Insider Trading: When will Kane decide on a team?

What is the latest development in Evander KingBack to the NHL? Will Kane’s exit from San Jose helps the sharks sign Thomas Hertle to extend? Are Canucks Closer to Finding a New GM? Can the World Junior Championships be rescheduled in the summer? TSN Hockey Insiders Chris Johnston, Pierre LeBrun, and Darren Dreger discuss this and more.

What is the latest in Evander King The situation, in the wake of further allegations of COVID protocol violations?

Embedded imageChris Johnston: It’s not exactly forgotten but I’d like to say so Evander King He put things on hold in terms of trying to make a decision and narrowing down his teams. It would have taken two days, out of respect for those teams, while the National Hockey League conducts investigations into allegations from his time in the American Hockey League.

There’s nothing to say these NHL teams couldn’t sign him. He can sign a new deal today. But I think out of respect for those teams that want to know if he faces any suspension or other penalty stemming from the allegations, he will wait for it, check his roster twice as he appears to be down to three teams, and make a decision once the NHL finishes this investigation.

Pierre Lebrun: Meanwhile, for the San Jose Sharks, where does that leave their salary cap, likely, in terms of extra space? We’ll have to see where the dust is up, in terms of the NHLPA’s complaint on Evander King It matters, and whether the sharks completely walk away from his $7 million cap over the next three and a half years. Or, whether there’s a settlement and they’ll owe some money to hit a smaller ceiling, we’ll see.

Surely, there may be room here for the sharks to offer an extension of their higher position, Thomas HertleWho is the UFA at the end of the season? There were talks last summer, and the Hertle camp, led by Newport Sports, said the Sharks were interested in extending the talk at the time. But now that there may be more room for cover, I expect the sharks will come back again over the next month here and possibly make a show for Hertl.

If this does not lead to an extension, the trade deadline is March 21 and there may not be a bigger name on the trade bait board than Thomas Hertle If it’s officially available between now and March 21.

He has nearly a 100 percent no-trade clause. Only three teams are included in the Yes list. He has a lot of control and one team to watch is the New York Rangers, which I think is on their list.

Any update on the search for a General Manager for Vancouver Canucks?

Embedded imageDarren Dreger: Well, to his word, Jim Rutherford conducts what I would describe as a very diverse and comprehensive management research. The shortlist will be reduced to approximately five or six people. I was told it would include those with junior general manager experience.

He’s done a number of interviews, both in person and virtual, and is making a list of second interviews, maybe later this week or next week. It is also believed that Rutherford had already interviewed several women for the role best described as the assistant general manager position. So, Jim Rutherford, as head of hockey operations at the Vancouver Canucks, clearly wants new voices and different ideas moving forward.

Have there been talks about bringing the NHL back to Quebec City?

Embedded imageJohnston: they have. On Thursday, Quebec’s finance minister welcomed a virtual meeting with Gary Bateman and Bill Daly. What’s noticeable here is that these kinds of conversations haven’t been happening lately. Quebec’s position has been to re-establish Quebec City as a viable market, in the eyes of the government, to have an NHL team, and why that makes financial sense, and at this point, the league is really in a listening mode.

The meeting was initiated by the Quebec government but they agreed to keep the lines of communication open which I think are important for the province. Who knows if there’s a team looking to move on now, but there could be one down the line.

Any news on a possible rescheduling of the canceled IIHF World Junior Championships?

Embedded imageDreiger: There is a lot of work being done. There is a lot of discussion and a lot of planning for the World Junior Hockey Championship, which is a summer edition, if you will. Some suggest that most of the discussion has been around August and finding a way to host the event in Red Deer and Alberta as target locations in August.

There have been some discussions about hosting it in June as well but August seems more likely. This could create problems for some of the best NHL prospects we’ve seen over the holiday season. We’re talking about Cole Perfetti or Mason McTavish or Owen Power because as we know, the training and focus of these young players is on their next season in the National Hockey League.

Hockey Canada, IIHF and all associated are hopeful that these names can be shared but there is still much work to be done.

Is the discussion of individual NHL players leaving their teams to play in the Olympics over?

Embedded imageLeBron: Yes it is. As expected, the IIHF closed this loophole, just as they did in 2018 when NHL players did not participate in the Olympics.

Any idea that a player could turn rogue and live with the NHL suspended to play for his country is gone. The IIHF controls which players can play in the Olympics, and on this day, they will not accept any suspended NHL players to play in the tournament.

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