NHL Rumors: Canadiens not done, who will be next Red Wings captain, and more

Phillip Danault (Graham Hughes/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens have had a very busy offseason and apparently aren’t satisfied. They traded Max Domi for Josh Anderson, signed Tyler Toffoli, traded for Jake Allen and resigned Brendan Gallagher.

NHL Rumors: Marc Bergevin wants to improve the Canadiens

Elliotte Friedman has said on several outlets, including his latest podcast the he hear the Canadiens are not done. Of course, that could mean just about anything.

Montreal is sitting with 21 players signed and only $383,000 in cap space. They could leverage the taxi squad to gain a little more room but it won’t be enough for signing free agents.

Which leads me to believe the Canadiens could go the trade route and bring names like Philip Danault and Thomas Tatar back in the rumor mill.

Red Wings will name a captain for this season

Steve Yzerman has announced that the Red Wings plan to announce a captain this year. Now the question fans will ask, “who is it?”

Red Wings captain
Is Dylan Larkin the next Detroit captain? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Dylan Larkin who is already has an “A” sewn on his sweater makes the most sense. The 24 year-old is one of Detroit’s best players and is signed through the 2022-23 season.

His production dipped last year from 73 points to 53 points the season before. And although 2019-20 was paused due to COVID-19 the difference was just 5 games. In fairness, did anyone on Detroit have a good season?

Captain Dylan Larkin. How do you like the sound of that Wings fans?

Anthony Duclair almost a Predator?

Anthony Duclair was on the 31 Thoughts podcast and explained that he spent a lot of time with Bill Armstrong on the phone. He knew the Panthers GM from his time with the Blue Jackets and really liked the vision he had for the team.

Elliotte Friedman did ask Duclair about some rumors, such as The Duke turning down a 3 year $4 million per season offer from the Senators. “That’s false,” he said. “I’m not stupid.”

He was then coyly asked if the Nashville Predators were one of the teams he was close to signing with. Duclair then told Friedman, “you’re hot on that one.”

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