Latest on Scott Hartnell, Tyson Barrie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Dustin Brown and many more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
Updates on Hartnell, Eriksson, Barrie, Hanzal and Brown
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell has agreed to waive his no-movement clause for a decent-sized list of team. The Jackets tried unsuccessfully to move Hartnell before the trade deadline but the asking price was high. Hartnell is 34 and has three years left on his contract, which could be of concern to potential suitors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe there will be interest in Hartnell. However, the Blue Jackets might have to pick up part of his $4.75 million annual cap hit through 2018-19 or take back another contract.
The Boston Bruins and pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson will make a final attempt at working out a deal.
Friedman wonders if the Colorado Avalanche would move Tyson Barrie without first getting some defensive help. He claims the Avs are hot for Winnipeg Jets blueliner Jacob Trouba but that’s easier said than done. The Detroit Red Wings could also be interested in Trouba.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Trouba’s situation become a repeat of the Dougie Hamilton story last summer (trade demand plus rumors of an offer sheet), I don’t see the Jets shipping him out. He’s completing an entry-level contract and lacks arbitration rights. He also reportedly keen to re-sign with the Jets.
If the Arizona Coyotes trade center Martin Hanzal for a defenseman, they’ll be in the market to replace him. They’ve asked for his trade list, but are also interested in working out a contract extension. Hanzal is eligible next summer for UFA status.
The acquisition of Marc Savard’s contract from the Florida Panthers removes the New Jersey Devils as a destination for Pavel Datsyuk’s contract if the Detroit Red Wings try to trade it later this month. Friedman suggests the Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes as two likely destinations. Removing Savard’s cap hit also clears cap room to re-sign Vincent Trocheck. Even if New Jersey hits the ceiling, it will have almost $9M in injury relief with Ryane Clowe and Savard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers could also use the cap savings to re-sign Reilly Smith and pending UFA blueliner Brian Campbell.
Among the new details seeping out regarding an expansion draft: “While the new team(s) can trade anyone taken, none of the players can go back to their previous club until January 1. There will also be no buyouts of anyone selected until after the first expansion season. Finally, there will be a guaranteed spot in the draft lottery for four years.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, teams cannot reacquire players they trade from Jan 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018.
Friedman wonders if the expansion draft could be a long-term solution for the Los Angeles Kings and Dustin Brown. He believes “an expansion team in Vegas could be the right fit, assuming the Kings provide it with proper incentives.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only incentive I think they can offer is picking up part of Brown’s $5.875 million annual cap hit through 2021-22 and maybe tossing a draft pick or prospect into the deal.
Goalie trade candidates, updates on Shattenkirk and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports talk of potential NHL expansion next summer is prompting speculation there could be a flood of trades during the upcoming NHL draft (June 24-25). The biggest moves could be goaltenders as teams can only protect one in the expansion draft. Possibilities could include Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Frederick Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there isn’t an expansion draft, I think Bishop, Andersen and Fleury could be trade bait this summer. All are being challenged for the starter’s role with their respective teams by younger goalies. The Lighting could face shedding salary this summer if they re-sign Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn. Andersen is a restricted free agent this summer but he could prove too expensive for the budget-conscious Ducks to re-sign. Meanwhile, the Penguins are squeezed for cap space and must free up some room.
Garrioch wonders if the Florida Panthers are listening to offers for defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having moved out Erik Gudbranson and facing the possible departure of Brian Campbell to free agency, the Panthers could be unwilling to trade another defenseman.
Teams could express interest in Columbus Blue Jackets winger and captain Nick Foligno. The Jackets are also trying to move left wing Scott Hartnell.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Jackets prefer to retain Foligno, but it doesn’t hurt to listen to offers.
There’s talk teams are calling the Edmonton Oilers regarding forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, Seven or eight teams are believed in the market this summer for top-six forwards.
The Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes could be among six or seven teams believed to have spoken to the St. Louis Blues regarding defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.