NHL Rumor Mill – February 10, 2018

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A look at the latest round of TSN’s TradeCentre Match Game plus updates on the Hurricanes, Flames and much more in your NHL rumor mill.

LATEST TSN TRADECENTRE MATCH GAME

TSN: New York Rangers forward Rick Nash, Montreal Canadiens winger Alex Galchenyuk, and Ottawa Senators forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Zack Smith are the latest entrants in Frank Seravalli’s TSN TradeCentre Match Game. Seravalli suggests the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators as destinations for Nash, lists the New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues for Galchenyuk, the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets for Pageau and the Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks for Smith.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seravalli shares the consensus of the punditry regarding Nash’s top destinations. Of the three, the Predators could be the most aggressive. GM David Poile seeks a scoring winger and seems to be all in for a Stanley Cup run this year. Much will depend upon whether any of those clubs are on Nash’s list of preferred destinations and how much of his remaining salary-cap hit the Rangers are willing to absorb.

The Devils and Blues could certainly use a scoring winger and Galchenyuk needs a change of scenery. The Lightning, however, probably have their sights set on a top-four puck-moving defenseman. I concur with Seravalli’s suggested landing spots for Pageau. He’d be a good fit with the Jackets, Pens and Jets. The Senators, however, could be reluctant to part with him.

I’m not sure if the Wild or Sharks want to invest in a winger who turns 30 with three years left on his contract. The Flames could be a different story, however, as Seravalli points out they’ve been linked to Smith in the rumor mill, pointing out that his size and gritty playing style could make him perfect for the Western Conference. 

Could the Carolina Hurricanes part ways with Jeff Skinner at the trade deadline? (Photo via NHL Images)

 UPDATES ON THE HURRICANES AND FLAMES

THE ATHLETIC: Eric Duhatschek speculates the Carolina Hurricanes looks as if they could move a defenseman for the right deal for a forward. He notes Justin Faulk has two years left on his contract worth over $4.8 million annually, which would be good value if he returns to last season’s 17-goal form. Blueliners Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin will start earning a combined $9.25-million annually starting next season, Noah Hanifin is due a significant raise plus Haydn Fleury and Jake Bean are in the pipeline.

Duhatschek wonders if they could be a match with the Edmonton Oilers, perhaps for Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi, suggesting the Oilers could benefit from Faulk’s pedigree, provided his decline this season is merely a one-off. He also thinks Hurricanes depth forwards Derek Ryan and Lee Stempniak could attract some interest leading up to the trade deadline. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites Bob McKenzie’s Friday appearance on Toronto’s TSN 1050 “Leafs Lunch” discussing the Hurricanes status heading toward the trade deadline and the placement of Carolina winger Jeff Skinner on TSN’s Trade Bait list.

With the Canes still fighting for a playoff spot, McKenzie doesn’t know if they’re necessarily selling. He speculates Skinner’s name surfacing in the rumor mill could be due to some teams contacting the Hurricanes hoping to buy low. McKenzie also doesn’t think it’s a coincidence Skinner’s name popped up soon after Hurricanes coach Bill Peters blasted his club for their recent lack of effort. He’s not convinced that Carolina GM Ron Francis wants to part with Skinner. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes are just two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers and one behind the New York Islanders, who hold the two Eastern Conference wild-card berths. Considering they last made the playoffs nine years ago, I don’t see them going into sell mode unless they completely collapse over the next two weeks and tumble down the standings.

I also agree with Duhatschek that the Hurricanes could move a defenseman for a scoring forward, but I don’t see the Oilers parting with Puljujarvi for Faulk. The Hurricanes biggest need is for a scoring center, while Faulk’s struggles this season should send up a warning flag for teams seeking a top-four defenseman. 

Duhatschek also considers New York Rangers winger Michael Grabner an “intriguing commodity”, pointing out the 30-year-old is a “gifted five-on-five player” who’s also a quality penalty killer. Though Grabner is playing at left wing this season he’s listed as a right winger. If the Calgary Flames were to acquire Grabner, that’s where he’d play, noting the Flames were seeking depth on right wing before Troy Brouwer was sidelined. 

SPORTSNET: Rory Boylen reports Flames GM Brad Treliving dismissed speculation he might make a trade to upgrade the right wing spot on his top line. He sang the praises of current right wing Micheal Ferland, pointing out the great chemistry he has with linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will be buyers at the trade deadline. If they do land a right wing, it’ll be someone to skate on the second or third line. I can see them taking a good look at Grabner. 

LATEST ON THE BRUINS, BLACKHAWKS AND CANUCKS

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: If the Boston Bruins decide to go shopping at the trade deadline, Joe Haggerty lists the pros and cons of the top players in this year’s trade market. The list includes Edmonton’s Patrick Maroon, Vancouver’s Thomas Vanek, New York Rangers wingers Rick Nash and Michael Grabner and defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Buffalo’s Evander Kane. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Bruins pursuing any of those guys for two reasons; the Bruins have few real weaknesses and they’re unwilling to part with any of their good young players or top prospects. I’m not suggesting GM Don Sweeney won’t make a move or two, but if he does, it’ll be to tweak the lineup with a depth player. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports the fading Chicago Blackhawks are likely to have a quiet trade deadline this year. They’re not in tear-down mode and won’t move their veteran core players. Lazerus instead expects GM Stan Bowman will try to recoup some draft picks, perhaps by shopping players such as Tommy Wingels, Michal Kempny, Jan Rutta, Erik Gustafsson or Tomas Jurco. He also doesn’t consider it unthinkable if Brandon Saad is dangled. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t rule out the Hawks listening to offers for Saad, but I think they’ll retain him. Yes, this season was a disappointing return to Chicago for Saad, but he’s 25 and could rebound next season. If the goal is to get younger, he’s worth hanging onto unless a rival club makes a significant bid. 

THE PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Vancouver Canucks could be looking for a trade partner for goaltender Anders Nilsson. While there were clubs with interest in Nilsson last summer, he’s struggled this season and that could hurt his trade value. As for veteran winger Thomas Vanek, Botchford suggests the Nashville Predators as a possible destination. 

 








71 Comments

  1. Theres no way the oilers trade Jesse Puljujarvi, espically for Justin Faulk.

    He is on a sharp production decline, if the oilers were to think of cenrering around a trade like that there would be other movalble parts id hope.

    Lucic if hed waive his Trade waiver, hanifan, pelchbkris russel other wife id hope itd be a big no from Edmonton

    • Spellcheck and grammar.com … might change your life.

      • Maroon “sweepstakes” enough said!

      • A new attitude wouldn’t hurt either!

    • Lol. So Faulk is on a steep decline, but there’s gonna be a sweepstakes for Maroon?
      I love reading your thoughts.
      We’re all such homers.

    • I think I took him in expansion mock draft for Vegas from Oilers… Maybe my pick of him was better than what they ended up taking from there :). I don’t think CArolina would trade Faulk who think is a right shot D-man that scored 17 goals before having mostly good productive offensive seasons… CArolina as a team has not scored enough… If forwards are not doing their job its a lot harder to score on Defense :).

      Eh wouldn’t be the worst trade Oilers made since they traded Hall for like that D-man from Devils :). Seems like that worked out better for Devils much like the Islanders trade for Eberle ditching Strome or whatever :)…

      I wonder if any team will get a haul as good as Islanders did for Harmonic to Flames ;)? I think Edmonton would trade just about any player given the history of even trading Wayne though :).

  2. What kind of return does Montreal expect for Galchenyuk?? Would a package of Barbashev or Thompson, Sobotka, and a 2nd do?? With Edmundson’s broken arm, the Blues may now also need to work a trade for veteran defenseman.

  3. Odds Garth Snow does not resign Tavares and says something about Barzal being the team now….
    i say 33%

    • My gut is saying, IF GM GS does not add value to the team at the deadline for a cup run, JT will walk. He will look for a situation where, IF he took less than $10m per, that team is already a contender.

      I think STL is a superb landing spot for him. Truly believe he is that missing piece there.

      I would say Dallas but they have Spezza for another year at $7m per and he could not fit under their cap in that situation.

      CMB would be interesting. They have young stud Defensemen. Good young top 9. They would have to move Dubinsky out and not resign Jack to fit JT’s pay raise under their cap. JT can slot #1C and Dubois #2C & Wennberg #3C.

      • St.L has 17 players signed for next season and $12.6 in cap space and maybe the cap rises by $4m, it would be a tight fit.

      • Stastny and his $7m will be off the books as a UFA and perhaps they can find a taker for Bouwmester’s 1 yr at $5.4m. Along with a cap raise of $4M, that leaves plenty of space. According to cap friendly they only have 2 RFA and 3 UFA to replace. keep the cheap youth and that solves the budget.

      • Johnson won’t be resigned, but Dubi has an NTC and isn’t going anywhere. Jenner might be traded and it’s starting to look as though Murray won’t be offered a contract. Even so, I wonder if Tavares would come to Columbus, if he doesn’t resign. Don’t get me wrong, we’d love to have him, but it’s not like the Jackets have a winning history to attract an A grade player looking to win the Cup before he retires.

      • Paul…. I think JT would consider them if GM CMB asked. They have a Vezina goalie in his prime and not slowing down. They have the depth at key positions and really good top 9. They have showed they are truly competitive and willing to make moves.

      • @ ihatecrosby my numbers are from capfriendly and they are next years numbers therefore Stastny numbers would not be part of it. Again doable but tight.

    • Garth Snow can be quite eccentric; however, 33% odds that he doesn’t resign Tavares is high even for him. Tavares will resign in New York (Islanders). Stamkos 2.0

  4. I think Grabner would be a good depth signing for NSH or BOS the most. BOS can use his speed and versatility as a depth winger. He will not rock their chemistry. NSH has little cap room left (I think around$3M) and Grabner is a speedy guy who can round out their bottom six.

    He also will not cost much to obtain.

    • Grabners cost could be driven up if a few teams are in on him. Like when MSL cost the Rangers 2 First rounds+Callahan….wait …they were the only team IN and had to pay that. I guess it was worth the Cup experience…but so glad I backed out of buying Game 3 ticket for $1200

      • your telling me. MSG gets out of hand sadly…..but the arena is people there are amazing. Never a bad off ice experience.

      • The cost was out of control 20 years ago! I was shocked moving from NY to the Tampa area in the price difference.

        Where do you guys live in NY?

      • Heh I remember looking at tickets for game 3 all being like 1K+… then for game 4 they were pretty cheap after Rangers lost to Kings… I thought about getting tickets for game 4 but figured Kings in 5 was my prediction they would win it at home… So they could cash in on the inflated ticket prices in LA for that game hehe… Also its dangerous to see a game there if a rival team especially if they just lost Cup :). Would have been cool to see the STanley Cup stuff if they swept so it was a fun debate but nobody wanted to go anyways :).

    • I wouldn’t mind Grabner in Boston; however the more teams bidding the higher the price. I think the cost will be to high but good for NY.

      • I am an hour north of NYC now. My buddy worked for CBS for a bit and we sat in their seats often the last few 99 seasons. Terrible team but 99 is 99. The 4 seats front row where Rangers walk out. Now i pay 150$ to sit in a corner almost all the way up. I miss his old job.
        Buddy on beer league team has Isles seasons row 15 center so i am spoiled again

      • Westchester , Putnam area?

  5. Why did NY call up Georgiev? No problems listed with Lundqvist or Pavelec? Maybe Pavelec is on the move today?

    • Pavelec left the game yesterday at the end of the 1st after starting because of his knee.

      • Gotcha. I was out late last night

      • I happen to watch most of the game. I turned on the 2nd period about 5mins in and saw Hank in net… I was like WTF? I had to go to NYR Twitter to find out. I thought he got traded too LOL.

        AV let Pionk(RD) and Gilmour(LD) pair together ALL GAME. I was floored and happy about it.

    • Maybe Lundqvist is on the move? If the Rangers are rebuilding he would be a good place to start and should want out at his age.

      • One can only wish, for a true rebuild Lundqvist has to go .

  6. I think Win is a terrible landing spot for Pageau unless he’s playing as their #4 & that doesn’t make sense to me.

    They already have Sceifele, Little, Lowry & Hendricks. With these 4 Copp & Perreault are playing the wings & prospect Petan & Rislovic are both NHL ready. Rislovic has managed 13 games as a winger as well.

    As for how much money NYR may be prepaired to eat on Nash I assume the eat the max 1/2 as what difference does it make to NYR if they are pulling the plug? NYR makes more money than any team in the NHL, actually more than almost the bottom 15 teams in revenue in the NHL combined. Nor do they have a cap issue. They have 3.2 mil in cap space nor have they put Kreider or Shattenkirk on LTIR which would free up a ton of cap space if required.

    • Striker ! Your back ! Are you ready to admit maybe the cba isn’t as “simple” as you interpreted? The rfa we were discussing CAN in fact receive offer sheets , from July 1- july 5 ? Even if the team elects salary arbitration? Lyle , Jeff and Gary have provided articles . You still playing hardball with Mcdavid next summer ?

      • I’ll have to go back & read yesterdays thread. Very hard to get back in the afternoons or evenings.

        Will advise.

      • Craig.

        I may not get a chance to go back for a day or 2 but I will & if wrong happy to eat some humble pie openly.

      • I’ll give you all the time you need , respect your knowledge and point of view , but I think you have it wrong in this case . And in my opinion pete didn’t have the hammer , or no risk like you interpreted. Interested to see how this changes your opinion on Mcdavid . And Leon , although I have acknowledged pete could have played a little hard ball here , an overpayment today to secure 8 years as opposed to 6 , bridge or hostile negotiations. Before they both signed I wanted both at 8 years (and still do) , I think year by year it will look better and better . Leon has split time on the wing , and at c , has struggled mightily on the pp with the unit and Mcdavid on the half wall , and yet he still sits today with 46 pts in 49 games , plus 9 , 53.7 on the draws in year 1/8 .

      • Mcdavid has already signed with Edmonton. His new contract kicks in next year. Maybe it’s Matthews everyone will play hardball with the following year

      • We know Jeremy , on going debate on whether or not offer sheets would have been in play with Mcdavid (or Mathews coming up) , if peter or Lou were to allow them to go to July 1 on last year of elc.

      • Which I am sure both would be exposed to offer sheets from July 1-5 , if they were unsigned . As rare as offer sheets are , I am not not exposing Mcdavid or Mathews to that risk to try to save a million on either guy .

      • Even if a team elects salary arbitration or extends a qualifying offer, by doing so they do retain rights though .

      • It’s simple.

        If a player elects to go to arbitration he can’t receive an offer sheet. However he can wait till the last moment of arbitration declaration and as such keep a small window of Time open to possibly receive one before declaring.

        If a team elects arbitration then the players is still eligible to receive offer sheets.

    • problem with the NYR making so much with revenue sharing they give those sucky 15 teams who cannot get fans a ton of those earnings LOL. Yes NYR will eat 50% for a better return.

      • Revenue sharing in the NHL is a joke. To qualify regardless of how bad your revenue stream is you need to meet some specific markers, ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, spending to a certain level of the cap, etc. The NHL isn’t very forth coming with this info.

        I have posted the link to NHL team revenues many times. It’s now behind a pay wall. Some of those sucky teams you talk about are solid at the gate LA, TB & those teams have gone deep in the playoffs, LA winning cups recently, TB making it to the Cup, Conf finals, etc. but still barely make a profit & if not for those playoff gates can’t hope to turn a profit. That’s the case for more than 1/2 of NHL teams.

        I would like to see a model similiar to the NFL which I believe is a gate sharing system. The home & away teams I believe split the gate 50/50? Or some such thing.

  7. Why are so many of these pundits dead set on Nash coming back to Columbus? Let’s see, the Jackets are having trouble scoring, partly because of over-30, overpaid, slow forwards not scoring. So. of course! The answer is to bring in another over-30, overpaid, slow forward who can’t score. Oh, and who will cost the Jackets, at minimum, a first round draft pick. If Jarmo makes that trade – and it’s approved by the front office – the entire front office should be immediately fired! Face it, pundits, NASH AIN’T COMING BACK TO COLUMBUS!!!!!!!!!!

    • Paul I’m not saying he is returning either but I also don’t perceive Nash as slow, especially not for a big man. He’s certainly not Hoffman, Larkin or McDavid but few are. I don’t perceive his foot speed or skating abilities to be an issue.

      Can Columbus beat out Philly, NYI, Car or NJ to make the playoffs? only 3 of those 5 teams are making it. NYR even though they have pulled the plug & are sellers still are only 3 points out & wouldn’t it be odd to see them sell but play better & make it? Ha-ha!

      Clb better due something soon as the are floundering & need something.

      • Yes, the Jackets need to do something. But bringing in another older player, especially one whom many here still strongly dislike because of how he left (Publicly praising the city and saying he wants to be part of a winner, here, while privately asking for a trade) and for taking a swing at, if not punching, our Vezina goalie after mysteriously being ill every time the Rangers were visiting for a few years after pushing for that trade is not the answer. Add in that the Jackets have talented wingers, but are severely short on center depth and Nash simply is not the answer. Especially at the cost of a first round pick. Yes, you have to give to get, but if the Jackets are going to give up that first round pick as part of a package for someone, it needs to be for a Tavares type player. Not for an expensive, old, unpopular (Here, anyways) winger who has the most amazing abaility to completely disappear during the playoffs.

    • I don’t think CBJ will make post season unless some other teams drop… I have Carolina or Islanders having better chances… One team can’t score while the other already let up over 200 goals against :). Maybe Flyers will fade, Devils, Penguins or somebody else to open the door… I figure its going to be tough for Montreal, Detroit, Florida to get a wild card even if they still roughly around edges.

      People were not happy when Nash left so they don’t want him back… Or they feel he will fade like Gaborik before moving on to Kings to help win 2nd Cup. Figure there least a 66% chance CBJ missing Post Season w/ probably a 33% of making it. Tortz has a way of hurting players by blocking shots too :). Hard to blame goalies in Carolina when they barely getting any goals being among the lower end of teams there… It worked out well for LUcky Luc when he came back to LA but often it don’t for players returning or being traded back to original teams.

  8. Faulk has played much better since the all star break. Carolina is not trading a right handed D. Fleury is no longer in the pipeline he is an NHL defenseman playing surprising well for a rookie. I would argue that he plays a better defensive game than Hanifin. Yes Eric Duhatschek is only speculating but it just doesn’t makes sense to me.

    • It’s not the Faulk has played poorly or was. The points just aren’t coming. Ice time, both quantity & quality, shots on net are all on historical norms. These things just happen sometimes as much as it’s hard to account for, luck is a part of sports, life as well both good & bad.

      I don’t see Carolina moving any of the big 4 Faulk, Hanafin, Pesece or Slavin. I would be shocked to see Francis accelerate the rebuild. Carolina is littered with great young players in the NHL now & has 1 of the top 3 prospect pools in the NHL every where but in net.

      Necas will step straight into the NHL next season & be the #2 C in the blink of an eye which will allow for Rask to play as the #3 where he belongs & get Lindholm back to RW where he is a far more effective offensive player not having so much defensive responsibility.

      I would like to see Francis buy making an actual hockey trade not a rental moving out some combination of Fleury draft picks & B grade prospects none of the studs.

      • Striker, When Kruger was benched and then placed on waivers Carolina moved Lindholm back to center. He played well but I still think Carolina sees him as a right wing for the reasons you mentioned. Stat’s can be misleading because he took a lot of faces offs on his strong side while playing right wing something Carolina seems to be doing a lot this year. Hard for me to imagine Necas playing #2 center next year when Bill Peters has called Aho a future “dominant” center. He said he wasn’t playing him at center because he wanted to be patient with his development. I share your opinion of Francis making an actual hockey trade. Fans are getting restless with him but he is a very good GM and if there is a trade that makes sense for the long term he will make it. The wild card for me is Tom Dunden’s patience.

      • I don’t know what the stats say but I have seen just about every game Faulk has played in Carolina and in my opinion the first half of the season was the weakest he has ever played in his own end. For some reason he just wasn’t moving his feet and playing physical in the defensive end. Fortunately he is playing better in both ends now and should play a major role in whether the Canes make the playoffs.

    • I’d be shocked if they traded Faulk, he would fit in great on the Kings though… Maybe Slavin would be more logical if read right him having a cap hit over 9M? CArolina is one of the lower scoring teams as a result of the forwards not producing enough… That trickles down to defense, hard to score when forwards not screening or doing enough to generate offense in first place. While Islanders already let up over 200 goals so they need to sure up that problem :).

  9. Calgary needs third line help that could provide depth in the top six. Grabner is a very good candidate. Maybe the defenceman Anderson would be enough ? A first rounder a couple of years back and from what little I have seen,some potential. Flames D is too deep for him to get a shot and they have no top picks this year.

  10. Interestingly enough Skinner ended up with Williams by accident on a rush last night & the trend that existed before they were broken up played out again, Skinner scored. I’m not a fan of analytics for a # of reasons but those #’s show that when these 2 players are on the ice together they dominate the competition.

    I get that most hockey people, GM’s, coaches, are still old guard but there is something to be said for this info & if it’s that telling wouldn’t you at least try it?

    Dear Mr. Peters you might want to speak to your analytics guy once in a while, as your team can’t score but the possession & scoring #’s for this pairing; Skinner with Williams, regardless of who plays C, Rask or Ryan say they kill the competition.

    • Striker the EYE BALL test would confirm those analytics I surmise. Not sure why they are not back together more often either. I am with ya on keeping them together more frequently.

    • I also like the Skinner- Williams combination. I will add that Williams makes every player and line he plays with better. He is known for being a clutch player but his real value is that he is mentoring a new culture and attitude. He is teaching the young players how to play the right way and win consistently. They are not quite there yet but his impact on the franchise will eventually be compared to the return of Ron Francis and the addition of Rod Brind’Amour.

      • Mr. Game 7 didn’t go to Carolina to miss the playoffs… They will probably manage to get in or come really close… Right now its like Islanders, Carolina, or CBJ for the 8th spot… Though Devils, Flyers, or even Penguins could easily slip out too. I think CArolina had some injuries so players missed parts of the season which contributed to the goal scoring issues. Problem these days often seems teams can’t put their lines together right for whatever reason… Like Kings kept playing Muzzin w/ Martinez two left shot D-men who are awful together… then they would wonder why they would letup goals whether its the PK or even strength… There forwards lines are mostly a mess making me wonder what they are thinking too :).

  11. I don’t have issue with McDavid or Draisiatl just their current contracts in today’s market. Players have zero leverage coming out of their ELC’s. Teams hold all the leverage.

    The only player offer sheeted since the current rules were put in place was O’Reilly 2 years & Col matched willingly.

    Anyone offer sheets anyone even remotely close to a Draisaitl or McDavid & all they are doing is making it easier for Edm to sign them & then Edm gets the advantage that they have no NTC’s or NMC’s.

    I will go back as I don’t like being wrong & I do like to know the rules as difficult as they are to comprehend.

    This was in no way meant to slight either player & I get salaries are going up but 20% in 1 year, on 1 contract for 1 player? Nor do I get how Draisaitl can be worth 2 mil + than players like Sheifele, McKinnon etc.

    I fly to Pasadena Wed & will be stuck in airports for hours with little to do if I can’t get back to it sooner I will then.

    I have about another hour & a 1/2 to chat hockey today & more interested in the current threads on 3 sites & trade deadline trade in the fantasy world is upon us as well.

    • Sounds good . I didn’t take it as a slight at all , I do however believe it played a much much larger role in the contracts due to this rule . Chiarelli himself said clearing cap space was to fend off offer sheets on Leon , if pete interpreted the rules wrong and believed the threat leading to the contract , the media coverage would have been relentless. It wasn’t . Pastranak signed after Leon and what would that hit have looked like on 8 years ? I’m guessing he agreed to a smaller number over 6 bringing him to Ufa sooner and younger . How are they making it easier ? Would you not rather negotiate the terms and $ on a contract as opposed to matching what’s offered ? A team willing to make the rare offer isn’t doing it to help Edmonton , it would be at a number they believe Edmonton may have to walk away from and accept the compensation . Rare , I know . The Mcdavid specifically would be the rare case a gm goes crazy .

  12. Do it Edmonton.. do it do it do it. Trade Puljujarvi for Faulk. lol

  13. Pulujarvi would need more than Faulk. Oilers are losing Maroon Letestu maybe Strome . Not sure defence is their need . Going to get a good one in the draft more than likely

  14. IMO, Grabner is a perfect trade target, low cap hit, speed that all teams want, and can play both wings. He may well end up getting a crazy return for a 3rd-4th liner. That being said, id love him on Pens but wouldnt give more than a 2nd and a ok prospect.

    • How about Grabner & Smith for Hagelin?

      • If smith had some salary held I’d consider that.

      • Chrism how much would you care for them to hold?? IF they do hold they cannot take Hagelin.

        If they were to hold $$ I would presume $1M would be the max they could bc Girardi’s cap hit is $3.6m next year and the following. They also need to find an entire 1st line, another 3rd line center to slot at #4C, and 2 right side defenseman to allow Mac and Skjei to play on opposite lines. Oh and a backup goalie. Not much cap to spare.

      • I can’t remember the last time NY and Pittsburgh made a deal. I want to say the last the 2 attempted a deal was Jagr. But sent him to Washington.

        Kovalev?

      • NYR4life…
        in 1998 Kovy went from NYR to Pitts for Nedved
        and
        in 2003 Kovy went from Pitts to NYR for a bag of pucks

        but I just looked the last trade was in 2013
        to Pitts Chad Kolarik
        to NYR Ben Ferriero

        but i would trade granger and smith for Hagelin. Haggs would be off the books the following summer. Works for me

      • If Smith had %100 of his salary retained and the Rags took Hunwick back I still wouldn’t do it. Smith is trash and belongs in the AHL.

      • No chance Hagelin is playing lights out since the calendar turned 2018…… you want to have Grabner and hagelin killing penalties together.

        2nd round pick and a prospect…for grabner
        or maybe even goalie Tristan Jarry penguins have 4 terrific YOUNG goalies and the best one might be Gustavason….Hank is getting up there

      • Yeah a trade of Desmith, Jarry or Gustafsson for Brendan Smith would go down with Forsberg for Erat, Or Marcus Naslund for garbage as one of
        The worst trades in franchise history.

      • Sorry I meant Erat for Forsberg as one of the worst trades in the salary cap era.

  15. I agree silverscreen, Grabner would look really
    Good on the right side with Jankowski and Bennett. I watched him play last night against the flames and his speed is undeniable. I don’t think the flames would give up Anderson as he has the potential to be a top 4 dman.the flames do have some good prospects that might interest NY. I honestly don’t think the price will be very high because for some reason he is not highly regarded by GM,s