In today’s NHL rumors, the New Jersey Devils have lost Jack Hughes for the rest of the season. What does this mean for their final matches? Meanwhile, in some NHL goaltending news, the Edmonton Oilers are still interested in a goaltender from the St. Louis Blues organization, and the Washington Capitals could change goaltenders. goals next season. Finally, will Tuukka Rask start coaching?
Jack Hughes out for the rest of the season
An injury-plagued season for Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils has finally come to an end. His third season saw him play 49 games and score 26 goals, with 56 points. It’s been a solid campaign, but according to the team, Hughes suffered a low-grade MCL sprain in his left knee in a game on April 3 and he won’t return this season.
Are the Oilers still interested in Husso?
There have been talks this season that the Oilers would have loved to acquire Ville Husso from the St. Louis Blues had the team made him available before the trade deadline. Instead, the Blues started buying Jordan Binnington, which is a much more expensive option, and lost the starting job to Husso during the year.
According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, the Oilers will likely be interested in Husso if the goaltender tests the free agent market this summer. Husso, 27, is due to receive a massive raise from the $750,000 salary he currently earns and if the Blues can’t move Binnington it’s unclear if they can afford to keep both goalies .
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A lot of teams are circling around the 27-year-old Husso, like teams once did when Talbot (New York Rangers) was available in 2015. Yeah, you can probably include the Oilers…
source – ‘Oilers Notebook: Jay Woodcroft made his pro debut outside of St. Louis’ – Jim Matheson – Edmonton Journal – 05/01/2022
At this point, the Oilers are running with Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen this season. Smith is 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a .931Sv% and 2.19 GAA. He made an incredible pass to Connor McDavid in overtime on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks and it was interesting to see the fans turn to him a bit down the stretch. Smith is signed through next season with a cap of $2.2 million.
Capitals to change the appearance of goalkeepers
Speaking of teams that might be interested in Husso, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic writes that the Washington Capitals are unlikely to enter next season with their current duo. He writes:
I don’t see how the Caps will enter next season with Vanecek and Samsonov as their two goalies. For me, they have to settle one and then bring in a 30-something who will not only be a No. 1 option, but also serve as a mentor to the young goalkeeper they end up keeping.
source – ‘Which Caps goaltender deserves to start in the playoffs? Who is the future in goal? Capitals mailbag, part 1’ – Tarik El-Bashir – The Athletic – 04/05/2022
Husso is obviously younger than Bashir suggests the Capitals are looking for, but he’ll also be one of the best options if there isn’t something commercially available. Someone like Semyon Varlamov would fit the description and he has a brief history with the team dating back to 2010.
Tuukka Rask will stay with the Bruins organization
Goaltender Tuukka Rask announced his retirement from the NHL in February of this year, but he doesn’t seem to be done with the league. He mentioned a few days ago that he is interested in the business side of hockey and that he will stay with the Bruins as an executive.
He told The Athletic:
“I’ll be hanging out with sponsors, playing golf and shaking hands in the aftermath. Either way, I was intrigued by the business side of things. I don’t know what the future holds for us. Maybe I’ll get into coaching. Maybe not. But for now, I’ll hang out with sponsors.
source – ‘Tuukka Rask will remain with the Bruins organization in a corporate role, looking to the future in coaching’ – Fluto Shinzawa – The Athletic – 31/03/2022
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