NHL Rumor Mill – February 23, 2017

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Will the Tampa Bay Lightning keep or trade goaltender Ben Bishop?

Updates on Ben Bishop, Dennis Wideman and Curtis Lazar plus the latest on the Red Wings, Sharks and Oilers in your NHL rumor mill.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: With the Lightning fighting to reach the playoffs and goaltender Ben Bishop playing his best hockey of the season, Joe Smith wonders if they should trade Bishop with his trade value now improved or keep him and hope they can ride him to a postseason berth. If they retain him, they risk losing him to free agency for nothing in July.

The Dallas Stars were once suggested as a trade partner but they’ve fallen out of playoff contention and need to move one of their own goalies. Smith noted the Calgary Flames nearly had a deal in place for Bishop last June and they had a scout at a recent Lightning game. However, he also said things are quiet on the Bishop trade front.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t going to just give Bishop away. If there’s a suitable return to be had, he’ll move him. If not, he’ll keep Bishop and hope he can at least salvage this season by backstopping them into the playoffs. 

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Flames GM Brad Treliving said “he didn’t want to get into any of that” when asked if he approached defenseman Dennis Wideman about waiving his no-movement clause. While Wideman’s in the final season of his contract, his $5.25 million cap hit means there probably won’t be any takers for his services. With the acquisition of Michael Stone and the recent signing of Matt Bartkowski, Wideman’s now the odd man out on the Flames blueline.

Francis also doubts Treliving will make any significant moves leading up to the trade deadline. While the Flames were linked to Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, Francis believes the high asking prices for either guy is too expensive for Treliving’s taste. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will probably have to pick up part of Wideman’s cap hit to move him. Even then, there likely won’t be many takers. I see him finishing this season in Calgary. 

CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz wonders what moves San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has in mind leading up to the trade deadline. Two areas that make sense are a backup goaltender and a scoring winger. Kurz speculates the Sharks could stick with current backup Aaron Dell, who’s earned glowing reviews from Sharks coach Pete DeBoer.

Finding a scoring winger for the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line should be the priority. Kurz lists “Dallas’ Patrick Sharp or Patrick Eaves, Arizona’s Shane Doan, Colorado’s Jarome Iginla, Detroit’s Thomas Vanek, or even Vancouver’s Alex Burrows or Jannik Hansen” as possible options. Sharp could be an intriguing option, given his role in helping the Chicago Blackhawks win three Stanley Cups. His $5.9 million cap hit, however, could require some juggling. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I was Wilson, I’d target Eaves, Vanik or Hansen. Sharp might also be worthwhile for the right price. I’d pass on Doan, Iginla and Burrows who are well past their prime. As for their backup, Dell’s getting the job done. If DeBoer is confident in him, there’s no reason to seek an upgrade. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports it sounds like  Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion could move young forward Curtis Lazar if he got a good return, but the Sens front office are reluctant to give up on him. Dreger feels a trade at the deadline at this point seems like a long shot. Dreger also notes Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is willing to open his wallet if Dorion can make a move to help his team, but they’re unwilling to overpay for top assets for a top-six winger. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch said pretty much the same thing about Lazar. If the Sens could get a solid return, Dorion could consider it, but he’d prefer not to give up on the promising young forward. As both indicate, a Lazar trade doesn’t seem likely at this point. Maybe in the offseason if they get a good offer. 

SPORTSNET: In his latest “30 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman reports the Detroit Red Wings received some calls about young forward Andreas Athanasiou when there were some battles over his ice time. While Wings GM Ken Holland won’t comment, Friedman cites a source saying Holland told them not to ask unless the offer was a “22-year-old top-pair defenseman.” While the Wings are open for business, they won’t move any of their cornerstone young players unless they get that type of return. They’ll also discuss re-signing defenseman Brendan Smith before making a decision on trading him. 

MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage expects the Detroit Red Wings to start shedding some assets soon, noting GM Ken Holland has said he would do so if his club’s playoff hopes were dim near the trade deadline. The top trade candidates are pending UFAs such as Tomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Brendan Smith. Defenseman Mike Green is another possibility. He has only a year left on his contract, but his $6 million salary could scare off potential suitors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t expect the Wings will get an offer of a young top-pairing defenseman for one of their promising young forwards at the trade deadline. Maybe they’ll get one in the offseason from the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes or Minnesota Wild, as those clubs have lots of good young blueliners and they can’t protect them all in the expansion draft. Unless the Wings are willing to pick up a good chunk of Green’s cap hit, he’s not going anywhere. Vanek, Ott and Smith are likely goners. 

SPORTSNET: Friedman also reports Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves would be a perfect fit to re-sign but apparently there’s been no talks on that subject. Eaves could be on the move by the trade deadeline. 

There was talk earlier this season the Florida Panthers had interest in Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault. While Panthers GM Dale Tallon seeks help for his power play, Friedman believes Perreault’s four-year contract likely makes it impossible for the Panthers to pursue him now. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Tallon goes shopping for someone to boost his power play it’ll likely be for a rental player. Don’t see him making a significant move for a player with term remaining on his contract, especially with the expansion draft coming in June. 

Friedman believes the Pittsburgh Penguins had interest in defenseman Michael Stone prior to his being dealt by the Arizona Coyotes to the Calgary Flames. He thinks Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Ron Hainsey could be a good fit with the Pens. 

Speaking of the Flames, Friedman thinks GM Brad Treliving seeks a winger with an edge to his game and suspects he could be looking around for a goaltender. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friedman’s colleague Nick Kypreos recently claimed the Flames revisited their interest in Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. However, it sounds like Pens GM Jim Rutherford intends to keep the veteran around as insurance over the remainder of this season. 

Friedman thinks there are a couple of teams with interest in either Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche but they don’t believe they can complete this trade and still compete for a Stanley Cup because of the high asking price set by the Avs. The Anaheim Ducks have the assets to meet that price but GM Bob Murray has indicated he might wait until the offseason to make decisions about his blueline. Friedman also said it looks like the Avs would like to move Mikhail Grigorenko. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jason Gregor reports the question of whether the Oilers need an experienced backup is a hot topic right now. However, there aren’t many palatable options available. Arizona’s Louis Domingue (.895 SP) and Carolina’s Eddie Lack (.836) aren’t an improvement, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop is too expensive and Gregor doubts the Oilers will bring back Anders Nilsson from Buffalo. Gregor said he wouldn’t be interested in the Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak or Anaheim’s Jhonas Enroth. New Jersey’s Keith Kincaid might be a good option, with 48 starts and a .910 save percentage, as would Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth.


  1. With 21 (and counting) this is the most goals Eaves has had in a season since he potted 20 with Ottawa in 58 games played way back i 2005-06, and his seasonal average is about 9. Yes, at age 32 he’s been having a banner year, but any team that over-pays to get him had better have linemates waiting for him of the calibre of two guys named Benn and Seguin.

    Re Lazar, with the frustrating year he has had – constantly in and out of the line-up – Ottawa probably wouldn’t get much back in a trade. So they’ll likely hang onto him down the stretch and if his game improves he might be enticing to McPhee at the expansion draft which means they wouldn’t lose a Methot, Wideman or Borowiecki – unless, of course, Las Vegas decides to take a chance on Ryan – who most certainly will not be protected.

    • I would say there has to be a huge buyer beware sign attached to Eaves. As a rival GM I wouldn’t pay more than a 3rd for him, although someone could pony up a 2nd if there’s enough bidding.

      • Something wrong with eaves…he is having a career year 21 goals and is a great penalty killer…..salary is only $1 million….does he have an injury history ?

    • Well Been and Seguin have not played on the same line. Eaves can score when set up and if you are looking for a winger chances are you have a really good set up man like Been or Seguin. Eaves should get a really good haul since he can finish and is really cheap. Teams close to the cap should pay a big price to add him. He is also a good defender as well. more to his game then goals.

      • Caveat emptor.

      • And the point was, Eaves has had the benefit of playing with both Seguin and Eaves at times. As to his ability to score when playing with a good set-up man, over 14 seasons his average of 9 goals per either belies that notion OR, for all those years, his coaches must have been dummies not to have figured it out.

    • I think the Sharks will make the move for Eaves. He is out after the end of the year, and they wouldn’t have to worry about salary. He’d fit well with Thorton and Pavs and would be a good veteran for the playoffs. He could probably be had for a decent prospect (Goldobin maybe) and a third rounder. No need for inconsistent guy like Vanek or a big name and big price tag like Sharp.

    • Great comment man … most posts are unrealistic overvalued nonsense.

  2. A recent article I found interesting was Craig Button’s “Top 50 Players Not Playing In The NHL” which had Vancouver and Ottawa with the most at 4 each


    In a panel show he was, of course, ripped by Michael Landsberg because the list did not contain one from the Leafs organization.

    • My only complaint is …. why is Shestyorkin ranked 3rd among netminders when he leads the 2 ranked before him in gp, gaa, and save %? Ranger hater! Lmao

      • LOL. Good point. I’m sure Landsberg isn’t alone at being critical of the list. I just thought it funny that the first to get his back up was yet another TO-centric panel host who likes to pass himself off as a “national voice.”

      • or it was sarcasm….in both cases really.

      • could be – although it didn’t come across that way in Landsberg’s case

    • Well it is Craig Button, his track record isn’t exactly outstanding.

      That said as a Leaf fan I can safely say that there should only be one potential player on that list from the Leafs organization and that’s Andrew Nielsen playing for the Marlies. This guy will be a stud and in a few years a top 4 dman for the Leafs. Aside from that, the Leafs prospect group not in the NHL isn’t outstanding by any means. This is largely due to the fact that they have 8 rookies playing for them on any given night.

    • That’s funny George….might be because the nhl roster is playing with 8 rookies currently

      • You’re probably dead on – I thought the list was interesting is all and the fact there were no Leafs prospects on it never occurred to me – until I saw that panel show – and I simply saw it as amusing. Jaysus you guys have thin skins!

      • If it makes you feel any better, Montreal has just one – a goalie.

      • All Button did was take all the 1st rounders who aren’t playing in the NHL and made a list and then threw in a couple of goalies

      • I believe segachev is a d man for the habs and living in the habs market … they think he is the next Orr … they should move him beaulieu and a conditional pick for duchene as their teams window is closing fast. Chucky radulov will command big money and that still doesn’t improve their club.

      • Also learned after moving here. Habs fans are actually worse than leafs fans. Might be cause leafs fans are accustomed to not playing in a cup final and habs fans feel it’s their birth right.
        Either way as a hockey fan, I would like to see OV win it

    • George O i still think Eaves will really help someone…say he went to Pittsburgh he may play with Malkin, Cullen or Bonino.

      your point is understood but that could be true of anyone who plays with better players..Mario Lemieux has made a couple 50 goal scorers that wouldn’t score 15…so your point eeeehhhhh..coach needs to be smart whatever team and put him with a play maker.

      • Yes, IF that team has an opening dictated by the loss of a winger who was part of their Top 6 – 3rd/4th line play won’t produced much from Eaves. Ottawa is one example of a place where he WOULD play Top 6 replacing Ryan who’s out for at least 4 weeks – probably alongside Turris.

  3. I understand the Pens need D help, and would like it on the cheap, but Ron Hainsey? The guy is 35 yrs old and has yet to play in a single playoff game!

    • if all it took to pick him up was a late round pick (like a 4th or 5th round) even just as a 7 th D I think a few teams would have some interest in a guy like Hainsey.

      • The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection and Danny Kristo.

      • There’s a big difference playing on the blue line for Pittsburg vs Carolina. Plus Hainsy is a rfa after this season and Carolina is picking up half his salary. Cheap addition for a stay a home defenceman.

      • An rfa at 35? I hope nobody gives him an offer sheet! I kid, I kid!

      • Hainsy is a UFA – not an RFA

    • 35 years old but skates and defends well enough to earn a lot of 3 on 3 time. Rutherford knows Hainsey well and will know if he is a fit.

      • There’s a big article in today’s Sun re James Wisniewski – who was forced to go to the KHl after being “baffled” as to why he never got a nibble from any NHL team. Maybe someone gives him a call. He’s just 33

      • Agreed GP….. on Hainsey good pick up for the Pens !

    • A second seems kinda high but it’s the Pens so a really late second, seems kinda desperate but with the injuries I guess it makes a bit of sense.

      • JR picks up an experienced defenseman playing 22 minutes per game and the number 1D on the what has been one of the leagues best PK units. He did it without impacting this years or next years salary cap or the expansion draft. When you consider the number of sellers vs buyers and that an eastern conference team competing for home ice did not get Hainsey seems like a good trade to me.

      • I never realized when it was first posted about the salary and as I said with the injuries it makes some sense so I don’t mind the deal really.

      • Teams able to hold pens up a bit because of injuries. A 5th became a 4th with maatta Schultz, a 4th a third with Daley, a 3rd a 2nd with maybe tanger

    • Ahahah, George. Making something out of nothing!

      • ?

    • Doc 66. Hainsey is 6 3 210 lbs, a really good penalty killer, is physical, can play top 4 minutes if needed, and adds a physical presence the Penguins don’t have on defense.

      And the penguins PK needs the help…..i like the move short term solid veteran…Carolina picking up 50% of his salary. whats your issue with this

    • Hainsey is a solid defensive Dman who logs huge minutes. Considering the injures to Pit’s D this is a solid acquisition at a reasonable cost. A 2nd rounder in an incredibly week draft & a player that will never play an NHL game.

      It’s not Hainsey’s fault he’s had the misfortune to play for awful hockey teams. He is solid Dman that can log top 4 minutes if needed. He has played as Carolina’s #2 or 3 for years.

      • Striker i agree…some don’t like this move…with Matta out 5 weeks and Daley ^ weeks good move… Schultz day to day…. solid

      • If Jim Rutherford thinks this guy can help, I’m not going to argue. He’s gone from being a GM on the scrap heap to a GM genius in a couple of years.

      • It’s gonna be an incredible week for sure! NHL draft 2017! WOOOO!

  4. Not sure how Eaves, Vanek or Hansen fit with the Joes.
    Thornton is the clear center which is why Pav plays the RW.
    All the guys above are RWs with vank playing LW occasionally.

    Even the others listed are Iginla who is a right wing and Doan who is a natural RW but plays LW sometimes. Borrows is the only one who is a natural LW and could be the best fit but is he first line material? Also, there is a certain calm aggression about both Pav and Jumbo, I don’t see Burrows and his in you face style to be a fit on that line
    Sharp to me is the best fit here. He plays both wings and even being a righty he has played LW most of his career.

  5. Bishop going or help coming to the Bolts probably got a boost with Callahan officially out for the season. LTIR means about 5MM cap space for an acquisition, rental or otherwise with cleanup on aisle two during the summer. Two out for three to the deadline & Stevie Y may be a buyer resigned to letting Bishop go for free after a hoped-for playoff run. And then there is Ben’s public comment about keeping the group together, and Vasy’s steady but slower than expected progress. A home town discount is not out of the question after the expansion draft. Yzerman the Jedi may resurface.

  6. The Flames will find a taker for Wideman at the deadline, teams look for scoring from the back end for the playoffs and he has been that in the past. Since the Flames got Stone at 50% of his contract, I can see them retaining 50% of Wideman’s contract and that being an option for a lot of teams. I can also see the Flames moving one of their D for help up front.

    No one is going to give up assets for MAF, or at least nothing of real value. The Pens are going to be stuck with him and other teams see that. The pens will be forced to buy out MAF before the expansion draft in order to protect Murray and then teams can sign MAF without giving up assets.

    • Flames u better look at Bishop Elliott terrible Johnson good backup only

    • MAF will be moved before the expansion draft & there will be numerous suitors. The return will be nominal. A decent prospect & a 2nd round pick. Carolina is my favorite choice but Dallas, Calgary & Philadelphia are all possibilities.

      • I agree just not Philadelphia……No penguins should ever be a flyer hard enough watching Max talbot in orange and black… Jagr could care less about..

        Dallas, St.Louis, Calgary, Florida Carolina all good fits…for MAF..

      • I hear you. Players shouldn’t play for such close rivals. Like seeing a Bruin in a Montreal uniform. Just not right.

      • Phaneuf is doing fine in Ottawa.

  7. It would be a bold move and be against the grain of most analysts beliefs, but Tampa could hold on to Bishop and resign him, trade Vas and Palat and then try to unload Garrison and Filppula for cap space in the offseason. I would think trading Vasilevskiy and Palat in the offseason would gather a better return than just trying to trade Bishop at the deadline.

    Tampa will be cap strapped as they’ll need to resign Johnson and Drouin, But this could be something creative to keep them competitive and relax the cap a bit.

    Bishop’s desired raise could be the biggest factor.

    • Garrison will be bought out. His slary next season is 2.5 mil. His buyout just ouner 850K for 2 years freeing up 3.75 & change.

      Filppula if he can’t be moved may be bought out. It will depend if Callahan can be designated non roster injured player. He will meet the expansion draft qualification for exemption from his NMC having missed 65 consecutive games & being on LTIR at seasons end.

      Bishop will not be retained. He will be traded or allowed to walk as a UFA.

      Filppula may be bought out later this summer if a trade can’t be found. Teams get 1 window which opens 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded. I can’t remember how long that window is open for but the only way teams get a 2nd opportunity is if either a player or a team file for arbitration. TB will get a 2nd buyout window as Johnson, Palat & Sustra are all RFA’s with arbitration rights. Players don’t have to settle in arbitration for TB to get this 2nd window just apply for such.

      Drouin will be bridged, Palat & Johnson both resigned & TB will squeak everyone in under the cap with some wiggle room to spare. The loss of Bishop, the buyout of Garrison, the buyout of Filppula if required provide more than enough cap space. Then there is always the issue of whether Callahan will ever play again. Currently unknown but not looking good. TB can sugar coat it anyway they want be has a degenerative hip issue. Not good for a hockey player.

      • Appears to have same condition that ended Lightning Captain Tim Taylor’s career in 2008. Similar to Bo Jackson injury but treatment patters have improved a lot. 2nd surgery reportedly successful — Bolts will have answer before training camp.
        Bishop — it will be interesting if there are no big offers and Lightning put something on the table with a one-two year second shot at FA. Cap — if Filpulla and Garrison are both gone its not that hard — Tamp eye test, Johnson, Palat, Kucherov are much better together as a line than in other combinations, proven over 3 tears now. Something to think about.

  8. If Bishop stays in Tampa and walks in free agency then Yzerman gets his salary as cap relief to resign the likes of Palat, Johnson, and Drouin. Or he can sign someone else. Why is that seen as such a problem? Bishop fulfills his contract and Tampa gets to find someone else. It’s really that simple you know.

  9. I like the Ron Hainsey pickup.

    I mentioned a month ago that a deal with the Canes for him and Stalberg would solve all of the Pens rental depth issues.

    Stalberg would have been (and still might be) a great fit for the Pens and Sullivan.

    • I agree with you on both players although Pittsburgh seems set on the offensive side. One other note about Hainsey is that he has only missed 2 games in 4 years with the Canes.

      • Don’t jinx it GP…..enough Penguins D are injured… LOL

    • Mg I totally agree with you…. on Hainsey and Stalberg…

    • Murphy wont have to be protected unless he plays 24 of the final 26 games. I think you are right, Ron Francis is getting in position to fix the goal scoring problem and long term goaltending in the off season.

      • Was meant to be a reply to Strikers comments below.

  10. to DAL: Eberle

    to EDM: 1st rd draft pick, rights to Nischukins (spelling?) and Niemi

    if EDM is concerned with their backup goalie situation

    • The Stars are not giving up a first round pick at the deadline, they are sellers, not buyers.

    • Also, Eberle and his $6 Mil Per Year contract isn’t going to cut it for the rights to Nichushkin either.

    • your hockey life must be full….

    • Dallas isn’t giving up a 1st & Nichushkin even if Edm helps Dallas get Niemi of the books for Eberle a 6 mil per year player with 2 years to UFA status.

      Nichushin will be back in Dallas eventually possibly even next season but might be 2 years he’s gone for & he will owe them 4 contractual years until he can become a UFA.

    • Interesting proposal as Niemi helps offset some of Eberle’s contract. Not sure, even with that, the Stars are willing to give up a first plus for him.

    • I hate Crosby…

      • the I hate the crosby title person on here…LOL

  11. I think SJ should ride the youth waive. Labanc will be back up when SJ completes it’s by week with only 1 game this week on Saturday. He has had a good season & has been even better since being moved to LW with Thornton & Pavelski.

    If SJ is going to bring in an asset at the trade deadline it should be a Dman to give them a better option than Dhillon or DeMelo at the #6 spot.

  12. Lyle. Just a heads up.

    Carolina can protect all their Dman. Slavin, Pesce & Hanafin are all expansion draft exempt. That only leaves them with 1 worth protecting in Faulk. I assume the 2nd will be Murphy & currently have no idea who would be 3rd.

    I think Carolina should look to acquire 1 of the solid Dman available before expansion draft from teams that have to many. You can never have to many solid Dman & with Hainsey gone there is a ton of minutes to be filled by someone in Carolina for the remainder of this season.

    Carolina has a ton of draft picks & could package up a solid leftie Dman prospect like Fleury, another solid prospect like Saarela, Roy, Wallmark or Poturalski & some package of picks. Carolina is sitting on 6 picks in the 1st 3 rounds in this years draft.

    • Carolina is in a perfect position to bid for a Dman like Trouba, Brodin, or Savard. They have a ton of prospect depth coming. Francis has done an incredible job positioning Carolina for the future.

      Gauthier is going to be a monster & I assume untouchable in trade but Carloina could certainly afford to cut 1 of the forward prospects I list above who are all solid prospects. He is years from being fully developed & growing into that massive frame. A future power forward at RW for Carolina.

      Curious Carolina never really comes up when we talk about teams with solid prospect pipelines.

      This would be a great fit for MAF as well. My favorite choice.

      • I don’t know about Carolina having “a ton of prospect depth” coming – unless you are referring to their 6 picks in the first 3 rounds of this year’s draft, in which case I point out that this year’s draft is considered a weak one overall and so no one knows about those picks until they actually make them and even then they are likely 2 to 3 years away – at best. As for current depth, like Toronto, Carolina does not have one player listed in Button’s Top 50 Players Not Playing In The NHL.

        Some may not like Button – but he’s one helluva lot closer to the scene than any of us.

      • I don’t read Button. Didn’t like him as a GM like him less as a journalist/broadcaster.

        Carolina has a ton of solid prospect depth coming across the board & numerous others already in the NHL, Lindholm, Aho, Teravanien, Rask, McGinn, Slavin, Pesce & Hanafin. Those are all just kids playing significant minutes & roles developing rapidly. I listed many of there A class prospects above but their are others as well.

      • Then you should apply to the networks for his job because, clearly, he’s a know-nothing slug who’s collecting a pay-cheque under false pretenses. Must be that way because YOU don’t read him. How else do you explain his article being so full of holes by not including all those “stud” Carolina prospects.

      • In past years when the Leafs have ranked high on lists such as that with prospects like Nylander Marner Brown Kapanen Dermott… you dismiss the list as anything meaningful then Button mentions some Sens and we’ll look at this guy he’s a helluva a lot closer to the scene…lol it’s a list of good picks that haven’t cracked a line up and I wouldn’t say it has much to do with an organizations depth in prospects. The Leafs have 9 guys on their roster who are younger than 1 of those 50 best players not yet in the NHL, same as some other teams around the league that have multiple players under 21 on their roster I wouldn’t say it means much of anything that a team has multiple players on Buttons list. It is what it is. Guys not yet ready to play in the league it’s not about ranking teams depth.

      • Carolina must have a lot of prospects because you’ve named a bus full of them and missed Jake Bean, who is going to be a top 4 D man.

        Regarding Button…I like him on TV, but he clearly knows nothing…

        His tenure in Calgary speaks for itself, but a few years back he named Zach Fuchale as the best young goalie he’d seen in a half decade.

        Fuchale will be a realtor in 5 years.

      • lol so are you saying as soon as a kid laces them up and skates on an NHL roster he no longer qualifies as a prospect George? Button is just talking about guys not in the NHL it’s not necessarily a reflection of a teams prospects. Aho is a 19 year old kid I’m sure guys like him Mathews Laine Marner and all the rest of the rookie class or guys who have been up and down are still considered prospects and likely would be considered as good or better prospects than the top 50 guys who have yet to play an NHL game at 21-22-23 years old some of them

  13. Am I the only one thaat is wondering what greagor is talking about? Why wouldnt Edmonton want halak? His playoff experiance speaks for its self yes he has a cap hit of 3.6 I belive not 100% on that but send them a 3rd and a bad contract like pouliot or fayne. Were talking about a backup here not a guy to start. And of talbot did go down well then we have a guy capable of handling the work load. Id try to get him over any of the others mentioned. Maybe thats just me though .

    • Halak is caught in expansion draft hell. His 4.5 million cap hit with 1 year remaining with expansion looming is just a weird dynamic.

      He could potentially be moved buy the deadline but odds are he moves in the summer after the expansion draft. He won’t be protected, nor will he be selected. Teams will have lost players some a goalie & their will be an opportunity for NYI to move him with out having to eat a dime. the return won’t be great but they will get something just nothing of consequence the real benefit will simply be freeing up his cap space.

    • Totally agree! Halak has upside on a bounce-back/ “prove to the world I can still do it” basis, and the cap hit isn’t TERRIBLE is dumping a spare part back NYI’s way, and a 3rd rnd pick for a backup/farm hand who has struggled this yr is a win for NYI!

  14. With Pitt’s recent depletion on D due to injuries… doesn’t a Wideman for Fleury deal make sense? Pit gets some help on the back end from a decent puck mover and CGY locks up their G for the next couple yrs while upgrading over Elliot for a playoff run!

    • Hollywood Hudon…i agree big penguins fan..obviously Black N Gold you deal makes sense what is Weidman’s salary do you know? I live in Los Angeles now used to live in Hollywood..

  15. The Andersen Lundqvist duel tonight has to be one of the best goaltending games of the season.

    • Agreed, the goaltending alone could be a highlight reel