NHL Rumors: Avalanche, Predators, Maple Leafs, Jets

In today’s NHL rumors, there is controversy coming out of Game 4 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche. Meanwhile, there are updates on Filip Forsberg out of Nashville and the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t made Jack Campbell an offer yet to stay with the team. Finally, the Winnipeg Jets are looking to trade Blake Wheeler, and has Pierre-Luc Dubois told the team he’s leaving in 2024?

Avalanche Had Too Many Men on the Ice

Head coach for the Lightning, Jon Cooper was visibly upset in the post-game media avail after Game 4 and only took one question. He spoke for two-plus minutes about how much he loves the NHL but was troubled by what took place on Wednesday night. He said his “heart breaks for the players” and that everyone would know why when they watched the footage. He didn’t elaborate on why he didn’t think it should, but upon review, it appeared the Avs had too many men on the ice when Nazem Kadri scored the overtime winner.

The NHL has responded to the controversial call and noted that the four officials met with Hockey Operations as per their normal protocol following the game and each of the officials said they did not see too many men on the ice. The call is not subject to video review.

There are photos going around on social media that the game sheet actually lists six players on the ice for the Avalanche at the time of the winning goal.

Latest on Forsberg and the Predators

As per David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Predators and Forsberg are still trying to iron out details on an extension. He notes, “Yeah, I mean they are negotiating right now and trying to get something done with the Nashville Predators. This is a star player, there is no question.” He adds that this is one of the team’s most consistent goal scorers of the last several seasons, and if they don’t get him locked up to a deal other teams will be ready to make offers on July 13.

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