Updates on Jonathan Drouin and Travis Hamonic, plus speculation on Ondrej Pavelec’s future with the Jets.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports the entry-level contract of suspended Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin won’t be tolled forward a season. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league “(hasn’t) previously had a practice of allowing clubs to toll partial season breaches,” adding if Drouin were in the final season of his current contract, there may have been sufficient grounds to consider it. Drouin, 21, is currently in the second season of his three-year ELC. That means any team trading for him will be acquiring a contract with only one season remaining on it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt that’ll dampen interest in Drouin leading up to the NHL Draft weekend in June. Granted, he could ask for a significant long-term deal if he plays well next season with his new team. However, he won’t have arbitration rights next summer, leaving him with little leverage but to stage a holdout. While he’s going that route right now with the Bolts, I doubt he’ll return to that well again in next summer’s contract negotiations with his new team.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic declined to address the issue of his trade request with Winnipeg reporters prior to his club’s game against the Jets last night. Last summer, Hamonic requested a trade to be closer to his St. Malo, Manitoba home for family reasons. With the trade deadline past, any chance of the Isles and Jets working on a Hamonic trade will have to wait until the offseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To acquire Hamonic, the Jets could be forced to part with Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers. They could dangle Toby Enstrom, but I doubt the Isles will be interested in his $5.75 million cap hit. That’s assuming he would agree to waive his no-movement clause. The Jets won’t be the only Western Canadian team with interest in Hamonic, as the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks could certainly use him.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen recently speculated on where Jets veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec fits into the club’s plans following this season. Pavelec has a year remaining on his contract, and he acknowledged that’s a decision for management to make.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:Questions over Pavelec’s future with the Jets have been floating around since last season. With young Connor Hellebuyck looking like starter material and Michael Hutchinson as a capable backup, Jets management could decide to gauge Pavelec’s value in this summer’s trade market. He’ll earn $4.75 million in actual salary next season but the cap hit is an affordable $3.9 million, plus he lacks a no-trade clause. The Calgary Flames could be in the market for goaltending depth this summer and might cast an eye toward Pavelec. So could the Toronto Maple Leafs if they opt to part ways with Jonathan Bernier. The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres could also be in the goaltending market.