Frank Seravalli was again with extra information and nuggets in one other version of Ice Breakers on Thursday’s Every day Faceoff Present:
For the primary time, Vegas coach Pete DeBoer was important of the Golden Knights’ goaltending after a 7-Three thrashing by the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night time.
“We simply didn’t get in entrance of sufficient pucks,” DeBoer mentioned when requested concerning the goaltending. “It’s fairly easy. I’m not a goaltending knowledgeable, however you’ve received to get in entrance of a pair.”
The Golden Knights haven’t provided up a lot by way of damage updates with practically $40 million in payroll sidelined: Robin Lehner, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez and Brayden McNabb are all out.
We’re instructed the replace on Lehner isn’t constructive.
Sources say Lehner suffered a patella fracture and crack in his kneecap, which might clarify why he was noticed on crutches when heading house from Vegas’ street journey.
The staff remains to be trying to find out a precise time-frame for a possible Lehner return, however coupled with the torn labrum in his shoulder that he was already enjoying via, the concern is Lehner may miss the rest of the common season.
Even when Lehner had been to be wholesome sufficient to return for the playoffs — ought to the Golden Knights qualify — it’s tough to examine Vegas being keen to gamble on his means to remain upright via a four-round slog.
Sources say the Golden Knights are lively and making calls on the goaltending market.
GM Kelly McCrimmon flatly denied our earlier report that the Golden Knights had explored a possible reunion with Marc-Andre Fleury. We reported then that they’d additionally checked in with the New York Rangers on Alexandar Georgiev.
Different goaltenders obtainable embody Joonas Korpisalo, Mackenzie Blackwood, Anton Forsberg, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, Martin Jones, and …
Jordan Binnington. Sure, sources say Blues GM Doug Armstrong contacted groups perceived to be lively on the goaltending market and pitched the 2019 Stanley Cup champion as a possible answer to their issues.
We’re instructed there has not been a lot traction, if any, which makes a commerce unlikely for various causes.
For one, Binnington’s contract is heavy. The 28-year-old is within the first yr of a six-year, $36 million contract. His $6 million AAV has not been commensurate to his play this season. It’s been an journey on the ice.
Binnington additionally has a full “no-trade” clause and might veto any potential deal.
On the one hand, Binnington’s availability is a shock as a result of he simply signed his deal final March.
Then again, Binnington has been badly outplayed by Ville Husso this season, who can also be a pending UFA. Binnington’s .903 save proportion is strictly league common this yr; Husso is properly north at .928 over practically the identical variety of appearances.
It will seem that proper now, Husso can be Craig Berube’s Sport 1 starter within the Stanley Cup playoffs — and never Binnington.
So the transfer can be multi-faceted for St. Louis: Armstrong may transfer on from Binnington’s contract and create wage cap flexibility so as to add elsewhere on his roster earlier than Monday. And it might open the door for the Blues to re-sign Husso, the new hand, within the offseason to maybe a cheaper cope with much less time period.
Alas, this doesn’t sound like one which might be occurring.
Doesn’t sound like there was a lot progress made, if any, between the Anaheim Geese in talks with Hampus Lindholm, the premier defenseman obtainable on the rental market.
Lindholm, 28, is about to develop into an unrestricted free agent in July, now within the last yr of a six-year, $31.5 million deal.
As we’ve reported, the sticking level in negotiations is time period. GM Pat Verbeek isn’t keen to offer Lindholm a seven- or an eight-year deal, which the Lindholm camp is assured he can obtain on the open market.
It’s potential Verbeek circles again to Lindholm for one last push within the coming days, however he continues to gauge the commerce marketplace for the Swede.
We’re instructed the ask for Lindholm is a first-round choose, a Grade A high prospect, plus one other piece.
There’s little question Verbeek was enthused by the return the Montreal Canadiens acquired for Ben Chiarot on Wednesday. Groups nearly universally see Lindholm, a 22-minute-a-night minute-muncher and elite skater, as a step above Chiarot — though they don’t play the identical fashion.
As a reminder, Lindholm doesn’t have any “no-trade” safety and will be despatched wherever.
How does the Chiarot commerce influence Mark Giordano available on the market?
You possibly can add Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis to the listing of happy observers. The Kraken have been steadfast of their ask for a first-round choose for Giordano. Regardless that he’s older at 38 and has a considerably greater wage cap hit than Chiarot, Seattle’s level is that Giordano has the Norris Trophy pedigree to assist the ask.
Giordano can have some sway within the matter. He primarily holds a 12-team “no-trade” listing, or 19 groups to which he has accepted a commerce. If all the pieces is equal, the Kraken wish to ship their captain to a most popular vacation spot.
That’s the place the Toronto Maple Leafs are available: We’re instructed if Giordano has his want, he’d prefer to go house to play for the blue and white.
The Maple Leafs seem to have prioritized assistance on the blue line, and Giordano is close to the highest of their listing, together with Lindholm. It might properly come down to cost. Will Seattle’s ask drop to a second?
Rely the Boston Bruins among the many groups occupied with Giordano. The Bruins have additionally been eyeing Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Calvin De Haan.
The ask on De Haan is believed to be a second-round choose.
Regulate the Dallas Stars: Feels like the choice to place Andrej Sekera on waivers on Thursday was to create wage cap flexibility so the Stars can bolster their roster forward of the deadline. Sure, a giant turnaround in Huge D, from potential sellers to potential consumers in a matter of six or seven weeks.
Lastly, the assumption isn’t any significant progress has been made in extension talks between Ottawa and Nick Paul, or Tyler Motte and the Vancouver Canucks.