In today’s NHL rumors, the Chicago Blackhawks will name Luke Richardson as their next head coach. Outside of Winnipeg, there’s more behind-the-scenes chatter about Pierre-Luc Dubois telling the Jets he intends to test the free hand.
Meanwhile, a writer wonders if a rift between Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers could lead to a trade request. Are the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Islanders good trading partners? Are the Vancouver Canucks open for business? Will the Minnesota Wild finally try to re-sign Marc-Andre Fleury?
Richardson is named coach of the Blackhawks
After Frank Seravalli from Daily Faceoff: “Hearing Luke Richardson will be the next head coach of the Chicago #Blackhawks. Sources say Richardson and the Hawks are putting the finishing touches on a contract. Quite a resume for Richardson who played 1400+ NHL games, 8 years as NHL assistant, 4 years as AHL head coach.”
More on Dubois Free Agency Chatter
Corresponding Ken Wiebe from Sportsnet, despite the news that Dubois intends to test free-hand in 2024, the Jets are hoping they can persuade him to stay with them long-term. Wiebe adds that through a one-year deal through an umpire, or by negotiating a short-term deal, the Jets can put him in a position where he’ll like the changes the team is going through next season and will entice him to stay.
there wonder some if news of Dubois’ intent to accept offers from other teams could influence Barrydios’ decision to possibly coach the Jets. If the big talents all want to leave or the team goes through a rebuild should Dubois leave, will Defiance really be interested?
Could Rangers consider trading Panarin?
It’s crazy to contemplate the idea that the New York Rangers would be open to a transfer from Artemi Panarin, but The Athletic’s Arthur Staple attracted some attention with his recent article in which he suggested that Panarin could request a swap, if he and general manager Chris Drury aren’t on the same page.
…two league sources said Drury was vocally unhappy with Panarin’s play in the postseason when he had 16 points in 20 games, but not the consistent impact anyone close to Rangers was hoping for or needed. If there’s a rift, Panarin could ask what would be as nearly impossible as postponing this mammoth contract.
Source – ‘Rangers off-season roster decisions: who stays and who goes?’ – Arthur Staple – The Athlete – 06/23/2022
Staple also notes that Drury is actively looking for a team to take goaltender Alexandar Georgiev in a trade before Rangers are forced to let him run when qualifying offers are due on July 11. They wanted a first-round pick and lowered that question to a middle pick.
Could Islanders and Canadians make a deal?
NYI Hockey Now’s Stefen Rosner writes that Anthony Beauvillier could be a part of the New York Islanders if they chase the Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson. Beavillier had a disappointing 2021-22 NHL season and could potentially use a change of scenery. Rosner writes that the player knows the area well (Montreal is just an hour’s drive from his hometown of Sorel-Tracy) and that Canadians could use some of his potential talent.
Also see: Canadiens GM Hughes’ top priorities for the 2022 off-season
Rosner explains that the inclusion of a 25-year-old with contract control could be appealing, stating:
Not only is Anthony Beauvillier from Quebec, but his old agent was Kent Hughes, the current general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, who was hired last January.
Hughes stopped representing Beauvillier and his 20+ players when he took the job in Montreal, so their relationship should be very much intact.
Open season for Canucks
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Vancouver Canucks are interested in hearing offers for JT Miller and Brock Boeser. He called it an “open season,” though he didn’t say it was a sell-out to move both players. Miller, 29, is coming off a career-best 99-point season and is a year away from full free agent eligibility. Dreger notes that there isn’t a Stanley Cup playoff team (including the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche) that Miller wouldn’t consider a good addition.
He adds that Canuck’s GM Patrik Allvin has been very busy, but the Canucks aren’t just in the draft pick market. They need good, young players [and] If they lose NHL players in return, it’s going to be a very interesting off-season for them.
Wild wants to bring Fleury back
Dreger also said Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin would love to bring goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury back for another season with Cam Talbot. He noted that talks between the two sides had not yet started as Fleury, 37, had just returned from vacation with his family.
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