Nick Kypreos suggested that, despite Vancouver’s placement near the bottom of the NHL standings, they’re not giving up on the season and are in fact looking to acquire more scoring.
“It doesn’t appear Jim Benning and the Vancouver Canucks are ready to mail it in any time soon, they’re looking for scoring,” Kypreos said. “A lot of teams are looking for scoring. Of course, you’re going to have to move something substantial. Teams are calling for Chris Tanev right now, but Vancouver is saying he’s not available. You can pick as many as you want on defence here, but that’s one player we’re not prepared to go down that route with just yet.”
With off-season acquisition Alexander Radulov proving a fast fit with the Montreal Canadiens, his agent is reportedly prepared to consider a long-term extension with the club should general manager Marc Bergevin be interested.
“He likes Montreal and the fans have quickly adopted him. I don’t see why this relationship can’t continue,”
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) November 24, 2016
Coaches with NHL experience who could be in the mix include Bob Hartley and Kevin Dineen. Hot prospects include Phil Housley and Trent Green. One intriguing possibility: former Edmonton Oilers Ralph Krueger. He was the media darling at the World Cup of Hockey because of the job he did with Team Europe. His entertaining personality, coupled with his thorough coaching style, would make him an ideal choice for an expansion team.
Dave Molinari: I’m not aware of any rule that would prevent the Penguins from trading Fleury between the end of their playoff run and the expansion draft, but they would have very little negotiating leverage if they put off doing something with Fleury until then. They definitely would like to hold onto him — their playoff run this spring underscored the value of having two quality goaltenders — and the best way to make that happen would be to work out a deal with Las Vegas under which that team would agree to not draft Matt Murray if he’s exposed in the expansion draft. (Fleury, by nature of his no-movement clause, must be protected.
Was assured by member of LA organization on Sunday in Anaheim, Evander Kane is not a option for Kings. https://t.co/tKTLOejVal
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) November 23, 2016
Here’s what it sounds like happened with Vancouver, Buffalo and Evander Kane: There were a lot of assumptions the price would be low, that the Sabres would be so desperate to do this that the Canucks would get a steal.
Sabres GM Tim Murray made it clear that would not be the case. (Neither team would comment.)
No Chara for third. He left after first shift in the second
— steve conroy (@conroyherald) November 23, 2016
The TSN Hockey Insiders provide more details about Brent Burns’ big eight-year deal with the Sharks, discuss whether Marc-Andre Fleury will be on the move before March 1, the Sabres seeking a blueliner for Evander Kane, and the Leafs searching the trade market for a shutdown defenceman.
Army on Hitch: "The guy has the best winning percentage in hockey over the last six years. If he's in danger, then everybody's in danger."
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) November 20, 2016
Henrik Lundqvist isn’t happy with the NHL, and for good reason. The fact that they have enacted changes that could have a drastic impact on his livelihood, and possibly even the success of the Rangers’ efforts to take the Stanley Cup, isn’t that surprising.
Sports Leagues make changes to the way games are played all the time. The problem for Henrik emanates from the fact that they didn’t warn him ahead of time. And Henrik isn’t just another NHL player. He is the face of one of their biggest franchises.
Mike Harrington: Evander Kane hears the trade talk. He’s just looking for goals
The latest tempest is whether or not Kane is staying in Buffalo. His hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks, has been on the prowl for him but the timing of a trade is quite odd. Kane has no goals in seven games since returning from the rib injuries he suffered in the season opener and still has another year left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.25 million.
Burrows has eyes on playoffs, Cup contenders may have eyes on him
Burrows would command considerable interest from Stanley Cup contenders as a rental in return for a draft pick. He has a history of scoring big post-season goals and is fiercely loyal, competitive and combative.
It’s difficult to imagine contenders like the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens wouldn’t have trade-deadline interest in Burrows. He has scored 19 goals in 70 playoff games. He could be reunited with Alain Vigneault for another Cup quest and playing for his hometown Canadiens would certainly cap an amazing beating-the-odds career. Run all that by Burrows and he sees where you’re coming from.