In today’s NHL gossip, Mark Scheifele left everyone who listened to his media report at the end of the season feeling unsure of his own future in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, GM Don Sweeney says the Boston Bruins are doing everything they can to persuade Patrice Bergeron to stay another season.
Patrick Kane opened up about working with young people in Chicago and Ryan Ellis debunks rumors he’s not happy in Philadelphia.
Scheiefle questions his future with jets
Sportsnet’s Ken Weibe wrote that Scheifele had spoken to reporters for the first time since his injury in early April and was not ready to stay with the Jets after this season. He said: “I’d love to be in Winnipeg but I also need to see where it all goes and where this team goes and I think we’ll see this summer.”
Realizing he was in the prime of his career, he likes where his game is and said he will only get better. He added:
“I just need to know where this team is going and what direction it is going and what changes, if any, will be made. I have to think about my career and what’s best for me. It’s going to be … talking to my agents and everyone in my family and stuff like that and finding out what I really want. So it’s going to be a tough conversation tomorrow.”
There are also reports that a number of Jets have told management they are looking for a trade around the trading deadline. Elliotte Friedman noted on his recent 32 Thoughts podcast, “I’ve been investigating reports that several Jets players have requested trades. The reaction I got was let’s see where we are at the end of the season and we’re possibly at 1.” In the meantime, Frank Seravalli reports that he hears that the team is planning a complete overhaul of their coaching staff. He writes that interim coach Dave Lowry, assistants Jamie Kompon and Charlie Huddy will all not return. Wade Flaherty remains on staff.
Interestingly, Weibe also reports that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been offered and agreed to a three-year extension as the team’s general manager.
Bruins are trying to build a team that Bergeron wants to be a part of
According to Boston Hockey Now’s Joe Haggerty, Bruins GM Don Sweeney believes Patrice Bergeron will be back but is waiting for the veteran forward to make that clear. All Sweeney can do while they wait is “assemble the best possible team.
Sweeney was quoted as saying:
“My job is to put together the most competitive group so I can extend his durability if he wants to play. His influence on and off the ice is unquestioned. It’s just a question of whether he wants to continue with that, and we hope he does. I firmly believe he does, but ultimately it’s Patrice’s decision. I respected that a lot from day one and will continue to do so until he says, “Let’s get it done.”
Kane discusses the future with Blackhawks
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis, Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said he’s had several discussions with general manager Kyle Davidson and expects to be kept up to date on the franchise’s offseason plans. Kane acknowledged that his leadership role could play a big part in accelerating the success of a rebuild.
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Kane explained that he likes being around the younger guys and he’s developed some chemistry with Alex DeBrincat. He also remarked:
“You can win and still be rebuilt. I think there are teams that have accelerated that too, right? Look at LA, there were a bunch of young guys that probably walked in and maybe exceeded some of their front office expectations, and suddenly they’re at a point where they can sign guys like that [Phillip] Danault and trade for [Viktor] Arvidsson and you are a better team.”
Source: ‘Hawks’ Kane: ‘You can win and still be in a rebuild’ – Charlie Roumeliotis – Chicago Sports – 04/26/2022
Ellis’ future with the Flyers
Apparently, rumors swirled that defenseman Ryan Ellis didn’t want to stay with the Philadelphia Flyers and as a result the nature of his injury wasn’t disclosed. He seems to have quashed those rumours.
New reports suggest the severity of his injury was legitimate, and Ellis told reporters, including the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Olivia Reiner, that he made multiple visits to specialists and underwent a variety of tests before finally determining the cause of the injury – one complex – identified his pelvic region.
Ellis said he and management are on the same page and his goal is to be healthy and ready for training camp. He added: “My family loves it here, my kids love it here, we have found a great school. If I played it would be heaven for me. The only reason it’s not is because I don’t play.”
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