Rask says he played injured and wants to come back
Rask revealed to media on Friday that he has played through a torn hip labrum this season which will require surgery. He said he expects to be out until January February and noted, “I hope the recovery goes well and I will be ready to play hockey at some point next year. He added that mentally he’s up for the challenge of coming back and added, “I’m not going to play for anyone other than the Bruins. It’s our house. We have three children with friends at school. I see no reason to go anywhere else at this point in my career.
Taylor Hall unsure of his worth
When asked if he was ready to strike a friendly deal with the team to stay with the Bruins next season, Hall replied that he was not even sure of his worth. “I don’t even know what my worth is at this point. I feel like I had two different seasons. He added that he’s not absolutely looking to maximize his value at this point in his career.
He added that he’s been fortunate to make a lot of money in the NHL and is looking more for a good fit than money or a long-term commitment. “I just want to find a home for the next few years here. He noted that he’s hoping they can make something work in Boston and understands the team has other issues to work on, and with guys who have been around a lot longer than him.
What changes does the avalanche envision?
The disappointment in Colorado is real. Not only because this team were a favorite to go all the way, but because there are a lot of questions to be answered this season and there is a good chance that this heavily stacked roster could be different in 2021- 22.
ESPN.com’s Greg Wyshyniski took a look at some of the big autonomous agent decisions the team will need to make this offseason. Among them, captain Gabriel Landeskog needs a new deal, trophy finalist Vezina Philipp Grubauer is considering a good raise and winger Brandon Saad is a pending UFA. Defender Cale Makar is close to needing a new contract as a restricted free agent and the Avs will have to decide if a player like Nazem Kadri should return.
The team will likely lose a good defenseman to the Seattle Kraken in the NHL expansion draft and head coach Jared Bednar is said to be a victim of the team not making it through the second round . He has one year of contract left. There’s some chatter that the team needs to get bigger on defense and deeper in the middle to beat a team like the Vegas Golden Knights next season.
Peter Baugh of The Athletic writes that GM Joe Sakic has a tough decision to make when it comes to determining the term of Landeskog’s next deal. He writes:
Colorado need to brace themselves for a wing-hungry team with a good chunk of cap space – one like the Oilers or the Kings – to throw Landeskog a lot of money. Matching that could mean moving contracts, and Sakic will have to figure out what sacrifices he’s willing to make to keep his fan favorite captain.
source – “The 10 biggest priorities for the Avalanche after a crushing end to the season” – Peter Baugh – The Athletic – 11/06/2021
Baugh also writes, “Paying over $ 10 million a year for a player isn’t always ideal, but Makar is the type of defender worth it.
Friedman suggests Eichel’s business value is declining
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Buffalo Sabers are absolutely ready to replace Jack Eichel, but they’ve run into a small problem. Opposing teams that were once interested in the center have either given up on the business conversation or some teams are concerned that Eichel’s preferred method of recovering from his injury may not be something they wish to approach.
During WGR 550, Friedman said the Los Angeles Kings moved on to other priorities and noted that, “No one will say it officially, but there are teams who agree with the Sabers’ medical staff. on Eichel’s recovery plan, and there are teams that do not. Friedman added, “I really think at the end of the day I want to move on. They don’t want him to come back, they want to move on.
Oil tankers must avoid easy mistakes
Jonathan Willis of The Athletic has looked at some of the moves expected from Oilers general manager Ken Holland this offseason and argued some of the reasons some of these changes are not being made. In one case, Willis suggested that the Oilers don’t necessarily go out and spend a lot of money on leftists in free agency.
One approach was taken last summer by the Panthers. Florida started with the duo of Sasha Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau up front, and added four names to their top six: two one-year bargain signings (Anthony Duclair, Alex Wennberg), a sweetheart of the cheap analytics (Carter Verhaeghe) and a problem-contract for a problem-contract (Mike Matheson for Patric Hornqvist). This quartet has scored 59 times and with the exception of Hornqvist, which costs less than Zach Hyman alone, it is likely that it will cost this summer.
source – ‘Oilers’ offseason devil’s advocate: why some of the most popular moves Ken Holland could make would be mistakes’ Jonathan Willis – The Athletic – 10/06/2021
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