Updates on Taylor Hall, PK Subban, Jacob Trouba, Tyson Barrie & many more in your NHL Rumor Mill.
This NHL offseason could be a busy one.
TSN 1040 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Bob McKenzie believes if there’s an expansion draft next June that a lot of NHL teams interested in making “seismic shifts” this summer. Noting the Anaheim Ducks must decide between goaltenders Frederik Andersen and John Gibson plus defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm are RFAs, he expects they’ll move a goalie and a blueliner.
He claims the Boston Bruins seek a defenseman and the Colorado Avalanche need depth at forward. He believes the Colorado Avalanche desperately need blueline help, wondering if Winnipeg Jets rearguard Jacob Trouba might be in play and if Avs blueliner Tyson Barrie or center Matt Duchene are available.
The Detroit Red Wings will try to move Pavel Datsyuk’s contract but it could also cost them either Tomas Jurco or Teemu Pulkkinen. If they can free up cap space they could get into the bidding for Steven Stamkos via free agency.
The Edmonton Oilers are anxious to address their blueline. They could move a high-profile forward such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle. The Florida Panthers cleared some cap space to re-sign Vincent Trocheck but could also look at other moves.
McKenzie wonders if the LA Kings will part ways left wing Milan Lucic and if the Montreal Canadiens will make any significant moves. He also believes the Arizona Coyotes, holding the 7th and 20th picks in the upcoming draft, could try to do something. He speculates they could make a pitch to Toronto for the first-overall pick but doubts the Maple Leafs will part with it.
Steven Stamkos’ status remains uncertain, the Leafs have the young assets to make some moves, as could the Vancouver Canucks. The Washington Capitals will want to do something to get them over the playoff hump while Jets defenseman Trouba could be in play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice summation of some of the teams that could be busy this summer and the players that could be moved. Interesting to see Duchene’s name surfacing again in the rumor mill. It’ll be interesting to see if his name appears in heavy rumor rotation next week as the draft weekend approaches. As for Trouba…
Jets GM not shopping Trouba.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he’s not actively shopping defenseman Jacob Trouba. “I’m not trying to trade anybody. In this game there’s the distinct possibility that anybody can get traded, said Cheveldayofff. Friesen also reports the Jets GM is working on re-signing Trouba and fellow RFA Mark Scheifele.“So trying to trade him? No.”
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell reports the Jets have plenty of salary-cap space (over $18 million) to re-sign RFAs Mark Scheifele and Trouba, but there’s uncertainty over what the numbers will be. With an increasing number of young Jets pushing for roster spots, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff might not be very active in the free-agent market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trouba is also reportedly keen to re-sign with the Jets. I don’t doubt Cheveldayoff is getting calls from some clubs inquiring into Trouba’s trade status, but it doesn’t sound as though he’s in play.
Updates on Hall and Subban.
TSN 1260 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger discussed possible moves by the Edmonton Oilers. He claims left wing Taylor Hall become more a topic of interest during the Cup Final than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle “for obvious reasons.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could take Hall to land a true top-two defenseman via the trade market. Doing so, however, leaves a significant gap at left wing. So I’m not putting much stock into the Hall trade speculation.
TSN 690 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Dreger claims he spoke with two Western Conference GMs who reached out to Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin regarding the availability of defenseman P.K. Subban. Both were told Subban wasn’t going to be moved. While Dreger acknowledges anything can happen between now and when Subban’s no-trade clause kicks in on July 1, he still considers it very unlikely the Canadiens will trade their top defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This concludes the latest on Subban’s trade status. Tune in next week for more of the same.
Latest on the Red Wings and Senators.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan, responding to questions from his readers, believes Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba or St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk would be better defense targets than Colorado’s Tyson Barrie, but also acknowledged both would be more expensive to land than Barrie. Regarding Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who has four years left on his contract with a partial no-trade clause, Khan doubts he’ll be moved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landing Trouba (who reportedly isn’t being shopped), Shattenkirk or Barrie could cost more than the Wings wish to pay. If they free up sufficient cap space, perhaps they’ll look at the free-agent market to bolster their blueline. If they do go the trade route, Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar could be shopped.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Ottawa Senators are expected to let RFA defenseman Patrick Wiercioch depart via unrestricted free agency this summer. There’s also a belief they could shop RFA winger Alex Chiasson. There’s nothing new regarding contract talks with RFA winger Mike Hoffman, while the Sens are believed to have made short- and long-term contract offers to RFA defenseman Cody Ceci. It’s thought new GM Pierre Dorion is comfortable with his current crop of forwards and his hopeful winger Clarke MacArthur (concussion) is healthy for next season. The Senators would like someone to play regularly with blueliner Mark Borowiecki.