NHL Rumor Mill – August 10, 2017
Updates on the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.
NHL.COM: Among his three questions for the Carolina Hurricanes, Tom Gulitti wonders if they’ll pursue a trade for a playmaking center for their top-two forward lines. While Canes general manager Ron Francis has an impressive group of young defensemen (Noah Hanifin, Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, Justin Faulk, Haydn Fleury and Jake Bean), he’s been reluctant to shop any of them.
Gulitti also reports Francis acknowledged he’s “still kicking tires and talking to teams on things.” If he’s unable to find a suitable deal, however, he’s comfortable going into this season with his current roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was among those who thought the Hurricanes could be the perfect trade partner for the Colorado Avalanche in that club’s efforts to move center Matt Duchene. In early-July, however, Francis appeared to dismiss that notion. He said he’s unwilling to part with one of his good young blueliners for someone who could depart via free agency in a couple of years.
The Montreal Canadiens were reportedly listening to offer for Alex Galchenyuk before re-signing him to a new contract. It was assumed the Habs wanted a top-four defenseman in return for Galchenyuk. There’s an assumption among some pundits that Canadiens GM Marc Bergervin isn’t done dealing. While Galchenyuk could be attractive trade bait to a club such as the Hurricanes, dealing him for a defenseman would further deplete Montreal’s anemic offense.
The Toronto Maple Leafs blueline could use a boost. I daresay Francis would want someone such as William Nylander or Nazem Kadri in return.
NHL.COM: took note of recent comments by Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggesting he could be forced to trade a player before the start of 2017-18 to become salary-cap compliant. Defenseman Mike Green ($6 million cap hit) and center Riley Sheahan ($2.075 million) could be trade candidates. Green is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency while Sheahan will be a restricted free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green still has value as a second-pairing defenseman. However, the Wings could be forced to pick up part of his salary-cap hit in order to move him. Sheahan is more affordable but his struggles last season could hurt his trade value.