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Lot of trade deadline talk at this point! Here’s quite a few words on what Tom Fitzgerald is looking at over the next few days: [The Athletic ($)]
A nice breakdown here of all things Kyle Palmieri ahead of the trade deadline. Where might he go? What kind of return might we see? [Infernal Access]
Well, this is a bit of a bummer, truly:
#NJDevils Lindy Ruff on Nikita Gusev going on waivers: “It has been a tough year for him, it hasn’t quite been a fit.”— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) April 1, 2021
Nikita Gusev, placed on waivers by NJ, has not worked out as expected. He ranks near the bottom of the league this season in WAR, in large part due to his horrible finishing and defensive play. Some offensive flahes but overall not... not good. #NJD pic.twitter.com/YBw2RSUft0— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) April 1, 2021
Tyce Thompson skated with the team for the first time on Thursday. He’s arrived!
Lindy Ruff won’t throw Tyce Thompson “into the fire”.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) April 1, 2021
He’ll get a few practices under his belt before he makes his #NJDevils debut.
Perhaps not so surprising, but it sounds like teams are already reaching out to Kraken GM Ron Francis to do some planning ahead of the trade deadline. Per Pierre LeBrun, “A league office source confirmed to me Tuesday that Seattle can have these discussions with teams but with the clear understanding that nothing is binding. Because Seattle can’t start making official, bona fide trades yet.” [The Athletic ($)]
An extension for goaltender Thatcher Demko:
Speaking of Vancouver, the Canucks are on pause:
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