Capitals, Sabres, Islanders, Kraken, Bruins

In today’s NHL rumors, what’s Tom Wilson’s status for the Washington Capitals? Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins lose Hampus Lindholm after a smash hit.

Finally, offseason plans for the Buffalo Sabers, New York Islanders, and Seattle Kraken are discussed.

Capitals Lose Tom Wilson

Forward Tom Wilson is officially out for Thursday’s game and will be listed as day-to-day, Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette confirmed to reporters including Samantha Pell of the Washington Post. Additionally, Laviolette didn’t want to speculate on Wilson’s Game 3 availability.

Head Coach Peter Laviolette discusses the Game 2 lineup, including Tom Wilson’s suspension and Brett Leason’s recent call-up, in morning Skate media availability. #CapsCats | @SociosUSA

As a result, the Capitals shook the forward lines and promoted Brett Leason from the Hershey Bears. Leason brings size and strength to the lineup but lacks the same level of skill. The Capitals lead the series 1-0, but a prolonged loss to Wilson would be a huge loss.

Sabers Offseason Updates

acc Lance Lysowski2019 Buffalo Sabers first-round pick Ryan Johnson is poised to return to the University of Minnesota next year. Lysowski quoted GM Kevyn Adams, who spoke about the plans for Johnson, as writing, “At this point it looks like he’s going back to school. We’ve had talks. He’s still kind of – it’s a little bit open. But he has stated where he is right now, the team they have, the ice age he is getting there.

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At the Sabers, too, they will be on the lookout for an experienced defender to feature in the roster next season. said Adams it didn’t necessarily have to be a right-footed defender to play with Owen Power, but that would make the most sense if the Sabers could find someone like that.

Islanders want to buy Winger to play with Barzal

According to The Atheltic’s Kevin Kurz, one of the New York Islanders’ off-season priorities will be finding a top-six winger to play alongside Mathew Barzal. Kurz suggested the Isles would try to do a bit of “salary cap gymnastics” and land one of Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, Nashville’s Filip Forsberg or Florida’s Claude Giroux.

Filip Forsberg Nashville Predators
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Kurz writes:

I’d argue they need Barzal to play in the top six if they really want to fight again, and that means he finds at least one winger with high-end potential – as in at least a 30-goal scorer . It’s not Parise, it’s not Wahlstrom (at least not yet), and it’s not Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, or Kieffer Bellows.

Source – ‘The Islanders’ top 5 off-season priorities as they look to return to competition in 2022-23′ – Kevin Kurz – The Athletic – 05/01/2022

Kraken is spending money this off-season

According to Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker, there are rumors that the Seattle Kraken are willing to spend some money to improve their team this offseason. General manager Ron Francis wants to see more goals and is looking for an attacking defender. The team has plenty of room to add both.

Francis said:

“We had chances, we just didn’t make it. Scorers aren’t easy to come by, but if we can add something to the free agency market – people who can come in and play in our top 6, top 9 (forward), then we’ll certainly look for that.”

Source – “NHL Insider: Kraken Prepares for a Busy Offseason to Build the Foundation They Believe Has Been Laid” – Geoff Baker – Seattle Sun Times – 05/03/2022

Who the Kraken are eyeing for the blue line, most believe they will be looking to sign John Klingberg from Dallas.

Hampus Lindholm will miss Game 3

The Boston Bruins face the Carolina Hurricanes without defender Hampus Lindholm in Game 3. That’s not good news considering the Bruins have already lost the first two games of the series. Lindholm received a big hit from Andrei Svechnikov behind the Bruins’ net and while he was allowed to fly home with the team, coach Bruce Cassidy said after Game 2, “He’s not feeling well.”

Jeremy Swayman is likely to start Game 3 and if that doesn’t help kickstart the Bruins and they end up losing the series in four or finding no offense to speak of, it will be fascinating to see what changes will come to the roster in the offseason. The Bruins have been dominated this season by the Hurricanes, who were outplayed 24-2.

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