NHL Rumor Mill – January 19, 2018

by | Jan 19, 2018 | Rumors | 83 comments

Updates on the Blackhawks, Sabres, Senators and Rangers in your NHL rumor mill.

Could the Chicago Blackhawks target Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner as a short-term replacement for sidelined Corey Crawford? (Photo via NHL Images)

HOW WILL BLACKHAWKS REPLACE CRAWFORD?

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman faces a tough decision regarding his goaltending. Starter Corey Crawford remains sidelined indefinitely with vertigo-like symptoms and there’s growing concern he could miss the remainder of the season. Lazerus sees three options for Bowman: shop for a goalie, improve the defense or stand pat.

Possible goaltending options could include Buffalo’s Robin Lehner, Detroit’s Peter Mrazek, the New York Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak or Arizona’s Antti Raanta. Trading for a top-four defenseman would significantly bolster the Hawks blueline, but they won’t be the only club “looking for players such as the Jets’ Jacob Trouba, the Red Wings’ Mike Green or the Penguins’ Ian Cole, among others.”

Noting either move could force the Blackhawks to part with a young roster player, Lazerus expects they’ll stand pat with their current goaltending tandem of Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass in hopes Crawford returns later this season.

SPORTSNET: Rory Boylen lists Lehner, Raanta, Mrazek or Jimmy Howard, Toronto’s Calvin Pickard or Garrett Sparks or sticking with their current goalie tandem of Forsberg and Glass as the Hawks possible goaltending options.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, I expect the Blackhawks will stick with Forsberg and Glass and hope Crawford returns to action in the near future. However, if Crawford’s done for the season, Bowman could take a look at the trade market, though I doubt he’ll find much improvement there. Perhaps he’ll consider bringing in an affordable blueline rental. Forget about Trouba, he’s not going anywhere. 

NO CONTRACT TALKS BETWEEN KANE AND SABRES

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports there haven’t been any contract extension talks between the Sabres and pending unrestricted free agent Evander Kane, leaving the 26-year-old left wing expecting to be moved by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Kane said he absolutely would’ve entertained negotiations with the Sabres on a new contract had they approached him and his agents.

Harrington reports the salary cap was a major deterrent, as the club already has over $43 million invested in seven players (Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Jason Pominville, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zack Bogosian and Marco Scandella) for next season. Kane could move into the $7 million range on his next deal.

The Sabres reportedly seek as many as four assets, including a first-round pick, for Kane. They’re also willing to pick up part of the winger’s remaining salary “as a way to up the ante for potential trade partners.” Harrington speculates potential suitors could include “Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Nashville and the New York Islanders.”

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL insider Darren Dreger’s appearance on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 discussing Kane’s trade status. Some teams with interest in the winger are apparently reluctant to part with a first-round pick. Even if Sabres GM Jason Botterill can’t find the four-piece return he seeks, Dreger feels the Sabres GM will still move Kane at the deadline for the best return he can get. Dreger also said the asking price seems to be a moving target, with some teams saying Botterill wants four assets and others saying he wants three.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Any lingering hope that the Sabres might retain Kane and re-sign him seems dashed now. With seven high-salaried players eating up considerable cap space, they don’t have enough room to retain Kane. Sure, they could try to move another player to free up cap space for Kane but that no longer seems an option.

As for Botterill’s asking price, you can’t blame him for trying to get the best return possible. However, I doubt he’ll get four assets. I can see him getting a first-round pick, perhaps a second and a prospect or a young player. 

LATEST ON THE SENATORS AND RANGERS.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion admits his team faces long odds to reach the playoffs this season but he’s not ready yet to give up on them just yet. Garrioch said the Sens are getting calls from interested teams. “It’s believed forwards Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau have received a lot of attention, while a few teams have called about defenceman Cody Ceci,” he writes. Dorion acknowledged the calls but said he’s not shopping anyone. He also said he hasn’t been given any direction by ownership to shed salary. 

Regarding team captain Erik Karlsson, Dorion said his priority is to re-sign the former Norris Trophy winner this summer. While he doesn’t rule out the possibility of a trade (“even Wayne Gretzky got traded”), the Sens GM hopes to ensure Karlsson finishes his career as a Senator.

TSN: Darren Dreger reports there’s peripheral interest in Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who carries a $7 million annual cap hit through 2020-21. Phaneuf carries a 12-team trade list. “It’s one of those things where teams are always looking for experienced defencemen, they just don’t like the contract,” said Dreger.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson won’t be dealt this season. I don’t doubt Dorion’s sincerity that he wants to re-sign his captain, but that’ll depend upon whether he can convince the superstar blueliner that the Sens are heading in the right direction.

I don’t rule out a Phaneuf trade by the deadline, though the Sens might have to pick up part of his cap hit to get it done. Sens owner Eugene Melnyk may not have told Dorion to cut payroll but re-signing Karlsson could be easier if they can move another high-salaried player or two.

I don’t believe the Sens will stage a fire sale but Dorion could move one or two veterans by Feb. 26. Mike Hoffman and Zack Smith have regularly surfaced as trade candidates in the rumor mill. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks suggests if the Buffalo Sabres believe Evander Kane “can bring back a package featuring a first-rounder, a prospect and a roster player,”, New York Rangers winger Rick Nash “should be worth at least that, if not more.” Brooks made those remarks in his summary of the Rangers’ 4-3 win on Thursday over the Sabres, as Nash scored twice while Kane was largely invisibles. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m assuming Brooks was being facetious. Nash has enjoyed a long, productive NHL career, but the 33-year-old is on the downside of his career and on pace for 23 goals and 41 points this season. Kane, 26, is in his playing prime. on track for 30 goals and 65 points and should have several more productive seasons ahead of him. At this point, they’re not comparable in this season’s trade market. 

 








83 Comments

  1. I’m thinking these moves are likely:

    Kane to Flames. 1st, 2nd and prospect in return
    Lehner to Hawks. mid-prospect and 4th in return
    Hoffman to Ducks. Defensive prospect and 3rd round pick in return
    Habs will move Pacioretty for multiple prospects and picks. Need to restock cupboards big time.

    Stars will look to acquire scoring depth through rentals. Leafs will make a small move.

    • Unless the Ducks young defenseman is Montour, and that’s highly unlikely, Ottawa is getting much more than that for Hoffman. The 3rd will be a 1st and there would also be a young roster player with upside. Hoffman has two years left on his deal at a good cap hit and it really doesn’t make sense for Ottawa to trade him. Smith or Pageau would be my preference. Phaneuf is the dream and Ceci is replaceable as well depending on the return.

      I doubt Buffalo trades Lehner and they’d get more than that if they did. Calgary makes sense for Kane and I agree with the Pacioretty trade scenario too.

      • Lehner is way overrated since his Ottawa days. too inconsistent and injury prone

    • Flames have Tkachuk and Gaudreau at LW so why would they want Kane? Tkachuk plays the same type of game for considerably less than $7 million.

    • I don’t know if the Flames have what it will take to get Kane. They already traded this years 1st and 2nd round picks and next years second round pick. What I think the Flames really need is centre depth not more wingers.

    • I don’t see Kane in Calgary.

      I don’t see Lehner being traded.

      Why Ott would move Hoffman makes no sense to me except to cut payroll.

      I only move Patches if he can’t be extended & futures makes sense if he is moved as Mons prospect cupboard is 1 of the worst in the league if not the worst.

      Dallas will have 3.3 mil in cap space at the deadline & they would be crazy not to spend it as they are & will be fighting for their playoff lives. I had Dallas missing the playoffs to start the season & still do today but the right addition could get them in.

      • I could see Patches as a Star or even Hoff to join Spezza’s line. They’ve been playing better recently finally playing Hitch’s system.

      • That will take some cap creativity which is manageable but what does Dallas give up to make that happen?

      • @MikeP overrated maybe but 59 games last year and 34 in a touch over half a season I think the injury concerns are a thing of the past.

        @Striker my opinion is if the get back is right I think Lehner is gone, I think that’s why he received just a 1 year deal. He’s just here to bridge to Ullmark. Ullmark is probably ready for the NHL and he’s much cheaper then Lehner. Lehner will be an RFA so he is still controllable but is eligible for arbitration rights.

    • Calgary already traded their first and second this year and next years second for Hamonic. Could see them being interested but not sure they would want to part with the assets it will apparently take

  2. This is a non-rumor but instead a comment. I don’t like when people say I told you so. But I am going to say I told you so.
    I can’t recall who the arrogant poster was that keep referring Shaun couturier as David Bolland 2.0, but he scored 26th goal yesterday and is a selke candidate. His contract is going to turn out to be a very affordable cap hit.
    Basically my point is these young forwards generally need time to develop. Striker often points this out, that patience is required, especially with the bigger skaters. They need time for their body to develop and their true potential to be shown

    • Couturier is 6’3″, full development for forwards of this size & Dman is 400 NHL regular season games. Couturier has played 469 as I type this.

      There is nothing wrong with identifying when your right. Dobber does it all the time & his dailey ramblings is a must read for any hockey pool fan.

      Arrogant? Sure but I don’t care, he’s right far more often than wrong, as his deductive reasoning skills are sound & based on facts & watching games.

      • I always identify when I’m right about people who go out of their way to identify they are right are kinda turdy.

  3. Zack Bogosian,what a career. His dollars per actual game played must be outstanding

    Kane was largely invisible because they have taken him off the #1 PP and dropped him down the line up. Almost like they are protecting him from injury. In 38 days his pace will be well off 30 goals and 65 points

    • Kane’s role hasn’t changed at all in his time in Buf. He gets moved all over the place but hasn’t been a 1st unit PP guy since arriving. He gets spotted there occasional; injures, hot or cold streaks, coaches decisions what have you. The #1 unit for years has been Eichel, O’Reilly, Okposo, Reinhart & Ristolainen.

      The facts paint the same picture. Kane’s #’s.

      2017-18 PP TOI/GP for all players 6th, TOI/GP for forwards 3rd.
      2016-17 PP TOI/GP for all players 7th, TOI/GP for all forwards 3rd.
      2015-16 PP TOI/GP for all players 6th, TOI/GP for all forwards 3rd.

      All players have hot & cold streaks.

      • Sorry 2015-16 TOI/GP for all forwards should read 2nd.

      • Kane’s strengths just don’t translate to the PP. It makes his production all the more impressive.

  4. Hawks GM Bowman might as well go with his current goalies. None listed are really going to make much of a difference (Raanta probably only one on that list I’d consider). Might as well trade for a dman (Cole) and more forward depth at the deadline

  5. I have a lot to say today guys Iam sorry.

    Goalies
    If I am the Hawks I am riding out the 2 Goalies they have …out of the many Goalies being brought up from the minors or within the organization Forsberg and Glass have been in the higher upper end of play and have been really really good.

    They look to be good room guys with team as well and seem to fit the Hawks franchise needs and mold not having to give up anything as well….they are solid.
    Lehner may not fit into this Hawks dressing room well from what Iam seeing in Buffalo!

    As I said yesterday Ilya Samsonov in the Capitals organization is who I would pursue if I was a team say like the Islanders whom is in need of a new outlook and new franchise Goalie.

    If Iam a team on the outside looking in ..I would make a deal for Mrazek…I think this kid just needs to be on a different team with a good tight D structure and I really think the Oilers should pursue this kid with vigor if they don’t make a big play for Price in the off season
    ( which |I think they will)

    KARLSON
    I think the Sens should move on from Karlson and get as much as they can in return before doing anything else life altering such as trading Hoffman.
    Karlson is a huge defensive liability now how about 4 years from now at $12 million and 4 more years to go ..NO WAY THANK YOU!
    Even Webers contract is looking terrible right now can you imagine that plus $4 million more on top for that term!
    IMO ..Sens should keep the core and trade Karlson to retool they have a good all around team with very good pieces ..they can use that trade to buff out the rest and get a high quality young D man with great upside back in the deal as well to add to Chabot.

    KANE
    I think the sabres are taking a page out of Joe Sakics book here ..but Duchene didn’t come with the baggage..however Kanes numbers are better ..Buffalo needs to make sure they do not get the short end here as they need a serious injection of talent in a few areas and maybe they can get at least 2 blue chip pieces here that will pan out right way for a few years to come.
    Buffalo needs a proven younger NHL player and a 1A prospect back.

    • You packed some bold predictions in there Kal El! Nice.
      Disagree on the Oilers and Price, won’t happen and they will wait for Talbot to turn it around, which I think he will.
      Mrazek refuses to change and listen to his coaches. Continues to rely on athletic ability and reflex’s and isn’t square to the puck enough. Unless he changes have fun being a backup.
      My bold predictions: Kane gets significantly less than Botterill is asking due to the baggage still scaring some GM’s and I agree with them. If I am a team like the Bruins who are rumored to be looking for a top 6 winger, there is no way in hell I add Kane to a culture that is very good and team first. He gets a 1st rd pick and a 2nd tier prospect.
      I think Buffalo will be better next year without Kane. They need a culture change, and his departure is a step in the right direction.
      Karlsson will not sign an extension with Ottawa.
      Buf keeps Lehner.
      MTL continues to slide because they simply don’t have the horses. Bergeven gets fired. They won’t accept they have to go full rebuild and “retool”. Continued mediocrity, which suits me just fine.
      Bruins stand pat and challenge TB to go to the cup. Loose in 7. Win it all in 2019.
      TB wins cup in 2018

      • Well done my brother from another mother I couldn’t have put it any better.

        I just avoided commenting on the Price contract. No team is touching that contract pure stupidity at it’s finest. Bergevin offering such a contract. How does he still have a job.

        This would be a good time to identify another terribly bad call on my part. I stated at least 3 times to start the season & thru Oct that Bergevin would be fired by Christmas. I was wrong. Thank God there was no line on that available or I would have probably made that bet.

        Again how does Bergevin still have a job? This roster is a mess, how do you potentially rebuild with Price & Weber signed long term & significant term to plays like Shaw, Petry & Alzner? Losing Patches if he can’t be extended makes things significantly worse. I don’t even no where to start to unravel what Bergevin has put together here.

      • How can you start the season with what MTL had at center and expect to compete. You can’t. I know CJ got to back home, but if this was strictly about work and not family I am sure he would be regretting the decision. Even if he gets canned he is set for life and is back home so good on him.
        I have no idea how to fix MTL other then move assets for picks and prospects and start over. Which they won’t because of what you stated with Price and Weber.
        Makes my day!

      • Yep being a Bruins fan for 40+ years no more hated rival.

      • Doesn’t Arizona need a starting goalie?

        Raanta/Hjalmarsson & 2 1sts for Price? LOL

        i kid i kid

    • No goalie solutions to be had mid season that really help anything or anyone, I concur, stay the course with Forsberg & Glass.

      NYI has Sorokin as solid a goalie prospect as anyone out there.

      The situation with Brassard, Duchene & Karlsson all pending UFA’s following the 2018-19 season is a serious issue. If the can’t be extended this summer 2 of the 3 have to go this summer the 3rd could possibly be held till the trade deadline next season but not Karlsson & ideally not Duchene simply due to what Ott paid to get him, a ton. Brassard’s value this summer or at next seasons trade deadline probably isn’t that impacted & only declines nominally & not all 3 players can be lost this summer. This is a serious mess. I only keep Karlsson if he can be signed at no more than 9 mil or I auction him off to the highest bidder.

      Kane is a pending UFA winger, Duchene a C with term at point of trade, not even comparable for me.

      Well done, another solid post. Just because I may not always agree with all your predictions or deductive reasoning doesn’t mean I don’t value the thought process & assumptions. I’m not an expert just another guy, just like you.

    • Totally agree on Karlsson. He isn’t resigning there and the Sens would be stupid to anyway. Best to move him as soon as possible and get a boatload of young assets/picks back. The team itself isn’t really that bad when you consider that a lot of the depth and key players are reasonably young – think Hoffman, Stone, Chabot, etc. A solid top 5 draft pick this year, some good assets back and a step forward from some of the younger guys like Chabot (and common sense at the deadline/Free agency) means that this time next year could see a complete turn around.
      They might as well give up this year and re-tool. It could be the best thing Dorion ever does.

      • Our grandfather George a true Senators fans said it best. Basically something along the lines of. Karlsson’s return could set the foundation for Ott for the next decade. Well my words & statement but he said the same thing essentially.

        George we miss you, get back in the game.

        Happy New Year if your reading as well. I hope Santa was good to you.

  6. Whatever the Islanders might give up for Kane needs to be saved for D and a keeper

    and yes who trade for Lehner? He could get hurt taking a flight to his new team

    • Lehner played 59 games last season & is on pace to play nominally more this season baring injury. His #’s playing behind 1 of the worst teams in the NHL his entire time in Buf are well above average for goalies that have appeared in at least 1/2 their respective teams games, the bare min for me that needs to be played by a starter baring injury.

      In 2015-16 Lehner’s 1st season in Buf he played 21 games due to injury. If we reduce the threshold to 21 for all goalies that season he ranks 4th in SV% at .924. 2016-17 tied for 7th at .920, this season setting the threshold at 22 games 1/2 the games played by the team having played the least # of games in the NHL he sits 21st at .909.

      What don’t you like about this goalie again? Buf is terrible, like historically so, again not only 1 of the worst teams in the NHL since Lehner arrived but they can’t score & haven’t for over 5 years now. Lehner isn’t the problem.

      • I just do not think Lehner is the right move for the Isles

      • Nor do I.

        Lehner is the right solution for BUF an RFA with arbitration rights who should be signable for 3 or 4 years at about 4.5 mil. If term goes up salary goes up but not sure I’m signing a goalie with injury concerns even if 3 years ago.

        NYI’s long term goalie solution is Sorokin, get him to the NHL as soon as able & let him play back up to Greiss until ready.

      • I think you just hit on Buffalo’s concern too. The injuries do matter. They’ve seen him for 3 years, if they don’t think he’s worth 4x5m, it might be best to move him now.

  7. I will take credit for craziest post of the day…

    Tavares as a Ranger makes more or more sense to me…
    2018-19 Rangers
    tavares chytil miller
    zib buch kreider
    andersson hayes vesey

    Trade Nash, Zuc and Grabner now. Try to resign Grabner in the offseason. Whatever you get in trades turn into a to top 4 D somehow. Give Hank one last ride

    • Not a crazy post at all….. but

      I would say your tactics regarding Grabner make sense. Having a “wink & nod” conversation about resigning him in the offseason makes a ton of sense. Get assets back. Give him chance to win a cup.

      Send off Nash now…not at the deadline. Take only picks back. Send Zucc next year at the deadline but not this year. We do not have enough depth to give him away at this point.

      Making a pitch for JT does make sense BUT with both Staal & Smith’s contracts along with RFA raises coming, it would make it difficult to sign him the 10$m per he will require. ONLY IF they can get rid of Staal & Smith do I believe they even making pitch for JT.

      Teams will need D depth this playoffs. GM Gorts should put Smith & Staal out there and take whatever picks they can get IF a team is interested in either player. Easier said than done on those 2.

      • You make a team taking Nash or Grabner take Smith/Staal….

        The Bruins can actually use Smith/Staal and Grabner would add another element. If their PK always had either Grabner or Marchand on the ice thats dangerous.

      • I do not believe BOS does need another D. I believe that have Dmen on the IR and will be back….so they fills the need.

        I cannot foresee a team asking for Nash or Grabner AND accepting Staal or Smith and not just offering a lower round pick. Remember that the size and length of both Staal and Smith’s contract are somewhat prohibitive. It would require a tea with cap space now AND over the next few years. It would limit the trade partners if combined with Nash or Grabner for the remainder of the season.

        Smith or Staal will have to be sold of separately.

        With CMB injuries and Torts familiarity with these players….I would call them first and see what they can pull off.

        Maybe Nash/Staal for Jenner/Jack something like that.

      • DS.

        the Bruins don’t want or need any of them. Thanks we’ll pass. Ha-ha!

        As stated all season NYR isn’t doing anything rash, they are going to make every effort to make the playoffs with what they have. The only way they start jettisoning UFA’s is if they are out of the playoff picture in 5 weeks. That’s not happening.

      • Well I assume they will add a replacement for Kredier, Vanek is a reasonable short term solution who should be had at a reasonable cost.

        Shattenkirk meniscus surgery, De Angelo called up. That should be 2 to 4 weeks.

        Might Chytil & Andersson be playing for NYR by playoff time?

    • I’ve mentioned that scenario when the JT rumors started ages ago, mainly if he became a UFA. It would be a team JT would love to play for and a easy transition for him and his family.

      • I’d lay the odds at 80/20 Tavares stays in NYI today. If NYI tweaks & adds a solid player at F or D with their cap space next season over 30 mil at today’s cap those odds improve even further.

    • This needs to happen.

      Rangers ship Nash before deadline for a first and/or prospect. Hold onto $4m of his contract til seasons end to get that done.

      Trade Mcdonagh for a 1st line center. Skeji is McD 2.0 and we will not have as favorable a contract when his expires.

      Trade Hayes for picks.

      Sign Kovalchuck at seasons end to a Radulov like deal. He has 30G’s in 50 games in Russia this year.

      The Rangers will have the space with the cap ceiling increasing at seasons end to sign Tavares and the rest of their RFA’s and UFA’s.

      • Trade MacD to Edm for Draistle

      • EDM would not take MacTruck for Draisaitl. It would be one thing if Hall for Larsson never happened. They cannot afford to give up even more scoring. Draisaitl seems to be the only player to be able to keep up with McDavid and his speed and has great chemistry. Bad sign to their captain.

        Also to note, EDM already has too many D to make this trade. They have Klefbom, Nurse, Larsson and Sekera. They would have to ship one of those out for a scoring top 6 forward to recoup value. MacTruck is also like 6 yrs older than Leon. They lose major value there bc MacTruck’s salary going forward will not be that far below.

        GM Gorts should not retain any salary for Nash. He will not have to. At the deadline there are contenders with enough cap space to absorb the remainder of his contract. GM Gorts need only absorb cap space if he is getting a top 15 1st rd draft pick in return.

        I think it would be suicide for NYR to sign Kovalchuk. I say no thank you there at all. Russia is like playing in the AHL. He should have 60 goals in 50 games there.

        If they signed Kovalchuk they won’t have room for Tavares if on your proposal MacTruck also brings in a #1C.

    • TAVARES
      While Tavares makes more and more sense I have the same gut feeling about Tavares becoming a New Jersey Devil!

      I think this keeps him in an unassuming market as he likes to be on the Island and just play hockey …and he is also entering a team that is really starting to unfold and has so much to work with ..in a new building solid goaltending high quality wingers a GREAT GM and ownership.

      They have almost 410 million in Cap Space plus Ryan Clowe comes off the books next year for another $5 million thats almost $15 million to sign Tavares and still upgrade and still have Hall and Hischeir along with core players locked up long term such as Schneider Hall Greene and Vatanan and Zacha for the next few years !

      Its not a long drive from Long Island to New Jersey to move ..LOL the money is there and so is the core all set up !

      • Sorry $10 million ***

      • I was also thinking NJ lineup adding Tavares…They are becoming a deep team

    • No on Chytil or Andersson! The last center that played that young for NY was Manny Malhotra… and that didn’t work out very well. Let them develop.

      As far as them making the playoffs…. we’ll see. It’s a tight race and I believe today as I have all year they’re a bubble team.

      A bubble team that makes it by the skin of their teeth or misses by a fraction.

      Without the outstanding goaltending they’ve been getting for 2 months they’d be a bottom dweller…

      By chance they make it, does anyone believe that THIS Ranger team even with a couple of additions is going deep? I certainly don’t (barring a miracle) , unless they can add a solid center and remain 100% healthy.

      I think they should definitely look at moving their UFA’s by the deadline. I like Nash, and Grabner. But what purpose does it serve to keep them for a short run if a run at all?

      I also like the idea of Grabner returning, but not at the expense of a Staal, Girardi contract where they pay for past performance and don’t look to the future.

  8. Kane in Los Angeles? Rob Blake isn’t that stupid. Kane’s past transgressions will pale in comparison to his future ones if he’s traded to LA. The term “kid in a candy store” comes to mind

    • I say they go for Nash. Cap space at the deadline will be there. Rangers only need picks back. Nash next to Kopitar would look nice. Nash scoring the last 2 games shows me he is auditioning to teams who may trade for him at the deadline.

      • I still think Nash ends up in SJ if they trade him, and still depends on who is on his list. Don’t believe Nash wants to go anywhere. Spoke after game about how happy him and his family are in NY..I could see him remaining and getting new deal with a big hometown discount

      • they better not resign Nash. They need assets and cap space. Trade Nash for as high and as many picks over the next 2 years as possible.

    • Yeah Kane wouldn’t help LA only hurt the team and chemistry… It would be like Lucic 2.0 at best only much much worse… Kings need a right shooting d-man to play 3/3 who can handle 20-25 quality minutes/play point on PP etc… They not done anything since losing Voynov only passing on Justin Schultz who won 2 Cups with Penguins and Petry… Instead they made awful deals like SEkera along with the Versteeg losing Zykov etc. Its like the guy was already washed up while being too small for Kings Sutter style… Didn’t they realize he was a healthy scratch when they were playing Chicago in must win games or sitting on bench in OT etc ;)? He might put up some numbers on teams like Carolina or Calgary where short players can excel but not on LAK…

      Kane going to Ducks or Sharks seems more logical if he ends up in California… Bet they wish they kept Nieto when he scored that thumb in the eye goal for Colorado :). Besides Ducks claimed trash like JT Brown who maybe can play 5-10 minutes in a game off waivers from Tampa :). He wanted to do antics during Anthem instead of improve his hockey play as for baggage :). Funny guy is listed at like 165 pounds who probably has less muscle than me calling his game physical :). Yeah I’d really be a physical player if I wasn’t a goalie at my size so sure teams keep head up around JT Brown. Not to be confused with the cheap shot dirty player Dustin Brown on Kings… While I don’t think he should be suspended for his hit on Schultz it was still classless. I think part of blame goes to Forbort who typically failed to clear the puck out of zone or whoever was D-man :).

      Good call on Kane he is a problem off the ice especially in a state like California :). He seems to have been cleaner since some issues early in season though… Cops in LA will do him just like they ruined Voynov if given the chance to cry some hash tag movement :).

  9. Lots of Kane bashing here today. It will play no part in trading for him, he has had no real issues in Buffalo, yes you can refer to the allegations but the other Kane had worst allegations in Buffalo. Kane did not want to be in Winnipeg he requested a trade every offseason Chevy choses not to trade him, until the boys in the room forced the trade with the track suit statement.
    From what I watched on the ice he is a fierce competitor and supports his teammates. This doesn’t mean you are going to hang out with him after the game or off days, not all players socialize with each other away from the arena.
    I would take Kane on Boston next season when he’s a ufa but I don’t want to see the Bruins give up the asset for any rentals.
    Buffalo give up a lot in the Kane, Bogo trade Stafford, Myers, Lemieux, Armia and a 1st round draft in Jack Rosival. They would like to get assets back to help replenish them loses.

    • Agree that he plays hard on the ice Caper. The question I have is why do his team mates continue to have issues with him? Frankly I don’t care what he does on his free time, but team culture matters. No different than any organization. And it matters a lot.
      It just keeps happening with his team mates, and it was obvious in WPG when you saw the interviews with guys like Wheeler and Buff.
      If I am the B’s, no thanks. Why take a chance like that.

      • I have heard rumors the 2 factions are Eichel’s group & O’Reilly’s. No idea if true but if it is that is a problem.

    • I’m in full agreement almost.

      I have supported Kane here from a hockey perspective. When these rumors started I said he wouldn’t be traded until this deadline for hockey reasons.

      His personality isn’t that much different than a ton of players he just doesn’t care what people think & publishes willingly his lifestyle choices. I think almost everyone here has stories, scuttlebut heard about other players that aren’t suitable for public discussion as the are rumor & innuendo but most true.

      I don’t want Boston to add anyone this summer not even Kane who I would happily take on my team. Stay the course, play Heinen, Debrusk, bring up Bjork & other prospects developing when injures dictate. This team just as constructed now with the prospect depth coming is solid, a cup contender for years.

      It’s to bad Sweeney is such an idiot & doesn’t know what he’s doing. Ha-ha! Not directed at you Caper but the usual suspects.

    • I think both those Kanes were guilty but they spoke English well enough not from Russia… IF either of them was russian they would have been banned for life much like Voynov who wasn’t guilty of anything close to what they claimed… Yet Varlamov was able to play with allegations worse than them. Lot easier to deal with WPD or BPD compared to the LAPD. They have rap songs about how bad the LAPD is for a reason :).

      Both Kanes got lucky, NHL wasn’t going to let a guy making 10.5M as face of franchise get anything… HE wears #88 for a reason, why not tack a #14 on his arm while they are at it :). When you speak english, have enough money to get lawyers its easier to beat allegations… IF they came out in the current climate it might not go as well for either of them… Also having TMZ sports digging up BS like they did on Voynov who wasn’t guilty of anything except being Russian… They even threatened his wife with jail if she didn’t push the lies they told her to say…

      Yet in SF you can gun somebody down when deported multiple times entering the country illegally invading it without anything… Voynov would have been better off if he was here illegally without any threat to lose his Visa etc.

      Good Luck to anybody who ends up with Kane though. As a LW he is of no value to the Kings, so I pray they don’t trade for him. They would have to lose something worth more to obtain him short/long term.

      Were those people who told the Truth about the Kanes bashing them too? Helps when pals with police officer like the golden boy Chicago has. Lot easier to beat the wrap that way then when in foreign country where barely speak the language if at all much less understand it.

      I don’t doubt either of them was guilty… I could name NHL players who were domestic abusers or much worse… They got guys who kill people in car crashes drunk or speeding who were allowed to have careers. Kane is playing on one of the worst teams in NHL having most his points meaningless in blow out loses. When he was on Jets they were a fringe playoff team at best if not a joke franchise. So I’m not sold on Evander being able to help a team win a Cup or improve them enough to compete for it until I see it happen. Long as he don’t end up on a team I like I’ll consider myself lucky though :).

  10. My NYR 2018 trade deadline wishes

    Staal or Smith to DAL for Hamhuis
    Staal or Smith to CMB for Jack
    both fit under their teams cap now and the future

    Nash traded for at least a 2nd pick, gone sooner than later.
    Grabner traded at the deadline for at least a 2nd rd pick.
    (tell him you’ll sign him in the off season)
    Desharnais traded for a 3rd or 4th rd pick sooner than later.
    Holden traded for a 2nd rd pick at the deadline.

    All I want are picks back. The higher the round the better.

    Please help my wishes come true.

    • Funny Desharnais is what the Pens need

      • I’ll take a 3rd for him if you want. Send over the paperwork LOL

    • Will get a look at younger guys now. Shatty getting knee surgery, DeAngelo up. Lias Anderson has been assigned to Hartford. One step closer to NHL!! Hopefully vets play well enough to draw interest. Mainly Smith

      • I think Lias should tay down another year. Give him more time. Only bring him up if he can slot #2C or #1 C. they do not need another #3C. Hayes can slot there. Chytil can replace Nash on the wing.

        I Rather trade off Holden and bring up Ryan Graves and Pionk as the bottom pair and rotate Kampfer in there.

        They need to figure out how to add draft picks and trade both Smith & Staal. Much better to give up a 2nd along with each player to get rid of the cap and lock in MacTruck.

        Sadly MacTruck & a 1st will not get Trouba. They want a young stud back in any trade GM Chevy has been repeating. The NYR cannot afford to give up 1sts anyway as they have less than a handful of top end talent in the system. They really need to keep their best picks to find that stud #1C for years to come.

  11. Trouba is a first pairing rfa dman who isn’t going anywhere. Reporters lose credibility when they make such statement, proof that they only pay attention to their own backyard.

    • I sure hope Trouba can be signed long term in Win & willingly wants to stay. His lose would be brutal. I’m very interested to see how this plays out. It’s going to cost a ton to sign Trouba long term, far more than the monies being rumored 2 summers ago, which is all good in most situations & I hope in this 1 to.

    • I’d gladly pay Trouba 8.5 mil per on an 8 year deal today, it may even cost more.

      • If I’m Jeff Gorton, I’d gladly do same. Skjei needs a raise next year and McD year after. McD rumors persist and I’d gladly move him with a 1st rd pick for Trouba, who is tradeable. Cant dismiss his long holdout last year… could end up the same way as Drouin.

  12. *****OFF TOPIC***** Freddie Anderson had a lot to say last night, the media loved it and said he was spot on. Anderson comments are accurate, but should they be spoken to the media or left in the dressing room? For me love reading them, they are interesting and he didn’t name names other then be surprised by giving up a 2 on 1 on the pp. But I would prefer as a player that them statements are left in the room and not for media and fans consumption. This might also but on due pressure on himself, the next time they lose a game because of shaky goaltender and someone says “we could use a big save”

    • Fair comment but who’s to say that he hasn’t made the same comments multiple times in the room. The thing about Andersen is that he doesn’t shoot his mouth off and he has quietly kept the Leafs competitive for a long time now. If guys want to challenge him for making public comments about the team, they might want to take a look in the mirror first. It’s time for the group to pick it up.

      • I agree bcleaffan that is why I stated left in the room. I would assume he did say it in the room. When you go public you put on due pressure on yourself to perform.

    • Agree Caper, always prefer it stays in the room. Likely just his frustration and emotion overtaking his brain for a moment. Methinks this is the last time you see it from him.
      Toronto is the worst place in the hockey world to start criticizing the team to the press.

    • I have NO issue with Anderson saying what he has…If you have not watched any leaf games than you would be upset ..but if you have than you know this guy is on FIRE and absolutely lights out loosing games 1-0 & 2- 1 and 3 – 2 only after winning for 58 minutes every night.

      If Bobrovsky wasnt so good Anderson would be in the Vezina hunt ..Carey Price an ALL STAR …BLAAAHAHAHA
      he has the most shots against of any Goalie and every game he wins the game for them and they loose it for him …Iam a big Leafs fan …but they look soft ..uninspired and like they are a glorified Junior team in the NHL right now ..no cycle game because they have no size on the wings and most of these guys have no balls …they can’t compete against a team if the guy who kills them is a Tom Wilson and just crushes guys all night long causing them to cough up the puck all over the place and then sticks it down there throat on turn overs….IMO …hate to say it.
      The Line combos are a head scratcher as well…just awful for 20 plus games now !

      • Anderson currently sits 22nd in gaa and 13th in save %? If he is in the hunt for a vezina …..that’s an awful long list ahead of him!

    • Marmaduke is completely right!. I hope the Great Dane’s words inspire a new commitment to play the right way. But I wish he spoke privately.

  13. Dreger with another beauty yesterday live on TV. Claims he’s spoken to a GM that said Tavares will get 15 mil per as a UFA! I call BS.

    We made some calls & discovered the GM he spoke to is from Iceland’s mens national team. The Nordic Icemen. Ha-ha!

  14. I think Dreger said an NHL executive which is more vague and easier to defend. I would not be surprised to see Carolina’s new owner give Ron Francis authority to spend top dollar for Tavares if he becomes a UFA. Carolina has the cap space, needs a #1 center, and is there another team in which his signing would have a greater impact on season ticket sales? Carolina may not end up with Tavares but if he tests free agency they will be a factor in the final value of his contract.

    • These types of assets if they make it to UFA status could get stupid monies. We haven’t really seen 1 yest as this current UFA free agent age market was created with the last 2 CBA’s, UFA age dropping in both.

      I would love to have Tavares & if McDavid is getting 12.5 & that’s the threshold for these types of players today I would gladly pay Tavares 12 if a great many teams.

  15. In light of Shatts injury, I hope the NYR do not call up Chytil and Andersson in hopes of making the playoffs. They would be overachievers if they made the playoffs. I think calling up DeAngelo & Catenacci is fine. Check out if DeAngelo is good enough for the NHL, if not he is part of a trade package back out of town.

    I also hope they do not trade for UFAs like Gudbranson and Vanek, etc. in an attempt to get them into the playoffs and having to give up draft picks for them. Best to trade assets now and gear up for next year. They are not making it past the 1st rd with this roster. They played uninspired against MTL & OTT in the playoffs last year. They got roasted by NYI & PITTS few games ago.

    Best to prepare for the inevitable. Like a bd relationship. Most stay the course in hopes it gets better. I say drop the anchor and get maximum value for players. The rebound season is next year.

    Hank is a stud in net still. Everyone was selling his stock off sadly. I knew he is an Alpha who does what it takes to remain one of the best. He is definitely this teams MVP.

  16. Some great thoughts here. Ur remember it’s the Rangers.. they were ok find a way to f it up

    • I am not so sure under GM Gorts it would be a F-up or more of truly believing this team can achieve making the playoffs. I regret to say it should be cup or bust. They cannot give away more assets for a cup run so they need to use the injuries this season as an “out” to retool.

      They are overachievers this season. No other player, except Boby Ryan, is making over $7m and scoring so little as Nash. It is a PR move and a unrealistic belief they are contenders to not trade him for just anything. I am a huge Nash fan but he should not be in their future plans. Since he is not in their future plans and this roster is not build to win the Stanley cup, it should be time to trade off.

      The fans will accept it with all the injuries now. What they will not is trying to make the playoffs to get used in round 1 and risk losing a chance for a higher 1st rd pick.

      My opinion of course. I am not an NHL GM.

  17. I don’t really doubt Kane can get back 4 assets in a trade… Though I think final will be a conditional draft pick based how far team goes into post season or if they can sign him after it… Kings had Kempe on Kopitar’s line who looked really good scoring half as many goals as Iafallo did entire season there… HE had hat trick playing center w/ Pearson/Tyler when Carter got hurt too… Though it looked like they stupidly put Gaborik at RW when he only produces at LW being a left shot… Kane wouldn’t fit on Kings well so no clue why people want him traded there. I don’t think he is an upgrade over what they got on 1st or second line especially if Carter comes back.

    Ducks or Sharks seem much more likely to trade for Kane if its California. Not sure why Islanders would want Kane they have enough attitude problems with HO :). Calgary wouldn’t surprise me, would expect a western team is where they want to ship over east. Senators need to ship Phaneuf if they want to keep King Karl or compete/rebuild after this season. Why not see if they can trade their current goalie for something? He looks long in the tooth, near end of his career, don’t see him generating elite numbers.

    Price is not getting traded though I think Max could get shipped out. He is a great player though don’t seem to be meshing with Montreal. Sure there many who want him gone who are fans of the team… Whether being Captain or American born or whatever it isn’t going well… Kessel has done great since getting out of Toronto so I expect same results for Max. You can’t win having a goalie making over 10M, or having more than 10M including the backup goalie. His contract is structured in a way where he gets paid even if they have a lockout too.

    Thanks for stating reality Trouba isn’t going anywhere unless Jets 10 points out of playoff spot at deadline ;). I expect Jets to go for broke without having to worry about Vinny T tear his Achilles ;). Would be great for NHL if Blues or Jets won STanley Cup. Kings fans should look how players they traded for Mike Richards are doing now :). Maybe they have 4 cups if they didn’t do that deal or ship out those guys ;). Even losing Boyle was a dumb trade, his size/ability would really help 3rd/4th line center/PK. Glad to see him doing well with the health issues he had.

    Horrible Buffalo game was blacked out even though I get the Rangers channel :). NHL drops ball not switching to another game when has blackouts or showing Vegas games. Other day they had awful McDavid Oilers lose like 5-0 to Kings instead of Vegas vs. Nashville for example. Tonight instead of having double header that shows Vegas its just Kings vs. Ducks. Penguins goalie getting his first win looked better than Quick too :).

  18. Sens fan here: Rather than trade secondary assets that are undervalued, Sens should cash in on big return for Karlsson. He is overvalued based on recent performance so sell high. Should get lottery pick this year and/or next plus another scoring winger and a solid D for the top 4. Use tertiary assets like Pageau, Smith or Oduya fill in other gaps or picks.

    Keep Ryan and Phaneuf since they are undervalued for trade rather than over-paying someone to take them.

    • I would agree to trade Karlsson for a ransom but I would also peddle off Z. Smith, JGP, Brassard, Anderson(to NYI perhaps), Oduya, & Burrows. Take the best picks you can get for the rest of these guys and grab the world for Karlsson.

      Do it this @ this years trade deadline and offseason for Karlsson.

  19. As a Chicago fan, I hope that the Blackhawks don’t get too desperate before the trade deadline.

    I think that Chicago should just let the team rest for this season & try to get a decent selection in the NHL draft.

    Trading Richard Panik & getting Anthony Duclair in return was a really wise trade; you move Panik’s salary, & get a blue-chip forward in return.

    Though I do think Chicago should re-build their defense & obtain more depth up front in their bottom six.

    Robin Lehner would be a solid addition to Chicago, especially if Corey Crawford is injury prone going into next season; but I wouldn’t give up more than a number two.

    In terms of defenceman, Jacob Trouba isn’t going to be traded, but I’d love him in a Blackhawks sweater.

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson is an option, but salary & the price could be an issue.

    Erik Gudbranson would be an underrated fir for Chicago, especially with Chicago lacking physical play & stature. I would give up a number two & a number three.