NHL Rumor Mill – December 30, 2016

by | Dec 30, 2016 | Rumors | 24 comments

Did the NY Islanders have interest in Colorado Avalanche star Matt Duchene?

Latest on Matt Duchene, Ondrej Pavelec and Mark Fayne plus an update on the Buffalo Sabres in your NHL rumor mill. 

EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson reports the New York Islanders looked into acquiring Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene earlier this season, but the asking price was too high. He presumes the Avs were looking at “Matt Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier and Travis Hamonic.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Avs decide to move Duchene, they will set a high asking price. Trading a player of his caliber usually doesn’t happen in-season. 

 If the Oilers aren’t comfortable with backups Jonas Gustavsson or Laurent Brossoit before the March 1 trade deadline, Matheson suggests they inquire about former Winnipeg Jets starter Ondrej Pavelec, who’s currently toiling for the Jets’ AHL affiliate, as a rental backup. Pavelec is an unrestricted free agent in July. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a bad suggestion, but if the Jets remain in playoff contention, they could hang onto Pavelec as insurance down the stretch. 

With the New Jersey Devils scrambling on defense, Matheson wonders if they might take back Oilers blueliner Mark Fayne. With a year remaining on Fayne’s contract worth $3.625 million, he doubts that’s possible.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doubt it. While the Devils have over $8.8 million in cap space for this season and over $20 million for 2017-18, Fayne’s declining play and cap hit makes it unlikely they’ll want him back. 

FANRAG.COM: Chris Nichols cited a recent appearance by NHL insider Pierre LeBrun on Montreal’s TSN 690 where he discussed the plight of the Buffalo Sabres. While LeBrun still believes Sabres winger Evander Kane could be had for the right price, the club won’t just give him away. He believes the Sabres would like to acquire help on the blueline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Sabres are still willing to trade Kane, I suspect that move will have to wait until the offseason. Interested clubs will want to see how well he performs over the remainder of this season. Even then, the Sabres could find it difficult acquiring a defenseman to help their blueline. 


  1. I don’t think Buffalo will move Kane, they’re struggling to score and win right now and sit 3rd last in the league for goals scored (76) while are tied for 10th in goals allowed (93). You know when Rasmus Ristolainen leads your team in scoring you’re in trouble! (and yes I fully understand Eichel has been hurt).

    If they move Kane they’ll want a proven scorer coming back in return I think.

    • Biggest problem with team is Reinhart was drafted 2nd overall but doesn’t make a difference, slow, lacking in desire and doesn’t make anyone around him better. Kane is the only winger who has any skill and grit, he is a head case but at least he has speed and aggressive play. I’m so disappointed our head scout said Reinhart “is the most talented playmaker going into a draft he’s seen in 10-15 years”. Lol, sure

  2. With Murray sidelined, the Fleury rumors are gone. And Murrays historic run at magic #692 will have to wait.

    • Murray is a bit of a bandaid a bunch of injuries in his young career

    • I thunked the goal was 700?

  3. Heard this rumour yesterday. Leafs asked Flyers about Phillipe Myers. Said to involved Nyllander-Leaf brass believe he could be a 2/3 Dman. But Hextall rejected it.

    • So someone is projecting him as a 2/3 but 30 teams didn’t draft him in 7 rounds? Not sure Im buying the 19 year old undrafted player at the World Jrs being worth that, as anything more than hype from a Flyers fan quite yet. File this one with Murray breaking Marty’s win mark.

      • tell that to Lou and Shanny. They are the ones who offered up Nyllander for an undrafted 6 ft 5 inch mobile right handed dman

      • According to many reputable sources I’m sure. lol

      • @Scott what did you do tie Lou down and tickle him with a feather until he fessed that one. I heard it was Trouba and a first for Myers and Hextall started laughing. You guys are too much

      • Watch games much?

  4. Halak on waivers interesting

    • If you saw Capuano’s comments after last night’s game about his play, which while accurate were kind of unprofessional, the writing was definitely on the wall for this.

      • Didn’t see any of the highlights, have to give it a look see

    • Yeah, he’s been up and down which is actually fairly normal for him. I doubt anyone picks him up, especially given the ringing endorsement he got from Capuano on his way out the door 🙂 Course it could also be Cappy looking for someone else to take the blame for the lackluster season and profound lack of development for the young players. Hey everyone look over here at the crappy goalie, pay no attention to the man standing ineffectually behind the bench.

  5. Why would you trade for Halak except to balance some money. You can have him for free ( at least for today)….Philip Myers looks real good and is on a nice improvement trajectory Phil is a lot deeper on defence than most and it might be a little crowded back there in the next couple of years.

    • Provorov,Ghost, Sanheim,Myers, Morin-5 young D for the flyers if no trades occur. Expect Sanheim and Morin in the 2017 opening day line up. With Myers being there for 2018.

      • A lot of ifs and hopes with those guys

      • Myers a lock to make Philly next fall. Big, fast and right handed. Btw – Those kind of d don’t usually get traded at 19.

  6. Myers has looked great at the WJC but I wouldn’t start buying Philly jerseys just yet. He’s big and skates well but doesn’t always seem to make the best decisions. I remember Jim Sandlack (former Canucks prospect). He looked incredible at the WJC a couple of times but just never could make it to the next level in a meaningful way.

    • Myers Looks as good or better than Thomas chabot

      • Yeah, Chabot is a real dog!

  7. If I’m the owners I don’t let Snow make any deals that include Barzel and Bouvilier. They are both young and have tremendous upside. The cap crunch is coming as a result of deals Snow has already put in place, they are going to need young affordable nhlers to help carry the load. I would say the same about Dal Cole and Ho Sang even though they haven’t be fantastic in the AHL so far.

    Someone suggested a package yesterday that amounted to Barzel ++ for JVR and Luppul, given the Isles situation I wouldn’t trade Barzel straight up for JVR. Not saying Barzel’s better but he’s a better long term fit for the Isles.

    • lol 2 or 3 JVRs would not be enough to move a Lupul at this point nvm for a decent prospect.