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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Wild, Sharks, More - The Hockey Writers

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Wild, Sharks, More - The Hockey Writers
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In today’s NHL rumors rundown, there’s news on Jujhar Khaira of the Edmonton Oilers who took a big hit in the game against Montreal on Monday. Meanwhile, Carey Price also left that game and didn’t return. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without William Nylander on Tuesday as he’s being made a healthy scratch, there’s injury news on Zach Hyman, and there’s talk about what comes next for Nick Foligno after this season. Finally, the NHL is closely monitoring teams who have used LTIR this season.

Before we get started, congratulations to Patrick Marleau. The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Jose Sharks honored the forward for breaking Gordie Howe’s record for all-time games played on Monday in a wonderful ceremony. It was a touching night for Marleau who said he was all over the place emotionally heading into the game.

The Golden Knights lined up for handshakes with Marleau and gathered on the ice to salute the Sharks forward after he broke the record for NHL games played and former teammates sent touching tributes to their friend for such an incredible achievement.

Onto the news and rumors…

While he braced for a hit from Alexander Romanov, Khaira was rocked by the Canadiens’ defenseman and was on wobbly legs heading into the locker room. He didn’t return to the ice during the game and Tippett said in the post-game media conference that he expects Khaira to miss some time.

Tippett switched up using Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid during the game, but if Khaira misses a handful of games, the Oilers may give new call-up Ryan McLeod a look at center. He’s not ready to play yet based on quarantine rules, but he could come in Thursday. He’s had a fantastic season in the AHL and the Oilers are internally very excited about the prospects of this player.

Speaking of injuries, when Price left the game and didn’t return for the second period versus the Oilers, it wasn’t clear where he’d injured himself. Reports after the game were that he was hurt on the contact with Alex Chiasson. It was mild contact at best, but enough to call back Connor McDavid’s goal and cause some head and neck issues.

There are no more details as of right now and no reports as to how much time he’ll miss.

The most recent injury news on Zack Hyman offers a slight change from earlier reports. The latest from Elliotte Friedman quotes head coach Sheldon Keefe who said Hyman has a sprained MCL and will be out at least two weeks. There were also reports from Darren Dreger that the injury wasn’t believed to be serious and another from John Shannon that Hyman reportedly wanted to return to the game that night but the medical staff wouldn’t let him.
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