NHL won’t let Kaprizov play
According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, the NHL has informed the Minnesota Wild that there is probably no chance that Kirill Kaprizov will be allowed to make his NHL debut this summer if the 2019-2020 season resumes.
Kaprizov hoped that he would finally be allowed to sign his two-year contract with the Wild and subsequently burn the first year of his contract if the rest of the 2019-20 season was played with a semblance of the regular season and playoffs. After all, if it was a normal situation, after Kaprizov’s contract with the KHL expired on April 30, he would have been allowed to sign with the Wild and make his debut immediately if the team was still alive in the playoffs.
source – “Sources: Kirill Kaprizov will probably not be allowed to make his debut if the wild season resumes” – Michael Russo – The Athletic – 05/11/2020
However, due to the NHL season break, the league has informed teams that all new draft picks or university, junior and European free agents are scheduled to start in 2020-2021. The Wild had hoped that the NHL would change its mind, but were told that no such change would happen.
Wild GM Bill Guerin was asked if it concerned him at all that Kaprizov could possibly sign for another year in the KHL if he was not allowed to come. Guerin said he knew it was possible but Kaprizov wanted to come and play here. “It’s a viable concern, but I wouldn’t lose sleep over it,” said Guerin.
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Maple Leafs Seeking More Jason Spezza
James Mirtle of The Athletic took a look at targets for free agents for the offseason who could do what Jason Spezza did for them last season. He arrived cheaply and produced results that exceeded his salary. Mirtle conducted this exercise assuming that Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen would be traded.
Mirtle first suggested that Kyle Clifford, Tyler Ennis, Josh Leivo, Patrick Maroon, Jesper Fast and Matt Nieto as forwards the Leafs could get for cheap and outperform their contracts. He listed Alex Galchenyuk, Conor Sheary, Colin Wilson, Jimmy Vesey, Michael Frolik and Derek Brassard as refurbishment projects. Finally, he cited Mike Hoffman, Craig Smith, Mikael Granlund and Carl Soderberg as long shots.
If the Maple Leafs want to sue a former star like they did for Spezza, they should be targeting Joe Thornton, Ilya Kovalchuk or Corey Perry. Mirtle writes:
Dom Luszczyszyn has put together this handy table of game score projections for the next three seasons for all of the players listed above. Among the most realistic targets for the Leafs, he is the highest on Ennis, Leivo, Maroon, Wilson and Fast.
source – “Mirtle: breaking down 19 intriguing UFA targets for the Maple Leafs” – James Mirtle – The Athletic – 05/11/2020
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Dermott made in Toronto?
Sportsnet’s Luke Fox was asked if the recent signing of defenseman Mikko Lehtonen by the Toronto Maple Leafs marked the end of Travis Dermott’s time as a Maple Leafs player. Fox notes GM GM Kyle Dubas will have to make moves during the offseason and determine where Lehtonen is, but also believes the smart move would be to re-sign Dermott for a transition deal.
Dermott is out of its entry-level contract and has no arbitration rights. It is affordable and if Lehtonen struggles, the Maple Leafs will be happy to call on Dermott if necessary.
Rask takes down retirement rumors
Tuukka Rask spoke to several members of the Boston media during a call to Zoom on Monday and has almost canceled any ideas he may withdraw at the end of his current contract.
When asked if he had thought about retirement, he replied, “Not really. I haven’t thought about retirement at all, “said Rask of Boston Hockey Now. He added: “So far, I still have this passion for continuing to play. Maybe it’s 36, 37 – maybe I’ll be the goalkeeper who plays until he is 45, maybe not. ”
Will Nordic shirts return?
Declan Bolger, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, said that the idea of the Colorado Avalanche wearing the old Quebec Nordiques jerseys had arisen.
“Next year is the team’s 25th anniversary season. I think there is an opportunity, “said Bolger in an interview with The Athletic. “We talked about it, but the opportunity has not arisen so far. It’s not the only thing we talked about. We talked about a lot of things. ”
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