Marek on 32TP: “We’ve talked about various teams that have made plays for Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the past, the Boston Bruins have been on that list..”
EF: “…and he (OEL) likes them”
JM: “That’s one of the teams I’ve wondered about right out of the gate here..”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 19, 2023
Let’s take a look at these three questions for a moment. And let’s do it in order.
First, let’s remember that the Canucks bought out Ekman-Larsson’s contract. The offensive defenseman (who isn’t really an offensive defenseman anymore, we can all agree on that) will therefore be as free as a bird when the free-agent market opens…
And even though he’s had a tough time of it in recent years, he could still be of interest to a team aspiring to the big time.
We still don’t know which team is interested in his services, but Elliotte Friedman was keen to point out that the Bruins have always been intrigued by the defenseman, and it seems the feeling is mutual.
Ekman-Larsson in Boston, on a second or third pair… I don’t hate it though.
Welcome to Calgary, Craig Conroy
Craig Conroy’s first few weeks at the helm of the Flames have been eventful.
He had to find a new head coach after Darryl Sutter was fired by the organization, even before Conroy was hired in Calgary…
Basically, it’s quite simple. We know that Hanifin could decide to leave the organization in the summer of 2024, when he’ll be eligible to test the free agent market… And the same applies to Elias Lindholm, the team’s star forward.
This could and should prompt Conroy to make a tough choice. He could decide to trade them now to avoid the brouhaha it could cause in the middle of the season…
Or, he could decide to keep them to maximize his team’s playoff chances next season. Because, in reality, Hanifin and Lindholm are two damn fine field hockey players.
With Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin leading a list of players with just one-year left on their contracts, it seems likely that Craig Conroy will head into the 2023 NHL Draft ready to make some big trades and create roster space. (By @EricFrancis) https://t.co/Og7mdwWoIm
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 19, 2023
Keep an eye on the Blues and Kings
The Kings… and the Blues.
We already knew that the Kings are very aggressive in their quest to improve the team in one way or another. There’s been talk of Pierre-Luc Dubois and Connor Hellebuyck coming to LA, and both would be coup in one sense.
But it’s when he talks about the Blues that I’m most intrigued.
According to his information, the St. Louis team is “making a lot of noise” and is desperate to add a new element to its squad for next year.
After all, Keller and his father’s situation in recent weeks following the announcement of the arena project was rejected by the citizens, and the fact remains that Keller is a local.
With the recent changes in St. Louis, let’s just say the Blues need a new face. And that face could really be Clayton Keller.
Monday 32 Thoughts news pod. Links to your preferred platform here: https://t.co/qmTDPMIls8 Enjoy!
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 19, 2023
– Nothing to add.
It’s always funny when people assume Caufield only scores power play goals.
Montreal’s powerplay has the efficiency of a drunken octopus performing g surgery.
He’s an even-strength goal scorer. One of the best in the league.
You clearly don’t watch him play. Hush now. https://t.co/b3s6xqpIfY
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 19, 2023
– When will Alex DeBrincat leave for Ottawa?
New, for @NorthStarBet: Sizing up DeBrincat, Dubois, Hellebuyck and a cast of other names as the NHL hurdles towards Trade SZN.
Presenting CJ’s Big Trade Board.https://t.co/NI2rvGMB20
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 19, 2023
– He had a superb career.
After 17 seasons, Lou Williams sits atop the bench scoring list. https://t.co/1suCXorPoI
– AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) June 19, 2023
– Too bad.