The nurse’s oil may be lost after the back of the head
Nurse Darnell in Edmonton will have a hearing today for headbutting Philip Danault of Los Angeles during Game 5 of the first round between the Oilers and Kings. Nurse’s penalty kick isn’t rated in the play, but if you look at the replay, it’s hard to miss.
Most insiders who have seen the play now believe he could get the hang of one game, but they also concede that it’s safety management, so trying to predict what might happen is pointless. There isn’t a lot of consistency that comes from the NHL DoPS and these are the playoffs, so they might go with a fine.
Senators ready to trade with pick number 7?
to me Shawn Simpson From TSN, the Ottawa Senators’ first-round pick, seventh overall, is already in play and could advance ahead of this year’s NHL draft entry. The Senators love a player they can get to in seventh and won’t have any problems choosing there if it comes down to that, but the talk is that they’re open to the idea of trading that selection for a player who can help them now.
Islanders may be willing to trade with the choice of Aswell
While talk of Barry Trotz and rumors of his incompatibility with Lou Lamoriello take center stage, New Yorkers have also been part of the sweepstakes project and might as well be willing to move their pick, number 13 overall. Stephen Rosner of NYI Hockey Now writes that this is not a particularly deep draft and that the Thirteenth Choice could satisfy more pressing needs.
RELATED: Canadians Set to Solve Center Problems and Wright’s Draft with Lottery Win
Lamoreello has been working the entire lottery and has never smiled. He’s talked about making hockey deals this season and it’s possible after a disappointing campaign and the sacking of a top-level coach that more changes are coming. Rosner indicated that the islanders may be looking for a defensive player in the top four or a striker in the top six.
Embarrassed by an avalanche, predators must act
Adam Finnegan of The Athletic thinks the ownership of the predators must react and do something after the Colorado Avalanche wiped out the team in four games quite easily. The Predators were never erased from the post-season series in the franchise’s history and the team stuck to some players believing they could be more competitive than they were.
Vingan believes that GM David Poile is to blame and that it may be time to hire someone to work with him or to fire him entirely. Saying Poile is on an auto-renewable contract, Vingan asked:
If so, how is Boyle accountable? Players are traded. Coaches are fired. Poile has done both, but what repercussions does he face? What’s the plan when Poile, 72, is no longer the GM? Would the organization benefit from adding someone with a fresh perspective to the front office? These (and others) questions need to be answered.
Source – “Finegan: Predator Ownership is No Longer Silent About the Direction of Privilege” – Adam Finnegan – Athlete – 09/05/2022
He also noted that the club faces some crucial off-season decisions, including new contracts for suspended free agent Philip Forsberg and head coach John Haynes. According to NHL.com’s John Glennon, Forsberg said he wants to return with the Predators and has indicated progress has been made in contract talks throughout the season.
Jim Parsons is a senior freelance writer at THW, part-time journalist and audio/video host who lives, eats, sleeps and breathes NHL news and rumours, while also writing features on Edmonton Oilers. He’s been a trusted source for over five years at The Hockey Writers, but more than that, he’s on a mission to keep readers up to date with the latest NHL rumors and business talk. Jim is a daily essential for readers who want to be “in the know”.
Other content contributions include: NHLtradetalk.com, The Sportster, hosting weekly videos, THW News and Rumors Rundown, as well as Oilers Overtime.
For interview requests or to submit content information, follow Jim on Twitter or his social media accounts. They appear under his picture in articles like this one.