It’s going to be a star-studded offseason for the NHL with so many big-name trade candidates potentially hitting the market.
Obviously, Jack Eichel is at the top of the list given the schism between the superstar center and the Buffalo Sabres and given how tired he is of losing in Buffalo this point in his career. But there will be other massive stars that may be looking for a fresh start elsewhere. Seth Jones’ days seem numbered in Columbus and that’s the kind of top pair defenseman that every team around the NHL could use.
Dazzling scorers like Johnny Gaudreau, Vladimir Tarasenko and Mitch Marner might be out there for the taking as well according to this Sportsnet roundup of the likely suspects. So, there will be plenty of chances for NHL teams to greatly improve their rosters with star-caliber players this season, so that just brings around the excitement that waits a month or so from now when the Stanley Cup playoffs have concluded.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is slated for hip surgery and reiterated that he doesn’t want to play anywhere in the NHL aside from Boston. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Speaking of Mitch Marner, NHL has-been Sean Avery put Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs on blast after their first round disappointment. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*Stan Fischler wants to see Gary Bettman cheered rather than booed the next time he’s out on the ice. Yeah, good luck with that, Stan. (Fischler Report)
*Lou Lamoriello has loomed large in these playoffs as the acquisitions of Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau have played big roles in the Islanders playoff surge. (NYI Hockey Now)
*Justin Bourne gives his take on the penalties called, and lack thereof, during the Bruins/Islanders series and how he thought the series was officiated. (Sportsnet)
*Despite the first round exit, the Pittsburgh Penguins still have the most playoff games played over the last 15 years. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Alex Ovechkin has moved on from his Stanley Cup playoff disappointment and is instead focused on developing the next generation in his son, Sergei. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
*The Colorado Avalanche fall to the Vegas Golden Knights and can’t get over the hump once again despite a talented crew. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: Not a good idea to mess with the security at Fenway Park as this guy found out. (Barstool Sports)