NHL Rumor Mill – November 5, 2019
Updates on Tyler Toffoli, Marc Staal, and Taylor Hall in today’s NHL rumor mill.
TOFFOLI TRADE SPECULATION GROWING
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston notes Los Angeles Kings winger Tyler Toffoli is among several notable veterans (including Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook) who were recent healthy scratches. He considers them available in the trade market, though Toffoli is younger (27), slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and doesn’t carry contract baggage like the others. Johnston suggests Toffoli is a player worth watching near the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
Johnston’s colleague Luke Fox reports Toffoli’s contract lacks no-trade protection and would be easier to move than an older veteran like Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, or Jonathan Quick. The winger acknowledged the struggles that led to his recent scratching fueled the trade speculation. “It comes with not playing well and not winning games, so whatever happens, happens,” he said.
BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Jimmy Murphy wonders if the Bruins will revisit their previous interest in Toffoli or Carter to bolster their second line. He considersToffoli a more affordable option than Carter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much will depend upon Toffoli’s performance, the cost of re-signing him, and whether Kings management believes he has a role in their rebuilding plans. General manager Rob Blake could be open to enticing offers. If he decides to shop Toffoli it could happen close to the trade deadline to get the best return possible.
MARC STAAL’S DAYS WITH THE RANGERS COULD BE NUMBERED
THE ATHLETIC: Rick Carpiniello believes the New York Rangers will eventually part ways with Marc Staal. The 32-year-old defenseman was a healthy scratch from their last three games. The Rangers are bringing in younger blueliners. That won’t leave room for Staal, who’s signed through 2020-21 with an annual average value of $5.7 million.
Carpiniello believes Staal could still play in a lesser role with a better team. The Rangers could try to trade him but Staal must agree to waive his no-movement clause. They would also have to pick up part of his salary-cap hit.
That move, however, might not come until next summer and could mean taking back a bad contract at another position. A contract buyout next summer would cost the Rangers $3.5667 million next season and $1.067 million the following season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal will have to get into some games if the Blueshirts hope to drum up some interest in his services. He could agree to waive his NMC if a playoff contender comes calling this season. The Rangers would likely agree to pick up part of his cap hit rather than back a toxic contract or buying him out next summer.
HALL’S AGENT TO MEET WITH DEVILS GM
THE SCORE: Josh Wegman cites NHL.com’s Michael Morreale reporting Taylor Hall’s agent will meet with New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero at some point during the club’s upcoming Western Canada road trip. The two have spoken regularly but this will be their first face-to-face meeting since training camp.
Hall is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Wegman speculates Shero could trade Hall if he’s unable to re-sign him before the trade deadline.