NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs eyeing Mikael Granlund even after acquiring Alex Galchenyuk, Evgeni Malkin extension not a given, and more

In case you missed it, the Maple Leafs had another epic in-game meltdown. This time they blew a 5-1 lead to the lowly Senators to lose it in OT 6 to 5. These types of losses always makes fans in Toronto uneasy and powers the NHL Rumors Mill.

NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs may be eyeing Mikael Granlund at the deadline

Yesterday, the Maple Leafs picked up Alex Galchenyuk from the Carolina Hurricanes. It was a depth move but there’s some belief among hockey circles Kyle Dubas is still eyeing a top six piece for the playoffs.

I’m afraid I don’t have anyone camped outside of Friedman’s home office to see what’s on his notepad. But the consensus among sources around the league seems to be that one player who fits that description and whom the Leafs like is winger Mikael Granlund, who will become available if the 6-9-0 Predators continue to drop games.

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Recently, I noted the Predators will make available both Granlund and Erik Haula as rentals at the deadline. It would not shock me to see the Leafs make a move to go for it.

NHL Rumors: Evgeni Malkin extension not a given

When it comes to Evgeni Malkin the story seems to change like the ocean tides. Here’s what Rob Rossi recently wrote in The Athletic:

Neither Lemieux nor majority ownership partner Ron Burkle involve themselves in the day-to-day business or hockey decisions for the Penguins. However, there’s an exception for decisions involving the Penguins’ biggest stars, a source said. If Malkin wants to stay, the Penguins will keep him. Burke and Hextall were said to understand this dynamic when signing on for their jobs.

Now it seems that isn’t a given.

Mark Madden of 105.9 The X claimed a source told him that Malkin is unlikely to be traded and be extended. However, there would be a “review” before making a decision. The only untouchable in Pittsburgh appears to be Sidney Crosby.

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Feb 6, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with teammates during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Canadiens not trading Mete

Victor Mete has been in the rumor mill, but it is safe to say his name should be removed for now. Habs GM Marc Bergevin said in his presser yesterday that “I have no intention of moving Victor.”