NHL Rumors: GM Bergevin received offer from Habs; female referees; Eichel and Tarasenko still likely to be traded

News broke late yesterday that the Tampa Bay Lightning have extended GM Julien BriseBois. After winning two Stanley Cups in three seasons, that was the easiest decision in an owner’s life.

So what about the losing GM of the Stanley Cup Final? What does the future hold for the Montreal Canadiens’ Marc Bergevin?

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NHL Rumors: Marc Bergevin extension

Last night on TSN’s Insider Trading, the following update was provided.

“What I can tell you is this. He has talked to owner Geoff Molson about his future dating back to last January. I’m told they spoke again last March. I’m told in July Molson made an offer,” Pierre LeBrun revealed. “There has not been an agreement, read into that what you will. I believe Marc Bergevin wants to stay, but they obviously have to reach a deal that works for both sides. Both sides continue to talk, and there’s a lot of pressure on this situation.”

Back in May, I pondered that an extension would depend how the Habs faired in the playoffs. If a trip to the Stanley Cup Final isn’t enough to secure an extension, I’m not sure what is?

Female Refs in the AHL this season

Darren Dreger reported yesterday that female referees may soon work AHL games this season.

“The NHL has been quietly pushing to have women officiating at higher levels in the sport,” he said. “It’s very likely that you will see women officiating in the AHL at some point this season. Several women participated in camps that were held in the AHL this season. We know that Alex Clark will be officiating in the WHL and Kirsten Welsh in the OHL.”

Good luck to these pioneers, hope to see you in the big show soon.

Jack Eichel and Vladimir Tarasenko will be traded

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Oct 9, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) takes a shot on goal as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Keith Kinkaid (37) looks to make a save during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News dove into the situations in St. Louis and Buffalo. Ultimately, he sees both Tarasenko and Eichel being traded.

Despite all the recent goodwill between the Blues and Tarasenko now that training camp has started, Proteau still believes that’s under the surface a trade is still what’s going to happen.

If Blues GM Doug Armstrong is going to ship Tarasenko out, he may choose to bring in prospects and/or draft picks, and give his franchise a little breathing room on the cap front. But the likelihood of Tarasenko waiving his no-trade clause to go to a rebuilding team is slim. And the regular season is going to need to shake out a little bit, and the standings are going to need some clear separation between buyers and sellers before Armstrong chooses to move him out.

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As for Eichel, this is as complex a situation you will see in the NHL. While Proteau feels there’s no clock running here against Buffalo, I disagree. Outside of the complete PR nightmare this has become, Eichel will control his fate next summer when his no-move clause kicks in.