Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – January 15, 2017
Latest on Shane Doan, Corey Schneider, James van Riemsdyk and many more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
OTTAWA SUN: With the Arizona Coyotes facing another lost season, Bruce Garrioch speculates they could get some calls regarding veteran right wing Shane Doan. While the long-time Coyotes’ captain has a no-move clause, Garrioch doubts that’ll stop teams from calling. He also claims the San Jose Sharks are believed to have kicked the tires on Doan in the last couple of years. The Coyotes are considered sellers and could also attempt to move pending unrestricted free agents Martin Hanzal and Michael Stone by the March 1 trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the past several years we’ve almost annually heard speculation that Doan might get moved at the trade deadline. Every year, it never happens. Maybe it does this year, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Garrioch observes the New Jersey Devils have the salary-cap space and depth in draft picks to take on some bad contracts if good prospects are also included in the deal. He notes the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings all have salary-cap issues.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils might prefer dealing with clubs outside of their division. Those moves might have to wait until the offseason.
It’s believed the Dallas Stars contacted the Tampa Bay Lightning regarding goaltender Ben Bishop. If the Lightning trade him, general manager Steve Yzerman could seek “a host of assets.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the Lightning would probably have to accept Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi as part of the deal, unless the Stars can shed one of those goalies in a separate deal.
Garrioch reports “there’s no question” Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is listening to offers for left wing James van Riemsdyk, who’s a year away from UFA eligibility. But with the Leafs pushing for a playoff berth, this could be a difficult decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs got an offer of a good, young top-two defenseman for JVR, I think they would make that move. However, I think that offer comes in the offseason, not before the trade deadline.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports it’s possible the Coyotes consider moving Doan. He’s under the impression that “if they go to Shane Doan with a situation where they have a chance to win, he will be willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to Friedman, but as I said earlier, I’ll believe it when I see it.
Nick Kypreos reports the Winnipeg Jets current goaltending tandem (Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson) isn’t working. If the Jets were to recall former starter Ondrej Pavelec from the minors, perhaps they could move Hutchinson. He claims there was “a lot of talk” about the San Jose Sharks upgrading their backup goaltending and there was some interest in Hutchinson earlier in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hutchinson hasn’t played well this season, so the Sharks could look at other backup goalie options.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols recently cited Friedman’s appearance on Edmonton’s 630 CHED on Thursday, during which he noted the Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues expressed interest in center Martin Hanzal. However, Coyotes GM John Chayka wants a good young player (preferably a center) in return who can help his club right away. Friedman also thinks the Tampa Bay Lightning have some interest in Coyotes blueliner Michael Stone, but it’s believed the asking price is too high.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Coyotes are willing to lower their asking prices for Hanzal and Stone, one or both will be moved at the trade deadline. Chayka’s got to be careful here. If he refuses to budge, he could price those players right out of the trade market.
NEW YORK POST: With the New York Islanders looking like they’ll miss the playoffs this season, Larry Brooks believes it’s time for GM Garth Snow to make a bold move. He suggests Snow get into the bidding for Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. As the Avs want a top-four defenseman, Brooks advocates offering up blueliner Nick Leddy as part of a deal “that would reshape the team, reset the season and reenergize the franchise.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles reportedly looked into Duchene’s availability earlier this season. If the Isles can get Duchene or Landeskog for Leddy, perhaps that might be worth exploring. Still, that’ll leave the Isles with a hole on the blueline, and another expensive forward up front, but if they have good chemistry with John Tavares, it could be worthwhile.
Brooks also wonders if New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero might consider trading starting goalie Corey Schneider, who has a no-trade clause but might welcome a move to a club “with a more immediate future.” He muses about perhaps dangling Schneider to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a defenseman “to key the transition”, though it’ll also mean taking back one of the Stars’ current goalies (Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi) in the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Schneider wants out, I don’t see Shero moving him. I expect the Devils GM will explore some significant moves in the offseason.
ESPN.COM: In a recent mailbag segment, Craig Custance replied to a question about what the Philadelphia Flyers might get back for moving pending UFA blueliners such as Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto. He believes Streit has great short-term value for contending teams seeking defensive depth. He figures the Flyers could be a draft pick in the third-to-fifth round range.
With so many teams carrying limited salary-cap space, Custance believes it’s difficult for the Detroit Red Wings to move veterans with term remaining on their contracts such as Jimmy Howard or Mike Green. Pending UFAs Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek are more likely to be moved for draft picks.
Custance believes the Calgary Flames would like to add a defenseman and a scoring winger. He wonders if they’d be willing to move a prospect goalie such as Jon Gillies or Tyler Parsons to bring in a player that can help them right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since team president Brian Burke spoke out against the Dougie Hamilton trade rumors in late-November, there hasn’t been any new Flames trade chatter. That doesn’t mean, however, they might not look to add to their lineup before the trade deadline.
He thinks St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong can justify retaining pending UFA blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk for a playoff run this season. He also considers the Blues among the front runners for Arizona center Martin Hanzal.
Custance notes there’s a belief among the colleagues of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman that he’s ready to make a move. He also thinks the Boston Bruins have the pieces to make a significant deal with the Colorado Avalanche, but the latter’s big moves might have to wait until the summer.
Custance believes the Edmonton Oilers could be the best fit for Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla. He also thinks the Dallas Stars could be the trade destination for Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are built for speed, so I don’t think Iginla’s a good fit there. Still, he has ties with Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli from their days with the Boston Bruins, so it could be possible.