Islanders D not mobile, and the Rangers might search for aid upfront
Dan Rosen of NHL.com: (mailbag) The New York Islanders when healthy still don’t have sufficient speed on their blue line and their absence of movement is harming them.
Believe the New York Rangers will want to include a forward on an ending agreement eventually. Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad will have huge dives in their agreement next year and Kaapo Kakko requires a brand-new offer. Like the concept of Reilly Smith over Phil Kessel. Gallant coached Smith in Vegas, who will require to vacate some income when Eichel is all set to return. Pending UFAs that may intrigue the Rangers consist of Calle Jarnkrok (Seattle), Andreas Athanasiou (Los Angeles) and Zach Sanford (Ottawa).
What will the Blues make with Scandella and Tarasenko? A Rental Target
Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic: (mailbag) St. Louis Blues defenseman Marco Scandella has actually 2 years left on his four-year, $13.1 million offer. His play ought to be an issue for the Blues.
Think that they might check out the concept of trading Scandella, however they might be stuck to his $3.275 million cap hit.
If the Blues are taking a look at the rental market, they must take a look at Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm.
Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic: (mailbag) Things are peaceful on the Vladimir Tarasenko trade front. It hasn’t been validated however there was some speculation that Tarasenko might have had a change of mind from his trade demand to the St. Louis Blues. The last that had actually heard was that he’d still invite a trade. Speculation has him pleased with the relationships with Pavel Buchnevich and with Russian colleagues.
The Philadelphia Flyers are a group that is on Tarasenko’s trade list. The Flyers head of professional hunting was at the Blues-Sharks video game and Blues GM Doug Armstrong and VP of hockey ops Peter Chiarelli were at a Flyers-Lightning video game recently.
If Tarasenko keeps playing well and the Blues keep winning, doesn’t see them trading him till the offseason.