Hello and welcome to the Sunday morning edition of NHL Rumours. Even without hockey being played on the ice, general managers are hard at work off the ice getting their off-season work in early. We here at the Last Word on Hockey will continue to bring the best analysis and news regarding the current state of affairs. Today’s NHL rumours feature, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes, and New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Rumour: According to a report first from Igor Eronko of Sports Express in Russia, and confirmed by Darren Dreger of TSN that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the teams in the running to sign Alexander Barabanov.
Hearing Alexander Barabanov is set to sign with NHL teams for the next teams. There’s a report in Russia he’s going to sign with the #leafsforever. Recently he had 3 teams he would like to go to, one of them should be the Coyotes. Chayka talked with Barabanov visiting St Petes
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) March 28, 2020
Analysis: With the KHL season officially canceled, Barabanov and his agent Dan Milstein will begin the interview process next week with NHL teams. It is believed that they will be fielding calls from about 20 teams with the Maple Leafs high on Barabanov’s list. Barabanov has spent his entire career, the last seven seasons, playing in the KHL for St. Petersburg SKA. Through 43 games this season the Russian forward has 11 goals and nine assists. This is down from last season when he set a career-high of 17 goals and 46 points in 58 games. Barabanov has averaged about 10 to 20 goals over the last four seasons.