In today’s recap of NHL rumors today, the Pittsburgh Penguins recall Louis Domingue does not mean that one of their other goaltenders is suffering from an injury. Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators are being decimated by injuries and absences related to COVID. What can they do? The Columbus Blue Jackets have decisions to make with their pending free agents and are the Toronto Maple Leafs really looking to add another top-six forward?
Jarry did not travel with penguins
After the Penguins recalled Louis Domingue, it was feared that a goalkeeper could be injured. This is not the case. According to a report by Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the starting goalie Tristan Jarry just didn’t travel with the team to Ottawa so the organization could give him some extra rest.
Jarry is scheduled to play tomorrow night in Washington. The change is simply due to the travel schedule with consecutive matches. The Penguins have received some good news regarding their roster, as defenders Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel are expected to be available to return after being re-added to COVID protocols yesterday for cross-border travel reasons, not another positive test.
Senators’ injury situation continues to worsen
The Ottawa Senators’ list of injuries and absences continues to grow. Latest report comes from TSN’s Darren Dreger who notes that young defender Erik Brannstrom broke his hand in last night’s game and is out indefinitely.
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With the news that he will likely be missing 6 to 8 weeks, one has to wonder if the Senators will be looking in the NHL for not just a forward (which was already rumored) but a defenseman now. DJ Smith says Artem Zub will be a game-time decision against the Penguins, but the depth of this team with so many pieces missing has become a real issue. Unlike other NHL teams that are tight against the salary cap, the Senators have room to add.
Eric Staal would like to make a comeback in the NHL
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that veteran center Eric Staal is hoping to return for an 18th NHL season. He was not signed in the offseason but continues to skate in Minnesota in hopes that a team will sign him for a short-term contract. His agent is in regular contact with three or four clubs, LeBrun notes, but it’s unclear if anything is imminent.
As clubs are hit with injuries, Staal could become a more attractive option and he could land somewhere later this month. He had a decent run with the Montreal Canadiens in their run to the Stanley Cup final, it’s a bit of a surprise that he hasn’t been picked as a depth option by someone yet.
“Now, probably ideally [it] would be where his family has lived for the last few years in Minnesota, but the Wild have not shown an interest in bringing him back and I don’t think that will happen. A return to Canada where he finished the season with the Montreal Canadiens, probably not in the cards at the moment either. Eric Staal’s preference is to find a good fit in the United States, which is where his camp is currently working.
The Blue Jackets could move a number of players
According to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, the Blue Jackets may not yet know what they want to do with waiting free RFA Patrik Laine, as well as waiting UFA Joonas Korpisalo, a goalkeeper that many are looking for. expect it to be traded by the March 21 NHL trade deadline.
I suspect we’ll see more deadline moves that have the future in mind. There is an abundance of winger on this list. Chinakhov is in a hurry, and it’s not ideal if he’s ready to play. Kent Johnson and Kirill Marchenko will also join the mix up front next season, and they won’t be fourth in the row. Max Domi and Grégory Hofmann are in contract years and could be UFA, so there are big decisions to be made. As for Korpisalo, I would be surprised if he ends the season here, with UFA status close at hand this summer.
source – The Blue Jackets’ Mailbag: Will Cole Sillinger Be Good Or Big? Yegor Chinakhov in the niche? Is Patrik Laine a keeper? – Aaron Portzline – The Athletic – 05/11/2021
As for Laine, Portzline notes that if his turnaround season ends up seeing him score 40-50 goals, and he likes it in Columbus, the organization would be foolish to trade him. At the same time, the team will have to decide if a rebound season is the norm or if there are more 2020-21 campaigns in their future.
Maple Leafs looking for another top six forward?
It seems crazy to imagine that the Maple Leafs would add another top six forward to their squad given the way the roster is built, but Jonas Siegel of The Athletic writes, “If GM Kyle Dubas can somehow Rocking it – with cap space still at a premium – the Leafs could certainly use another legitimate threat in their top six.
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Siegel went over the other options outside of the Leafs’ big four and explained how little they contribute to offensive production and he asks, “How many guys beyond Matthews, Tavares, Marner and Nylander can give the Leafs 10-20 now? He talks about the heat of the stars, but wonders if. He notes:
The stars are getting colder. The power play is fading. And that’s the lights out. The Leafs are betting that with enough chances, the stars will see them through. Will they have help, or rather enough, to do it? It is very questioned.
source: -‘Can the Leafs find enough goals beyond the headliners? Will it matter? »- Jonas Siegel – Athletics – 11/11/2021
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