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In immediately’s NHL rumors rundown, it’s believed the Toronto Maple Leafs is not going to function as if Jake Muzzin can be out long-term. In the meantime, the Boston Bruins may need their sights set on Rasmus Ristolainen. The Edmonton Oilers don’t have an replace on the well being of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and will the Carolina Hurricanes make a transfer for a defenseman forward of the commerce deadline?

Bruins Taken with Ristolainen?

It was reported a few days in the past that Rasmus Ristolainen will seemingly be traded by the Flyers earlier than the March 21 NHL Commerce deadline. Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now believes the Bruins may need an curiosity. He notes:

“A number of calls to NHL professional scouts across the league Friday appeared to present a convincing sure to Ristolainen being what the Bruins lack so dearly on their blue line, with even saying he heard that Bruins common supervisor Don Sweeney and his workers seemingly have the previous and longtime Sabres blueliner on their commerce goal board for the upcoming NHL commerce deadline as a result of they’ve focused him prior to now, particularly proper earlier than the Flyers acquired Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres final July.”

Rasmus Ristolainen, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Proper now it’s believed the Bruins haven’t gotten shut to creating a deal as a result of the value to accumulate the defenseman is just too excessive. If the ask comes down, the Bruins can be in. The Flyers paid a hefty worth to get Ristolainen in a commerce so that they wish to recoup as a lot of the price as potential.

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In different Bruins’ information, NBC Sports activities Boston’s Nick Goss suggests Jake DeBrusk has improved his play to the purpose that he’s probably boosted his commerce worth. There’s nonetheless a perception he received’t fetch an enormous return for the workforce however he could possibly be included as a part of one other larger commerce and regarded an essential piece within the deal.

Maple Leafs Imagine Muzzin Will Return Earlier than Playoffs

There was hypothesis the Toronto Maple Leafs may take into account retaining Muzzin out of the lineup till the playoffs begin and getting a $5.625 million cushion on their wage cap this season. That’s apparently not the case, in response to current stories.

Elliotte Friedman famous throughout Saturday’s intermission of Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast that the Leafs is not going to maintain out Muzzin if he is able to come again sooner. Clearly, the rule is {that a} workforce has to take a participant off LTIR if wholesome, however there may be lots of flexibility on the subject of concussions. Nonetheless, GM Kyle Dubas is appearing as if the Maple Leafs have $2 million out there on the deadline, not $7 million.

Friedman nonetheless thinks the Leafs will go after one other defenseman, however it would extra seemingly be a depth participant that doesn’t have an enormous wage connected to his identify.

No Information on Nugent-Hopkins

Nugent-Hopkins left Saturday’s sport towards the Florida Panthers early with what seemed to be a shoulder harm. He didn’t return and the ahead was questionable for Sunday’s sport towards the Carolina Hurricanes. Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft has no replace on Nugent-Hopkins’ situation apart from to say he anticipates there can be an replace tomorrow.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edmonton Oilers
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers (Photograph by Andy Devlin/NHLI through Getty Photographs)

RNH nonetheless must be absolutely evaluated but when he’s out for any size of time, that’s terrible information for the Oilers who’re additionally with out Jesse Puljujarvi and Duncan Keith.

Hurricanes Need One other Defenseman

Luke DeCock of The Information & Observer suggests the Carolina Hurricanes are in crunch time on the subject of making a call on who or what they may add forward of the playoffs. The group desires to bolster their blue line however have restricted cap area wherein to take action. In the end, he doesn’t assume they’ll make a transfer.

DeCock believes the Hurricanes had been focusing on a top-four defenseman who can skate alongside Jaccob Slavin. The reason being that they aren’t assured the pairing of Tony DeAngelo and Slavin is robust sufficient for an extended playoff push and towards the opposition’s prime stars.

The Hurricanes and Vincent Trocheck’s camp have talked about an extension, however these talks haven’t gotten very far. “Nothing too concrete,” as per Cory Lavalette of North State Journal. He provides, “It’s only a matter of if they’ll make it occur.” Trocheck did say he wish to keep in Carolina long-term.