It’s never too early for some NHL trade chatter. Evgeny Kuznetsov, who could be an interesting (and risky) player for the Colorado Avalanche to target, apparently wants out of Washington. And Ryan Reynolds, unfortunately, will not be owning the Ottawa Senators.
With the Avalanche, we took a look back at Gabriel Landeskog’s 2022 playoff performance, as well as Josh Manson’s first full season in Colorado.
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Knowing what we know now, Gabriel Landeskog’s 2022 playoff run looks remarkable. He truly laid it all on the line so that his team could win the Cup.
Josh Manson’s first full season with the Avalanche did not go the way everyone had hoped, so they’ll need him to bounce back (and stay healthy) next season.
I hopped on Fifth Avenue Face-off yesterday to talk the Avs first round exit and what they may do this summer. You can give it a watch on YouTube here.
NHL Trade Chatter
I included Evgeny Kuznetsov as someone the Avalanche may look at in a trade this summer as a second line center option. It turns out, he’s wanted out of Washington for a while.
Kuznetsov is apparently “tired” of Washington, and he’s been wanting out for a long time. He makes $7.8 million for two more years, so a trade could be difficult, unless Washington is willing to retain.
The Montreal Canadiens stood still with the 5th overall pick after the NHL Draft lottery, but are looking to move up in the draft if they can.
After another first round loss, the Los Angeles Kings will have some players they could move on their backend to improve the team.
Around the NHL
Ryan Reynolds will not be involved in the ownership of the Ottawa Senators, unless something changes. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Reynolds and his Remington Group will not be moving forward with their bid on the team. They wanted an exclusive window to secure a downtown arena deal, but it’s not happening anymore. A shame, but maybe that increases the chances of Snoop Dogg becoming part-owner.
The Flyers made it official, naming Keith Jones as their new President of Hockey Operations and removing the interim tag from GM Danny Briere.
In a total cop out move, the NHL suspended Alex Pietrangelo one game for his slash on Leon Draisaitl. That matches the automatic one game suspension they upheld for Darnell Nurse, who instigated a fight with Nic Hague late (although they apparently talked about fighting before the face-off).
The Hurricanes are moving on, as they defeated the New Jersey Devils in five games. They’ll await the winner of the Toronto/Florida series now.
And the Kraken are now on the brink of elimination, as Dallas won at home in Game Five. The series now shifts back to Seattle.
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