The franchises in both of those cities are subject to hot-button buzz with regards to their coaches and crease custodians. As of Wednesday evening, nothing was certain either way and, theoretically, a credible case can be made in predicting the fruition of forecasted events or lack thereof.
There are three other storylines of note that revolve around players possibly donning new attire next season or when their current contracts are up. They, too, can be interpreted from virtually any angle at the moment, but with varying degrees of confidence.
The items in this slideshow were chosen based on merit for multiple arguments. Therefore, the likes of the Vancouver Canucks post-mortem is absent as there is very little reasonable cause to believe there will not be any major shake-ups to that team's roster and/or coaching staff.
Based on what local reporters are touching upon as well as some important, but overlooked aspects of the sagas in question, here is what to make of five of the freshest nuggets of speculation in the NHL. Final rulings range between any combination fact or fiction and possibility or probability.