Benning said he’s hoping to sign Demko

Bruins defense requires offseason repairs

The Bruins will straighten out their defense. It would be irresponsible to launch a second straight season with a leaky blue line. They are in better, although not ideal, shape to fix it this summer by spending their futures capital.

Their best chips include two 2016 first-round picks and high-level prospects (Jake DeBrusk, Jakub Zboril, Zach Senyshyn, Brandon Carlo, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Jeremy Lauzon, and Danton Heinen). They could have cached more futures for flipping purposes by trading Loui Eriksson, but they opted to retain the unrestricted free-agent-to-be.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/bruins/2016/04/11/bruins-defense-requires-offseason-repairs/t3MqQXiAK1Pi0pbIM7djHL/story.html

Maple Leafs Resign Kadri and Reilly

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the seven Canadian teams that failed to qualify for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, but they aren’t sitting around feeling sorry for themselves. The Maple Leafs have already started planning for next season by resigning two of their best players to six-year extensions, and improving their NHL sports betting odds of making the playoffs next season.

On Wednesday, the Maple Leafs announced that they have given Morgan Reilly and Nazem Kadri six-year contract extensions, keeping them with the team until 2022. Since both players were about to become restricted free agents this summer, the Maple Leafs don’t have to worry about losing either player to another team.

Hoffman’s future with Senators up in the air

All eyes will be on Mike Hoffman this summer.

Will he stay or will he go?

The next stop for the Senators’ high-scoring winger, who had an afternoon exit meeting with GM Pierre Dorion, will be a trip to Mexico Thursday for a post-season vacation. Whether his hockey home continues to be the Canadian Tire Centre remains to be seen.

Though Hoffman professed he’d “love to stay in Ottawa”, the reality is as a restricted free agent — who is in for a big raise and has the right to accept a one-year deal in arbitration — he could be a strong candidate to get dealt if the two sides aren’t able to come to an agreement.

Will Doan play another year?

Jimmy Vesey interest in Buffalo and playing with Eichel

Canucks let him down, and now Miller’s time looks up in Vancouver

The scaffolding around the soon-to-be 36-year-old goalie is still going up as GM Jim Benning prepares to go deeper into the roster renovation that was long overdue on the Canucks.

At this stage of his career, Miller hasn’t time to wait for the finished product and the Canucks, whose season next year could be as difficult as this one, no longer need a $6-million-a-year goalie.

The two sides no longer fit. Miller is a grand piano bought for a mansion. Now, the Canucks are living in a garage until the new house is built.

Iain MacIntyre: Canucks let him down, and now Miller's time looks up in Vancouver

Neither Hiller nor Backstrom will be back.

Patrik Elias admits playing for another team would tarnish his career

It seemed strange hearing Patrik Elias call the Devils “they” and “them” as he cleaned out his locker at Prudential Center Monday morning.

But Elias, who turns 40 Wednesday, said it wasn’t a slip of the tongue indicating that his career was over. He’d still like to come back for more more season.

Injuries Can’t Slow Islanders Down

The New York Islanders have been riddles with injuries all season long, which reduced their NHL sports betting odds of making the playoffs. Despite the injuries, the Islanders found a way to keep winning and qualified for the playoffs.

After losing another player to injury, head coach Jack Capuano told reporters he couldn’t remember how many times in recent weeks that his team only had five defensemen.

A visibly upset Capuano told reporters that he was tired of answering question about injuries because it has been a long month for the team and there was nothing he could do about it.

Coyotes fire general manager Maloney

Pavel Datsyuk says he will leave the Red Wings after playoffs

Pavel Datsyuk wants to go home. His career has been here. His wealth has been here. His celebrity has been here.

But his heart is somewhere else. It’s in Russia — with his teenage daughter and his roots, both of which he wants replanted into his life.

“I’m thinking I go home after this season,” he said, in a long discussion at the Northville home of his agent and friend, Dan Milstein. “I may not be done with hockey, but — it is hard to say — I think I am done playing in NHL.”

While this may be a shock to fans, it cannot be to the Red Wings. The truth is, Datsyuk has been squirming to go home since 2012, the year he played in Russia during the NHL lockout.

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/mitch-albom/2016/04/10/albom-wings-datsyuk-column/82835594/

NHL Draft Lottery Standings

Position GP PTS PT% CHANCE
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 69 0.421 20%
2 Edmonton Oilers 82 70 0.427 13.50%
3 Vancouver Canucks 82 75 0.457 11.50%
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 76 0.463 9.50%
5 Calgary Flames 82 77 0.470 8.50%
6 Winnipeg Jets 82 78 0.476 7.50%
7 Arizona Coyotes 82 78 0.476 6.50%
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 81 0.494 6%
9 Montreal Canadiens 82 82 0.500 5%
10 Colorado Avalanche 82 82 0.500 3.50%
11 New Jersey Devils 82 84 0.512 3%
12 Ottawa Senators 82 85 0.518 2.50%
13 Carolina Hurricanes 82 86 0.524 2%
14 Boston Bruins 82 93 0.524 1%

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