Canadiens might get some LTIR area
Eric Engels of Sportsnet: Montreal Canadiens ahead Brendan Gallagher fractured his proper thumb and is out indefinitely. It’s doable that he received’t have the ability to return till the playoffs. It’s additionally doable that the Canadiens might put him and his $3.75 million cap hit on the LTIR if he’s out for the remainder of the common season. This might give the Canadiens some additional room at that commerce deadline so as to add.
The Canadiens like their workforce however they do have 21 video games left in 34 days. Cap flexibility and added depth could turn out to be useful.
Maple Leafs GM on the commerce deadline
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a bit a roll. There’s numerous discuss them including earlier than the commerce deadline, however does GM Kyle Dubas actually need to make some strikes?
Discuss has them probably needing a second-line winger and/or a goaltender as a consequence of well being considerations of Frederik Andersen and Jack Campbell.
Alex Galchenyuk has performed nicely on the second line with John Tavares and William Nylander and lessened the urgency so as to add a winger in line with Dubas.
“However with all that mentioned, if we are able to do one thing that we expect goes to be an excellent match within the locker room and on the ice, I feel we might nonetheless very overtly discover that.’’
LeBrun thinks they might use a top-nine winger that may play up or down the lineup. Nick Foligno and Kyle Palmieri match that invoice, with Scott Laughton a less expensive model.
Dubas provides that he doesn’t suppose Andersen’s harm is long-term and isn’t as involved as others are.
They’re okay with the depth on the blue line, however they’ll see what is obtainable.
“We really feel assured in our depth there,’’ Dubas mentioned. “That mentioned, we’ll see how the market shakes out on D. If there is a chance to improve, when you have a look at the groups that go far, they have an inclination to undergo loads of D.
“We’ve actually solely used our six up to now and probably not check it, however even in coaching camp it was an space we felt actually good about.’’