In today’s NHL rumors, the Los Angeles Kings went all-in against Kevin Fiala on Wednesday. What’s left for them in terms of their offseason plans and the speed at which they plan to try to compete? Meanwhile, there are updates from Detroit, both in terms of coaching updates and contracts.
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Ilya Mikeyev. After all, the Edmonton Oilers and Jesse Puljujarvi may have decided it’s best to go their separate ways. What does that mean?
Kings sign Kevin Fiala
The Los Angeles Kings traded for Fiala, then immediately signed him to a seven-year extension worth $7.9 million per season. The savages knew they could not afford to give Fiala such a treaty, but the kings reportedly wasted no time in making a good offer. Wild GM Bill Guerin said the Kings didn’t kick hoops. They got into the discussion, made an offer, and gave the Savages what they wanted when Guerin asked for Brock Faber as part of the deal. Guerin said he didn’t feel the need to wait for the draft to reach an agreement. “I think we got a fair value.”
Greg Wyshynsky writes from ESPN, “Mentioned on several radio shows today that the @LAKings were getting into their phase of ‘flipping the future for young established talent’. Apparently, “get to” meant “deep in now.” It’s a sign the Kings could be ready to go all out this offseason and add pieces that make them a contender. These are now two consecutive off-seasons in which the Kings have added Impact players via trade or free agency – last season they added the signings of Phillip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson.
Maple Leafs Shopping Mikheyev
Multiple Sources report that ahead of this year’s draft, the Maple Leafs proposed Ilya Mikheyev in the trade block. Elliotte Friedman reports teams looking to try to sign the forward if he becomes UFA could swap his rights and have an exclusive negotiation window.
Obviously, that means the Maple Leafs have come to terms with the fact that Mikheyev won’t re-sign or they can’t afford to keep him, as most already knew.
Red Wings contracts and coaching opportunities
Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen joined Jeff Marek on The Jeff Marek Show and spoke about all things Detroit Red Wings. When asked what GM Steve Yzerman might have planned for the offseason, Allen said he thinks Yzerman will be a bit more aggressive because he’s angry at how little competition the team had in the 2021-22 season. He believes the Red Wings will look to add a bigger center for the second line and improve on their blue line.
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He also notes that the team isn’t overly concerned about tying Dylan Larkin to a long-term contract, but that there are still questions about Tyler Bertuzzi and a trade is definitely a possibility. All says:
“I don’t think the negotiations went that smoothly last time and I think there have been some issues there. I think they really want to know what Bertuzzi intends to do. They want to know what Larkin thinks and they’ll hire him right away, but I don’t think they’re worried.”
According to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman may have an eye on The Lightning staff when it comes to their coaching situation. Rosen writes:
Yzerman was the Tampa Bay Lightning GM when they hired Derek Lalonde and Jeff Halpern as Jon Cooper’s assistants ahead of the 2018-19 season. It’s reasonable to think that Yzerman waited for the Lightning’s playoff run to end to interview Lalonde and Halpern, as each should be considered a candidate. If Yzerman looks at the two Lightning assistants, Lalonde should have the inside track because of his head coaching experience.
Rosen adds that the Red Wings are trying to find a long-term replacement for Jeff Blashill and that the organization views this hiring similarly to how Yzerman handled hiring Cooper in Tampa. They want someone who will grow with the team. Adds Rosen, “Lalonde is a coach with a track record, just like Cooper before he came to Lightning. My guess here is that Yzerman is trying to follow the same script.” Yzerman is believed to be looking to hire someone with whom he has a history.
Oilers and Puljujarvi ready to go their separate ways?
According to a report by TSN’s Tom Gazzola, he mentioned it on the Ölstrom Podcast that he hears the Oilers are making a transfer from Jesse Puljujarvi this offseason. He also noted that the 24-year-old himself would welcome the move. Gazola says:
“I’d be very surprised if he ends up in an Oilers uniform next year. The topic of new beginnings comes up again. And it’s not the Oilers who just say, ‘We’re done with Jesse Puljujarvi.’ I think there’s a kind of mutual understanding that both sides are okay with moving on… It’s not like, ‘hey, they need him to play with experienced players’. It just feels like it’s time to move on and everyone kind of agrees.”
The Oilers will likely still qualify Puljujarvi due to the cost-effectiveness of doing so, then explore the trade market to see which teams will be interested. It’s still too early to know if there will be interest in the player.
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