NHL Rumors from the Blogosphere – November 11, 2016
As today is Remembrance Day/Veterans’ Day, there’s a lack of media-generated NHL trade speculation. So here’s a look at what’s been kicking around the blogosphere of late. Enjoy!
HOCKEY BUZZ: On Nov. 4, Eklund noted the talk linking New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the Los Angeles Kings. He also said it sounds ” more like the Kings and Isles may be looking at a multi player swap to breathe some life into their scoring woes.”
On Nov. 8, Eklund cited a source claiming the Isles were trying to “get creative”, adding we shouldn’t be shocked if there’s a three-team deal involving the Islanders and Kings.
THE FOURTH PERIOD: On Nov. 7, it was reported the Islanders continue to gauge the trade market regarding Halak, but sources claim a deal isn’t imminent. Two teams apparently had “considerable interest” in Halak, but interest has since cooled. The Isles are also in the market for goals-scoring help.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As we can see, there hasn’t been very much trade chatter in the blogosphere. The recent Trouba signing appears to have brought much of that to an end.
Regarding the Kings and Isles, I don’t see how the Kings have anyone to part with to help the latter with their scoring difficulties. They’re not exactly tearing up the league offensively and don’t have much scoring depth to spare. The Kings are also getting solid goaltending from call-up Peter Budaj, so there’s no pressing need to pursue Halak. And of course, there’s Halak’s $4.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18 and his injury history, which are significant sticking points.
While a three-team trade is possible, such moves are rare. It would indeed be shocking if Isles GM Garth Snow can “get creative” and pull this off, especially at this time of the season when most deals tend to be dollar-for-dollar.