NHL Rumor Mill – November 16, 2016
Latest on Evander Kane and the Calgary Flames in your NHL rumor mill.
TSN: Bob McKenzie reports the Vancouver Canucks contacted the Buffalo Sabres this past summer to determine the trade status of Vancouver native Evander Kane. Nothing materialized but McKenzie said they could revisit their interest in Kane. If the Sabres decide to move Kane, their priority is bolstering their blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If that’s the case, the Sabres could ask for Chris Tanev, while the Canucks could offer up hulking Nikita Tryamkin, who refused a demotion to the minors earlier this season and is seeing limited action in Vancouver. Bear in mind the Canucks only have around $350K in cap space and the Sabres only $530K. With Kane earning an annual cap hit of $5.25 million, this must be a dollar-for-dollar swap.
FANRAG: Appearing on TSN 1040, Bob McKenzie said it’s hard to know what’s going on with all the trade rumors swirling about Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton. It could be the Flames aren’t shopping him. It could also be they’re listening to offers from other clubs but aren’t committed to dealing the blueliner. Given the Flames disappointing start, McKenzie speculates they could be looking at all of their options, including Hamilton or anyone else except Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
McKenzie’s colleague Darren Dreger told TSN 690 the speculation about Hamilton stretches back to this year’s NHL draft in June. At the time, Flames GM Brad Treliving and Hamilton’s agent JP Barry brushed of the rumors. Given the premium market for defensemen this season, Dreger doubts the Flames would encounter difficulty moving Hamilton if they decide to do so.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hamilton rumors contain a consistent theme: the Flames aren’t shopping him but some clubs are calling to express interest. If the Flames decide to deal him later this season, it’ll likely be dollar-for-dollar because of his $5.75 million annual cap hit through 2021-22 and the high number of clubs with limited cap space this season.
Only four teams (Ottawa, Florida, New Jersey and Carolina) have the cap space to comfortably take on Hamilton’s contract without giving up a significant salary in return. Otherwise, it could take until this summer for a Hamilton trade to take place, when teams have more cap space to work with.