The New York Island team’s hopes of reversing their recent struggles were hit hard when versatile defender Ryan Pulock was sidelined for four to six weeks with a lower-body injury. That motivated Arthur Staple of Athletic to speculate on how general manager Lou Lamoriello will handle the 27-year-old Pulock’s absence.
Lamoriello drew from within his ranks by calling Robin Salo. Staple speculates he could also spend more playing time with Noah Dobson or call up Thomas Hickey. He wonders if GM Isles would consider trading now as he has some limited space to work with following Johnny Boychuk’s contract deals with the Buffalo Sabers and Leo Komarov’s trip to Russia.
Staple offers possible commercial targets for Arizona Coyotes ‘Jakob Chychrun and the Dallas Stars’. Other options include Mark Giordano or Vince Dunn of Seattle Kraken, Ben Chiarot of Montreal Canada and Marco Scandella of St. Louis Blues.
Teams are generally not ready to make big moves at this point. If Lamoriello chooses a big deal to replace Pulock or to address another need, that probably won’t happen until the end of the season. The majority of trading activity tends to take place in the weeks leading up to the trading deadline, which is scheduled for this season on March 21.
The Coyotes consider Chychrun an important part of their rebuilding so he’s not going anywhere. Klingberg, meanwhile, is negotiating a contract extension with the Stars. They could buy him if those discussions fall through but that probably won’t happen until the end of the season. While Kraken and Canadianiens are fading on the charts, they likely won’t go into sell mode until near the deadline to maximize profits.
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