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Today in the NHL rumor preview, it is that Steven Stamkos angry with the NHL and their decision to expand the NHL lists during Phase 2? In Toronto, how could they try to improve their blue line this offseason? The Edmonton Oilers are getting some players for skating, Vladimir Tarasenko is ready to go and NHL player contracts have been extended.

Stamkos Seems to Question the NHL’s Decision

Monday, Sportsnet NHL insider Chris Johnston reported the NHL was to move to the next step of the “Phase 2,” the increase in the number of players that will be allowed to train together at a given time. He tweeted:

Starting tomorrow, the NHL will allow the Phase 2 groups to be expanded to 12 players for on-ice sessions. Those who had been limited to six skaters each, since the group workouts began in team facilities, on the 8th of June.

A player, Steven Stamkos, who seemed a little surprised by the news. His Tampa Bay Lightning team has been hard-hit by the recent outbreak of the new COVID-19 case, and it has been forced to close down their establishment.

No chance to practice, and with less players, maybe Stamkos is wondering why the NHL would continue to advance at a breakneck pace? At the very least, adding more players to the other teams puts the Lightning at a competitive disadvantage. Also, Stamkos might think this is not exactly the safest decision in the world, especially when you think about how this could affect his own teammates.

Stamkos has tweeted a response to the Johnston report with a simply emoji scratching the head. He did not extend it beyond.

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The Maple Leafs Focus on Defense

Luke Fox of Sportsnet has taken a look at a number of elements related to the organization of the Maple Leafs in a recent letter to the readers of the article. Noting that the right hand defenders Tyson Barrie and Cody This is going to hit free agency, the team could use an experienced defenseman that can kill penalties. The goals can include unrestricted free agents like Travis Hamonic, Chris Tanev, Sami Vatanen, or Radko Gudas.

New Jersey Devils, Sami Vatanen (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

If free will is not an option, the team could look to the trade market and to focus on names such as Matt Dumba, Rasmus Ristolainen, David Savard, Brett Pesce, Colin Miller, Adam Larsson, and Josh Manson. Cheaper trade objectives may include Troy Stecher, Matt Roy, Matt Benning, and Ilya Lyubushkin.

In either case, do not expect the organization to go after Alex Pietrangelo and expect the team to give every opportunity to prospects as Mikko Lehtonen, Rasmus Sandin, and Timothy Liljegren.

As for what the Leafs would give up in trade, the same names are there — Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson — but a surprising name that could be in the mix is the goalkeeper Frederik Andersen, who is a UFA at the end of the next season.

It is more likely that the Sheets to try to extend Andersen, but if he doesn’t play well during the next playoffs, GM Kyle Dubas could offer him in a deal.

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According to the two Larry Brooks and Elliotte Friedman, the NHL, the contracts which would normally expire on June 30, will now run to the end of October. The idea is to ensure that players would be able to obtain the work visa necessary to play.

Pierre LeBrun adds call it a “single convention”, and notes that it covers only the expiring contracts for foreign nationals who require a work visa/work permit extended.

This will be a strange feeling for fans who are used to seeing a ton of trades and signings this time of the year and the 1st of July rolls around. None of this will happen.

More Oilers and the Rangers to arrive

Ryan Rishaug note that most Edmonton Oilers players are expected in the coming days to join names such as Alex Chiasson, Kris Russell, Matt Benning, and Stuart Skinner on the ice in his Place. Defenseman William Lagesson was started yesterday by his Instagram account.

Rishaugh notes:

The majority of veterans returning at the end of the month, and enter phase 2 for about a week before training camp begins, assuming that the 10 July, the date of the beginning of the remains.

Tarasenko Good to Go

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko spoke in an interview with TSN and discussed its shoulder rehab after a long layoff. He is rested and ready to join his Blues teammates compete for another Stanley Cup.

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (AP Photo/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

He said he was really close back when the season was in progress, but this extra time has really helped to give him the time to heal. Tarasenko was on the ice Monday, while the Blues have taken part in Phase 2 of the declaration of Game plan.

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