NHL Rumor Mill – October 17, 2016

by | Oct 17, 2016 | Rumors | 30 comments

Could the New York Rangers pursue Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba?

Could the New York Rangers pursue Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba?

The New York Rangers could use Jacob Trouba, plus a list of next year’s top-10 UFAs in your NHL rumor mill. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba would fill a major hole on the New York Ranger blueline. He speculates the Rangers might land Trouba, who requested a trade before the start of this season, with a package of promising blueliner Brady Skjei and either winger Chris Kreider or versatile forward J.T. Miller. He even suggests adding rearguard Dylan McIlrath in the deal. 

However, Brooks feels that price is too high, adding the Rangers don’t need to be too hasty on this. He also suggests the more opportune time to add a skilled right-handed defenseman could be via free agency next July, when St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk might be available. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, while the Rangers could use a young defenseman with Trouba’s two-way abilities, they shouldn’t rush into things and overpay for the privilege. Brooks also points out the Rangers aren’t exactly brimming with depth among their top-nine forwards that they can afford to part with this season. I don’t doubt Rangers GM Jeff Gorton contacted the Jets to inquire about their asking price for Trouba, but he could lack the assets needed to land the young blueliner. 

SPORTSNET: Earlier this month, Luke Fox listed San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, Sharks center Joe Thornton, St. Louis Blues rearguard Kevin Shattenkirk, Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Montreal Canadiens right wing Alexander Radulov, Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie, Dallas Stars winger Patrick Sharp and Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner as his top-10 NHL unrestricted free agents for 2017. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We can quibble about where some of these players sit on Fox’s list, but there’s no question they are the best of the bunch. Of these, I anticipate Burns, Thornton, Oshie and Alzner to re-sign with their current clubs. Shattenkirk is most likely to be traded, followed by Bishop. Over the course of a long season, however, things can happen that affects their status. It’ll be worthwhile keeping an eye on these players throughout 2016-17.


  1. Come ON December 1! Then we can put the Trouba crap to bed as he sulks the rest of the season.

    • I think we talk more about Jacob Trouba; then Jacob Trouba talks about Jacob Trouba.

      • Ya think…. this site was the same way about Jimmy Vessey…now its Jacob Trouba lets be creative and talk about something else…

  2. Larry Brooks yet again declares himself obsolete, and a dinosaur to reality.

  3. That list of “best UFAs” available is a little thin. I think the following will be just as sought-after, especially those who could come relatively cheaply:

    G – Michael Neuvirth – Pha;

    D – Michael Stone – Ariz; Johnny Oduya – Dal; Kris Russell – Edm; Andrei Markov – Mtl; Michael DelZotto – Pha; Trevor Dailey – Pit; and these 3 who could help flesh out 5/6 pairings – Tom Gilbert – LA; Ron Hainsey – Car; Brendan Smith – Det ;

    C – Zach Smith – Ott; David Desharnais – Mtl; Patrick berglund – St.L; Chris Thorburn – Wpg;

    LW – Chris Kunitz – Pit; Alex Burrows – Van;

    RW – Drew Stafford – Wpg.

    Many, if not most, will re-up with their teams – but some will come on the market oif not snapped up by Las Vegas.

  4. Skjei and JT Miller and an exchange of picks of some sort seems reasonable for Trouba…NOT Kreider .

    • I like it.

  5. What team wouldn’t Jacob Trouba help? He is by all accounts a great player; however, I would be concerned about acquiring somebody who wants to dictate every aspect of how he is treated. Is hockey not a team game?

    Jeez! Just when I thought Edmonton might be turning the corner they get outscored 6-2! In the Calgary games the offence stayed ahead of the porous defense. Maybe they could sue Trouba? But I guess if you don’t like Winnipeg you probably wouldn’t like Edmonton.

    • use Trouba not sue Trouba

      • I like sue Trouba better.

    • 3 games in 4 nights this early is tough for any team.

      That said beating Calgary twice, who will be 1 of the worst teams in the West is not an significant accomplishment.

      I have Calgary 2nd worst in the west behind Vancouver.

      • Did you see the Vancouver/Calgary game? I think Calgary is going to challenge for that bottom spot,

      • I didn’t say they would beat Vancouver by much. Ha-ha! I have the standings very tight in the west from 7 through 14 & the same in the east 7 through 14. The bottom 2 will be back of the last place team in the pack by more than 6 points, I have it Columbus then Toronto as the 2 worst in the East.

        I have the difference between making the playoffs & finishing last in the west at 7 points & between 7th & 14th in the east at 8.

      • Sorry, no I refuse to watch Vancouver play unless playing Boston or another team I really enjoy watching play & they are plaentiful. I started with Bos/Tor then switched; PVR’d the last 2 periods watched after Phi/Arz, NYR/StL, then switched to Chi/Nas followed by Phi/Arz.

  6. Absolutely way too high of a price to pay. No way I’d give Skjei, Mcilrath, and Miller or Kreider. Regardless, without trading Girardi, or Klein I can’t see Gorton pulling the trigger on that deal.

    • I don’t disagree with you but I will say what I always say about McIlrath. He is a borderline depth NHL Dman. His value in trade is virtually non existent. NYR doesn’t want to waive him as they assume he will get claimed. He would but that’s the only way he moves unless just thrown into another trade to get him off NYR’s roster.

      I don’t like this player. Never have never will. Ha-ha!

      • With Klein & now Girardi on the shelf he will get a chance to dress.

        I should say I haven’t liked Clendening’s game either & would far prefer to see Skjei getting 2nd line PP time. Seeing the 2nd most PP time at D behind McDonagh & has managed 4 shots.

        Unfortunately Vigneault leans to more experienced players to a fault in most cases. Not always; see Buchnevich, but I also don’t like the fact that Miller isn’t seeing any PP time.

        Boy is Vigneault leaning on Kreider, Zibanejad & Buchnevich. They have been awesome. Buchenvich has made some mistakes but this player is far more developed & NHL ready than I thought. What a great find.

        Zibanejad 4, Brassard 2. 80 games to go.

  7. I just don’t get this feeling people have about NYR. This is a solid young group of forwards & for me 1 of the most balanced forward groups in the NHL, certainly top 10. They don’t have the top end talent most teams have but depth is solid. # by name is age today.

    Vesey; 23, Stepan; 26, Zuccarello; 29.
    Kredier; 25, Zibanejad; 23, Buchnevich; 21.
    Miller; 23, Hayes; 24, Nash; 32.
    Grabner; 29, Pirri; 25, Fast; 24.

    Lindberg when he returns; 24.

    They are incredibly fast, have 3 balanced scoring lines. The biggest issue for me is they are so young that several of these players are still 2 or 3 years away from being the players they will be in the NHL.

    I have NYR as a lock to make the top 6 in the East even with a questionable D. Boy did they look great against StL the other night. StL will be the best team in the West & top 3 in the entire NHL. StL did lose Lehtera, Brodziak & Gunnarson in that game but in the 3rd period NYR held StL to no shots & if not for Hutton who was amazing they would have won that game.

    Go listen to Hitchcock’s interview talking about NYR’s team speed.

  8. After being 0-13, I got to see Boston win a game live. Will tonight be a streak of 2. Excited to see some of these young kids on both sides. Laine and Kyle Connor (who Boston passed on 3 times) for the jets and the young dual of Carlo and O’Gara on D for Boston. Got seats directly behind the net in row 1. Never been this close before, but have a feeling I’m not going to like the seat too much because the goalie could be blocking my view. I will say this for two tickets $504 isn’t cheap, something I can only afford once or twice a year that close. Do you think if I tap on the glass the goalie in kind would move to the left or right based on my request to see the action.

    • Caper it would be cheaper to fly to Vancouver & watch the Canucks play. Ha-ha! well no the air fair deals from Winnipeg to Vancouver aren’t very good. plan 2 weeks in advance & you might do it for 300 round trip. Had some buddies go to the Canucks game last night. They paid 25 a ticket. My scalper buddy has sent out the following.

      TUE, 18 OCT 2016 BLUES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
      THU, 20 OCT 2016 SABRES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
      TUE, 25 OCT 2016 SENATORS CANUCKS 7:00 PM

      He can’t sell all his tickets at even that price point. If you could just find a cheap hotel you would be better served to fly here & watch games. ha-ha!

      • Sorry $40 a seat.

      • Does Vancouver have an NHL team?

      • Haaahaaaaa

        Not 1 that anyone wants to watch. In most cases currently even for free, the reason I gave up my seasons tickets. Couldn’t give them away last season.

      • As someone once said last season, I went to a restaurant and left 2 tickets to that night’s game on my windshield with a note saying “free.’ When I cam out later there were 4 tickets with another note saying “bring 2 friends.”

  9. C’mon,the real question Rangers fans want to know is whether or not Hertl goes between the legs again at MSG tonight.

    • They also want to know if the great Jimmy Vesey will score !

      • He certainly had some great chances the other night.

  10. Carey Price will miss his 3rd straight game due to the “flu.” That must be some bug! Not only is it a tad early for the flu, if indeed it IS the flu are these guys prohibited from getting the flu shot??

    • Thanks for the reminder on the flu shot George. I get one every year so I call to see if they have it yet at the pharmacy, and not until the 21st in Edmonton.

      • ananyone know why the sabres havn’t put e.kane on the I.R. after 5 days? don’t teams save money by doing this quickly. maybe buffalo has too much cash. i’ve never seen a gap with a long stretch before I.R. am i missing something? or does it have something to do with a trade?