It was an interesting 2020-21 NHL regular season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Honestly, I enjoyed the regular season more than any during the recent past. However, similar to most Maple Leafs’ fans, I found the postseason playoffs less than enjoyable ’ far less in fact. Given that, as a fan, because I’m tired for
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I want to comment on a number of different issues that have emerged since the too-soon Maple Leafs’ elimination from the Stanley Cup chase. Item One: Why the Maple Leafs Should Re-sign Alex Galchenyuk To get right to the point, I believe the Maple Leafs
There seems to be a consensus among Toronto Maple Leafs’ sports writers that the unrestricted free agents they believe general manager Kyle Dubas should sign from the current roster include Jason Spezza, Zach Hyman (but at the right price), Alex Galchenyuk, and Zach Bogosian. Will Spezza, Hyman, Galchenyuk, and Bogosian Want to Return? Jason Spezza
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I look back to share some insight about how great Auston Matthews’ season really was. Second, I’ll look at Alex Galchenyuk’s season with the Maple Leafs. Related: Remembering Viktor Tikhonov: A Hockey Legend Finally, I’ll logically speculate about the kinds of contracts that players might
Last week, the Ottawa Senators announced that they had signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year, $1.05 million deal, and already, opinions are split on the team’s newest addition. A former 50-point player and third overall selection, he has struggled heavily over the past few seasons. 2019-20 was his worst so far in his eight-year
One can barely bring up the Winnipeg Jets these days without the discussion quickly pivoting to their need for a second-line centre, and for good reason. Finding the right man to play between Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine has been a multi-season struggle, with only Paul Stastny bringing out the best in the dynamic Dane
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is lots of news and talk surrounding the Minnesota Wild who have been active in the past few days. Meanwhile, in Arizona, it sounds like the team has the doors wide open in terms of doing business on the trade front. In Toronto, a scribe examined the needs on
After a blockbuster deal that sent Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has made his expectations clear to his roster: “I can promise you this: If there is quit, there will be more trades,” Guerin said after acquiring Alex Galchenyuk, prospect Calen Addison and a lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick.
General manager Bill Guerin certainly got the Minnesota Wild’s money back and then some by trading forward Jason Zucker, a second-round pick back in the day. That’s the way Wild fans have to look at Zucker, because otherwise it’s hard to see it as a win. Zucker to the Penguins In Zucker, the Wild have
The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Alex Galchenyuk, a 2020 1st round pick and defensive prospect Calen Addison. Bob McKenzie: “Official announcement from PIT. The condition on the 2020 first-round pick is that it can be deferred to 2021 if PIT misses the playoffs this season. H/T
The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Alex Galchenyuk, a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick and prospect Calen Addison, according to Bob McKenzie. The 2020 first-round pick could be moved to 2021 if the Penguins fail to make the postseason this year. MIN trades Jason Zucker
Trade deadline notes on the Blackhawks, Penguins, rentals, Senators, and Rangers Emily Kaplan of ESPN: If the Chicago Blackhawks are in a good position at the trade deadline, don’t expect them to do much. GM Stan Bowman would likely hold onto both Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford. Bowman could listen to offers on Erik Gustafsson.
Where some of the 31 teams stand before the NHL Trade Deadline Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: With just a month before the NHL trade deadline, here are where some of the major players stand. By division, it looks like this. Metropolitan Division Washington is one of the few teams that need little or anything
The injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins recently suffered another blow when Jake Guentzel underwent surgery for an injured shoulder. With the 25-year-old left-winger sidelined four-to-six months, his absence robs the Penguins of one of their leading scorers. Throughout this season, the Penguins have coped with an unusually high number of injuries. Guentzel joins Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin,
Canadiens have a few weeks to decide the trade deadline plans TSN: Pierre LeBrun on TSN noted that the Montreal Canadiens had their pro scouting meetings yesterday. The week of the 20th they have their bye week, and then there is the All-Star break. That is when they could decide how they’ll approach the trade
The NHL is under its annual roster freeze until 12:01 am ET on Dec. 28. After that, teams will be able to engage in trade activity. Despite the recent Taylor Hall trade, most deals involving significant players tend to take place in the month leading up to the annual late February trade deadline. However, several
The Wild could host the 2021 NHL Winter Classic and play the… Greg Wyshynski: The Athletic reported that the 2021 NHL Winter Classic could be hosted by the Minnesota Wild at Target Field. ESPN has learned that their opponents could be one of the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, or the Winnipeg Jets.
Is Alex Galchenyuk not fitting in with Pittsburgh? Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It seems to be happening yet again. Alex Galchenyuk tallied just three points so far in his ten games since coming back from injury. He was a non-factor in New Jersey on Friday night as well. Mike Sullivan said it as
Sportsnet: It’s not looking likely that the New Jersey Devils will be getting Taylor Hall signed to an extension in-season. “I think the Devils now know it’s unlikely they are going to be able to get a contract done during the year,” said Elliotte Friedman during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “I
Penguins trade talks fell through, but could they pick up again Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A source has said that at the end of September/start of October that at least one player was told that he could be involved in a trade ’ which obviously hasn’t happened yet. Talks fell through before injuries
Penguins probably won’t be negotiating with Murray and Schultz in-season Rob Rossi of The Athletic: Both Alex Galchenyuk and Justin Schultz will be unrestricted free agents after this season. Restricted free agents for the Pittsburgh Penguins will include Matt Murray, Marcus Pettersson, Jared McCann, Dominik Kahun and Dominik Simon. That group of seven carries a