NHL Rumor Mill – November 7, 2016
Updates on the Sedins, Evander Kane and the Wings defense in your NHL rumor mill.
TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: TSN’s Bob McKenzie appeared Friday on SiriusXM NHL Network and was asked about the future of Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the struggling Vancouver Canucks. The respective contracts of the 36-year-old forwards expire at the end of 2017-18.
When asked about the possibility of trading the Sedins, McKenzie said there’s no inclination Canucks ownership wants to go down that road. He also believes the Sedins would have to be on board with it. McKenzie points out few clubs could afford to take on their combined cap hit of $14 million. He suspects the twins prefer to finish their NHL careers as Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I concur with McKenzie’s take. Sure, anything’s possible, and maybe the Canucks front office will look at shaking things up if they miss the playoffs next spring. If the Sedins are shopped, I suspect it’ll be at the 2018 trade deadline.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: In his latest mailbag segment, Michael Russo was asked about rumors claiming Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray discussed a trade involving Sabres left wing Evander Kane. Russo replied he was told by multiple sources multiple times that there were trade talks. Noting Kane’s $5.25 million cap hit, he said it would have to be a “hockey trade.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Kane currently sidelined for weeks with fractured ribs, he won’t be going anywhere for the time being. With the Wild off to a decent start (13 points in their first 11 games), there’s no pressure upon Fletcher to make such a significant move. Time will tell if the two sides revisits those trade discussions.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Detroit Red Wings have been looking and talking to other team since last season in search of a blueline upgrade. While Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba is attractive, the Jets asking price could prove too expensive. St. James speculates it could take Danny DeKeyser, but he alone wouldn’t get it done. She notes the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils also need help on defense.
St. James wonders if the Wings could tempt the Anaheim Ducks into parting with Cam Fowler by offering up Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar plus a draft pick. She also notes the Wings had interest this summer in St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk but their asking price of Dylan Larkin ended discussions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Wings will land Trouba, Fowler or Shattenkirk this season. GM Ken Holland will have to look elsewhere to bolster his blueline.