Because the Oilers have little flexibility (as in, they need to clear money), Curt Levins of the Edmonton Journal believes RFA center Ryan McLeod will eventually be forced to take a one-year deal. The 22-year-old had 21 points in 71 games last season, but he’s of little use because he’s unlikely to be handed a sheet, and most of his NHL experience comes from 2021-22. Accordingly, Levins stated that a one-year deal could be signed above the league minimum, which would help Edmonton’s cap situation but also give him arbitration rights next summer.
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The Red Wings have invited Evan Evan to rookie camp, the youngster confirmed to Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff. The 20-year-old had a strong season with Cape Breton of the QMJHL, where he had 31 goals and 34 assists in 65 games, but was relegated in July. Ivan most recently suited up for the Czechs at the World Juniors last month and is eligible to play professionally this season, so even if he can’t get an entry-level contract with Detroit, an AHL deal is still possible. Bruce Boudreau was the flavor of the town in Vancouver last season as the new bench boss nearly led the Canucks to an improbable playoff run. Despite this, Adam Proteau of The Hockey News confirmed that the head coach is on the hot seat for 2022-23. The team is clearly in winning mode right now and returns the core with two additions from last season and Patrick Alvin was not selected by current management as he was installed behind the bench before taking over as GM. Boudreau will be the coach in the final year of his deal after Alive declined to sign a contract extension after the season. Those factors no doubt weighed on him early and often.