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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- The person to watch is Kevyn Adams. He’s the juggler, going through multiple scenarios both big and small. There’s a big difference between “considering” and “doing,” but I think he’s considering almost everything. And I do believe he’s listening to Jack Eichel pitches. At the very least, Adams is getting the lay of the land.

- I still don’t know what to make of the Bruins. Tuukka Rask is on their road trip, and they know his health better than anyone else. There’s a loyalty to their veterans, and a realization there aren’t many more years for this core. I hear them linked to Palmieri and Hall, but I’ve also heard they don’t think a rental is a good idea for the cost. Now, if they can extend someone or get someone with term, it makes more sense to me. We’ll see.

- More than 30 players making at least $1.2 million have passed through waivers this season. That’s an incredible indicator of how tight this pandemic/flat-cap world is going to be. Alain Vigneault raised eyebrows when he said the Flyers expected Shayne Gostisbehere to clear. That wasn’t a shot at the defenceman. It was simply that the Flyers knew the market. Same with New Jersey and Nikita Gusev. I was surprised, however, that no one took a chance on Detroit’s Evgeny Svechnikov. He is available for trade.

- I get the sense it’s been quiet around the Red Wings’ UFAs. I’m not as convinced about the Oilers and Luke Glendening, but I think there will be interest elsewhere.

- Other situations to keep an eye on: Let’s start with Colorado. The Avalanche are atop the NHL with Florida, and are definitely looking to get even better. Things they’ve checked out include a forward with some edge; a defenceman to replace what they’ve lost in Ian Cole and the injured Erik Johnson; goaltending. Overall philosophy: we just want to make ourselves even better. Would not be a surprise if they were lurking on Palmieri.

- This is purely me talking, but I wondered if Vegas would ever kick the tires on Ryan Getzlaf. From a hockey point of view, it makes sense, but I don’t see how it could ever work cap-wise. In the long run, I do think Anaheim sees Getzlaf leading its next wave of young players. Meanwhile, wouldn’t be surprised to see Vegas try a value add at centre.

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Same with New Jersey and Nikita Gusev. I was surprised, however, that no one took a chance on Detroit’s Evgeny Svechnikov. He is available for trade.

Well now the picture gets clearer. He isn’t part of the plan for the future.

Posted by MZ2215 on 04/06/21 at 06:57 PM ET

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Not shocking, but disappointing.

Part of being a fan is following the players’ stories - including
adversity and the long road to the NHL. It’s hard not to become
invested in a first round pick who has persevered through such bad luck.

That a top reporter was surprised that Svechnikov wasn’t given perhaps
an early audition via waiver claim by another struggling team indicates
to some degree that his rep isn’t washed up or zero potential.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/06/21 at 08:24 PM ET

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Thing is just about every team has their own version of Svechnikov and few are willing to guarantee an NHL roster spot to a player with so little evidence he can compete at the NHL level. Add in a looming trade deadline, cross-border quarantines, college players ending their season and salary caps strapped to the limits and it isn’t too surprising Svech wasn’t claimed.

Of course he is available for trade. Nearly every Detroit player is.

He could still be in Detroit’s future plans. He’s still an RFA at season’s end so it’ll mostly be up to Yzerman to decide. Maybe he gets taken in the expansion draft. Maybe he demands a trade. But it wouldn’t complete shock me if he is back for one more crack at the lineup come fall.

Svech has had some extremely bad luck. It’s hard not to root for him. I want him to get a fair shot and hope that comes very soon. But numbers are certainly catching up with him. In a couple months an entire new draft class will be fighting for that same spot.

Posted by evileye on 04/07/21 at 10:26 AM ET

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