The NHL returns to action on Monday after the All-Star break. Seventeen teams had the week off last week and the remainder of the NHL gets a five-day break before heading back into action this week.
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I just want to say something about the expansion draft for Seattle in the summer of 2021. You would think that teams learned their lesson when the league expanded to Vegas in the summer of 2017.
But apparently not.
Rumors are abound that the Rangers (and this is just one example) want to trade Alexandar Georgiev and get a draft pick or two, rather than lose him for nothing in the expansion draft as they are likely keeping Igor Shesterkin as their netminder. Well, if they trade Georgiev, they are still going to lose something that they like. The best thing to do is lose a player and then deal with the future. Teams like Florida, Minnesota and Winnipeg gave up so much extra to keep an extra player that Vegas made out like bandits in the expansion draft. They gained extra players, a lot of extra draft picks and put together a team that went to the Stanley Cup Final their first year in existence.
Not all of that was because of bad deals as Gerard Gallant and George McPhee did an amazing job on and off the ice, but other teams certainly helped their cause.
Notes from around the NHL:
Jake Muzzin will return to the Maple Leafs blueline Monday after missing a month with a broken foot. … Rasmus Sandin is scheduled to play in his 10th game this season and that will burn a year in his entry-level contract. … Auston Matthews missed the All-Star game with a wrist injury but practiced with Toronto Sunday and is expected to be back in the lineup Monday. … Colton Parayko will return to the St. Louis lineup Monday after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. … The Kings recalled Matt Luff and Blake Lizotte from the minors as they were sent to the AHL during the break. … Miro Heiskanen is expected to return to the Dallas lineup after being in concussion protocol since January 16. Fortunately, with the mandatory five-day break as well as the All-Star game, Heiskanen missed only one game of action. … The Sabres hope that Jeff Skinner is ready to go when Buffalo returns to action Tuesday as he has missed the last 10 games with an upper-body injury. … Anthony Duclair wants to re-sign with Ottawa. … The Sharks recalled Dylan Gambrell, Antti Suomela and Joel Kellman from the minors. … Kyle Palmieri will return to the Devils lineup Monday after missing four games with a foot injury. … Jonathan Drouin skated again Sunday after practice. He has been out following wrist surgery, since November 15. … The Rangers loaned Lias Andersson to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League. Andersson has requested a trade out of the Rangers organization and has been dealing with an injury while returning home to his native Sweden. … Nashville recalled Jarred Tinordi, Yakov Trenin and Colton Sissons from the minors. … The Senators recalled Filip Chlapik and Drake Batherson from Belleville of the AHL.