NHL Rumor Mill – October 22, 2016

by | Oct 22, 2016 | Rumors | 36 comments

Some NHL clubs are kicking the tires on demoted Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Some NHL clubs are kicking the tires on demoted Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Possible goaltending trade candidates plus updates on Jacob Trouba, Cam Fowler and more in your NHL rumor mill. 

NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis speculates the Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders could make moves to address their goaltending. Kings starter Jonathan Quick is sidelined up to three months, leaving backup Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj to carry the load. The Isles are carrying three goalies and Cyrgalis wonders if Kings GM Dean Lombardi will make a pitch to acquire J-F Berube, who was claimed off waivers from the Kings by the Islanders last year. 

Cyrgalis also notes the Pittsburgh Penguins will have to decide between recently re-signed netminder Matt Murray and long-time starter Marc-Andre Fleury before next June’s NHL expansion draft. They can only protect one of them. 

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance wonders if teams with injured starting goalies, such as the Kings and Arizona Coyotes, might turn to former Winnipeg Jets starter Ondrej Pavelec, who’s currently toiling in the minors. Custance cites sources claiming the Jets are getting tire-kicking inquiries about Pavelec, though those clubs might prefer if the Jets pick up half of his $3.9 million cap hit. Custance reports a source said the Coyotes aren’t in the goalie market as they’re hopeful Mike Smith’s recent leg injury isn’t serious. 

TSN.CA:  Pierre LeBrun wonders if the Kings could be interested in Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Mike Condon, who could be placed on waivers once Matt Murray returns to active duty.

He also breaks down the options for the Penguins over what to do with Fleury before next June’s expansion draft. They could trade Fleury with his consent to a desired team before the March 1 trade deadline or prior to the expansion draft, ask him to waive his no-movement clause to become available in the expansion draft, buy out his contract and make him a free agent, thus allowing them to protect Murray, or swing a side deal with Las Vegas to ensure Murray isn’t selected if left unprotected. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings and Coyotes appear willing for now to see how things pan out with their respective goaltending situations. However, if Zatkoff and Budaj struggle for the Kings and if Smith is out longer than expected for the Coyotes, those clubs could be forced to dive into the goalie market. Condon would be an affordable option for either club, especially if he hits the waiver wire. As for the Penguins, I expect they’ll wait until June to decide what to do with Fleury. 

TSN.CA: Pierre LeBrun reports the standoff continues between the Winnipeg Jets and restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, who is withholding his services and currently back home in Michigan awaiting a trade. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s asking price is a young, top-four, left-handed defenseman. He also has the full support of Jets’ ownership. 

Regarding Anaheim Ducks blueliner Cam Fowler, teams continue to inquire into his availability. While it’s assumed the Ducks could trade Fowler and his $4 million cap hit to clear cap space to re-sign restricted free agent Hampus Lindholm, that’s still not a certainty. Among their options to free up cap room in the short term could be placing someone like Simon Despres ($3.75 million cap hit) on LTIR if he remains sidelined. 

ESPN.COM: Replying to a reader’s question, Craig Custance doubts the Detroit Red Wings can land Trouba, suggesting Anaheim Ducks blueliner Cam Fowler as a better option. The challenge for the Ducks and Wings in such a deal is money, as both clubs are squeezed for cap space. Fowler’s annual cap hit is $4 million. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty doesn’t see the Boston Bruins as a fit for Trouba. He also doubts the Bruins can land Fowler, as it doesn’t seem like the Ducks will move him in-season to a team with playoff hopes of their own. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s safe to assume the Lindholm/Fowler situation is sorted out before the Trouba-Jets standoff. If Despres goes on LTIR, I expect the Lindholm re-signing will quickly follow. That could be only a short-term solution for the Ducks, as they’ll have to clear cap space when Despres and sidelined forward Nate Thompson ($1.6 million) are ready to return to action. 

STLTODAY.COM:  Responding to questions from his readers, Jeremy Rutherford speculates the St. Louis Blues could attempt to re-sign forward Patrik Berglund rather than lose him to free agency for nothing. He also said the Blues prefer to retain defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but not if it costs $6 million annually, especially with Colton Parayko in the lineup and Jordan Schmaltz on the horizon. 


  1. I wonder if the Ducks just don’t pull a Stan Bowman and give away one of their stockpile of high end D prospects to a young team with some cap room to take Stoner and his 3.25 cap hit off their hands and keep Fowler…seems like the easiest thing to do with Vantanrn and Lindholm likely to be locked up plus Fowler in the top 4, it could make 1of Larson Montour or Theodore expendable.

    • Jersey a great match.

      • Yep that’s what I had in mind as well.

      • stoner might be a top 6 in jersey and one of the prospects would fill an organizational depth need. maybe a 2nd to ANA?

      • a deal like that would give the Ducks just over 4 in space along with Depres and Thompsons LTIR it would almost be enough for Lindholm.

      • If Despres ends up on LTIR Anaheim may be able to make the monies work with out doing anything else. It all depends on if Despres goes on LTIR & for how long.

        When Rackell comes off non roster player status next week, I assume Raymond is going down to get roster compliant. When Lindholm signs a Dman will be sent down.

        Despres & Thompson alone are 5.3 mil in potentially cap relief. With 2 players sent down to stay at the 23 man roster limit another 1.5 is freed up. Anaheim could also decide to run with 21 or 22 players as opposed to 23 to save another mil to mil 5 & with each passing game Lindholm’s cap hit drops about 35K per game when amortized over the NHL’s 179 day pay period.

        I just wish something would give. Dragging to long.

      • Trading fowler is the best option for now and in the future he makes the most sense for getting a good return of picks and prospects as well

      • If Lindholm was to sign under the circumstances you laid out above not sure a D (who I think would be Larsson? According to Capfriendly) would have to go down…Depres would be on LTIR for the moment and not on the roster.

    • If that “young team” is Ottawa (who have the cap space) I’d personally rather see Stoner in the 5/6 role than Borowiecki. But again, I’m not about to hold my breath.

      • I like the idea. Stoner can move up or down in the lineup. Wasnt he on waivers ? Ottawa didnt pick him up then so why would they now. Shticky is right maybe throw in a nice plum cherry on top and Pierre will bite. Wonder what Ottawa would send in return.
        It makes sense to try and keep Fowler if ANA has cup aspirations.
        Unfortunately I see nothing happening with Ottawa. Dorion will sit on his hands as the world passes him by.

    • Never thought of Ottawa but I’m not sure which D Is want playing bottom pairing mins…3.25 mill for the next 2 years doesn’t seem like something that the Sens should be thinking of on the blue line in my opinion. 15 mill for Methot Phaneuf and Stoner isn’t the greatest allocation of cap space to me.

      • Very true – but they do have close to $7 mil in cap space which they don’t seem ready to spend anywhere else and in Stoner’s case it’s only for this year and next. What bugs me the most about Borowiecki (who costs $1.1 mil) is, what do they do when (not if – but when based upon his recent histry) Methot goes down from some nagging injury? Who moves up alongside Karlsson? Probably Phaneuf – but then someone has to take his 3/4 minutes alongside Ceci. Since Ceci and Wideman are both more offensive types it won’t be the latter, so that leaves Borowiecki playing those critical minutes. Doesn’t thrill me at all.

      • AND, I should add,I base my thoughts on your original post which says “… give away one of their stockpile of high end D prospects (Larson, Montour or Theodore)”

        To me, that’s a cheap price to pay to stockpile their young D corps. I’d do it in a flash.

      • trading fowler is the best option they’re not giving away affordable prospects

  2. The Ducks don’t want to move Fowler in-season to a team with playoff hopes? Wtf does that mean? Boston is in the other conference. Can someone explain what that is all about? Makes no f*cking sense.

    • Reading the article I think he was referring to Anaheim not wanting to trade a top 4 D while they (the Ducks), have playoff aspirations

    • Lol, no surprise, it’s from Haggerty.

  3. If the Anaheim Ducks, (usually a 3-5 million below cap team),have cap problems and it looks like the cap ceiling for the near future may not grow much, how long before another lock out and reset ? Another stop me before I kill again moment

    • Oh I think it’s not even a question…there is another work stoppage coming for the NHL, it’s how business gets done.

  4. with a improved D in Boston so far this season, because its early in year so Chara isn’t tired yet and McQuaid & K Miller aren’t on the ice, would like to see them add Fowler to set up a nice core D for years, in with the new out with the old

  5. I would not give Theodore but the other two in order for a team to take on Stoner and his salary

    • Ducks would be dumb to give up any of those guys just to offload Stoner. It’s one thing to give up Lawson Crouse, who cant score in the OHL. But Theodore, Montour, and Larsson are all guaranteed top 4 dmen, almost guaranteed top 3, and 50/50 to be top pair guys each of them. You dont give up pieces like that to dump salary.

      • Exactly ruby that’s why trading fowler for picks and prospects makes the most sense when those young could step up

      • Young D*

      • Teravainen and Bickel for a second and third round pick…Don’t think there are any issues wit Teravainen scoring or with the Coyotes or the Canes picking up some pretty decent prospects for taking on contracts

      • The stars got Johns (a D prospect) for saving the Hawks 2.8 mill for taking Sharp s contract

      • Not a good comparison with a 3rd line forward and Theodore Montour and Larson?? Really makes no sense??

  6. From a Flames fan to anyone who wants to take Stoner in order to also get the prospect, beware the Engelland monster!

  7. what about
    To LA….Niemi
    To DAL….Stoner
    TO ANA….picks (for cap space)

    now with Zatkoff hurt…LA needs a reasonable goalie and can trade Niemi later.

    Dallas needed to free up one of their goalie spots and needs D depth

    Anaheim gets cap clearance for the season to better decide a Fowler move opposed to a forced one.

  8. Ducks have lots of prospects to go with Stoner so they can get him off the cap. once that is done the still have the option to trade to get scoring for a dman? Still think they should go after Michalek and/or JVR? Both of them would cost a 1st round pick plus a prospect and maybe more but they end up with a cheap addition to their core plus a rental for a run for the Cup. This creates more space for rookies on the Leafs roster. Of course Fowler could be part of the deal rather than the first pick? The Leafs could then turn Fowler over to the Jets for Trouba?

    • Another horrible defensive game by the leafs they need to get some defensive dmen this lead blowing is quickly becoming a trand

  9. Memo. Krug isn’t worth the $$$ he’s getting

    • No doubt anyone that doesn’t want to trade him for trouba is a donkey?

  10. I think that some of the teams that might need a starting goaltender may start taking a good look at Detroit Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard as he is off to an impressive start this year. If the Wings are able to move him and his contract, it may free up the money for a possible trade for Jacob Trouba.

  11. Bruins front office has traded Boychuk and Hamilton now they are looking for Dman. This front office is a joke Seguin, Wheeler and Thornton what players do we still have from these trades?

    • A Stanley Cup