Blues, Golden Knights, Jets, Oilers, Bruins

In today’s NHL rumor roundup, there’s an update on the state of negotiations between the St. Louis Blues and Ville Husso. Are Winnipeg Jets Coach Finding Troubles Linked To Trade Rumors?

Could the Edmonton Oilers be relegated in the NHL draft and are they close to Kailer Yamamoto? Will Patrice Bergeron eventually return to the Boston Bruins? It certainly seems so.

Blues try to sign Husso

According to Andy Strickland, “There has been a lot of talk but I expect the #stlblues will make a real effort to extend Ville Husso. He loves STL and has a great relationship with Jordan Binnington.” The keeper is set to hit the UFA market on July 13 if he doesn’t sign an extension in St. Louis first.

Ville Husso St Louis Blues
Ville Husso, St. Louis Blues (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Most insiders expect Husso to hit the market, but Strickland is pretty much aligned with what the blues might be thinking. The issue here will be money, and many believe this extension can only happen if Husso is willing to stay for less than he would make on the open market. The expectation is that he can get four years by $4 million from teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, or New Jersey Devils.

Nic Hauge on trading bloc

After Ryan Kennedy“I’ve heard that at least two Eastern Conference teams are seriously interested in taking on Vegas defenseman Nic Hague. Golden Knights is obviously in a cap crunch right now; The Hague needs a new RFA contract.”

Hague is a solid two-way defender with a certain growl in his game. There should be interested teams. He is currently an RFA and everyone knows that the Golden Knights are constantly dealing with salary cap issues.

Jets coaching and connection to the roster

Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman spoke on The Jeff Marek Show about the Winnipeg Jets and how their coaching situation might be related to the roster. After Barrydios refused to take the job, the likes of Jim Montgomery, Scott Arniel and Rick Tocchet are among the candidates. Marek asked if the trading excitement surrounding Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois is a problem for potential aspiring coaches.

Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Friedman doesn’t necessarily believe that the coach they hire is specifically chosen because they’re good at working with young talent, and he notes that anyone keeping tabs on the job knows that not all Scheifele, Wheeler and Dubois come back. Friedman says there are some concerns, however. He notes, “If you’re the Jets, you can’t go from Scheifele and Dubois to neither. I don’t think it has anything to do with coaching. I think that just makes sense from a team building perspective.”

Oilers talks to Yamamoto and may trade on draft

According to Edmonton Journal’s Kurt Leavins, he would be surprised if the Oilers didn’t find a way to push through an extension with Kailer Yamamoto. However, he’s not sure about Jesse Puljujarvi, especially when a referee steps in and offers close to $4 million. His qualifying $1.4 million contract is one thing, beyond maybe $2 or $2.5 million the Oilers aren’t sure he’s proven himself worthy.

See Also: Update on Potentially Massive Oilers and Sharks Trade: 4 Pieces Involved

Leavins also suggested that the Oilers might consider going down in this year’s NHL draft and trading the No. 29 pick. He says he was asked and answered:

I wouldn’t rule it out. But also late 1St Round picks tend to have a higher success rate than later round picks. Do you “only” want organizational depth? Or would you like to select the best available player and then fill the remaining organizational roles through college and free agency?

Source – ‘The Edmonton Oilers’ Mission ‘Find Good People, Keep Good People’, On and Off the Ice: 9 Things’ – Kurt Leavins – Edmonton Journal – 06/26/2022

Bruins and Patrice Bergeron to finalize a deal this week?

As quoted by Friedman, Sportsnet, he notes Joe McDonald’s report that Patrice Bergeron could sign a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins this week. Friedman says Bergeron is on vacation right now but will be meeting with the Bruins this week to wrap things up. He remarks, “I just think his return is proof that … the Bruins are not ready to rebuild. They will try to get through the first few months until everyone is healthy and then bet on themselves afterwards.”

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