Oilers, Canadiens, Blue Jackets, Panthers

In right this moment’s NHL rumors rundown, there may be discuss that the Montreal Canadiens have begun reaching out to groups and candidates for the GM opening. In the meantime, the Edmonton Oilers have despatched Ryan Nugent-Hopkins again to Edmonton to get his damage checked out. How lengthy will he be out? The Columbus Blue Jackets is likely to be contemplating a commerce to maneuver Patrik Laine and the Florida Panthers would possibly make a pitch for defenseman Ben Chiarot. Lastly, how unhealthy to some gamers wish to go to the Olympics? Would they be keen to retire to go?

Canadiens Begin Calling Potential GMs

In response to Pierre LeBrun, the Canadiens have begun reaching out to groups asking permission to talk to GM candidates. He writes, “Consider they’ve accomplished so with the likes of Roberto Luongo, Daniel Briere and Mathieu Darche, amongst others.” LeBrun provides that there’s clearly a methods to go however the course of has began and the GM search, together with the interview course of is underway.

Listening to that the Montreal Canadiens have begun reaching out to groups asking permission to talk to GM candidates. Consider they’ve accomplished so with the likes of Roberto Luongo, Daniel Briere and Mathieu Darche, amongst others. Clearly a methods to go however the course of has began.

As has beforehand been reported, the Canadiens are in search of somebody who can communicate French and in some ways be the face of the franchise whereas Jeff Gorton does numerous the behind-the-scenes group constructing. Don’t be shocked if the candidate that’s in the end employed has little GM expertise.

Nugent-Hopkins Will Miss Remaining Street Journey

As per Daniel Nugent-Bowman of [Update News], Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett informed media in New York after the sport that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins flew again to Edmonton to have checks accomplished on his damage. It’s not clear how critical the damage is, however Nugent-Bowman assumes the choice to fly him house implies that he doubtless received’t play the final two video games on the highway journey.

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As for Mike Smith’s damage scenario, he stayed with the group and is listed as day-to-day. The goaltender may very well be out for a really small time period or longer based mostly on the uncertainty of accidents with this participant.

Might Blue Jackets Commerce Laine?

As a part of his three daring predictions article for 2022, Luke Fox of Sportsnet writes that the Columbus Blue Jackets may commerce Patrik Laine sooner or later this yr. Noting that the ahead acquired off to a sizzling begin, an damage and the tragic dying of his father took him out of recreation motion for a while. Fox didn’t suppose the Blue Jackets would signal him to a different one-year deal and he wasn’t certain Laine would wish to decide to a group that has been dumping good gamers for draft picks and prospects.

Patrik Laine Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine, Columbus Blue Jackets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

It’s not clear when a commerce would occur or what number of groups would have an interest contemplating Laine’s wage arbitration rights means he’ll be effectively paid. Many are suggesting that if the specter of a commerce is actual, it will be one thing that takes place throughout the offseason.

Are Panthers Ben Chiarot?

As per a narrative on RDS (translated from French), LeBrun studies the Florida Panthers have held inner discussions concerning the thought of buying and selling for pending UFA defenseman Ben Chiarot from the Canadiens. The Panthers aren’t the one group that may have curiosity, however LeBrun believes the group may make a critical pitch for the participant.

From his feedback on Hockey 360, they quote LeBrun who mentioned:

“Ben Chiarot goes to be a very fashionable participant on the groups that may make the playoffs. The Panthers have already mentioned internally whether or not they are going to make a proposal to the Canadiens. I feel the reply to this query is sure and that the Panthers will contact the Canadiens. However they received’t be the one ones. “

Gamers Making an attempt to Discover Strategy to Nonetheless Go to Olympics

As per Elliotte Friedman, throughout the 32 Ideas phase of Saturday’s Hockey Night time in Canada broadcast, NHL gamers had been trying to discover any loophole they may to play within the Olympics. One thought was they questioned if they may retire or discover a strategy to void their contracts then re-sign after the Olympics had been over. Whereas it appears extremely unlikely that might be doable, it goes to indicate how badly gamers needed to attend.