Vegas G Robin Lehner could miss the rest of the regular season


Frank Seravalli was back with more news and nuggets in another edition of Ice Breakers during Thursday’s Daily Faceoff Show:

For the first time, Vegas coach Pete DeBoer slammed the Golden Knights goalie after a 7-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

“We just didn’t have enough pucks,” DeBoer said when asked about the goalie. “It’s quite simple. I’m not a goalkeeping expert, but you have to be in front of a few. »

Golden Knights haven’t offered much in the way of injury updates with nearly $40 million in salary bills sidelined: Robin Lehner, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez and Brayden McNabb are all absent.

We are told that the update on Lehner is not positive.

Sources say Lehner suffered a broken kneecap and cracked kneecap, which would explain why he was spotted on crutches while returning home from a Vegas road trip.

The team is still trying to determine an exact time frame for a potential Lehner return, but coupled with the torn labrum in his shoulder that he was already playing, the fear is that Lehner could miss the rest of the regular season.

Even if Lehner were to be healthy enough to return for the playoffs — should the Golden Knights qualify — it’s hard to imagine Vegas would be willing to bet on his ability to stay on his feet for a four-round slog.

Sources say the Golden Knights are active and making calls in the goalie market.

General manager Kelly McCrimmon flatly denied our previous report that the Golden Knights had explored a possible reunion with Marc-Andre Fleury. We then reported that they had also inquired with the New York Rangers about Alexandar Georgiev.

Other goalkeepers available include Joonas Korpisalo, Mackenzie Blackwood, Anton Forsberg, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, Martin Jones and…

Jordan Binington. Yes, sources say Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has reached out to teams perceived to be active in the goaltending market and pitched the 2019 Stanley Cup champion as a potential solution to their problems.

We’re told there hasn’t been much traction, if any, which makes a trade unlikely for a number of reasons.

On the one hand, Binnington’s contract is heavy. The 28-year-old is in the first year of a six-year, $36 million contract. His $6 million AAV hasn’t been commensurate with his play this season. It was an adventure on the ice.

Binnington also has a full “no trade” clause and can veto any potential deal.

On the one hand, Binnington’s availability is a surprise as he just signed his contract last March.

On the other hand, Binnington has been poorly dominated by Ville Husso this season, who is also a UFA pending. Binnington’s .903 save percentage is exactly the league average this year; Husso is well north at .928 on almost the same number of appearances.

It would appear that right now, Husso would be Craig Berube’s Game 1 starter in the Stanley Cup Playoffs — not Binnington.

So the move would have many facets for St. Louis: Armstrong could walk out of Binnington’s contract and create salary cap flexibility to add elsewhere on his roster before Monday. And that would open the door for the Blues to re-sign hot-handed Husso in the offseason for perhaps a cheaper deal with less duration.

Alas, this does not look like the one that will happen.

There doesn’t seem to have been much progressif necessary, between the Anaheim Ducks in talks with Hampus Lindholm, the first defenseman available on the rental market.

Lindholm, 28, is expected to become an unrestricted free agent in July, now in the final year of a six-year, $31.5 million contract.

As noted, the sticking point in negotiations is duration. General manager Pat Verbeek is unwilling to give Lindholm a seven- or eight-year contract, which the Lindholm camp is confident he can receive on the open market.

Verbeek may return to Lindholm for a final push in the coming days, but he continues to assess the trade market for the Swede.

We’re told Lindholm’s request is a first-round pick, a top Grade A prospect, plus one more play.

There’s no doubt that Verbeek was excited about the Montreal Canadiens returning for Ben Chiarot on Wednesday. Teams almost universally see Lindholm, a 22 mins a night player and elite skater, as a cut above Chiarot – even if they don’t play the same style.

As a reminder, Lindholm has no “no-trade” protection and can be sent anywhere.

What is the impact of the Chiarot transaction on Mark Giordano on the market?

You can add Ron Francis, general manager of the Seattle Kraken, to the list of satisfied observers. The Kraken have been unwavering in their demand for a first-round pick for Giordano. Even though he’s older at 38 and has a significantly higher salary cap than Chiarot, Seattle’s point is that Giordano has the Norris Trophy pedigree to back up the claim.

Giordano will have a certain grip on the matter. He basically has a list of 12 “no-trade” teams, or 19 teams he has approved a trade to. If all is equal, the Kraken would like to send its captain to a preferred destination.

That’s where the Toronto Maple Leafs come in: We’re told that if Giordano gets his wish, he’d love to go home to play for the blue and whites.

The Maple Leafs seem to have prioritized blue line assist, and Giordano is near the top of their list, along with Lindholm. It may well depend on the price. Will Seattle’s request fall to a second?

Count the Boston Bruins among the teams interested in Giordano. The Bruins also eyed Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Calvin De Haan.

The request on De Haan is believed to be a second-round pick.

Keep an eye on the Dallas Stars: It looks like the decision to put Andrej Sekera on a waiver on Thursday was intended to create salary cap flexibility so the Stars could bolster their roster ahead of the deadline. Yes, a big turnaround in Big D, from potential sellers to potential buyers in the space of six or seven weeks.

Finally, belief is not significant progress was made in overtime talks between Ottawa and Nick Paul, or Tyler Motte and the Vancouver Canucks.




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