The TSN Hockey Insiders talk about how Ryan O’Reilly is formally in play forward of the commerce deadline, how Max Domi is a commerce goal for cap-crunched groups, why the Sens might be open to purchasing and promoting, and rather more.
Gino Reda: They’re the Insiders – Chris Johnston, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger. Gents, Ryan O’Reilly was drawing a whole lot of consideration earlier than he broke his foot however the phrase is he must be able to play once more earlier than the commerce deadline. So is the speaking starting to warmth up once more, Darren?
Darren Dreger: Sure I’d say that’s honest, Gino. The Ryan O’Reilly hypothesis began previous to the start of the NHL common season and it has continued, however the St. Louis Blues have reached the purpose within the common season that they genuinely wish to gauge the curiosity across the NHL within the star pending-unrestricted free agent ahead. We all know he’s damage, he’s going to a be out for some time and it’s nonetheless early as a result of the Blues, like all golf equipment who’re trying on the playoff image, don’t know if they’re keen to go all in but. However the ask for Ryan O’Reilly goes to be comparable what usually could be for a participant of comparable stature – you’re speaking about draft picks, you’re speaking a couple of prospect, the draft choose might be decided by the standard of the prospect so, it’s once more nonetheless early, however Ryan O’Reilly is formally in play.
Pierre LeBrun: Timo Meier, not like Ryan O’Reilly, just isn’t you’re prototypical rental participant as a result of he’s not an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, he’s technically a restricted free agent, but additionally has a $10 million qualifying supply and that has some groups that actually like him involved about how they will navigate that. It’s why some groups are hoping that if the Sharks give permission to Meier’s camp – led by agent Claude Lemieux – to talk on to them to see if that might be the kind of a commerce the place the extension is part of it however that has not occurred but, Lemieux has not gotten that permission. It’s additionally not out of the query that the Sharks attempt to signal him but however they haven’t put a suggestion on the desk to Timo Meier for the reason that begin of the season so it doesn’t look too doubtless there. Clearly, the contenders would make sense, Toronto would make sense, Carolina has some curiosity as a result of once more they see Meier as a long-term match, but additionally a staff just like the Buffalo Sabres has reached out to San Jose, this might be the kind of participant that has curiosity from groups that aren’t even sitting in a playoff spot so it’s sort of a novel case right here with Timo Meier.
Chris Johnston: With a lot cap congestion across the league as we get near this deadline, I feel a whole lot of groups might be searching for worth and the place they could discover it’s trying on the Chicago Blackhawks and Max Domi. This season he has performed centre displaying some versatility transferring over from the wing as he’s put up fairly good numbers and possibly crucial quantity of all of them is three million as a result of that’s Max Domi’s cap hit for this yr on an expiring contract, less expensive than a whole lot of the opposite gamers that groups may be trying to plug in top-6 or possibly a top-9 ahead function. It’s gone so effectively in Chicago I feel Max Domi could be completely satisfied to remain there and take into consideration a contract extension however with the place the Blackhawks are they should gauge the market and can doubtless transfer on from him.
Gino Reda: Given the actual fact the Senators aren’t actually within the hunt for a playoff spot, it will be straightforward to see them as sellers however might we see them procuring as effectively, Darren?
Darren Dreger: Sure, they might perform a little little bit of each Gino. I do know that Pierre Dorion – the GM for the Sens – is out west primarily for the CHL prospects recreation Wednesday in Langley however on the eve of the prospects recreation Dorion goes to soak up the Hawks and the Vancouver Canucks recreation. He’s nonetheless searching for a defenceman, that in an ideal world could be a defenceman with some time period, however he’s fascinated with unrestricted free brokers. Perhaps there’s a chance to signal that participant, or if he will get them early sufficient possibly commerce that participant main as much as the March 3rd commerce deadline however Dorion can be exploring the entire Ottawa Senators unrestricted free brokers together with goaltender Cam Talbot.
Gino Reda: It’s at all times attention-grabbing to speak about patrons and sellers on the commerce deadline however typically patrons can discover themselves a bit shy within the forex division. Is that the case in Tampa, Pierre?
Pierre LeBrun: Sure it’s, though the Tampa Bay Lightning have a strategy to attempt to decrease expectations out of the commerce deadline after which [the] final three years going out and getting gamers. However talking with Julien BriseBois for a chunk I’ve popping out tomorrow on The Athletic, he doesn’t have a first-round choose this yr, he doesn’t have a first-round choose subsequent yr, he doesn’t have a second-round choose and he says he doesn’t have the property to make a giant splash, so he’s trying extra for a type of Nick Paul kind acquisition. Bear in mind, he received Paul final yr on the deadline however one factor I requested him: “the Leafs and the Bruins, what in the event that they make a giant splash?”, however he stated he’s not going to let that have an effect on their line of considering earlier than the deadline.
Gino Reda: Talking of the Leafs, whereas they’re nonetheless procuring they’re additionally attempting to care for some inner issues, Chris?
Chris Johnston: Sure, just a bit one thing to keep watch over, they do have some curiosity in extending Conor Timmins to a contract, he’s a pending restricted free agent, acquired in November from Arizona, been a pleasant match since he came visiting to Toronto and been fairly productive in his time so we’ll see if they will get one thing carried out there.
Gino Reda: All proper, the Leafs need to purchase and need to care for issues inside their group. Loads occurring between now and the deadline. They’re the insiders – Chris Johnston, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger.