In our now bi-weekly series here at CSM, we are covering NHL rumors for the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and Boston Bruins. As the new season is about to commence, be sure to check out all the latest NHL rumors right here!
In this article, we will be catching you up on the Josh Archibald situation. We will also fill you in on how Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes are transitioning to begin play after their contract holdouts. Finally, we examine three Boston Burins players with expiring contracts.
Edmonton Oilers – Josh Archibald/Dave Tippett
Rumour: Per Mark Spector – Sportsnet. Forward Josh Archibald who neglected receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, has contracted myocarditis. He had a case of COVID-19 over the summer and took it lightly. He even questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci and called the pandemic the “plan-demic.” He is now out long-term and could have possibly ended his hockey career.
Analysis: It seems that Archibald underestimated the effects of getting infected with COVID-19, and now suffers the consequences.
In another Oilers tidbit, head coach Dave Tippett wasn’t pleased with his team’s play after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Winnipeg Jets. They managed to win 4-3, but Tippett was critical of sloppy play. He especially thought Leon Draisaitl was making irresponsible plays.
“He threw a lot of backhands tonight — some to our team, some to the other team,” said coach Dave Tippett after the game. “The problem is, when that happens in the playoffs it usually goes against you. And that’s the problem I have with it.”
Vancouver Canucks – Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes
Rumour: Per Iain MacIntyre – Sportsnet. Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes are eager to return to play. Pettersson and Hughes are expected to skate Monday on a team day off. They will practice Tuesday and Wednesday before a decision is made on their readiness for Thursday’s pre-season game in Edmonton.
Analysis: Both players are fresh off of agreeing to new contracts ending their preseason holdouts. Pettersson put his autograph on a three-year $7.35 million deal. Hughes went longer term with a six-year $7.85 million pact.
Both players are instrumental in the future success of the Canucks club. The duo missed 11 days of training camp and now have just nine days before the season starts.
“We’ll monitor them, just like we do with every player,” coach Travis Green said after Sunday’s game. “I mean, it’s a fine line between going too hard and catching up. They’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so they’re going to have to be pushed. But they know that; I’m not worried about it.”
Boston Bruins – Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk
Rumor: Per Michael DeRosa – nhltraderumors.me. All three Boston Bruins players will need new contracts before the 2022-23 season commences. The team will only have $20.57 million in cap space to use. Some moves will need to made to re-sign all three players.
Analysis: Bergeon has a an eight-year $55 million deal ending after the upcoming season. He also will be 37 years old. Will he attempt to play longer? Or retire? The team could certainly use the additional cap space.
McAvoy will be ending a three-year $14.7 million contract next year. At just 23 years old, the team obviously wants to keep him on the roster. He has tallied 90 points over the last three seasons so he will expect a raise. Whether that is in the Bruins budget remains to be seen.
DeBrusk is coming off of a very disappointing 2020-21 season where he just had just five goals and 14 points in 41 games. He was the topic of trade rumors due to his lack of production. If he fails to pick up his game, his days in a Bruins’ uniform may be numbered.
That does it for it for today’s NHL rumors. Be sure to look for this series every Wednesday and Sunday!