One down and one to go. The Vegas Golden Knights are done, and it didn’t take long as the Dallas Stars dispatched them in five games. The Boston Bruins could soon trade the rights to UFA defenseman Torey Krug, ending the year-long contract saga. In the NHL trade rumors, the Edmonton Oilers have not only moved on from the Pittsburgh Penguins trade table with Matt Murray, but they may have moved on from acquiring a starting goalie. And the LA Kings have the cash to spend and prospects to acquire.
Just a quick note about the Daily links, we’ll keep up with the NHL trade rumors and UFA rumblings, but we will never link to non-sourced, non-professional sites. No, Evgeni Malkin isn’t going to Nashville, and no, the Edmonton Oilers are NOT close to acquiring Matt Murray as the anonymous rumors suggest.
Later today, Pittsburgh Hockey Now will release it’s annual Top 10 Prospect Rankings. For context, here’s the 2018 Prospect Rankings — see who made it and who didn’t. I must say, our player analysis looks pretty good, but our rankings may have been off. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins and Torey Krug appear to be headed for a breakup. Bruins GM Don Sweeney is working the phones to get something back (Boston Hockey Now)
The Edmonton Journal reports the Edmonton Oilers are looking for a goalie tandem, not necessarily a starter. That changes their calculus and puts Darcy Kuemper front and center (Edmonton Journal)
If you’re an Athletic subscriber, LA Kings beat Lisa Dillman looked at five names who could be “salary dumped” to the LA Kings in exchange for picks or assets, since LA has $19 million of cap space (The Athletic)
The Washington Capitals may well name Mike Babcock as their next coach, despite the outpouring of negative stories that included bullied players and heavy mind games. NBCsn warns the Capitals that hiring Babcock would be a bad idea (NBCsn)
The Dallas Stars scored in OT, and they will play for the Stanley Cup (NHL.com)
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It’s not over until the final horn. Yes, the New York Islanders can still win the ECF (NYI Hockey Now)
If not Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, who would the San Jose Sharks have picked in that franchise defining 1997 Draft? (San Jose Hockey Now)