Who is number 1?
After seeing Jack Campbell register a shutout on Saturday and improve his record to 4-0 this season, Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski believes the Maple Leafs should consider negotiating while waiting for unrestricted free agent Frederik Andersen before the trade deadline. .
Zwolinski argues the Maple Leafs should use the next three weeks to determine their starter, and if it’s not Andersen, they should trade him rather than see their replacement put on a $ 5 million cap.
Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby, meanwhile, doesn’t expect Andersen to go anywhere. He notes that Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is already focused on adding to the trade deadline and notes that the team should not rely on Michael Hutchinson in a backup role.
Campbell has been limited to just four starts due to injury this season, while Andersen admitted last week that he was not 100%. Andersen did not dress for Saturday’s game after allowing four goals on 18 shots against the Calgary Flames on Friday.
“I’m not really where I want to be obviously,” Andersen said Thursday. “I think I work to be as good as possible. It’s just a matter of how well you can handle [the injury] and play through, and you try to do your best to play as well as you can. ”
Andersen, who hasn’t had a win in his last three starts, is 13-8-2 this season with a .897 save percentage and 2.91 goals-against average.
Campbell, 29, is 4-0 with a save percentage of .965 and a GAA of 1.00 with two shutouts.
The Maple Leafs have yet to name their starter for Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
Everyone is silent
Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic that while he is open to acquiring leads by the deadline, he is “calm” on the business front for the moment.
Ducks forward Rickard Rakell is currently ranked No. 3 on the TSN Trade Bait chart. With the winger signing next season with a cap of $ 3.79 million, LeBrun suggested to Murray that the 27-year-old’s value could be at its peak, as a contender could use him for two playoffs. .
“I would be okay with that,” Murray said. “But like I said, it’s really quiet. It is really calm. ”
Rakell has scored six goals and 21 points in 33 games this season for Anaheim.
The Ducks have just four unrestricted free agents waiting on their active roster, including captain Ryan Getzlaf. Murray reiterated to LeBrun that he would be ready to move Getzlaf if that’s what the veteran wanted, but added that there was no evidence to suggest he wanted to come out.
“I have a good relationship with him and his agent and we have a deal, and I told him this a long time ago: ‘If you want to go see a candidate, you have to come see me and tell me,” Said Murray. “Then we’ll sit down and talk about who might be interested and where would you like to go. ”
Anaheim sits last in the West Division with a 9-18-6 record and is set to miss the playoffs for the third straight season.
As the New York Islanders look to replace injured captain Anders Lee in their roster, Newsday’s Andrew Gross believes veteran New Jersey Devils Kyle Palmieri could be the perfect fit.
Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said after the team placed Lee in the long-term injured reserve that he was ready to strengthen the club, but added that he would be careful not to affect the team chemistry.
“I think what we have right now is we have a balance throughout the roster,” said Lamoriello. “The young players who arrived did an exceptional job. They were ready when the opportunity presented itself. And they also know it’s going to get a little harder as you go towards the end of the season. But I think they’re ready for it.
“Sometimes you add and it takes away the other players. You have to be very careful. Chemistry, to me, is as important as anything. ”
Gross believes Palmieri is the type of player Lamoriello covets and “plays the hard-core game coach Barry Trotz prefers.”
A pending unrestricted free agent, Palmieri is carrying a cap of $ 4.65 million this season. The 30-year-old has scored five goals and 14 points in 28 games this season after scoring 25 goals and 45 points in 65 games last season.