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Rumour roundup: Hynes on the hot seat, a possible destination for Ho-Sang, Puljujärvi's future

october 13, 2019
There's no question the New Jersey Devils have not gotten off to the start they'd hoped for. After seemingly improving their roster in the offseason with additions like P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev and Jack Hughes, The Devils have gone winless in five games to start 2019-20, going 0-3-2. While it's only early in the season, head coach John Hynes is surely feeling some heat to turn things around quickly, or risk getting canned. The question is, who would be his replacement? According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the perfect candidate is Scott Stevens. Brooks wrote:

So I was thinking about possible candidates to replace Hynes if and when the time should come and happened to flip on the NHL Network and there he was: Scott Stevens.

Stevens, of course, is a New Jersey legend, spending 13 seasons with the team, serving as its captain, and winning three cups there. He's also served as an assistant coach with the Devils in the past, as well as with the Minnesota Wild. He was also, at one point, interim head coach of the Devils, along with Adam Oates, after the firing of Peter DeBoer.

Source: NY Post

According to Pittsburgh Hockey Now, the Penguins have at least kicked the tires on acquiring Josh Ho-Sang from the New York Islanders. PHG reports that an NHL source familiar with the Islanders side of the equation has informed it that the Penguins have checked in on the availability Ho-Sang. The forward has requested a trade from the Isles after failing, once again, to make the team out of training camp. The Penguins, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, really aren't sure when Evgeni Malkin might be returning from a "soft tissue injury" in his leg. While the Pens have stated Malkin will be out at least a month, Johnston states it could be much longer. What the Pens would have to give up to get Ho-Sang remains to be seen.



Jesse Puljujärvi seems to be enjoying a bit of a resurgence playing with Oulun Kärpät in Finland, and according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, he's quite happy to stay there for the entire season if that's how the situations pans out. Puljujärvi has requested a trade out of Edmonton stating he needs a fresh start. That will need to happen before December 1st if he wants to play in the NHL this year, but Johnston says he's in no rush.

“I’m hearing he’s comfortable staying all year in Finland,” said Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “Obviously the Oilers might have a decision to make for what’s best for them, as they get closer to the December 1st deadline where he has to be traded and signed if he’s gonna play in the NHL this year.”

Puljujärvi leads his team with 11 points in 11 games at the moment and appears very happy where he is. With Edmonton opening the season with a 5-0-0 record, there's really no rush to make a trade as the team seems to be trucking along just fine. This situation may not be resolved for a while, or perhaps it's revolved itself.

Source: Sportsnet.ca
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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 23 44
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 43
BRAD MARCHAND 21 35
JOHN CARLSON 24 35
DAVID PASTRNAK 21 34
NATHAN MACKINNON 21 31
PATRICK KANE 21 28
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 21 28
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 21 27
AUSTON MATTHEWS 23 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 21 19
LEON DRAISAITL 23 16
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 15
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 24 15
AUSTON MATTHEWS 23 14
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 28
LEON DRAISAITL 23 28
JOHN CARLSON 24 27
BRAD MARCHAND 21 22
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 21 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 24 35
DOUGIE HAMILTON 21 23
CALE MAKAR 21 23
ROMAN JOSI 20 20
BRENT BURNS 22 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 21 23
MARTIN NECAS 21 15
VICTOR OLOFSSON 21 15
QUINN HUGHES 21 14
ILYA MIKHEYEV 23 12
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 17 11
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY 18 11
PETR MRAZEK 14 10
JORDAN BINNINGTON 17 10
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 17 10
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CARTER HUTTON 12 2
PEKKA RINNE 13 2
TUUKKA RASK 13 2
DARCY KUEMPER 14 2
PETR MRAZEK 14 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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