In today’s NHL rumours, the Vegas Golden Knights are taking their cues from their head coach. Did the Big Three just play their last game together for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The Dallas Stars have some big off-season decisions to make and will the Toronto Maple Leafs move on from some of their deep plays? A writer thinks the team doesn’t have much choice.
Golden Knights Fire DeBoer
This was announced by the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday morning that the team fired head coach Peter DeBoer. The team thanked him for his three-year tenure in a statement, writing, “After lengthy discussions over the past two weeks, we believe a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season.” DeBoer had He has one year left on his $3.25 million contract for next season.
The focus is already on Barrydiot as a possible replacement. He was fired by the New York Islanders and replaced by associate coach Lane Lambert. Defiance is one of the most respected coaches available this summer, and while he has had a poor season with the Islanders, he has had three great seasons before that.
Did Penguins Core play their last game together?
After the Penguins were eliminated in Game 7 by the New York Rangers on Sunday, what happens to the core of the team? With Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang potentially becoming full free agents, this could be the end of an era and the trio of Letang, Malkin and Sidney Crosby may have played their last game together.
NHL.com’s Dan Rosen writes that when Crosby was asked about splitting up the group, he said, “I mean, it’s a possibility.” Tristan Jarry was asked the same question, noting, “You never want to think about that.” He added:
“They are generations of players and Pittsburgh is fortunate to have three of them in the last 15 years. The bond they have created across the team and management is something that is irreplaceable. It’s a deal, but I think if they can come back, they definitely will. There is a bond between them and I think it’s unbreakable.”
There’s also Bryan Rust, who needs a new deal, and it’s not clear the Penguins want to dump big bucks on a long-term deal for a player who’s often injured. ESPN.com’s Greg Wyshynski predicts only Letang will be back in the lineup of upcoming free agents.
Stars have to make big decisions
With the Dallas Stars also eliminated from the playoffs, this organization will have some tough decisions to make. Upcoming RFA forward Jason Robertson needs a new deal and is being paid well based on a 79-point season. Will the team sign UFA defender John Klingberg and what kind of contract will Jake Oettinger be offered as a pending RFA?
Oettinger just pulled off one of the greatest playoff performances in history, playing hockey without lights for a whole series and cementing himself as the goaltender of the future in Game 7. The stars have options for an extension, but many think the team would be best off giving him a long-term deal and jailing him immediately.
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said Oettinger after the defeat, “I have never been as motivated as I am now. I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure I get that opportunity again and I’ll make sure I’m on the other side next time.” If Oettinger is the guy in Dallas to move forward, the team can switch from Braden Holtby in the off-season and let him run as UFA.
More about the Maple Leafs
The Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan writes that big changes are not likely in Toronto but that Justin Holl and Alex Kerfoot could be bought into trade talks and that GM Kyle Dubas must also find a way to break the $3.8 million cap -Get rid of hit by reserve goalkeeper Petr Mrazek. He explains:
Priority #1 should be the re-signing of Campbell, who is eligible for a substantial increase to his $1.65 million AAV. There won’t be many viable options on the net on the open market… Giordano should be welcome again if he’s affordable. Mikheyev too, but there doesn’t seem to be much chance of that happening. When Spezza’s playing career is over, hire him for an off-ice role immediately.
Source – “KOSHAN: Off-season decisions for Dubas will be critical, but the foundation for success is in place” – Terry Koshan – Toronto Sun – 05/15/2022
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