In today’s NHL rumors, Game 3 against the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues was injury-plagued with both Samuel Girard and Jordan Binnington injured.
There are some updates on the Dallas Stars, including talks about their coaching job. The Philadelphia Flyers will be meeting with Barrydiot, and are the New Jersey Devils open to trading the #2 draft pick in the upcoming draft?
Avalanche Lose Girard stayed in the playoffs
According to reports and confirmations from the team, the Avalanche lost defenseman Samuel Girard to a fractured sternum for the remainder of the playoffs. Many wonder why Barbashev didn’t even get a penalty for the hit, but it wasn’t a boarding penalty under the rules and he didn’t budge until there was contact with Girard.
Blues lose Binnington
Meanwhile, the Blues have indefinitely lost starting goaltender Jordan Binnington. It’s possible that he won’t see the playoffs anymore either. Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports that “good sources” say Binnington has suffered a “possible sprained knee” and could be out for “several weeks”. In the meantime, ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reports that he is expected to miss at least Game 4.
The injury happened when he was hit by both Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen, who aimed for a loose puck at the top of the crease. Kadri is a bit nervous about his reputation and actually said he thinks Binnington threw a water bottle at him during his post-match media briefing. That said, it doesn’t sound like Kadri’s actions are being investigated by the League.
Andy Strickland writes, “@NHLPlayerSafety is not expected to react to Jordan Binnington’s Nazem Kadri bulldozer. Said the league senses the collision with the defender (Calle Rosen) as both are looking for a loose puck causing the keeper contact.
Flyer for the interview despite
Marek also tried to debunk rumors that the Philadelphia Flyers and former Islanders coach Barrydios were linked in coaching talks. He confirmed thatdios will be meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers next week about their coaching position. He notes that they value his reputation as a good coach and the fact that he has spent a great deal of time coaching teams from their division. At the same time, if the Flyers are serious about defiance, they won’t rush a decision to hire or not to hire him. Even if the Flyers lose other potential coach candidates as a result, they will take their time with this.
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As for other teams interested in Defiance, Friedman notes that Vegas and Detroit are interested, as are the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets were considered the obvious favorites, but Friedman says the Jets will also face Scott Arniel and Pascal Vincent, two coaches who obviously have Manitoba ties.
Stars to look at Rick Tocchet and Marc Savard?
Elliotte Friedman noted during Saturday’s 32 Thoughts report that it will be interesting to see if the Dallas Stars return to Rick Tocchet as a possible head coaching candidate for next season. Friedman noted that the Stars had been considering a coaching change during the past All-Star break and are focused on Tocchet at the time. They couldn’t sort out the overall situation and close a deal on time, but they were able to look at it again.
Jeff Marek then noted that another person to watch and who could be on Dallas’ radar is Marc Savard. Savard is a former NHLer and former assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues, but now works with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. He has experience coaching Wyatt Johnson, who is considered one of Dallas’ top talents.
Devils Willing to Trade #2 Overall Pick
Finally, Friedman reports that the New Jersey Devils are considering all of their options when it comes to their first-round draft pick, which happens to be the second pick overall based on draft lottery results. GM Tom Fitzgerald said the Devils would consider trading that pick before the lottery and that situation hasn’t changed. For the right return, the Devils would be willing to move the No. 2 pick.
The Devils are expected to soon make a list of players they would like to acquire in exchange for this pick.
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