In the summary of today’s NHL rumor, there is news that the Anaheim Ducks are ready to help financially short-cap teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have to offer a ready-to-play striker if they want a certain goalkeeper, Gerard Gallant has coaching options and why was Ray Shero really fired?
Ducks ready to take on money problems
According to Elliotte Friedman, a Sportsnet insider, if you have salary cap issues nearing this year’s NHL trade deadline, you should consider calling the Anaheim Ducks.
Sam Steel of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates with the bench (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Ducks’ season has not been good in terms of playoff aspirations. John Gibson struggled in the net, the youngsters did not grow as some would have hoped and Friedman noted that this gave them a pretty good indication of their plans at the end of the regular season.
The scribe reports that the team is ready to assume a bad salary in order to acquire new additional assets. They have a ton of space but could create more space by placing Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves on a supply of long-term casualties. If a competitor wants to add but has no money to do so, the Ducks could take spare parts, but the teams that move those spare parts should give up a choice or a prospect.
The only limit for the Ducks is the number of contracts they can sign while sitting at 47 of the 50 possible slots they can fill.
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Devils’s Analytics Dept. the Undoing of Ray Shero?
There is speculation that the Devils’ advanced analytics department and former GM Ray Shero did not necessarily agree, and this could have been one of the reasons he was fired as a manager.
Ray Shero, General Manager of the New Jersey Devils (LA PRESSE CANADIENNE / Chad Hipolito)
Darren Dreger of TSN wrote, “(They) have had a tremendous influence, and perhaps the ear of the property.” Meanwhile, Friedman noted that the proximity of the analytics department to the property was an issue. “I’m not saying that anyone has someone else’s submarine, but I don’t think Shero has ever been comfortable with (this).” When called to suggest that the department had influenced his fire, Friedman explained.
He wrote on Twitter, “I’m not saying that. I say Shero liked a tight group, the Devils wanted more people involved. Philosophical disagreement. Friedman also noted that Martin Brodeur was close to the group. That said, don’t expect it to become GM. “I don’t think Brodeur has any desire to be a full-time CEO at the moment,” said Friedman.
As for what the Devils could do with player swaps, Wayne Simmonds says he doesn’t want to go anywhere, Andy Greene says he hasn’t spoken to management about his no-move clause and that there has been at least one offer for Sami Vatanen.
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Gallant will have coaching options
Friedman noted in his 31 thoughts article that some around the NHL are still buzzing that the Vegas Golden Knights would let Gerard Gallant go. As a result, he will have a variety of contenders when it comes to coaching again. Seattle will be an option. Jim Nill chased him hard in Dallas, but he can keep Rick Bowness and Gallant has a history with Steve Yzerman and the situation of Detroit coach could change.
And, with seven layoffs already in the NHL, who knows how many more coaches will lose their jobs by the end of the season?
Backstrom and Ovechkin work together?
At his press conference, Nicklas Backstrom suggested that the recent contract he had signed may not be the last. It looks like he hopes the Washington Capitals will renew Alexander Ovechkin for the same term.
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)
When asked if one of the players had approached the two with similar futures, general manager Brian MacLellan replied, “Not with me.” He added, “I guess these two are have discussed. They have been linked since day one. It would be entirely appropriate. “When you consider that Backstrom and Ovechkin have negotiated their own contracts, it is almost a guarantee that they have talked about their future.
MacLellan also said any discussions he has with goalkeeper Braden Holtby will take place after the season and the post-season discussions.
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Maple Leafs and Georgiev Rumors
Friedman commented on rumors that the Toronto Maple Leafs may offer Jeremy Bracco to New York Rangers goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev. He said, “It will take more than that.”
Alexander Georgiev, New York Rangers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
Noting that Georgiev beat the Islanders 6-2 on Monday, the Rangers will want a talented striker who can join the roster immediately. The Rangers understand that they have a very good goalkeeper at play in Georgiev.
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