NHL Rumor Mill – November 19, 2016
Updates on Evander Kane, Martin Hanzal, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andrew Hammond and Ryan Murphy in your NHL rumor mill.
FANRAG: On Friday, NHL analyst Darren Dreger told Buffalo’s WGR 550 that Sabres winger Evander Kane was connected to the Vancouver Canucks in recent trade speculation. While Dreger said there’s nothing imminent, he added a potential trade of Kane to the Canucks was being closely followed by he and his colleagues.
Later in the day, however, Dreger’s colleague Bob McKenzie took to Twitter claiming whatever dialogue the Canucks and Sabres had regarding Kane is no longer being pursued.
VANCOUVER SUN: Jason Botchford believes the fact the Canucks are interested in Kane “strikes to the core of all that is wrong with this team.” He feels it’s not a move a rebuilding club makes, noting Kane hasn’t helped the Sabres. If he can’t help the Canucks score, “what makes anyone think he’s going to move the needle in Vancouver before he becomes a UFA?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, I understand why Canucks general manager Jim Benning would explore a deal for Kane. His club needs offense and he wants them to keep their playoff hopes alive On the other hand, those playoff hopes are fading daily and this club needs a full rebuild. Given Kane’s baggage, he’s not the right player to have in that dressing room.
CSNNE.COM: In a recent mailbag segment, Joe Haggerty dismissed a Hockey Buzz rumor claiming the talk of St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk heading to the Boston Bruins has heated up again. Haggerty said he hasn’t heard anything about the Bruins rekindling their interest in Shattenkirk, who’s been the Blues’ best defenseman so far this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues aren’t in any hurry to trade Shattenkirk right now. If they do go that route, it’ll be near the March 1 trade deadline.
ESPN.COM/ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Custance reports via Twitter the Arizona Coyotes have ruled out re-signing pending unrestricted free agent center Martin Hanzal. He adds there’s nothing imminent on the trade front. Craig Morgan, meanwhile. doesn’t put any stock into the recent Hanzal trade speculation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think it’s far too early to start talking about a Hanzal trade. Like the Blues with Shattenkirk, if the Coyotes decide to trade Hanzal, it’ll likely be near the March 1 trade deadline.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch recently reported Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond has declined being sent to their AHL affiliate for a two-week conditioning stint. The club’s recent addition of Mike Condon dropped Hammond to the No.3 goalie spot. Garrioch said Hammond’s name has surfaced in the rumor mill and sources claim the Sens are shopping him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can see Hammond getting placed on waivers if the Sens can’t find any takers for him in the trade market.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Carolina Hurricanes are actively shopping defenseman Ryan Murphy. “With a salary of $750,000 this year and $825,000 next season, the 23-year-old, right-shot defenceman will likely be on the move,” said Dreger, adding the ‘Canes are looking to bolster their blueline.