NHL rumors: Oilers, Flames, Islanders, Canucks

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Edmonton Oilers have a couple of key pieces missing from their morning skiing. Will Leon Draisaitl and Brett Kulak play tonight in Game 7 against the Los Angeles Kings? Meanwhile, will Calgary Flames have to go to Game 7 without Nikita Zadorov? New Yorkers’ eyes may be on an interesting name as a coaching alternative and Bruce Boudreaux will officially return next season to coach the Vancouver Canucks.

Missing Oilers Drycitel and Colac

Saturday morning tweets from members of the media covering Oilers indicated neither of them existed Forward Leon Draisaitl Nor did defender Brett Kollak skate in training. Draisaitl was dealing with an ankle injury throughout the series and it worsened in Game 6 when he was pulled into a scrum by Mikey Anderson. Warren Foegele took Draisaitl’s place early in the morning, and while this may mean that Draisaitl is out, the Oilers may have kept him outside to rest him.

It is not clear why Kulak is not on the ice as there have been no reports of an injury he may have been dealing with. If he doesn’t play, it could signal a last-minute development as Philip Broberg was reassigned to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. If Colak gets out, he will likely play Broberg.

Zadorov hearing

The Calgary Flames are also heading into Game 7 against the Dallas Stars and they may have to play that game without defender Nikita Zadorov. Zadorov She will have a hearing With the Department of Player Safety regarding the head injury of DStars striker Luke Glendening on Friday night.

Nikita Zadorov did not receive a penalty for this hit on Luke Glending. Was this a clean hit or a dirty play? 🤔 #Flames #TexasHockey https://t.co/OyX1HXk2DD

It was an obvious call that wasn’t given a game major and then Zadorov walked in with Stars striker Jimmy Bean to finish the match, saying “I’m coming for you. I’m coming.” Some fans argue that Zadorov was punished for being old. Others don’t see it that way and think he’ll get at least one match.

Can islanders care about Babcock?

After Barry Trotz is fired, New Yorkers will need a new head coach and Mike Babcock has emerged. There has been no indication by GM Lou Lamoriello as to the way the islanders tend to lean, but athlete Kevin Kurtz is naming Babcock as a possible fit.

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Curtis explains:

But the change from Robinson to Constantine, along with some of the audio footage provided by Lamoreello in his conference call on Monday, could be indicative of the direction the general manager is leaning. They can refer to Mike Babcock. It starts with familiarity. Lamoreello has a history of dealing with known volumes when hiring a new coach.

Source – ‘Search for Islanders Training: Do Clues Point to Mike Babcock’s Lou Lamoreillo Reunion?’ – Kevin Curtis – Athlete – 05/13/2022

Mike Babcock Toronto Maple Leafs
Mike Babcock, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvine/The Hockey Book)

Kurtz spoke about Lamorillo’s employment history and how he has repeatedly brought back familiar faces for the teams he manages. He also noted Lamoreello’s history with Babcock in Toronto, and how he likes the tougher, more aggressive sounds in the room when the team is underperforming.

Boudreaux officially returns to coach Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks officially announced on Friday that coach Bruce Boudreaux will return to coach the team next season. Many thought he would sign the option on his current deal and come back, but there was talk of other opportunities as the Canucks weren’t ready to commit to anything beyond next season. Boudreaux chose not to make a move.

“My desire has always been to return to coach this team,” Boudreaux said in a statement. I love the organisation, the city, the fans and the players. I’m also grateful for the opportunity Jim and Patrick gave me to continue building what we started.”

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