NHL Rumor Mill – November 14, 2016
Updates on Dougie Hamilton, Kevin Shattenkirk, the Senators & more in your NHL rumor mill.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson reports Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton acknowledged seeing his name brought up as a possible trade candidate during Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” intermission segment. He said he’s not thinking too much about the rumors, adding he enjoys playing for the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per that HNiC report on Saturday from Nick Kypreos, when it’s believed the Flames aren’t shopping Hamilton, his stock isn’t that high right now. Factor in his $5.75 million annual cap hit through 2020-21, and the high numbers of clubs with limited cap space, and moving him could become a difficult task.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the upcoming meeting of NHL general managers on Tuesday could provide an opportunity for some to try to get some trade talks going.
Prior to the Winnipeg Jets re-signing defenseman Jacob Trouba, there was some speculation they and the Anaheim Ducks discussed a deal involving Cam Fowler but it was never close or realistic. Lots of teams had interest in Trouba but couldn’t stomach the Jets’ high asking price.
With the Calgary Flames struggling, GM Brad Treliving’s working the phones “big time”. There’s isn’t much interest in Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland or forward Lance Bouma.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Treliving will have to offer up more than that if he hopes to land a player who can help reverse the Flames fortunes. That explains why Dougie Hamilton resurfaced in the rumor mill over the weekend.
Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning continues to shop around for a 20-goal scorer. If head coach Willie Desjardins is fired, Utica Comets coach Travis Green could be the leading candidate for the job.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Benning is willing to part with one or two top prospects, defenseman Chris Tanev or young center Bo Horvat for a quick fix, I doubt he’ll find what he’s seeking. A coaching change at this point appears more likely than a trade.
The Dallas Stars have been trying to deal little-used defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.
If St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong doesn’t want to shake things up by replacing head coach Ken Hitchcock, he could make a move with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the departure this summer of veteran leaders David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Brian Elliott did more damage to the Blues than expected. While still a very talented club, there’s a distinct lack of leadership among the Blues right now. Shopping Shattenkirk probably won’t address that issue.
Garrioch also reports the upcoming NHL GMs meeting will give Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion the chance to “gauge where the Senators are at and determine what the asking price might be if he wants to make a deal or two.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Offense is their biggest need right now. The Sens are currently fourth-lowest in scoring among NHL teams.