NHL Rumor Mill – November 26, 2016

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Should the New York Rangers pursue Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton?

Should the New York Rangers pursue Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton?

Lists of potential trade bait and trade suggestions in your NHL rumor mill. 

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen engages in some “Black Friday shopping” with some trade proposals. He suggests the New York Rangers pursue Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton, though he speculates the Flames could ask for forward J.T. Miller in return. Despite the decline in Hamilton’s production and $5.75 million cap hit, Allen believes he could improve under a different system. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen acknowledges there would be some cap difficulties for the Rangers in taking on Hamilton’s salary. He also doubts the Rangers will part with Miller, who’s among their leading scorers this season. If the Rangers were to pursue Hamilton, I think that’s an offseason move. 

Allen also suggests Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane could provide the New York Islanders with an offensive spark. Noting the Sabres’ need for a defenseman, he suggests offering up Thomas Hickey or Calvin de Haan. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This would be a desperation move by the Isles. I doubt they go that route. Sure, Kane could improve if dealt to the Isles and skates alongside John Tavares. Then again, he could end up being a bust like Andrew Ladd. 

He also suggests the Boston Bruins pursue St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, ” If the Bruins believe they can persuade Shattenkirk to sign in Boston, it would be worth to overpay to acquire him”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll have to be a significant overpayment. The Blues see themselves as a championship contender this season. While they could lose Shattenkirk for nothing next summer, I think they’ll keep him for the remainder of this season. 

Allen recommends the Montreal Canadiens package a young player and a draft pick to the Arizona Coyotes for center Martin Hanzal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Problem is, I don’t think the Canadiens have the young player that can tempt the Coyotes. They’re certainly not moving Alex Galchenyuk or Brendan Gallagher, and I don’t think they want to move young blueliner Nathan Beaulieu. 

He also wonders if the Detroit Red Wings might offer up one of their young forward prospects to the Carolina Hurricanes for 23-year-old defenseman Ryan Murphy. The Colorado Avalanche, Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks could also be interested in Murphy. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murphy could be an affordable gamble, but the Wings might prefer to part with a draft pick instead of a forward prospect. 

TSN: Pierre LeBrun lists (in no particular order) Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Ben Bishop and Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman as players who could be moved at the March 1 trade deadline. 

LeBrun believes the Sabres would be open to moving Kane for a top-four defenseman. He feels the Coyotes will keep trying to re-sign Hanzal, but could shop him if he’s not under contract by March 1. He suggests the Montreal Canadiens could be among the suitors. 

LeBrun wonders if the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars could inquire into Fleury’s availability. He also wonders if the Lightning will consider trading Bishop, a pending UFA, before the trade deadline or keep him for a possible run at a championship this spring. Wideman, who’s also eligible this summer for UFA status, is a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot who still has some bite to his game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane’s trade stock is down this season, so the Sabres probably won’t get that top-four defenseman. If the Coyotes put Hanzal on the block, it’s believed they want a good young player who can help them right away.

I think the Flames and Stars could look at Fleury again, though they’ll have to move one of their current goalies to make room for him. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said he would evaluate his tandem over the course of this season.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman’s suggested he’s comfortable with keeping Bishop for the entire season, even at the risk of losing him next summer to free agency.

Wideman could attract some interest by the trade deadline. I expect he’ll get moved by then. 


  1. JT Miller for…Dougie Hamilton? JT Miller?

    I wouldn’t trade a 7th for Dougie Hamilton.

    JT Miller? Maybe the Ranger’s best forward.

    I was one of the people who thought the Pens should have traded Fleury in the summer, even if the return was lackluster.

    MAF is best friends with most of the players on that team, including Sid and Letang. I knew he would struggle in a reduced role. Remember the sheepish way he held the Cup last year. It’s not a good situation for him.

    I thought the non-trade with Calgary was a disaster for all involved. Flames cheaped out and Elliot has been exposed as a product of Hitchcock’s system (which anyone who saw Elliot with COL or OTT could have told you). The Pens got stuck with an awkward situation. Fleury gets stuck opening the door on the bench.

  2. Dougie Hamilton is a finesse defenseman, who was incapible of subbing when Chara was hurt.
    Calagery was lured by the height/skill and figured he would grow a defensive game. The only issued is the pulled a Evander Kane and paid dearly for future potential…same reason big Griffin Reinhardt is in the minors for Edmonton to a lesser extent.
    It is rare that these giants (who COULD be long solutions on defense IF…) come available and strarving for defenseman teams will fall down the rabbit hole with blinders on when they become available.

  3. Omigosh! can I blame spellcheck?
    issue not issued

  4. Not to fair of a situation for fleury. Top 5 goalie in the league for years now. Evn though the team plays really loose in front of him. Like last night and the other night in ny. They kinda leave him out to dry. Id hate to see him go. Great guy. Awesome talent. But he is a number one nota 1b or backup. Id like to see him end up somewhere better than Calgary they need a better group of skaters before they get a number 1 goalie. I think dallas could be a good fit. Just cause there alil more proven.

    • Only problem there is, Dallas needs to find some way to shed Lehtonen ($5.9 mil) and Niemi ($4.5 mil) who still have one more year each left to go on their deals. Good luck with that.

  5. The Fleury fans in Pittsburgh think the Dallas Cowboys should start Tony Romo.

    For years, there were irrational Fleury bashers here.

    Now, there are even more irrational Fleury defenders. People trying to claim that Sullivan and/or the team are sabotaging him, instead of just admitting that Murray is a better goalie.

    • One has a 6-5-3 record and one is 7-1-0. The team plays better with Murray in net even on nights like tonight against the Devils when Murray was not quite his stellar self although he did make some great saves and kept them in it. It seems like MAF is giving up a goal in the first 3 minutes of every game he has played this year and they are always coming from behind. Murray’s only loss this season he was pulled in the first period after getting a stick in the head and the NHL made him do the concussion protocol. MAF came in and promptly got scored on the first shot on net and then got lit up for 4 more. If Murray plays the whole game the Caps don’t score seven and maybe the Pens come back and win. But because they were losing when he got pulled he gets the L even though it was more on MAF. He’s never been able to play the puck and when he gets wandering it’s always terrifying. At this point it’s just better to let him go.

  6. Well ya thats obvious. Id do niemi a second and curtis mckenzie dallas keeps 1.5 mil. I would think dallas would be willing to eat some salary for a true number 1.

  7. If Wideman is traded does the new team get the Wideman way the officials call the game ?
    Why is Carolina thinking of moving Murphy ?

    Just testing….

  8. Bruins shouldn’t bother with Shattenkirk.
    Cost of trade a cap for resigning will be too much.
    Stay the course have 3-4 good defensive prospects coming up.
    Mcavoy,Zboril,Carlo and O’Gara.
    Will need the cap space for Pastrnak.

  9. Where in the world did you get the idea the Blues feel they have a legit shot at a Championship this season? Armstrong warned the fans repeatedly over the summer that the Blues are going to be taking a step back before they can move forward. The Blues are not now nor will they be anytime soon a contender for the Stanley Cup.