It sure feels like the NHL playoffs have been full of questionable decisions from players, so might as well add another to the list. Alex Pietrangelo was frustrated at the end of the game against Edmonton, and laid a nasty slash on Leon Draisaitl that may result in a suspension. The NHL Department of Player Safety works in mysterious ways, so it’s a toss-up if they do anything.
With the Colorado Avalanche, we took a look at what centers might be available in a trade, and whether or not the Landeskog injury news changes Colorado’s approach to J.T. Compher hitting free agency.
All that and more in this Thursday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
We took a deep dive in the mailbag into what players the Avalanche might be able to target as a second line center, in addition to other questions people had.
It was a very up and down sophomore year for Alex Newhook. We took a look back at his season, and are left wondering – where does he fit next season?
It’s not much, but Elliotte Friedman gave a little nugget of information on what might be happening in contract talks with Bowen Byram.
Denis Malgin will be playing for Switzerland in the World Championships, which means the Avalanche will now have three players in the tournament.
Around the NHL
Wednesday night brought another blowout in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as Edmonton beat Vegas by a score of 4-1, but what happened at the end of the game might have been more interesting. Alex Pietrangelo was frustrated after a hit he took from Evander Kane, and took his frustrations out on Leon Draisaitl. Late in the game, Pietrangelo targeted Draisaitl when the puck was already gone, and laid the wood on his wrist. It certainly looked pre-meditated to me. He was given a five-minute major for slashing, which is the right call.
Now, we wait to see if the NHL Department of Player Safety actually does anything. There’s no consistency in the league, so your guess is as good as mine. What do you think of the slash?
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The Toronto Maple Leafs lived to fight another day, as they finally found a way to beat the Florida Panthers and force a Game Five.
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