NHL Rumors: Islanders, Kings, Canucks and Vegas

NHL Rumors: Islanders, Kings, Canucks and Vegas

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Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings and Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders
On the New York Islanders …

Arthur Staple: Goaltender Jaroslav Halak hasn’t been called up for [today]. Head coach Doug Weight wouldn’t comment on their starter for tonight.

Brian Compton: Weight on Halak:  “I don’t know that anything’s going to happen or not. I have no idea.”

On the Los Angeles Kings …

Dennis Bernstein: Both Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are arbitration eligible this offseason. The Kings may want to buy a year on one long-term deal.

Dennis Bernstein: If the Kings miss the playoffs, there is going to be a lot of heat on GM Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter. Both Lombardi and Sutter have a year left on their deals.

On the Vancouver Canucks …

TSN Radio Vancouver: (late last week) Canucks GM Jim Benning on Henrik and Daniel Sedin: “We’ll talk with them & expect them to be back next year…they teach our young players what it means to be a Canuck.”

TSN Radio Vancouver: Benning on pending RFA Bo Horvat: “He took a big step this year. We’re happy with his progress & he’s an important guy to get signed.”

TSN Radio Vancouver: Benning on head coach Willie Desjardins’ future: “Evaluating the team & WD at the end of the season is something we do every year, and this year is no different.”

On Antti Raanta and the Vegas Golden Knights …

Craig Custance of ESPN: The Rangers to protect Henrik Lundqvist for the expansion draft, Antti Raanta will be exposed. He has a year left on his contract. Raanta will be starting for the Rangers while Lundqvist is out, and two Vegas scouts were watching the Rangers on Sunday in Detroit. Raanta isn’t trying to think that far ahead.

“You just have to be in the moment,” he said. “You can’t go too much thinking what everybody else is thinking — is someone thinking I’m good enough?”