A really Merry Christmas to NHL followers and rumor followers the world over!
There’s not a ton of reports on Christmas Day however a number of tidbits for individuals who want their vacation rumors repair.
In at the moment’s NHL rumor rundown, there may be information on the Vancouver Canucks and what they’ll do with goaltender Jacob Markstrom, the Chicago Blackhawks might need to persuade one among their netminders to signal at a reduction and a prospect out of the New York Islanders group was shocked of rumors he was being shopped.
Canucks Seeking to Lengthen Markstrom?
Harman Dayal of The Athletic studies the Vancouver Canucks have a tough resolution to make in the case of the way forward for goaltender Jacob Markstrom. He’s within the final yr of his deal and in most conditions, the Canucks wish to lengthen him. There might, nevertheless, be a catch.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
Each the Canucks and Markstrom are thinking about getting a deal completed however it may very well be simpler stated than completed attempting to determine workable phrases. Dayal quotes GM Jim Benning who stated of Markstrom:
“We introduced him up and labored with him yearly and watched him develop right into a No. 1 goalie. He’s an essential man for us and we’re gonna do our greatest to determine a deal that works for him and works for us.”supply: ‘What a Jacob Markstrom extension might appear like and the way it impacts the Canucks’ oncoming goalie dilemma’ – Harman Dayal – The Athletic – 12/12/2019
Proposed Markstrom offers vary from 4 to 5 years, and from round $5.5 to $6 million per season. The Canucks are hoping for lots lower than that. A 3-year deal within the $four.5 million vary would work however it would possibly require including a no-movement clause. Ought to they, that brings the enlargement draft into the dialog after which that forces the Canucks to probably have to decide on between Markstrom and Thatcher Demko.
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Crawford to Take Low cost in Chicago?
Primarily based upon Robin Lehner’s play, his age and what the Chicago Blackhawks consider him, it seems sure that Corey Crawford is destined to develop into the backup netminder behind Lehner. Regardless of the very fact the Blackhawks see Lehner as the long run, does that imply Crawford is on his approach out? Not essentially.
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, Nov. 9, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
If Crawford is prepared to remain at a diminished wage, there may be one thing the 2 sides can work out. Crawford has made it clear that isn’t out of the realm of chance and that he would favor to stay in Chicago.
“I’d love to remain in Chicago,” he stated. “I’ve made a life right here, and I’ve had quite a lot of good instances right here. And I need to win one other championship right here. That will be my No. 1 alternative, for certain.”
Stan Bowman informed Mark Lazerus of The Athletic:
“However, certain, they might each be again. Definitely. In the event that they need to assist us with the maths, then yeah. We haven’t had these conversations but, however there’s no cause that they couldn’t keep as a tandem. However till you begin having these discussions about salaries, I don’t know if that’s attainable, proper? There are quite a lot of variables in that. I’m not ruling something out at this level, but additionally, we haven’t chosen our path ahead.”Supply – “He’s our goalie, you realize?: on Corey Crawford’s future and the eventual demise of the core.” – Mark Lazerus – The Athletic – 12/23/2019
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Islanders Prospect Shocked by Commerce Rumors
New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin was shocked to listen to about rumors he’d requested a commerce from the Islanders group.
“It’s the primary time I’m listening to of this. My solely present focus is on CSKA and this season.”
Friedman wrote in his 31 Ideas article:
A few my Russian contacts reached out after final week’s observe about Islanders goaltending prospect Ilya Sorokin — who’s contemplating an extension within the KHL. They suppose he’s attempting to power a commerce from New York to someplace with a clearer path to begin. There could be curiosity — he’s very proficient. We’ll see the place this goes.
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