In today’s NHL rumors, what’s next for the Toronto Maple Leafs after a disappointing Game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning? Some insiders think there should be a change. Others are not so sure. What next for the Boston Bruins after losing to the Carolina Hurricanes? Is Patrice Bergeron staying?
Will they make any more roster changes? The Los Angeles Kings also lost Game 7, but their organization is considered by many to be in good shape. After all, the Pittsburgh Penguins have their own Game 7 on Sunday and they will get back a key element of their lineup.
Maple Leafs Offseason Changes
Many insiders are watching the Toronto Maple Leafs today and wondering what’s next. Many have no idea what’s happening now because that roster was the deepest it’s ever been and it’s hard to blame management or coaching or even the star players, all of whom showed up in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning . There could be changes simply because a team needs to make changes after a devastating loss like this, and perhaps Mitch Marner put it best when he said, “We’re getting tired of feeling like this.”
“There will be changes to the Maple Leafs roster based on salary cap and free agency, but I don’t foresee any drastic changes or have a feeling the coach or GM is in trouble. Toronto made progress this season and faced a great opponent in an entertaining 7-game streak.
As The Score’s John Matisz says, “When you consider all of his work over two and a half seasons, Keefe doesn’t deserve to be fired.” He adds, “But he’d be an easy fall guy.” When that happens, many will get into the Looking towards the recently fired Barrydiot who is now a free agent. He would make a logical choice as a coach.
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Matisz adds that Jake Muzzin, Pierre Engvall, Alexander Kerfoot and Petr Mrazek are four players to keep an eye on this offseason.
Bergeron says too soon to talk about the future
Brad Marchand was very emotional when he spoke Patrice Bergeron’s upcoming free agency decision. “Whatever happens, he has earned the right to make any decision he wants and to take the time he needs. I guess time will tell.” Bergeron himself said after the Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs, he was “too raw” to decide if he’s coming back. He added: “Of course I have to think about it. But I’m not there right now.”
There are other questions the Bruins need to answer. Will they finally grant Jake DeBrusk his trade request and move him to this off-season? Could they try to score more points by targeting free agents like Vincent Trocheck, Nazem Kadri, Andrew Copp and Max Domi? Who will they trade?
Jarry returns for penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry will start Game 7 against the New York Rangers barring any setbacks Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli. Sidney Crosby and Rikard Rakell are also game deciders ahead of Game 7 between the Penguins and New York Rangers.
Jarry has been out since mid-April with a foot injury, and while Casey DeSmith was scheduled to take over as the starter, he was injured in the Penguins’ treble win in Game 1 after overtime. This will be a big boost for the penguins when Jarry is ready to go. Expect the Rangers to get on his grill early and try to make him as uncomfortable as possible at the net.
What now for the kings?
After losing Game 7 to the Edmonton Oilers but exceeding expectations this season, the Kings are in good shape. ESPN.com’s Greg Wyshynski wondered if GM Rob Blake will aggressively expand his roster to get the club over the hill for next season.
Blake did more than many expected last summer, signing Phillip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson. It worked. Wyshynski wondered if he would continue this trend and rekindle his interest in Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun.
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