NHL Rumor Mill – October 27, 2016
Updates on Hampus Lindholm, Jacob Trouba, Mike Condon and Dylan McIlrath in your NHL rumor mill.
Note: Following links via Today’s Slapshot’s Chris Nichols.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports he spoke with someone close to the contract situation of Anaheim Ducks restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm. They claimed the line in the sand has been drawn in the sand regarding the negotiations, pointing out they’re still about $250K per season apart.
Dreger also said there was a conversation about two weeks ago between the Ducks and Colorado Avalanche, with Avs captain Gabe Landeskog being mentioned for Lindholm. However, Ducks GM Bob Murray wants nothing to do with trading the young blueliner.
When asked about a possible move of Lindholm to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dreger said he thought “that’s a pretty significant stretch.”
Dreger’s colleague Bob McKenzie also reported he gets the sense that discussions between Lindholm and the Ducks have heated up and if a deal gets done, it wouldn’t surprise him if it occurred within the next 24-48 hours.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we take Murray at face value (always a dangerous thing to do with NHL GMs), he has no intention of trading Lindholm and still hopes to re-sign him, even though it’ll mean a tricky juggling act with his limited cap space.
Interesting speculation regarding Lindholm-for-Landeskog. It’s not the first time this year the Avs captain surfaced in the trade rumor mill. I wonder if that was the Ducks asking price, or if the Avs are seriously considering moving their captain for a top-two defenseman? I’d love to read the views of Ducks and Avs fans on this one.
McKenzie also weighed in on the status of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Mike Condon, who’s been the subject of trade/waiver speculation with Matt Murray rejoining the lineup. McKenzie said the Pens aren’t adverse to trading Condon, but won’t put him on waivers. They want to hold onto him as long as possible as he gives them flexibility down the road.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Penguins place Condon on waivers he’ll be quickly snapped up by one of the clubs (Kings, Bruins, Coyotes) in need of a boost between the pipes. Better to put him on the trade block in hopes of getting a draft pick or a player in return.
SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman believes the New York Rangers want Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, but claims the Jets’ asking price is too high. Regarding Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath, Friedman thinks they’re really trying to move him before having to place him on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets asking price is reportedly a good, young top-four defenseman with a left-handed shot. The only Blueshirt who comes close to fitting that description is promising Brady Skjei, but he’s not at the same skill level as Trouba. The Rangers will have to add a sweetener with Skjei to pull this off.