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NHL Rumors: Flyers, Devils, Oilers, Ducks

In today’s NHL rumors, the Philadelphia Flyers are working on several things, including signing a goaltender. Meanwhile, if the return is good, the New Jersey Devils are ready to trade their first-round pick this summer.

Are the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks ideal business partners? Finally, is veteran forward Patrick Marleau about to officially announce his retirement?

Flyers Plans in Goal and Defense

After the team added Cam York, Charlie O’Conner Reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers could be happy with their blue line if Ryan Ellis is able to return. General manager Chuck Fletcher said the team could instead focus on improving their scoring and power play. That said, the rumored “aggressive retooling” concept might be more comparable to the Flyers’ 2019 offseason moves.

Chuck Fletcher, Philadelphia Flyers general manager
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher (Jose F. Morena/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Regarding the position of goalkeeper, O’Connor also notes Fletcher said the team hopes to sign 2015 7th round pick Ivan Fedotov. He hopes he can compete for the substitute position, but his signing is a bit complicated due to Russia’s war with Ukraine.

The Devils are ready to trade their first-round pick

The Score’s Kayla Douglas quoted New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald as indicating his willingness to speak with other teams about his 2022 first-round pick. If there’s a good trade option available, he is ready to send that choice elsewhere.

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Fitzgerald said he would be willing to use the pick to acquire a player “who we know and believe will help impact the results we’re looking for.” The Devils general manager believes it’s time to stop making excuses and start fighting for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Shayna Goldman thinks Pavel Zacha is most likely to be traded this offseason. She notes:

With superior options in the middle, Zacha was transferred to the wing. Although he prefers his natural position, that’s where he’s played the majority of his time this season. That’s why it makes more sense to find him a new opportunity where he can play center, and the Devils can find a legitimate top-six winger to replace him. Add in his contract situation and the fact that the pending restricted free agent isn’t exactly worth much more than he’s already earning, and that seems like the most sensible conclusion.

source – ‘The Devils’ Offseason: Who’s Left? Who is coming? What is the biggest decision?’ – Shyan Goldman – The Athletic – 05/05/2022

She also adds that Damon Severson may be gone and the Devils will have to make a decision on Mackenzie Blackwood. The Devils will not bring back PK Subban, Jimmy Vesey, Mason, Geertsen, Jon Gilles and Andrew Hammond.

Are ducks and tankers good business partners?

According to Allan Mitchell of The Athletic, the Anaheim Ducks could be an ideal trade partner for the Edmonton Oilers. Suggesting the Ducks have both a veteran goaltender (John Gibson) and “miles of cap space,” he adds that Gibson may not be open to a rebuild and that general manager Pat Verbeek could explore what a legitimate No.1 goalkeeper could bring. exchange market. Meanwhile, the Oilers may feel like they’re a long way from winning everything.

Anaheim Ducks by John Gibson
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

Mitchell explains:

“The Oilers would need the Ducks to keep dollars (which Holland couldn’t do when acquiring Keith from the Chicago Blackhawks last season) or trade a contract like Tyson Barrie ($4.5 million AAV, two years left) or Zack Kassian ($3.2 million). AAV, two years left).

source – ‘Lowetide: Why the Oilers are lining up as a summer trade partner with the Ducks’ – Allan Mitchell – The Athletic – 05/06/2022

If Ken Holland’s goal is to add a quality veteran in the net, but also find the space to sign Evander Kane, then a deal with Anaheim is the clearest route to his goal. It would also likely mean sacrificing one of Kailer Yamamoto or Jesse Puljujarvi.

Will Patrick Marleau retire?

Veteran forward Patrick Marleau didn’t play NHL hockey in 2021-22 and it looks like he could be about to announce his official retirement. The team has called a press conference where Marleau is expected to discuss the future of his hockey career.

The Sharks have just announced a press conference with Patrick Marleau on Tuesday “concerning the future of his hockey career”.