In today’s NHL rumors, there’s news about the chances of the Vancouver Canucks re-signing head coach Bruce Boudreau. Meanwhile, there is an update on the injury status of Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are wary of Auston Matthews but his injury is unrelated to his wrist problem and the Winnipeg Jets could end up selling Pierre-Luc Dubois if they can’t sign him. Finally, what’s up with Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights?
Optimism Canucks will re-sign Boudreau
When by Rick Dhaliwal, Thomas Drance was on Donnie and Dhali’s show and noted that there is a good chance the Vancouver Canucks will renew head coach Bruce Boudreau. He said, “When I hear the same stuff as you, Rick, there’s optimism, there’s going to be an attempt to get it done, they’re going to try.”
There’s been a lot of talk this weekend about how well Boudreau has worked since joining the Canucks. Most believe the team had no right to make the playoffs, but they fought extremely hard and, as The Athletic’s Harman Dayal writes, “played above their level of talent for months and almost performed a miracle by making the playoff chase.” have kept alive so late.”
Oilers may have a playoff start nurse
head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, says Jay Woodcroft that neither defenseman Darnell Nurse (lower body injury) nor Jesse Puljujarvi (non-COVID illness) made the trip to Columbus as the Oilers will face the Blue Jackets on Sunday afternoon. While there’s not much standing in the way of an update to Nurse, TSNs Ryan Rishaug reports that Woodcroft told reporters on the street with the team that the nurse’s injury was minor. When asked if he was ready for the playoffs, Woodcroft said, “We’ll see.”
As much as the fanbase is divided over Nurse and how much he’ll be paid next season, it’s a huge loss to the Oilers that he’s not on the lineup for an extended period of time. Not only does he play massive minutes, but allows players like Duncan Keith and Brett Kulak to play as many minutes as they should so they remain more effective in their own roles.
Elliotte Friedman has sources saying Nurse should be ready for the playoffs, if not before.
Matthews and Maple Leafs are cautious
Elliotte Friedman noted during the final 32 Thoughts segment of Hockey Night Canada that Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs are taking a more cautious approach to his return to the team. His injury is not believed to be related to his previous wrist problem. “The Maple Leafs are obviously very secretive. You don’t get a lot of information at this point in the playoffs,” Friedman said.
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Matthews has a chance to hit the 60-goal mark tonight as the Maple Leafs take on the Washington Capitals.
Jets and Pierre-Luc Dubois
Friedman also commented on Pierre-Luc Dubois’ situation in Winnipeg and suggested that he was a player to watch with interest. Dubois is available on a new contract as a pending RFA and he has two more years of unrestricted hands that the Jets can buy in an overtime. He is believed to be one of the players the Jets want to build around.
Friedman suggested the Jets would love to sign him long-term, but if they feel they can’t – and Dubois has a lot of leverage over his contract negotiations – watch out for trade speculation afoot over the summer come.
Robin Lehner’s situation is a strange one
When Friedman was asked what was going on in Vegas between the team and goaltender Robin Lehner, the NHL insider responded that the best he could find out was that Lehner was playing injured and was bummed about some criticism and his recent dismissal evening excited. He then told the team that he would have surgery and close things down. They’ve been trying to talk him out of it for the past 24-48 hours and are hoping he’ll be in the lineup Sunday night.
At this point, the Golden Knights deny reports that Lehner is operating and will be ready for the season.
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