With Morgan Rielly on the Long Term, Will the Maple Leafs Explore the Commercial Market? Will the struggling Senators or Canucks make a coaching change? What are the latest business talks Jacob Cicero? TSN Hockey Insider experts discuss these topics and more in the latest edition of Insider Trading.
Gino Reda: The insiders are Chris Johnston, Pierre Lebrun, and Darren Dreger. Jake Muzin, TJ Brody and now Morgan Riley – the best of those who took a three-minute foliage on the blue line. In the pre-hood era, it can be fixed. But what are they doing now, Chris?
Chris Johnston: Well, they just can’t use a magic wand, unfortunately, because they have two different challenges when it comes to addressing the crew, the first being the fact that they have a lot of space with the addition of Morgan Riley to the long haul. – Period injured reserve. But they have to protect this space so that they can return somewhere at the start of the new year. Combined with the fact that they have 50 nodes right now, that means they have to set up that body for anyone to go to, even if it’s cheaper to add depth. And so they may have tried to rectify that by putting Wayne Simmonds on waiver on Tuesday. There’s no guarantee he’ll get it even though he struggled with waivers earlier in the season, and so they – in this case the Leafs – may have to smile and work it out.
Gino Reda: Much of the pre-season optimism in Ottawa and Vancouver has now shifted to the reality of fighting near the league cellar, so what now on those fronts, Darren?
Darren Drager: Well, listen, Gino, you know there are hours of buses in Ottawa and Vancouver. There are a lot of holes in the Ottawa Senators roster, perhaps too big to fill. Players say they support DJ Smith and Pierre Dorion who we know have been around the NHL, didn’t find the right trade that’s why we’re now looking squarely at the Ottawa bench and I’ll add a bit unfairly. In Vancouver, I was told that the status quo and I believe a change in coaching is coming. But it could be days, weeks, or months, so not much is happening in Vancouver, but it looks like Bruce Boudreau is still in the crosshairs.
Gino Reda: One of the reasons it’s so hard to get a deal now is the asking price for the talent available. What better example of high-charting talent Jacob Cicerone returned to the Arizona lineup Monday night, Pierre?
Pierre Lebrun: By the way, I played north of 23 minutes, I wonder how many teams have noticed that. That’s a high price and listen, I think it’s important to understand why Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong is asking for two first-round picks plus a young NHL prospect or player in any trade. by Jakob Chychrun. First, I think he looked at the Hampus Lindholm deal a year ago where Anaheim got a first-round pick and two seconds for an older player who was on UFA pending and ended up going to Boston, of course the Bruins signed him. There’s a deal with Brandon Hagel, Chicago gets two first-round draft picks for Hegill because of his cheap cap and young Cicero, he’s got a deal and if history has shown us anything regarding a trade for Darcy Comber where Arizona gets a first and a young player and a third. Bill Armstrong will stick to his price.
Gino Reda: How about the Buffalo Sabers, they went out with a bang, and now they’re down. How are things going with the Buffalo Department here?
Pierre Lebrun: Well, Kevin Adams keeps his cool. He does not want to get emotionally involved and make a deal that he will regret. He believes in his team, but it’s also clear that he’s not very comfortable with the way things have been going here for a month now. They are a team that completely lacks confidence compared to what we saw in the opening month and at the end of last year. So yeah, calm down now. He’s not going to do anything stupid, but the next few weeks will be important for the Sabers to tell GM about it, because he’ll be ready to go to work helping this team. He has a lot of space unlike most teams.
Gino Reda: This summer, Gary Pittman promised to be transparent with the league’s investigation into allegations of sexual assault involving members of the Canadian junior national team since 2018. What’s the news on that, Darren?
Darren Drager: Well, the news, Gino, is that progress is being made. Going forward, the National Hockey League will not be tied to a schedule for disclosing its results. But [according to] According to NHL sources, it is very thorough in terms of the investigation and interviews involved in the investigation. They will coordinate with the London police. A representative of the Metropolitan Police said he could not comment on an active police investigation. When they do, they’ll sync up with the NHL.
Gino Reda: Well, the insiders are Chris Johnston, Pierre LeBron, and Darren Dreger.