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NHL Rumors: Devils, Senators, Maple Leafs, Oilers

NHL Rumors: Devils, Senators, Maple Leafs, Oilers

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the New Jersey Devils realize Jesper Bratt will cost a lot of money next season. In Ottawa, the Senators trust their coach, while in Toronto, it is not clear if the team trusts the goalkeepers.

Finally, will Edmonton Oilers attempt a deal to replace production lost to Evander Kane’s long-term injury?

Demons are willing to pay Jesper Pratt

David Bagnotta of the NHL Network He discussed New Jersey’s contract status when it came to Jesper Pratt and noted that the Devils understand how good Pratt’s season could be and what that could mean for a contract extension. He recently signed a one-year deal and bet on himself. That decision appears to be paying off as he has scored five goals and 18 points in 13 games so far this season.

Jesper Pratt New Jersey Devils
Jesper Pratt, New Jersey Devils (Jess Starr/Hockey Book)

Pagnotta says that Bratt sneaking into the 90-point zone a season would put him in line to get paid for what the best players on the team do, and if he gets close to 100 points, he could pull in upwards of $10 million. Pagnotta also notes that if the Devils think he can sustain that kind of production over several seasons, they’re willing to open the checkbook and give him what he wants.

Dorion has Faith in DJ Smith. Dorion has faith in DJ Smith

Despite a slow and disappointing start to the 2022-23 season, the members of the Ottawa Senators aren’t ready to move on from head coach DJ Smith. General Manager Pierre Dorion was asked about the coach and his belief in what Smith does and he replied:

“Very happy with him. I think, I wouldn’t say very happy because we are 4-7 but I’m happy with the work the DJ did, and his team finished. Obviously 4-7, it’s a little bit harder. I think it’s the first time we’ve given him a team he can compete for. playoffs.

DJ Smith Ottawa Senators
DJ Smith, Head Coach for the Ottawa Senators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Book)

Smith himself pointed out that the losses are frustrating, but the team is playing much better than last season. Everyone on the team knows they are playing well enough to win, but they find ways to let go of the game. Dorion told TSN reporters that he doesn’t like a bad start but loves what Smith is doing and while there have been defensive glitches, he believes the entire team needs to take responsibility, not just the defense.


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However, Bruce Gariuch of the Ottawa Sun stated that senators were still looking for a man of defense among the top four. Dorion has been searching for a long time and having trouble finding a successful deal. Senators and Jacob Chicheron are said to be a dead case because the price is too high. Gariuch quotes from Dorion who said:

“The price to give up is sometimes not worth it. I never said we were going to be a team that would compete for the Stanley Cup this year and give up what (the price) might be for some of the defensemen in the market… When I ask (his closest advisors), ‘Should I give up on this?’ The answer has always been ‘No’.

Maple Leafs are not a crisis…more a distraction

Darren Dreger on TSN That Hockey pointed out that the concern in Toronto about the goalkeeping situation might not be as dire as it was when Ilya Samsonov first went down due to an injury. Dreger notes that Samsonov was tested and that the news was positive. It could be gone from 10 days to two weeks. Matt Murray says he’s getting better every day and he’s feeling better every day. There are no restrictions on his movement but no timetable for his return.

It’s not a crisis, Dreger said, but that Samsonov’s injury goes beyond 10 days to two weeks, “maybe we’re singing a different tune here.” Dreger admitted that the goalkeeper’s position is likely to be a distraction in Toronto because the dressing room knows they have no real solution at the net and their previous playoff experiences don’t give them much confidence that they have the right group to back them. Team.

Will Oilers try to replace Evander Kane?

Edmonton Journal’s David Staples writes about what many Oilers fans are thinking after the news that Evander Kane will be out for 3-4 months: Can the team add another player by trading with their cover space off the books? Staples wonders if the team will try to add another top-six striker and do what the Tampa Bay Lightning did with Nikita Kucherov, keeping him out until the playoffs so the hat isn’t counted.

Evander Kane Edmonton Oilers
Evander Kane, Edmonton Oilers (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

Staples writes:

Could Kane’s header be used to bring in another top 6 forward, with Kane back in time for the playoffs? Yes, those are the rules. Tampa Bay did it. It may well develop in this direction for the oilers.

While those are the rules, Kane will likely be back by February, and the only way Edmonton will likely make that kind of move is if they struggle to get through the post-season before the NHL trade deadline. The Oilers will need to clear enough space for Kane to return and are unlikely to keep him out of the squad for about two months if he is healthy and ready to return.



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