Brind'Amour... and the others?

Brind’Amour… and the others?

Michael Brind’Amour had no other options. He was the chairman of the boardhad to comment on the daily operations of Hockey Canada.

He acknowledged that the organization he heads has lost the trust of Canadians. So, in such a context, he leaves his position immediately.

And the others ?

How come they are still there?

Aren’t they the ones largely responsible for the events of 2018?

As I said last week, there will be many candidates who will be approached to relaunch the organization in the coming weeks and months.

When former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell has given his recommendations, we will proceed, at least it is everyone’s wish, to a reorganization of Hockey Canada based on the appointment of new leaders.

So, we will have to present a new structure.

I imagine that we have already relied on prestigious names to take on such an important challenge.

Presumably, some influential people in the hockey community have made their interest known.

Colleagues in Toronto argued this week that Ken Dryden, had he not aged, would have been a front-runner.

very fair

Also this week, I was asked by some hockey stakeholders if Roberto Luongo met the selection criteria. Why not ? He had the opportunity to get involved with Hockey Canada at the international hockey level. He is a good leader.

He had a very successful career in the NHL and his involvement in the community has been widely highlighted in recent years.

Break the bank

I imagine David Pastrnak and his advisers have been smiling broadly in recent days, especially since the announcement that Jonathan Huberdeau had signed an eight-year, $84 million deal with the Calgary Flames.

Pastrnak is a scorer, a formidable player in numerical superiority, a scorer capable of reaching the plateau of 40 goals and more every season. The Boston Bruins winger will play the final year of his contract and, thus far, negotiations between the player and the Bruins leaders appear to be proceeding at a snail’s pace. Since Huberdeau will earn more than $10 million per season, Pastrnak, who will receive $6,666,666 this season, is surely coveting a contract similar to Huberdeau’s. The Bruins, in recent years, have always been able to get away with the salary cap, but things are getting complicated…

Behind the scenes of the National League, we wonder about the status of goalie Jake Oettinger. Why ? He is a 23-year-old restricted free agent but has yet to renew his contract with the Dallas Stars. Why didn’t anyone make him a hostile offer? Last year, he pocketed $1.4 million. The Stars have $11 million in the coffers. We know very well that they will match a hostile offer. It seems that throughout the league, we stick to the old theory that we fight battles we think we won, otherwise we have no time to lose…

Sydney: 35th Anniversary

Sidney Crosby turned 35 yesterday. He remains one of the best central players on the Bettman circuit. The Penguins will enter next season with a different team, especially after the defensive team changes. Jan Rutta and Jeff Petry will attend Kristopher Letang, while Mike Matheson and John Marino will play in Montreal and New Jersey respectively…

The Tampa Bay Lightning taking the top spot in the salary cap is always to be expected for such a successful organization. That the Canadian is in 13th place after finishing last in the general classification, this is an equation that does not work. But Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes have still done a great job so far. We maintain the perspective that we will have to reduce the wage bill to meet the requirements of Cole Caufield, who will negotiate a new contract after next season…

What will Sakic do?

What exactly does Nazem Kadri demand?

$9 million?

One thing is for sure: Joe Sakic can’t accommodate his center player.

Consequently, he prefers, he tells himself, to concentrate on two files. About Paul Stastny’s. And in Jonathan Toews?

Toews, will you say?

The timing is right. But it will still take the Blackhawks to show a lot of generosity financially. Toews will receive a salary of $10.5 million. Sakic can still spend almost $4 million. As for Stastny’s record, he is an unrestricted free agent.

One of the two players would be a compromise for the loss of Kadri…

The Islanders, on the other hand, are still in the game. They were at the forefront of Johnny Gaudreau’s file, but they fell short. Lou Lamoriello benefits from an envelope of almost $12 million, but beware! He must offer a new contract to Alexander Romanov, and this is the last season for Mathew Barzal.

Should we listen carefully to rumors that the Detroit Red Wings have an interest in the Islanders’ center player?


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