NHL Rumor Mill – November 29, 2016
Updates on Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Spooner in your NHL rumor mill.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites TSN analyst Bob McKenzie speculating the Toronto Maple Leafs could be interested in Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton, though he doesn’t know if the blueliner’s available. He said the Flames are definitely listening on Hamilton, but that’s not the same as wanting to trade him. He does believe the Leafs want to boost their blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Leafs are currently almost maxed out in cap space, they could free up over $5 million by placing Nathan Horton or Joffrey Lupul on long-term injured reserve to make room for Hamilton’s $5.75 million annual cap hit. Still, it would be a significant move by the Leafs, and the Flames would probably one one of the Leafs good young scoring forwards in return.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports on the struggles of Boston Bruins winger Ryan Spooner, who’s skated on the fourth line for several recent games. After reaching 49 points last season, the 24-year-old is on pace for 31. If Spooner’s difficulties persist, Haggerty wonders if he could be one of the main pieces for the Bruins in their search for a top-four defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spooner’s issues could be related to playing on the wing, as Haggerty notes his preferred position is at center. A rival club could be willing to gamble on Spooner improving playing at center on a team with a different system. He’ll have to be packaged with a high draft pick or a top prospect to entice the type of blueliner the Bruins need.