NHL Rumors: Avs talk extension with Bednar; Oilers Tippet fine waiting on new deal; and no market for Jack Eichel

Now that a majority of players are signed to new deals, save Brady Tkachuk with the Senators, focus turns to some coaches. Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Maple Leafs has already received a two-year extension and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is working on his.

So what about the Avalanche’s Jared Bednar? His teams are consistently good but have yet to reach the pinnacle of playoff success. According to Pierre LeBrun, talks are underway.

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NHL Rumors: Bednar talking extension with Avs; Oilers Tippet is not

In his latest article for The Athletic, LeBrun broke down the contract situations for several bench bosses. Two intriguing names on his list were Bednar and Dave Tippet.

Jared Bednar: The 49 year-old is entering his sixth season behind the bench, all with the Avs. His regular season record stands at 184-149-39. That’s followed by a playoff record of 24-19. LeBrun states that talks on an extension have begun in Colorado. It looks like a deal could come this season.

Dave Tippet: On the other hand, the 60 year-old Tippet has not had any discussions and appears fine with that per LeBrun. Last season, he took the Oilers to a 35-19-2 record. In his two seasons in Edmonton, he’s amassed a 72-44-11 but has just 1 playoff win in 8 games. It looks like the Oilers are going to have to make some noise in the postseason for him to get a new deal.

No market for Jack Eichel

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Feb 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) on the ice for warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was an interesting day regarding Jack Eichel news. A lot of renewed discussion is taking place with Robin Lehner’s shining a spotlight on the situation via podcasts and social media.

“It’s a terrible situation. I don’t think it’s fair to point the finger at anybody in terms of who’s right and wrong,” Gary Bettman told Marek. “I think everybody’s approaching this with the best intentions and that the injury is complex both in its diagnosis and its treatment and I think people need to be a little more patient.”

Elliotte Friedman on his latest podcast stated that the Sabres have NOT released Eichel’s medicals to any teams. This directly counters a report by Darren Dreger who said that was done last week.

Nick Kypreos who has now joined Sportsnet590 also weighed in on Eichel and was adamant that it’s time for the Sabres to stop and let Eichel have his surgery. When asked if there was a trade market for Eichel, Kypreos was adamant that no one is currently interested.