The Bruins don’t close the door on Tuukka Rask
The Bruins raised eyebrows when they gave free agent goaltender Linus Ullmark $ 20 million. Considering the team haven’t ruled out Tuukka Rask as an option for next season, it was an interesting move as it’s not exactly relief money. Daniel Vladar was traded to Calgary, but with Jeremy Swayman still in the system, what does that mean for Rask?
Rask is still a part of the plans in Boston. General Manager Don Sweeney said: “We had to be prepared and allow Tuukka to [Rask] all the time he needs to be healthy. He added that Rask was doing well after the operation and said: “I think we always left the door open when Tuukka returned. “
The Bruins plan to run with a strong line of goaltenders when Rask returns. They want depth when injured or if someone is in trouble.
Also with the Bruins, Nick Foligno said he chose to sign with the team because he and his family have a special bond with Boston. The Boston Children’s Hospital saved her daughter’s life when she underwent heart surgery in 2013 and 2018 for first place. “
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Hyman called the Oilers the “obvious” decision
When speaking to the media after the signing became official, Hyman said it was an easy decision to join Edmonton on a seven-year contract. He and his wife flew (on their own) to the city to discover the different places they could live or where their son would grow up. Once they saw everything and the installation, there was no other option for him.
It doesn’t look like another team is close, although he did speak with a few other organizations early in the process. Hyman took his media to a work of art by Wayne Gretzky and said it was fate that he was now part of the team. He’s already training in the offseason with newly acquired Connor McDavid, Darnell Nurse, Warren Foegele and Devin Shore.
Still with the Oilers, Tom Gazzola notes that the team is still trying to trade goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen. There had been some interest in him yesterday afternoon and it looks like the Oilers were on Darcy Kuemper before the goalie went to Colorado. It’s unclear which goalie Edmonton is aiming for now as the crop of available goalies has really dwindled.
Islanders are still working on deals
A few names that were not removed from the board on Wednesday were Zach Parise and Kyle Palmieri. Both are related to New York Islanders and David Pagnotta of the fourth written period, Parise and Palmieri are getting closer to contracts with the team. It also looks like there has been some progress on forward Casey Cizikas.
The story behind the acquisition of Grubauer by Kraken
Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis admitted he never expected goaltender Philipp Grubauer to become a free agent when the team selected their goalies in the NHL expansion draft. “We picked Vitek Vanacek expecting him to be part of our goaltending tandem,” he said.
It wasn’t until things fell apart between the Colorado Avalanche and Grubauer that Seattle was able to step in and sign the player. He notes that once this happened, six different NHL teams called him to see if Vanacek was available. Eventually, they brought him back to Washington.
It does not seem that the break between Grubauer and the Avalanche was necessarily friendly. He said of Colorado after signing with Seattle, “They had their time and their opportunity. “
What’s going on with Tarasenko?
Vladimir Tarasenko was not traded on Wednesday and there are a lot of questions about what’s going on in St. Louis now. General manager Doug Armstrong has said Tarasenko must be ready to return to the squad, but many believe the ship has passed. It’s just not clear which teams are in the mix now.
It is believed that the Islanders, Hurricanes and Devils could be possible landing points, but The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford writes:
The source said Armstrong miscalculated the situation, asking “too much” in return. There were once four teams interested in Tarasenko, and there are still at least two, but the options are dwindling after Wednesday’s signings around the league.
source – ‘The latest on the Blues and Vladimir Tarasenko: source says business value is dropping -‘ time to move it ‘- Jeremy Rutherford – The Athletic – 07/28/2021
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