NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Flames, Avalanche, Oilers

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, there are updates when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens and their potentially naming a new general manager. In the meantime, could Mark Giordano be returning to Calgary Flames as part of a trade? Bowen Byram will be playing for the Colorado Avalanche, but why? And for how long? Is it really possible that the Edmonton Oilers are not willing to trade a first-round draft pick for Jakob Chychrun, a defenseman?

Canadiens Near to Hiring GM

According to a few sources, the Canadiens are rapidly narrowing down their field of potential GM candidates. Eric EngelsSportsnet believes they could soon be naming their next GM with three candidates still in the running. He names two of the three as Daniel Briere and Mathieu Darche.

Habs GM search could be concluded in the coming days. Told it’s down to three candidates, and believe Daniel Briere and Matthieu Darche are two of them. You can also expect to see a few other candidates who were interviewed to potentially land jobs at the club.

Pierre LeBrun of TSN and [Update News] reports that agent Kent Hughes “has re-entered the picture” in terms of a candidate and notes Montreal circled back to him this week after he wasn’t originally part of interviews. He is now one of the four or five more likely candidates. He stated that the interviews have concluded and that the club is now ready to move on to round two. However, it is unclear when the final GM hire will be made.

Trade with Likelihood Giordano Brings Back the Flames of Giordano

Francis also looked at The Calgary Flames are likely to acquire Mark Giordano, a defenseman, in a trade with the Seattle Kraken. Giordano, as most fans know was an expansion draft selection. Giordano’s agent Ritch Winter said, “I certainly think there’s a possibility” when asked if a trade had potential.

Mark Giordano Seattle Kraken
Mark Giordano, Seattle Kraken (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Winter admitted that neither the player nor the agent can control what happens in this season’s games, but said:

“Coach loves him. The coach is loved by the player. Player lives in the city. The team seems to be playing much better… and I think there could be an argument that a guy like Gio, with a little more offence, could really add to the mix.”

Bowen Byram Deals with Lingering Concussion Problems

As per Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, there is no return timeline set for Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram after he took a leave of absence and was a late scratch on Tuesday. Peter Baugh [Update News] reported he spoke with the player’s father who confirmed Byram doesn’t have another concussion “but is dealing with lingering issues likely stemming from his past concussion problems. It got to the point where he didn’t feel he could play yesterday.”

Bowen Byram, Colorado Avalanche
Bowen Byram Colorado Avalanche (Photo: Dustin Bradford/IconSportwire via Getty Images).

Given Byram’s concussion history, this is concerning for the Avalanche who have already been rumored to be open to the idea of adding another defenseman this season in a trade. The Avs will likely rumor that they are looking at a player like Klingberg, or another rental blue-liner if Byram isn’t available for a while.

Oilers Refused to Move First for Chycrun

GM Ken Holland confirmed in a press conference that the Oilers would not be open to trade this year’s first-round pick for a rental. Holland said that an Oilers player who was available with a term could be of benefit to the Oilers for multiple seasons. With that in mind, it’s interesting to hear reports that Holland is hesitant to give up a first for defenseman Jakob Chychrun.

Jakob Chychrun Arizona Coyotes
Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

According to reports, Elliott Friedman and Jeff Marek they have heard that Edmonton isn’t willing to do a first-rounder for the defenseman who has three seasons remaining on his deal after this season at a fair value of $4.6 million. Minda, you, this wasn’t about talk of a first straight up for Chychrun, but a package that included a first.

Marek adds that he’s surprised by a lot of things coming out of Edmonton and they didn’t make sense to him.

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