NHL Rumor Mill – November 4, 2016
The latest on Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Radulov, Jaroslav Halak and more in your NHL rumor mill.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the St. Louis Blues and pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk aren’t talking contract, leading him to doubt Shattenkirk re-signs. The Blues went through this last year with former captain David Backes and didn’t trade him. They didn’t trade Backes and LeBrun believes they won’t move Shattenkirk as they’re trying to win the Stanley Cup this season. He feels the Blues could move the rearguard if they can get a return that helps them now, but not for futures.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could change if the Blues end up tumbling out of playoff contention by the March 1 trade deadline. However, that seems unlikely. The other scenario that could force a Shattenkirk deal later in this season is if injuries start taking a toll on their scoring forwards.
LeBrun also reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin prefers to see how the season plays out with winger Alexander Radulov before offering him a contract extension. Bergevin signed Radulov to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million in July. The 30-year-old winger is eligible next summer for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be more than just Radulov’s regular-season performance that’ll determine if he gets a contract extension. He must also perform well in the postseason.
TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: On Wednesday, Darren Dreger told TSN 1260 he considers the chances of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba getting traded to be slim. He feels there’s little change in the resolve of Jets management and ownership. If any change in this situation comes about, Dreger feels it’ll be from the Trouba camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Jets suffer a total collapse this month or management gets a trade offer too good to refuse, Trouba’s not going anywhere. Even if the Jets play poorly in November, that might not be enough to sway their front office into moving the blueliner. It could come down to Trouba deciding by December 1 (the deadline for re-signing restricted free agents) if holding out for a trade is worth losing an entire season.
On Thursday, Dreger told TSN 690 he believes Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin could be in the market for a center as well as a defenseman.
ESPN.COM: LeBrun also reports the Vancouver Canucks remain in the market for a 20-goal scorer. Given the club’s recent offensive struggles, that search may be taking on more urgency.
ARIZONA SPORTS’ Craig Morgan took to Twitter on Wednesday citing a league source claiming the Arizona Coyotes have “zero interest” in New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak.