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In today’s NHL rumors, who will be the long-term coach of the New Jersey Devils? Meanwhile, what’s going on in Montreal when it comes to Carey Price and Shea Weber?

Will the Vancouver Canucks re-sign Bruce Boudreau and is the Hart Trophy race reduced to two players?

Will Ruff be behind Devils’ Bench again?

acc ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski: “As I reported on THE POINT on ESPN2: I would give it a 50/50 that Lindy Ruff would return as @NJDevils coach.” He adds: “Staff are judged by season. NHL sources have told me they think he cooked, but there are two reasons I think he could return in 2022-23.

As I reported on THE POINT on ESPN2: I would put it 50/50 that Lindy Ruff would return as @NJDevils Coach. The staff is rated according to the season. NHL sources have told me they think he cooked, but there are two reasons I think he could return in 2022-23. (1/2)

He goes on to say that the Devils like what Ruff has done in developing young players like Jesper Bratt and Jack Hughes. He also mentions that the players, especially Hughes, like the manager. Wyshynski also notes that the organization recognizes that many of New Jersey’s problems stem from bad goaltenders and there’s not much a coach can do about it.

Ruff has one year left on his current contract.

More Carey Price injury concerns

Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports that Price’s situation in Montreal took a different turn when it was reported that the network supervisor would be traveling to New York for an appointment for his surgically repaired knee. Cowan notes that it’s still listed as daily, but it could be done for the season.

Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Even if there’s an ongoing problem with his knee, Cowan doesn’t expect Price to retire as he has four seasons left on a $10.5 million-per-season contract. He also doesn’t think another team will even consider trading for Price right now. The only option might be to put him on long-term injury reserve next season.

Sportsnet’s Eric Engels writes, “Price’s meeting with the surgeon in New York is not until today. So, no update comes at the morning skate. The update isn’t likely to come until later this week when certain testing is needed.” Head coach Martin St. Louis said they knew Price’s return wouldn’t go smoothly and that’s why he’s under review.

Commenting on Price’s accomplishments, Cowan writes:

Price has played just four games since returning to the lineup on April 15, posting a 0-4 record with 4.03 goal averages and a .853 save ratio. In his most recent start — a 6-3 loss to the Senators last Saturday in Ottawa — Price allowed six goals on 26 shots for a .769 save rate.

Source – “Stu Cowan: Uncertain Future for Canadians, Price Remains Intertwined” – Stu Cowan – Montreal Gazette – 04/26/2022

Why is there so much talk about Shea Weber?

There’s also been a lot of chatter surrounding Shea Weber in Montreal this week, largely as some people argue he should be stripped of his captaincy after missing Guy Lafleur’s tribute at the Bell Centre. While the idea of ​​stripping him seems incredibly harsh, questions about what will happen to the captaincy are out there.

Also see: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Matthews, Campbell, Tavares & More

Neither Weber nor the Montreal Canadiens have addressed who will be the next official captain, although he is believed to be finished in the NHL.

Bruce Boudreau is likely to be re-signed by Canucks

Rick Dhaliwal quotes NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, who said during The Donnie and Dhali Show that Vancouver Canuck head coach Bruce Boudreau’s future now seems more secure than ever. Friedman noted that a month ago he wouldn’t have been able to say with confidence that the Canucks want him back. Now the organization sees him as an integral part of their future plans.

Bruce Boudreau head coach of the Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Friedman says, “If everyone is sane, it should be done.” He adds that a three-year deal is likely to be finalized this offseason.

The Canucks were officially eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday night, but they came a lot closer to making it than anyone expected. Much of this is thanks to the hiring of Boudreau.

Who should win the Hart Trophy?

The debate over who should win the Hart Trophy is heating up this week, and while there have been many players who have scored 100 points this season, it feels like the race is limited to two players. Auston Matthews has scored 60 goals and that’s a number that can’t be ignored. It’s the first time in 10 years that the NHL has had a 60-goal scorer. However, Connor McDavid now has 122 points and walks away with the Art Ross Trophy.

Who do you think should win? Some argue voters will find a way not to give it to McDavid because he’s won it so many times. Others argue that Matthews deserved it. What team could have continued without these guys in their lineup?

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