Is the top nearing for Wayne Simmonds?
James Mirtle: The 33-year outdated Wayne Simmonds has loads of miles on his physique. He’s been a wholesome scratch six instances this season and 4 up to now seven Toronto Maple Leafs video games. He has solely two assists in his previous 27 video games and his TOI is 8:49 in these video games.
He’s being handed on the depth charts by youthful guys. Is his time with the Maple Leafs nearing an finish? The Leafs youthful gamers might knock another vets off the fourth line for his or her playoff run.
Simmonds can be below contract for subsequent season at $900,000. The Leafs don’t have loads of wage cap flexibility however haven’t put him on waivers but. Will he be capable of flip issues or might be changed?
On Jets Scheifele, Dubois, Lowry and concept of Klingberg
Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet: (mailbag) Winnipeg Jets middle Mark Scheifele had an inconsistent begin to the season however because the All-Star break, he’s discovered his recreation and the Jets have climbed again into the playoff race. How the Jets and Scheifele end the season might decide what sort of modifications they’ll make this offseason.
Pending RFA ahead Pierre-Luc Dubois must have a long-term extension in place earlier than the Jets have a look at making any blockbuster offers this offseason.
Don’t see ahead Adam Lowry getting traded this offseason. His play through the second half of the season exhibits why they prolonged him for 5 years. The Jets have had hassle with their secondary scoring and Lowry gives that, to associate with his penalty killing and management.
Although he’d assist their energy play and the fitting aspect of their protection, don’t see pending UFA John Klingberg as a match given his need for a long-term, massive contract.
Any remaining cash the Jets have after they prolong Dubois needs to be used for a middle-six ahead.
The Jets are at dwelling in opposition to the Kings and are
-125 on the moneyline with Betway