NHL Draft, Maple Leafs, Devils, Golden Knights, More

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In today’s NHL rumor summary, there is news about when the NHL Entry Draft could take place, the Toronto Maple Leafs could recover one of their attackers for cheap, and the New Jersey Devils interviewed a candidate for the head coaching position. Finally, are the Vegas Golden Knights and Ryan Reaves working on a contract extension?

Will the NHL Entry Draft Go Virtual?

Pierre LeBrun from TSN reports that According to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, the league has considered a virtual format for its NHL Entry Draft. They will keep a close eye on the NFL draft this weekend and if things go well, could do something similar, allowing the NHL to continue in June as originally planned.

Doug Wilson Sharks of San Jose Ken Holland Oilers of Edmonton
General Manager Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks and General Manager Ken Holland of the Edmonton Oilers, 2019 NHL Draft (Photo by Dave Sandford / NHLI via Getty Images)

Originally, the idea was to postpone the draft, but as the NHL break goes on, a longer delay would cause far more problems than going virtual. The biggest problem with this idea would be that the NHL basically abandons the regular season, as there is really no way to fairly determine a draw, a draw order and conditional choices based on holding the draw. first and play the rest of the regular season thereafter.

Likewise, any insistence on playing the rest of the season makes the repechage extremely difficult for teams looking to trade because none would likely be allowed.

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Jason Spezza to stay in Toronto

Veteran striker Jason Spezza told reporters today: including Luke Fox of Sportsnet, there is “nowhere else” that he prefers to be than in Toronto. The assumption is that he will be ready to make another favorable deal for the team to stay next season.

Jason Spezza Toronto Maple Leafs
Jason Spezza, Toronto Maple Leafs (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)

Despite a difficult start to the season under coach Mike Babcock, Spezza has scored nine goals and 25 points in 58 games. He did it on average less than 11 minutes a night. The Maple Leafs will be looking for profitable depth players, so Spezza seems like an easy solution to one of the team’s biggest problems, how to integrate everyone.

Still with the Maple Leafs, Fox also addressed speculation that the Leafs might be interested in St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo through free agency. He suggests that Pietrangelo is unlikely to join the Maple Leafs. Rather, he suggests that the Maple Leafs prefer to deal with players with a term remaining on their contract and mentions Josh Manson of Anaheim, Rasmus Ristolainen of Buffalo and Matt Dumba of Minnesota as possible business targets.

Fox also believes that Andreas Johnsson is the player most interested in trading, but the player the other teams are least likely to care about because of his injuries.

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Devils Interview Gallant

He was considered one of the first candidates for the new opening in New Jersey and Pierre LeBrun reported Insider trading for TSN that Gerard Gallant was interviewed for the position of head coach of the Devils. He and a number of other candidates were interviewed by Acting Managing Director Tom Fitzgerald.

That alone is interesting because it could suggest that Fitzgerald is getting the go-ahead as the team’s permanent general manager. Generally, a general manager hires his coach.

Golden Knights to expand Ryan Reaves?

SinBin.Vegas, a trusted source outside the Vegas area, reports that the Vegas Golden Knights and Ryan Reaves are discussing a new contract extension and may have already signed one. They were unable to detail the terms of the agreement.

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