Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – October 20, 2019

by | Oct 20, 2019 | Rumors | 51 comments

More Taylor Hall to Edmonton speculation, two suggested forward options for the Bruins and more in the Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

LATEST MUSINGS OVER A HALL-OILERS REUNION

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kurt Leavins believes the Oilers should try to bring back Taylor Hall if the opportunity arises. The 27-year-old New Jersey Devils left winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. Leavins points out the people who traded Hall to the Devils are gone now. He also reminds us Hall never asked to be traded and enjoyed playing in Edmonton.

Can the Oilers afford to bring Taylor Hall back to Edmonton? (Photo via NHL Images)

Leavins acknowledged it’s up to Hall and his group of advisors to determine where he wants to play beyond this season. However, the Oilers have a core of comparable young talent, led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, that could make them an enticing destination.

THE ATHLETIC: Jonathan Willis suggests the Oilers’ limited salary cap space makes it difficult to bring Hall back to Edmonton. Assuming an $83.5-million salary cap for 2020-21, the Oilers would have $26 million to fill 13 roster spots. Hall could command $11 million annually, leaving just $15 million to re-sign defenseman Darnell Nurse and fill in the rest of the roster.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Assuming Hall would be open to rejoining the Oilers, I don’t see how they can afford him. If they shed salary to make room for Hall’s expensive new deal they risk gutting their overall depth. The Oilers still have questions regarding their goaltending, defense corps, and checking-line depth. Better to invest their cap space addressing those issues than handcuffing themselves to another high-salaried scorer. 

SHOULD THE BRUINS PURSUE HO-SANG OR PULJUJARVI?

NBC SPORTS: Joe Haggerty points out the Boston Bruins lack depth on the right wing beyond first-liner David Pastrnak. He suggests kicking the tires on New York Islanders winger Josh Ho-Sang or Edmonton Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi. Both players have requested trades. Ho-Sang already cleared waivers earlier this month so it wouldn’t cost much to acquire him.

Puljujarvi struggled in Edmonton but Haggerty feels it’s difficult to judge those numbers based on the “dumpster fire” the Oilers were before cleaning house earlier this year. They reportedly seek a top-nine player and a draft pick, which Haggerty believes the Bruins have in abundance. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Bruins off to a 5-1-2 start, GM Don Sweeney probably isn’t feeling much pressure to swing a trade right now. That doesn’t mean he’s ignoring his club’s need for secondary scoring. If he is monitoring the trade market it’s unlikely he sees anything worth pursuing right now. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’S “HEADLINES” SEGMENT

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston believes the New York Islanders hope to re-sign Mathew Barzal before next summer. The 22-year-old center is in the final season of his entry-level contract. Johnston doesn’t think contract talks have started yet. He points out Barzal has more points in his first two seasons than Toronto’s Mitch Marner had over the same period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After seeing contract talks drag on into preseason for this year’s crop of talented youngsters coming off their ELCs, the Isles understandably want to avoid that fate with Barzal. Other clubs aren’t wasting time getting similar players under contract. Since July 31, Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat, Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot, and Colorado Avalanche blueliner Samuel Girard all signed new contracts.

Elliotte Friedman reports Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has received calls from rival GMs wondering if he’s looking to shake things up. Guerin said he’s not making an emotional move or a deal simply for the sake of doing so. 

Johnston believes the Toronto Maple Leafs must move at least four players to become salary-cap compliant when defenseman Travis Dermott returns to the lineup. Nic Petan and Kevin Gravel already cleared waivers and can be sent directly to their AHL affiliate. Others who could move include Jason Spezza, Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin, Justin Holl, and Nick Shore. Friedman adds the Leafs are looking to trade him.

More speculation about Taylor Hall returning to the Oilers, two suggested forward options for the Bruins and more in the Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

LATEST MUSINGS OVER A HALL-OILERS REUNION

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kurt Leavins believes the Oilers should try to bring back Taylor Hall if the opportunity arises. The 27-year-old New Jersey Devils left winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. Leavins points out the people who traded Hall to the Devils are gone now. He also reminds us Hall never asked to be traded and enjoyed playing in Edmonton.

Can the Oilers afford to bring Taylor Hall back to Edmonton? (Photo via NHL Images)

Leavins acknowledged it’s up to Hall and his group of advisors to determine where he wants to play beyond this season. However, the Oilers have a core of comparable young talent, led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, that could make them an enticing destination.

THE ATHLETIC: Jonathan Willis suggests the Oilers’ limited salary cap space makes it difficult to bring Hall back to Edmonton. Assuming an $83.5-million salary cap for 2020-21, the Oilers would have $26 million to fill 13 roster spots. Hall could command $11 million annually, leaving just $15 million to re-sign defenseman Darnell Nurse and fill in the rest of the roster.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Assuming Hall would be open to rejoining the Oilers, I don’t see how they can afford him. If they shed salary to make room for Hall’s expensive new deal they risk gutting their overall depth. The Oilers still have questions regarding their goaltending, defense corps, and checking-line depth. Better to invest their cap space addressing those issues than handcuffing themselves to another high-salaried scorer. 

SHOULD THE BRUINS PURSUE HO-SANG OR PULJUJARVI?

NBC SPORTS: Joe Haggerty points out the Boston Bruins lack depth on the right wing beyond first-liner David Pastrnak. He suggests kicking the tires on New York Islanders winger Josh Ho-Sang or Edmonton Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi. Both players have requested trades. Ho-Sang already cleared waivers earlier this month so it wouldn’t cost much to acquire him.

Puljujarvi struggled in Edmonton but Haggerty feels it’s difficult to judge those numbers based on the “dumpster fire” the Oilers were before cleaning house earlier this year. They reportedly seek a top-nine player and a draft pick, which Haggerty believes the Bruins have in abundance. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Bruins off to a 5-1-2 start, GM Don Sweeney probably isn’t feeling much pressure to swing a trade right now. That doesn’t mean he’s ignoring his club’s need for secondary scoring. If he is monitoring the trade market it’s unlikely he sees anything worth pursuing right now. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’S “HEADLINES” SEGMENT

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston believes the New York Islanders hope to re-sign Mathew Barzal before next summer. The 22-year-old center is in the final season of his entry-level contract. Johnston doesn’t think contract talks have started yet. He points out Barzal has more points in his first two seasons than Toronto’s Mitch Marner had over the same period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After seeing contract talks drag on into preseason for this year’s crop of talented youngsters coming off their ELCs, the Isles understandably want to avoid that fate with Barzal. Other clubs aren’t wasting time getting similar players under contract. Since July 31, Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat, Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot, and Colorado Avalanche blueliner Samuel Girard all signed new contracts.

Elliotte Friedman reports Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has received calls from rival GMs wondering if he’s looking to shake things up. Guerin said he’s not making an emotional move or a deal simply for the sake of doing so. 

Johnston believes the Toronto Maple Leafs must move at least four players to become salary-cap compliant when defenseman Travis Dermott returns to the lineup. Nic Petan and Kevin Gravel already cleared waivers and can be sent directly to their AHL affiliate. Others who could move include Jason Spezza, Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin, Justin Holl, and Nick Shore. Friedman adds the Leafs are looking to trade him.







51 Comments

  1. The Boy Blunder Dubas has spent the Leafs into a cash crunch. The Leafs will most likely have a great regular season when the games looks like a mix of pond hockey and figure skating. Once the calendar hits April though Toronto will be heading to the playoffs with the same crew of creampuffs that has done zero zip nada when it matters most. As soon as the game returns to mens hockey the Charmin soft Leafs will fold and meekly disappear in their annual one and done playoff drive.

    No grit, no defence and no cap room to do a damn thing about it. Is this the year the Shanascam gets exposed as the collossal failure its starting to look like?

    • Looks like you’re hoping it will. lol

    • Yes dubas overpaid by 2 M for Marner and 1 M for Matthew’s but all the bottom readers mentioned mean nothing and they can go with 1 extra D and 0 extra forwards.

      All that matters is they recognize Babcock is what’s holding them back from contending and replace him with keefe and to a much lesser extent ceci and a solid backup is all they need.

    • h, just like they were in a “Cap Crunch” last summer, too…..right?

    • STFU and go cheer for your team.!!!!

      • Well said lol. This gets so old – this boy blunder crap- guy is an absolute outside the box thinker and did a masterful job resigning everyone. Matthews at a 11 plus is overpaid lol? Eichel makes 10 – Panarin more than Auston.

        You know the teams that have cap room wish they had the leafs dilemma.

        Leafs issue isn’t personnel- its the fact they are built for speed and today NHL and have a barbarian for a coach that wont adapt.

        Its funny, Leafs lost in 7 games to Boston, who lost in the finals- but they are soft- shaaadddd upp already.

        Enjoy your team

    • Lets not forget the boy genius running Leafs donated a 1st rnd pick(2020) as well

      • Ya, like Benning is any better!

      • Senile Lou’s fault not dubas

    • Their usual “one and done”?
      How about some perspective? The VERY young Leafs gave the eventual cup winning Caps a good run, nearly beating them when others, likely yourself included, pegged them to go out in 4 straight.
      The next year they went 7 against a very good and very experienced Bruins team. The was a close series that could have went either way, and the Leafs were still wet behind the ears.
      Last season they lost again in seven against that same bruins team who eventually played in the final.
      These “Cremepuff” Leafs aren’t as bad as you make them out to be. They had unarguably the hardest first round matchup for a top 7 league finish.
      Sure, they’ve got problems, and large holes to fill, and need to get tougher, you need to keep it real. They are still a top contender in this league.

  2. If the Isles intend on keeping Barzal and paying close to 10 mill a season.
    Isles need to get Barzal a legitimate finisher. They cannot wait for Walhstroms development.
    There will be cap space and trade chips.

    • Walhstron should be able to make a decent impact next year, no? That kid’s shot is deadly.

  3. Not sure how Hall would fit with Edmonton. Isn’t Draisitl playing lw with McD? Are you going to pay Hall 10m to play 2nd line with RNH? Where does that leave Neal? If you trade RNH, you can move Draisitl to 2C, but with hot start, what sense does that make? Devils seem to be the better fit and can give him an 8 year deal. Is that smart for Devils though? He’ll be 28 next month. They just extended Hischeir and will eventually have to pay Hughes. Imo they’re better off trading him at deadline, along with guys like Simmonds. Green is in last year. I think they trade Hall, but not to Oilers.

    • It is an odd discussion for sure-especially when you see how the Leafs have all their cash in a few forwards…why would the Oilers follow suit.

      Oilers first two lines clicking. They need a top D than Hall’s return

    • With what the Leafs are paying their over priced forwards Hall is going to ask for something similar. Just like the three Leafs players, Hall isn’t worth it, especially considering his injury history. There are better places the Oilers can spent their money.

    • Tanner is an idiot

      • Bingo, Frank.

      • It’s still an interesting proposal but I doubt it would ever happen. As for his credibility, opinions will always vary but it seems odd that the Hockey Writers would pay anybody to write for them who’s as stupid as you & BCLeaf fan claim he is.

    • So because the Senators were stupid and got screwed, the Devils should follow suit and make the same crappy deal? No thanks

  4. EDM, an enticing destination? Ok

    • FD, it is if your an NHL player. Hall didn’t want to leave. Neal seems pretty happy here.
      Also if you are a skilled professional. Business friendly. Mountains close and lots of open space if you like the outdoors. Great place to live actually.
      If it’s cold, dress for it.

      • I don’t know Ray I lived in Edmonton. Glad you like it, I didn’t. This comes from a guy who has Called Winnipeg home for the last 14 years and likes it, well not the winters.

    • No. That’s why we have teams in SJ & LA… Even AZ.

    • My thoughts upon reading that line exactly fd. Maybe something is in the water in Edmonton if they can actually see their team as an attractive destination.

      Could anyone in Edmonton send me some? Sounds like a fun Friday night

      • The Oil will have zero problem attracting FA’s when they actually have the $$ to spend. They haven’t until now either. Lucic was a dud but he had options and chose EDM. Thank you Cgy. Mcd and Draisaitl both signed on for the max 8 years. Marner and Matthews?
        The Oil will be a contender for the cup in 2 years. Maybe less. There are a whack of players from western Canada in the NHL, and believe it or not like living here.
        I really don’t give a crap what folks who haven’t lived here have to say about the place, but will defend it when trashed. Canada is one of the best places on earth to live, and consistently ranks high. Even higher than our neighbors to the south. There is a reason for that.

      • Dm me man. I want what you are smoking/drinking/banging/huffing/snorting. I’m jelly.

      • No prob Chrisms, come on up. Having a cocktail right now, and weed is legal nation wide.
        You may think I’m full of it, but it is a great place to live. Land of opportunity that’s chill. And we all get along, no matter where you come from.
        And the Oil have the best record in the NHL.

  5. Philadelphia is looking like themselves once again this year. 4 losses in a row. They will have another 10 game winning streak next month and set sail into the sunset with another disappointing year.

    • FD,

      Fletcher blew threw all the cap space Hextall garnered. 50 million for Kevin Hayes? Ive watched 4 Flyers games thus far and Hayes has played exactly as I expected. No forecheck, no speed no hustle. Drifting through the neutral zone likes its a Sunday skate at the local arena. I hated trading for him and detested actually signing him. He was a dud in New York, a bust in Winnipeg so none should be surprised.
      Fletcher returned to the Holmgren style of spend spend spend. There was zero need to add Niskanen or Braun with Myer or Morin just as capable for a truckload less dollars.

      • Ron, Fletch had an opportunity to mold a good team after Hex got the boot. I agree, what were they thinking signing Hayes to that deal?

      • FD,

        The results of Fletchers efforts in Minnesota should have been a red flag before the Flyers ever signed him.

        In my opinion Hextall should never have been let go.

      • Hextall wasn’t let go. He looked out the window and saw Robbie brown walk by. His fellow employees last saw him sprinting towards the exit screaming obscenities. He hasn’t been seen since.

      • Chrisms, Brownie is a beauty. LIves in Edmonton now I believe.

      • That was definitely a good putting me in my place ray. Tuche.

      • Ya, opportunity knocked. Brown is quite the guy, funny as hell, silky mitts.

  6. As per the above article ..

    Timashov and Justin Holl will be very difficult to part with .
    Holl – there is finally light at the end of the tunnel , will be a huge regret , if they do part with him
    Cecil will not be around next year , Tyson Barrie – they will not be able to afford .
    Leafs are in desperate need for a back up goalie.
    Hyman and Dermot on the mend , on their way back , player moves cannot be helped .
    We will see what happens .
    The 3rd and 4th lines have been the surprise to the early season
    I still go back to the 4 top paid players – 40! Million invested ..
    42 million left to fulfill 16 remaining roster .
    The top 4 burden will have to be rectified through a trade .
    There is no other answer , than to address the “ monster” they created .
    Matthews , Tavares, Marner, Nylander – 1 has to go !!!

    • We’ll know about the backup after Tuesday in Boston.

    • Holl is ok. They just need to dump ceci and they are fine cap wise and can upgrade backup. Leafs have lots of extra picks to make this happen so relax. Just pray for the babcock firing that’s the key to everything

      • Why do folks think that Keefe will be a better coach that Babcock? What has he accomplished?

      • Calder cup and developed lots of current leafs and is not a dinosaur who thinks veterans are good just because they are good old pros

  7. I don’t really understand what the Isles are doing with Ho-Sang. This kid can play. If they don’t want to give him a chance either force him back to Bridgeport or release him. There is no doubt they would trade him but who is going to give them anything of value for a guy they never give NHL time to and have told to stop playing for Bridgeport. With all the injuries the Isles have sustained and their lack of scoring he should have been given a chance. Instead they basically have told him to sit home. If I was Ho-Sang I would file a grievance to play him, trade him or release him so he could catch on with someone else or go to Europe.

  8. Panthers just signed Boyle

    Great depth move

  9. Tavaras will be put on LTIR for cap savings as will a few others to save some cap money.
    The sky continues to fall in Toronto, they don’t know what they are doing.
    Should follow Dorions example and trade everyone for draft picks.
    Seems to be working in Ottawa.
    They are steadily climbing to the top.

    • Since the Sens were an expansion team theyve won exactly the same number of Cups as the Leafs ( 0 ), and been to the Finals more often.

      Try again, lol.

      • And in that time 3 #1 picks, 2 #2 and a # 3.
        Should have won multiple championships and yet the terrible Leafs beat them out 4 times in the playoffs in 4 chances.
        Try again Ron Jull . lol

    • You and I disagree on most things Vinnie, but we agree on the Leafs.
      They will be fine this year and are a contender.
      Next year they need to move a forward for D help. Which I believe is allowed. Should be OK then as well.

      • Ray, we don’t disagree on most things all we talk about here is hockey.
        Leafs have alot of young talent, something they didn’t have till Shanahan came along.
        Do they still need some more parts , yes they do. It’s coming along nicely. They still have lots of nice prospects which they are developing. They seem to be adding size this year. Defense developing with the Marlies who are 6 wins no losses so far this year.

      • Good point Vinnie, we disagree on here sometimes. As a B’s fan I wish the Leafs sucked. But they don’t.

  10. Taylor Hall will be 27 for only 3 more weeks, then starting next year with his new long term deal and injury prone history some team will have a 29 year old player signed until over age 35. Good Luck with that.

  11. San Jose or LA Kings should try to trade for Zack Parise since they both old forwards, good news is Zack is locked up until age 40.

    Kovalchuk three year deal lol