NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz About Nikita Zadorov, Demons, Hurricanes | Launderer report
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The 2020-21 NHL regular season takes place on the field. The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off shortly thereafter, with 16 teams competing for a championship while the rest of the league teams focus on the offseason.
But even for teams that aspire to the Stanley Cup, it’s also important to look to the future. That’s why there’s always buzz about the offseason, potential moves and expansions and more, even as the postseason approaches.
Here are some of the latest notable NHL buzzes.
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Nikita Zadorov is expected to be a restricted free agent this offseason, which could mark the end of his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s only been on the team since October following a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, but he may have been treated again before the trade deadline earlier in April.
Ben Pope from Chicago Sun-Times recently reported that Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman “had considered the offers” he had received for Zadorov before the deadline, but was “asking for a higher price than any suitor would accept “. So if Chicago wants to part ways with the blueliner, we’ll have to wait for the offseason.
“Lowering the price and moving Zadorov to July would be like waving the white flag over Brandon Saad’s much-criticized trade with the Avalanche last October,” Pope wrote.
That may still be the decision the Blackhawks make given that Zadorov may not have a place in the leading squad. They recently signed a defender similar to Riley Stillman for a three-year extension, which could indicate that Zadorov will not be returning to Chicago for the 2021-22 season.
Zadorov, an eight-year NHL veteran, probably still has plenty of productive seasons ahead of him wherever he ends up playing.
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The New Jersey Devils have been eliminated from the playoffs this season, marking the eighth time in nine seasons they have missed in the playoffs. However, the squad have some talented young players to build on, and that will add more to their core this offseason.
It looks like the Devils are happy with the job Tom Fitzgerald has done since becoming general manager in January 2020. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, it looks like New Jersey is working on an extension with Fitzgerald.
Friedman noted that Fitzgerald “still has a term on his contract” heading into the offseason but “only this season as general manager” because he initially held the position on an interim basis before. to lose the provisional label in July. In his first season as permanent general manager, the Devils went 16-27-7, placing them in seventh place in the Eastern Division.
These aren’t great results on the ice, but Fitzgerald looks like he has the opportunity to try and keep pushing the franchise in the right direction. And maybe that will lead to a resumption of results soon enough.
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Rod Brind’Amour has close ties to the Carolina Hurricanes. He spent 10 seasons with the team from 1999 to 2010 until the end of his NHL playing career, and is in his third season as Carolina head coach. And it looks like Brind’Amour isn’t ready to part ways with the Hurricanes anytime soon.
Friedman reported that Carolina is “working on an extension” for Brind’Amour, who does not want to leave for another team. However, Friedman also noted that the negotiations were “more difficult than anyone hoped or wanted.” And it is possible that the reason is related to the salary.
“For some time now, teams have indicated that they would like to limit coaching / front office salaries, and we’ll get a sense of how serious the situation is in the next few days,” Friedman wrote. “Tom Dundon from Carolina is one of the owners who mentioned it.”
Brind’Amour has led the Hurricanes to the playoffs every season he’s been at the helm, including this year, as Carolina finished 33-10-7 and sit first in the Central Division. So it makes sense that the Hurricanes and Brind’Amour want to continue the relationship. But while the franchise legend does not believe the salary offered is commensurate with the work he has done, that is no guarantee that it will continue beyond this season.