NHL Rumor Mill – November 5, 2016
Latest on Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alexander Burmistrov & more in your NHL rumor mill.
TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: Elliotte Friedman, appearing on Sportsnet’s 590, doesn’t believe Edmonton Oilers forwards Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are in play right now. While he believes the Oilers need another defenseman and they have lots of forwards, but doesn’t know if they have a surplus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Way too early to start speculation over the trade status of Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins. While the Oilers have struggled of late, they’re off to a good start to this season. Finding the type of defenseman who can help them (especially on the power play) isn’t out there right now.
TSN: Looking at potential hot-seat situations around the NHL, Gary Lawless reports there’s no sign of a trade coming for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba. The Jets management appears prepared to outwait him. If Trouba isn’t re-signed by Dec. 1, he’s ineligible to play the season. If there isn’t a resolution by then, Lawless believes GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have to decide where this is going long term.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland still needs to fix his defense. They’re lacking a top-pairing blueline tandem.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: During the offseason, the Wings were linked to Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba, Anaheim’s Cam Fowler and St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk. Obviously, he’s not getting those guys at this point in the season, if at all. It’s going to take time before other quality options become available in the trade market.
If the struggling Nashville Predators fail to reverse their fortunes soon, head coach Peter Laviolette could find his seat toasty.
LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi needs to fix his goaltending with starter Jonathan Quick on the sidelines until after Christmas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lombardi reportedly looked around for help, but obviously didn’t find anything worthwhile. It appears for the time being he’s sticking with call-ups Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell and backup Jeff Zatkoff when he returns from injury.
If Connor Hellebuyck or Michael Hutchinson cannot step up to take over the starting goalie job for the Winnipeg Jets, the club will have to consider other options. Ondrej Pavelec and Eric Comrie are in the minors and the Jets have had calls about their goaltending situation.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough cites Lawless tweeting the Jets are gauging trade interest on winger Alex Burmistrov, who has only one point in 11 games this season. Brough wonders if Burmistrov might return to the KHL. He also suggests the addition of young forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor to the lineup could mean Burmistrov is no longer a fit with the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burmistrov has only 80 points in 286 NHL games going back to 2010-11. His best season was a 28-point performance in 2011-12. He’s also in the final season of a two-year contract worth $1.55 million. Hardly a tempting trade target. Still, a club in need of experienced forward depth might take a chance on him.