that organization and has received many unfair criticisms throughout his career. But I think the most fair thing for him is to move on. “
Could Kovalchuk be a rental?
What season has it been for Ilya Kovalchuk The Russian striker started the year as a poorly paid and under-played veteran stranded in Los Angeles as a healthy scratch and marked the beginning of the new calendar year by signing a low-risk agreement to have the opportunity to recover with the Montreal Canadiens. The 36-year-old has looked good in le bleu, blanc, et rouge: he began his Habs tenure with a trio of assists in his first two games and scored an enthusiastic overtime winner over the weekend to break the skid Loser of eight Montreal games.
It has been a great story so far, but could I continue in the postseason? If it does, it seems increasingly likely that it is not with Montreal. Canadians are currently seven points in dispute, and we will soon discover what their exchange deadline approach might be. So what could that mean for Kovalchuk? If this type of game continues, it seems that it could be a popular target for contestants looking for a cheap rental.
It was rumored that the Boston Bruins were interested in signing him after the Kings rescinded his contract, and we know they could use an end to the playoff race, so … that could be a worthwhile situation to see. .
The sabers still need to be offended
Buffalo’s need for some help in advance has been a story for much of this season. They recently added Michael Frolik, but is the pending UFA enough, or could the Sabers seek to add more?
Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has been in the commercial block all year and could fit perfectly. And what about the eave of the Penguins Alex Galchenyuk? If there was ever a player who needed a new beginning, it’s him. Perhaps the most capable forward to intervene and score is the center of senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has 30 points in 45 games and an unclear contractual situation in the nation’s capital.
Rangers have what everyone wants: young and promising goalkeepers
When you think of the most eligible commercial parts of the New York Rangers, Chris Kreider’s name tops the list. After the league’s most wanted pending UFA, Taylor Hall, was treated from the Desert Devils, all eyes focused on Kreider as the next man in line who could provide a small offensive boost in the rental market. Only that everything has felt a little quiet on that front while the Rangers are tiptoe the line between a push of playoffs and a start of the season. (New York Post Reporter Larry Brooks believes the Rangers should lock up Kreider.)
According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, there is a new name in New York: Alexandar Georgiev.
“There has been a lot of talk about what they are going to do,” Friedman said during the Headlines segment on Saturday at Hockey Night in Canada. “Word has spread that the Rangers will at least listen to Georgiev.”
It is not often that teams are willing to give up young and talented netminders, but in the case of the Rangers it is a deep area for them. Georgiev, who is 11-9 in the season as the backer of Henrik Lundqvist with an average of goals against 3.11 and a saving percentage of .911, can be hit by rookie 24-year-old Igor Shestyorkin in the depth table and the fact that New Currently, York carries all three goalkeepers and raises some questions about what they are going to do.
“They have many good defense prospects and obviously do not need goalkeepers, so the teams have the impression that do not be cheap will be it cost him, and it will probably cost a striker who is so young and ready to play or close, “Friedman explained.” But they won’t hear anything that doesn’t impress them under that. “
Sharks believe in their nucleus, despite the shortcomings of this season
Look at the bottom of the standings and a particular team stands out: The San Jose Sharks. Nothing went well for the team in teal: a club rich in elite rearguards but weak in the fold and unfortunate in the injury department.
General Manager Doug Wilson opted to make a coach change last month, but don’t expect many other important moves for this list.
“Sharks have made it known that they see it the way they saw it in 2014-15, the last year the playoffs were lost. The following season, they went to the Stanley Cup final, that’s their goal, keep fighting for next year, “Friedman reported Saturday. “They don’t plan to eliminate any of their cores.”
The Mercury News‘Curtis Pashelka expanded that in an article on Monday, noting that not only the non-competitive list of Sharks in 2014-15 threw some UFAs while keeping their core intact, the team also made a coach change after the season and chose until key pieces that turned out to be an integral part of their Cup final the following year (Joel Ward, Paul Martin, Martin Jones).
In other words, look for Sharks in the spring of 2021.
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Maple Leafs interested in Dillon?
Then, San José will not break his core, but they do they have two pending UFAs that should generate a lot of interest on the deadline: the defense Brenden Dillon and the deep striker (and a powerful power player) Melker Karlsson.
“I think there is a lot of interest in Dillon, potentially even a team like Toronto kicking the tires there,” Friedman said.
The Toronto blue line needs urgent help, considering all the ailments there: Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin rearguard are in the long-term injured reserve.
Golden Knights looking for defense
Another team looking for defense? The golden knights of Las Vegas.
The athleticJesse Granger believes that the club could add a blue line before the deadline. He suggested some intriguing names like Rangers d-man Anthony DeAngelo, Sami Vatanen de los Devils, Alec Martinez (Kings) or Dillon as names they might consider.
Wanted: bad contracts
Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston of Sportsnet told three teams that they could make the most of their limit space by this deadline: the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche.
Of this trio, it is not entirely surprising that the Ducks are willing to accept some ill-treatment: they adjust perfectly (sorry) considering their ability to clear space by putting Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves at LTI and their condition as rebuilders.
“The ducks have let them know that they have cash and capitalization space. They are willing to listen to you if you want to use them to help you solve your boundary problem, ”Friedman explained over the weekend. “However, it will cost you good young assets.”
The avalanche, however, stands out on that list. With around $ 15.4 million in current limit space and a whopping $ 31.5 million in projected time limit (by CapFriendly), Avalanche is in a unique position as contenders with limit space to share. That is a dangerous combination.