NHL Rumor Mill – September 27, 2016
Latest on Jacob Trouba plus updates on Dennis Seidenberg and the Dallas Stars in your NHL rumor mill.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Scott Billeck reports agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, is adamant that his restricted free agent client wants to be traded. He dismissed the notion that Trouba’s desire for more playing time on the right side was a smokescreen for selfishness or a desire to make more money
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen believes it’s unlikely there will be a quick resolution to Trouba’s trade request. He points out the Jets made it clear they want a player of Trouba’s age and caliber in return. Allen also drew comparisons to Jonathan Drouin’s failed trade request with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He believes Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff must be cautious and patient in how he addresses this. Allen lists the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils as five teams that could benefit from acquiring Trouba.
TSN (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Bob McKenzie reports the Jets are seeking a “high-impact, one-for-one deal” of a” top 4 or top-pairing left-shot defenseman” to replace Trouba on the let side. While noted Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Ristolainen (like Trouba, a restricted free agent) is a comparable and believing the Sabres could have interest in Trouba, McKenzie doesn’t believe they’ll part with Ristolainen. He also doesn’t see the Anaheim Ducks swapping RFA blueliner Hampus Lindholm for Trouba. He notes the New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes would be interested in Trouba, but lack the asset the Jets are currently seeking.
Craig Button, meanwhile, believes Trouba’s public trade request makes it difficult for Cheveldayoff to find the right return, as he’s pursuing something to help his team now. Of the type of return the Jets GM could seek, Button listed Toronto’s Morgan Rielly, Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm, Florida’s Michael Matheson, Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse, Columbus’ Zach Werenski and Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov as potential trade targets. All are left-handed defensemen, though he doubts those teams will give up those players.
NBC SPORTS/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Jason Brough and Helene St. James believe the Detroit Red Wings could use a defenseman such as Trouba. They both note the Wings have depth in forwards, though they agree Dylan Larkin is an untouchable. However, the Jets could ask for defenseman Danny DeKeyser. That would be a steep price for Trouba, who hasn’t established himself yet as a top-pairing rearguard.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox believes the Maple Leafs have the pieces, including its first-round pick in 2017, to make a competitive bid for Trouba. He notes the Leafs have considerable depth in promising young forwards, such as William Nylander. If the Jets want immediate help, he suggests winger James van Riemsdyk as an option. While acknowledging the Leafs would be down the list of potential destinations for Trouba, Cox isn’t ruling it out if the Jets priorities change and urgency mounts to get Trouba dealt prior to the Dec. 1 deadline for signing restricted free agents. Cox also rejects comparing Trouba’s holdout to that of Jonathan Drouin’s last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, noting Drouin was still under contract when he made his failed bid for a trade.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggested the Oilers might not be as keen to acquire Trouba as other clubs might be. Staples adds Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who was the bench boss for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey, didn’t insert Trouba into the lineup until after Aaron Ekblad got hurt. He also notes reliable Oilers insider Bob Stauffer never mentioned Trouba as a possible trade target this spring, focusing instead on Carolina’s Justin Faulk and Colorado’s Tyson Barrie. In recent talk on his radio show regarding Trouba, Stauffer brought up the blueliner’s contract status as a sticking point,
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika doesn’t expect the Dallas Stars to pursue Trouba. Among the factors is the expensive cost of acquiring and re-signing him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets are seeking a top-four defenseman to replace Trouba on the left side of their blueline, that deal could indeed be difficult to come by. Once the season begins, Cheveldayoff will face mounting pressure to get a deal done before the Dec. 1 due date for RFA signings. A lot can happen to affect his asking price. The club can struggle out of the gate, some key players could get injured or there could be a glaring lack of depth elsewhere in the roster that must be addressed. For now, time is on Cheveldayoff’s side and he can afford to be patient.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter the Ottawa Senators are among “a handful of teams” with interest in defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who’s had a strong performance with Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.
SIRIUS XM NHL NETWORK RADIO (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said his club has the salary-cap flexibility to make a trade if needed later this season. Nill points out he’s got nearly $6 million in cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending on the Stars’ needs, Nill could be quite busy leading up to the Feb. 28 trade deadline. Could be worth keeping an eye on over the course of this season.