The Stanley Cup finals are still running, yet the rumor mill is going off the charts. Here is my opinion on some of the latest rumors from around the NHL.
According to multiple sources, the New Jersey Devils have narrowed their coaching options down to two, John MacLean and Michel Therrien.
My take: Personally I would like to see John MacLean become the next coach of the New Jersey Devils because he knows the system better. However, I want the Devils to be a more offensive team and Michel Therrien is better suited for that.
Rumor has it that St. Petersburg of the KHL has offered Ilya Kovalchuk a three-year deal that would earn him $42 million of tax free money.
My take: I have said it once and I will say it again, Ilya Kovalchuk said that he will explore all NHL options before even considering moving to Russia; it is still his goal to win a Stanley Cup in the NHL.
Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Guy Boucher has declined an offer that would make him the new coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rumor has it that he is speaking with Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
My take: Personally, I think Guy Boucher would have done a great job in Columbus and would have helped Jakub Voracek and Nikita Filatov develop into top-notch players. However, he is better suited for the style of hockey the Lightning play.
According to Devils insider Tom Gulitti, the New Jersey Devils have contacted Mike Mottau about re-signing with the team, but have only done so once and are not close to a contract extension...yet.
My take: I think Mottau will re-sign with the Devils, as he likes it in New Jersey and is not asking for a lot of money.
It looks like the Oilers will take Taylor Hall with the first overall pick more and more everyday, which would leave Tyler Seguin to go second overall to the Boston Bruins. I am told that the Bruins really like Seguin, but he is not the position they are looking for, so they will try and move another center to make room for him. As of now it looks like it would be Patrice Bergeron.
My take: Despite having all the centers, if Seguin does not go first overall, I would take him with the No. 2 overall pick as he has too much talent and potential to pass up on.
Brian Burke recently told AM 640 that contract talks between he and Nikolai Kulemin are at a stand-still and believes Kulemin is asking for too much money.
My take: I have heard that Kulemin is asking for around $3 million per season which is a little high, but given his age and skill I would give it to him. If I was Kulemin, I would take around $2.2 million on a one-year contract extension, and let his play this season decide how much he will make in the future.
This concludes today’s edition of NHL Buzz, enjoy!
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