NHL Rumor Mill – November 15, 2016
Latest on the Islanders, Senators and Canucks in your NHL rumor mill.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman yesterday speculated the Ottawa Senators have floated backup goalie Andrew Hammond as trade bait. Luke Fox notes recently-acquired Mike Condon is filling in well as Craig Anderson’s support. He noted the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angles Kings and Boston Bruins, have had their goalie depth tested by injuries this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the Sens are trying to gauge Anderson’s trade value to see what they might get in return. The Sens could use more offense but I doubt Hammond can fetch them a scoring forward.
Fox also notes Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning is still seeking a top-six forward to boost his anemic offense but he’s dealing from a position of weakness.
FANRAG: (stick tap to Chris Nichols):Appearing on the NHL Network on Friday, Friedman speculated the struggling New York Islanders could be trying to find some offense. “Are there some wingers or some forwards out there that can help them get their offense going. I think Garth Snow is looking around right now and seeing if there’s anything that he can do to get that team going because as you mentioned, they’re in a really rough spot.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles are feeling the loss of Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen big time this season. Andrew Ladd’s been a bust so far, and they’ve got Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck flanking top-line center John Tavares. Ryan Strome continues to disappoint. Like the Canucks, however, the Isles aren’t dealing from a position of strength.