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In today’s NHL rumors, what really went on behind the scenes in regards to the Vancouver Canucks’ return to play postponement? Meanwhile, Ryan Getzlaf talks about the proximity of a trade to Anaheim and the Edmonton Oilers may have a clear line in the sand when it comes to two pending UFAs. The Ottawa Senators plan to talk to Ryan Dzingel about a contract extension and there is news on how the playoffs will go for any Canadian team that advance to the semifinals of the playoffs of the NHL.

Behind the scenes of the Canucks come back to the game

Elliotte Friedman reported in Saturday’s report that the Canucks organized a Zoom call with the NHL Players Association saying they wanted to return to play, but were not ready to do so last Friday. Part of the problem was that not enough players were medically cleared. On Thursday morning, of the 17 Canucks who were due to pass their post-COVID medical tests, only four were allowed to play.

It was agreed that even a few more days would give the team some time for their players to be in a better position to compete. There are still a few players who probably won’t be ready for Sunday’s game. Thatcher Demko, Tyler Motte and Olli Juolevi are still absent, while Nate Schmidt and Jake Virtanen remain on the protocol list.

Oil tankers may be willing to walk from Tyson Barrie and Nugent-Hopkins

The Athletic’s Jonathan Willis answered a few postal questions about the Oilers’ current offseason plans and mentioned ongoing negotiations with Tyson Barrie and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with general manager Ken Holland. Willis is hinting that there might be a clear line in the sand on both players.

Firstly, he thinks that because Holland have been open about their intentions for Evan Bouchard to play a big role in next year’s squad, he’s comfortable letting Bouchard fill the Barrie role if the price on Barrie is too high. Willis says, “Having Barrie nearby blocks Bouchard’s progress.” You would imagine that if Barrie agreed to a friendly deal for the team, that conversation would change and the Oilers would make a different move when it comes to the right side of their blue line.

Tyson Barrie, Oilers d’Edmonton (Photo par Andy Devlin / NHLI via Getty Images)

Regarding Nugent-Hopkins, Willis writes:

I would seek to re-sign him for a contract of up to five years. I wouldn’t give him much increase – if at all – on the average annual value of $ 6 million he’s currently signed to. .. Keeping him at the same pace would be wonderful for the Oilers leadership with money coming off the books and the Oilers looking to take it to the next level.

source – “Re-sign Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?” Free agency targets? What to do with Evan Bouchard? Oilers’ Mailbag – Jonathan Willis – The Athletic – 04/17/2021

Nugent-Hopkins might have proven that he is much more valued as a winger than a center and that isn’t necessarily worth a lot of money in today’s NHL landscape. Frankly, the more time he runs out and the more the Oilers keep producing without him, his value drops.

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Getzlaf says he talked to the ducks about the trade

According to a report from the Orange County Register, the day after the April 12 trade deadline, Elliott Teaford reported that Getzlaf admitted to having had business discussions with chief executive Bob Murray. He never got to the point where he was about to consider giving up his no-go clause.

Getzlaf said he was ready to agree to a trade if it could help the team’s rebuilding plans, but it never did. As for the sequel for him, he will wait until the end of the season before considering his future plans. He could either accept a huge pay cut or even consider retiring.

In other Ducks news, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports that Murray was setting extremely high prices for Josh Manson and Rickard Rakell if he wanted to be convinced to move them. Murray said:

“… Sometimes making deals for draft picks that aren’t early players doesn’t make a lot of sense to us right now if we’re trying to get it right. My goal has been to get players who are already drafted and who already have some experience if possible.

source – “What’s next for GM Bob Murray in rebuilding the Ducks?” – Eric Stephens – 04/15/2021

Since the Ducks weren’t able to acquire what Murray was looking for, Stephens wondered if the Ducks would make a big move with either player in the 2021 NHL Draft in July.

Senators will discuss with Dzingel

Bruce Garrioch reports that the Ottawa Senators plan to sit down with Dzingel and talk about a new contract during the offseason. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has said he plans to speak with the waiting UFA and his camp about an extension.

Ryan Dzingel Sénateurs d'Ottawa
Ryan Dzingel, Sénateurs d’Ottawa (Photo de Richard A. Whittaker / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There have been rumors that Dzingel could be moved from Ottawa before the NHL trade deadline, but reports suggested that the other teams were not garnering much interest. Dzingel has 8 goals and 12 points split between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Senators this season. He will likely have to take a pay cut on the $ 3.375 million he earns this season.

Canadian home team for playoffs

According to Saturday’s Headlines Report panel, the NHL is considering moving the Canadian team coming out of the North Division to a US NHL facility that is closer to its semi-final opponent. It would likely remain this team’s home for the rest of the playoffs if they advance.

Congratulations to Patrick Marleau

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau played his 1767th game last night, tying Gordie Howe for most games played in NHL history. It is an incredible achievement.

Jim Parsons is a freelance writer who covers the Edmonton Oilers and articles on news and rumors here at The Hockey Writers.

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