Hello and welcome to a Sunday edition of NHL rumors! The first round of the playoffs advances and the teams prepare for what will follow. Last Word on Hockey will bring you the best news and analysis, so check back often. Today’s NHL rumors feature the Buffalo Sabers and two Vancouver Canucks,
Rumor: Pierre LeBrun recently revealed that the Sabers are interested in several former NHL coaches, including Rick tocchet.
Rick Tocchet and Bruce Boudreau are among the candidates the Sabers have lined up for interviews. I have a feeling GM Kevyn Adams wants to talk to quite a few coaches, including the varsity ranks. Not in a hurry. Don Granato also in the mix.@TSNHockey @TheAthletic
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 21, 2021
Analysis: While there is an argument that Buffalo should be looking outside the traditional NHL ranks for their next head coach, it is reasonable that they should consider experienced options as well. Rick Tocchet and Bruce boudreau are the exact types of people the Sabers should explore as well.
Among the choices of the veterans, it would be difficult to discuss with Boudreau. Despite being 66 years old, he is one of the most successful coaches out of work today. He is 22nd in coaching with 567 victories, but much higher among active coaches or having coached in recent years. Boudreau’s experience could be just what the franchise needs to come out of its current crisis.
Whoever takes the position of Sabers will be under heavy pressure. The team has talent, but a bloated, mismanaged roster that needs a strong presence and a cohesive philosophy. Boudreau is the exact type of person who might be able to maximize players like Sam reinhart and Jack Eichel while standing up against indiscreet property. Leading Buffalo won’t be easy, but management is right to explore all options for their next coach.
Rumor: Athletic’s Thomas Drance recently indicated that the Canucks will explore buyouts this summer.
Jim Benning specifically says the club will “explore buyouts” as part of the club’s efforts to better support its centerpieces. It’s sharp. #Canucks
– Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) May 21, 2021
Analysis: The Vancouver roster is in a tricky position. It has a large core comprising Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, but there are several support players who count way too much in the ceiling of the ceiling. The team must restructure their salary situation quickly before young stars get too expensive.
Any redemption must absolutely include Antoine Roussel. The 31-year-old forward was average in 2018-19, but has declined significantly since this season. The team also can’t justify paying $ 3 million to a bottom six agitator at this point in their competitive window. A similar thing can be said regarding Loui Eriksson or Jay beagle.
Injuries have certainly forced the cast to take on bigger roles than usual in 2020-21, but that should resolve itself for next year. A year of healthy recovery coupled with list fat reduction could allow the team to thrive. The core is strong, and there is sure promise in the agricultural system whenever Vasily Podkolzin is able to leave Russia. The Vancouver front office has to be aggressive in the offseason if it is to hit its cap.
Rumor: Elliotte Friedman in Saturday’s headlines indicated that JT Miller did not want to leave Vancouver.
Headlines: JT Miller / Kadri / Tavares / Coaches Speak Out / AHL Play-In Play-In? (Note: if Kadri appeals, it is first the commissioner, then possibly a neutral referee.)https://t.co/iS4SDiTvKv
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 23, 2021
Analysis: It’s good that Miller doesn’t want to be traded and the team would be wrong to trade him. The 28-year-old skater has just had another very productive season with 15 goals and 46 points in 53 games. 2020-2021 marks the fifth consecutive year Miller has scored at a rate of 0.52 points or better. That’s a fantastic rate for someone costing just $ 5.25 million through 2022-2023.
The team also doesn’t have an obvious replacement if Miller is traded for something that isn’t an NHL-ready forward. The agricultural system is somewhat lacking in terms of the depth of young people before and a handful of existing actors could leave via free agency. The increases for Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes will eat up big chunks of ceiling space will almost guarantee that someone won’t be re-signed this offseason.
However, this is where the organization should focus on buying surplus players rather than trading a player in his prime like Miller. The next version of the Vancouver division could be wide open depending on the realignment and who is lost to Seattle in the expansion plan. Keeping Miller is an easy way for the team to compete at a higher level after the league landscape has changed this summer.
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