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Simmons on Voynov, the Oilers, Draisaitl, etc.

10/25/2014 at 11:39pm EDT

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the fates of Eric Staal and Tyler Myers in his weekly notebook, but he also makes a point regarding the Slava Voynov case that...Let's say the New York Post's Larry Brooks examines in greater detail...

Will be an interesting conversation around Lou Marsh time ... If Slava Voynov remains suspended until his Dec. 1 court date, he will have sat out 18 games, making his one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. What makes this so complicated is that he has yet to be formally charged with anything, his salary is counting against the Los Angeles salary cap and in the backdrop of the Ray Rice situation, the NHL is caught in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t circumstance.

Amongst Simmons' notes:

Now that they’ve won three home games in a row, the heat is off Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. For now. But had the wins not come in the homestand, the Oilers were preparing to make a coaching change. The man they were already sniffing around: Mark Messier

(have we ever heard that rumor before? Naaaaaaah)

This is why I remain skeptical of the Maple Leafs' ability to work as a functional sports team...

Mark Hunter wants to be an NHL general manager. That’s why he took the job as director of player personnel with the Maple Leafs. Hunter, by the way, will report to either GM Dave Nonis or president Brendan Shanahan, not to assistant GM Kyle Dubas, hired before him.

And, erm, uh:

Every time I see the rookie Leon Draisaitl with the Edmonton Oilers I flash back to Keith Primeau’s first year with the Detroit Red Wings. Primeau had size and reach, was slightly awkward and hadn’t quite grown into his body. He scored three goals that year in Detroit.

Simmons continues...

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