Thursday LNN: Trade Season Begins, Oilers Fighting and More

Thursday's Edition of the Links, News and Notes

Thursday LNN: Trade Season Begins, Oilers Fighting and More
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  • While we wait for the final season to end, the rest of the league has decided to move on. For starters, the Los Angeles Kings have decided to swing big for a goalie. The Kings sent Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Darcy Keumper.
  • The goalie market is shrinking with yet another trade, this time it was the Calgary Flames sending goalie Jacob Markstrom to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Kevin Bahl and a first-round pick.
  • Edmonton Oilers' fans are hoping the early losses in this final series were only a set-up for a miraculous and adventurous Stanley Cup win. With the way the Oilers have played the past two games, I don't blame the fanbase for having the confidence to dream. With the next elimination game back in Edmonton to a crowd that will surely be full of energy, I think this series has a very high chance of going back to Florida for another game.
  • There's a lot of pressure on new Senators GM Steve Staios and what he can do this summer to improve the team. While all eyes are on Shane Pinto's contract, could Staios be dealing with another major priority? There are reports that the Senators may be working hard on a trade to acquire Linus Ullmark from the Boston Bruins. Whatever you thought of last season, we can all agree that an upgrade in net will automatically improve the chances of this team having a chance at competing.
  • Eric Tulsky is now the Carolina Hurricanes general manager, after starting in the organization as a consultant in 2014. Starting as a hockey blogger, Tulsky who has ever played in the league, approached the game through analytics and worked his way into a role that has usually been reserved for "former players" or those who have been more involved in the game. His hiring showcases a more modern take on team management.
  • The New York Rangers placed Barclay Goodrow on waivers in hopes he's be claimed before they have to resort to buying him out. The San Jose Sharks made their wishes come true as they claimed the 31-year old who has 3 years left on hos contract worth AAV of $3.6 million.

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