Canucks release statement on Virtanen’s allegations
After allegations of misconduct surfaced on Saturday, the Canucks announced that forward Jake Virtanen had been put on leave and the forward had been sent home. This does not mean that Virtanen has been convicted, but an investigation will be carried out, seriously examining what could have happened.
The team released the following statement:
“We have become aware of the allegations concerning one of our players. Our organization does not accept any sexual misconduct of any kind and reported allegations are taken very seriously by us, ”a Canucks spokesperson said to Glacier Media. “We have hired outside expertise to help with an independent investigation and have put the player on leave pending further information.”
Head coach Travis Green declined to comment further on the situation heading into Saturday’s game.
Are the Rangers going to make any big changes out of season?
Larry Brooks of the New York Post recently wrote that the Rangers may be considering an off-season reshuffle following Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Suggesting that players like Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad could be part of the changes to improve mentally against a more physical opponent, Brooks asked the management group and whether or not head coach David Quinn was the right person to go. forward.
Zibanejad and Ryan Strome are both one year away from unrestricted free agent eligibility and the Rangers have been linked with Jack Eichel’s trade talks. While Brooks is only speculating on the changes, a disappointing season means no one should be shocked if the Rangers act.
The Golden Knights haven’t spoken to Alec Martinez
According to David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Golden Knights have not had contract negotiations with pending free agent defenseman Alec Martinez. The 33-year-old is likely to leave the organization, unless there is some playoff magic that forces the team to consider keeping him.
It’s not that Martinez played badly. He has 27 points on the season and is averaging over 22 minutes per game. And, general manager Kelly McCrimmon acknowledged the defenseman’s value to training, adding that discussions will take place where appropriate. That said, the Golden Knights are among the most active teams in the free agent and commerce market and they will need to release a paycheck if they want to play again this summer.
Complications of the Brind’Amour contract extension
Elliotte Friedman noted during Saturday’s Sportsnet report that one of the biggest hurdles the Carolina Hurricanes and Brind’Amour are trying to overcome with a pending contract extension is the plight of his coaching staff, training and equipment. Friedman notes that Brind’Amour could potentially be reluctant to sign an extension until he has a guarantee that they will all be taken care of.
Friedman believes Brind’Amour will eventually re-sign with the Hurricanes. That said, he’s made it clear that the future of his staff is as important as his and he’s ready to lose an extension if his team is not part of the equation.
Friedman also suggested that Brind’Aramour would be hugely popular in the freestanding coach market if the Hurricanes chose not to meet his demands.
Hyman skating again
Good news for Maple Leafs fans as Zach Hyman has started skating again. That doesn’t mean a comeback is imminent as forwards need to practice before they are ready for the game, but it is a promising sign. Riley Nash is also skating, which suggests he should be ready for the playoffs.
Wayne Simmonds sought out Alex Edler to answer for his success on Hyman last weekend and although there was some debate over the code when a tough guy known as Simmonds goes after Edler (who doesn’t fight) , head coach Sheldon Keefe said:
“His teammates appreciate and recognize him. It set the tone for the game. There wasn’t anything that we really talked about before or anything like that. It caught me a bit off guard, but I think anyone who was in the game knew a bit of what was going on there. We thank Wayne for stepping up his efforts and, at the same time, that Edler was involved. “
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