NHL Rumor Mill – February 24, 2017

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St. Louis Blue defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk recently rejected a trade.

Updates on Kevin Shattenkirk, Brian Boyle, Martin Hanzal, Jannik Hansen, Patrick Eaves & more in your NHL rumor mill.

STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the St. Louis Blues had a deal in place to move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk six weeks ago. However, the blueliner spiked the deal, which would’ve given him a seven-year, $42-million contract extension ($6 million annually). The Blues are now shopping Shattenkirk as a rental player. He also spurned a deal last summer that would’ve sent him to the Edmonton Oilers for winger Taylor Hall, who was eventually shipped to the New Jersey Devils. While Shattenkirk lacks a no-trade clause, these deals were dependent upon his willingness to re-sign with the gaining club. As a rental, the Blues are reportedly seeking a first-round pick, a top prospect and perhaps a lesser-tier NHL player. 

The Blues are also discussing a contract extension with pending unrestricted free agent center Patrik Berglund. Rutherford reports there’s mutual interest from both sides to get a new contract in place. He’s completing a three-year, $11.1 million contract. 

TSN:  Bob McKenzie also reports on three occasions the Blues had conditional deals in place to move Shattenkirk. While a sign-and-trade is still possible, it has to be the right city, the right team and the right contract offer.  Darren Dreger claims the Toronto Maple Leafs are an interested suitor, as are the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL insider Darren Dreger telling Montreal’s TSN 690 he and his colleagues believe St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is going to be traded. He feels the Blues want to avoid losing Shattenkirk to free agency in July, having seen Troy Brouwer and David Backes do the same last summer. Dreger has said the asking price for the Blues defenseman is a prospect and a first-round pick, and perhaps a third piece depending on the quality of that pick and prospect.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The big question is whether a rival club is willing to pony up that asking price for a rental player. That’s a pretty stiff asking price for a player who could bolt via free agency in July.  If the Blues are really keen to move him at the deadline, they could end up accepting a lesser return. 

TSN:  Pierre LeBrun thinks the Arizona Coyotes would like to move center Martin Hanzal by the weekend, though that could change depending upon the offers. Hanzal’s getting interest from Western Conference teams, though the Montreal Canadiens are among the few Eastern clubs still looking at him. 

Dreger reports Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves is generating a lot of interest. Ten to twelve teams are said to be looking at Eaves and Dreger expects he’ll be gone before the deadline. 

McKenzie said the Calgary Flames are scanning the market for a goaltending upgrade, but if the prices are prohibitive they’ll stick with the current tandem of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson.

LeBrun said the Florida Panthers are looking for a top-nine rental forward. 

McKenzie speculates the Chicago Blackhawks could be in the market for an affordable depth forward. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion, with the blessing of team owner Eugene Melnyk, is working the phones in search of players to help his club reach the playoffs. With three top forwards (Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone) sidelined, Dorion’s getting lots of calls from rival GMs willing to help the Sens bolster their forward depth if they’re willing to pay the price.

Dorion’s already rejected the notion of sacrificing his future for a quick fix. It’s believed he’s expressed interest in Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, but they’re not rental players and the asking price are high. Garrioch speculates Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves, Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula, Detroit Red Wings winger Thomas Vanek and Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen could be on Dorion’s radar.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eaves, Boyle and Vanek could be the best options. Hansen could also make an affordable pickup, provided his addition doesn’t complicate their expansion draft plans. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL insider Darren Dreger’s recent appearance on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 saying the Vancouver Canucks are in position to do some business leading up to next week’s trade deadline. Goaltender Ryan Miller’s name is out there, but he has a five-team list of preferred trade destinations, three of those being California clubs. The Canucks haven’t close the door on re-signing him.

Winger Jannik Hansen has another season at $2.5 million left on his contract. Dreger said there’s been some interest, though not a tremendous amount. He feels Hansen could attract interest of teams such as the Ottawa Senators who are in need of an affordable scoring winger.

TSN:  Pierre LeBrun believes Canucks winger Jannik Hansen is garnering a lot of interest from many teams, in part because he still has a year left on his contract. If the Canucks move him, they want a young player or a top prospect for Hansen. The Minnesota Wild could have interest but they could look more at a bottom-six rental. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I really don’t see much of a market for Miller leading up to the trade deadline. Hansen certainly seems to be their best trade chip, perhaps netting them a second-round pick. But if they’re insistent on a young player or top prospect, they could find it difficult to move him.  Alex Burrows also reportedly got some interest but I think at best they get a third-round for him. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Edmonton Oilers will be keeping an eye on Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle leading up to the trade deadline. The Bolts could entertain offers for the versatile Boyle, who also has considerable playoff experience. The Oilers are the NHL’s worst faceoff team and could benefit by adding Boyle as their No. 3 center. Matheson notes the Lightning need Boyle if they’re to reach the playoffs, but they risk losing him this summer to free agency, especially with Tyler Johnson, Jonathan Drouin and Ondrej Palat to re-sign.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers won’t be the only club looking at Boyle. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs are also said to be interested, and I think he’ll be a good fit with the Montreal Canadiens. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is pondering his options as the trade deadline approaches. He acknowledged that improving his depth at forward could be his club’s biggest need to have sufficient depth for a long playoff run. Fletcher doesn’t want to add players with term remaining on their contracts because of the limited number of players he can protect in the June expansion draft. He also doesn’t have a lot of salary-cap space to work with at the trade deadline.

Fletcher admits he’ll have to get creative, such as getting a trade partner to retain some cap space or by trading a player or two from his current roster. Despite rumors suggesting defenseman Marco Scandella or winger Jason Pominville could be available, Fletcher said he doesn’t have interest in those sort of moves right now. Russo listed possible rentals options include Dallas’ Patrick Eaves or Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle. Arizona’s Martin Hanzal could also make sense but the Coyotes set a high asking price.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fletcher’s made some notable moves in deadlines past, but I don’t think he’s looking at a significant acquisition this time. An affordable pickup like Eaves or Boyle seems the more likely options. Fletcher has the blueline depth to pursue bigger targets, but he’s already said he prefers to keep his defense intact for the playoffs. 


  1. I picture Sharp goes to the Habs

    • The ideal situation would be Sharp for Plekanec as the dollars on their contracts are close. Dallas would have to agree to take on the extra year of Plekanec’s contract while Sharp would have to agree to go to MTL. Another option is DD + pick for Sharp and retained salary, as they are both UFAs.

      If MTL can pull either of those trades then they should still go after Boyle. And they still need a top-4 D.

      • Nobody will take on Pleks contract. It’s going to take a mid prospect and 2nd to get sharp out of Dallas.
        I just feel MTL has too many missing parts to be considered a true contender.

    • Should Montreal even do anything at the trade deadline? Is Montreal going to make the playoffs? If they are they had better pull out of their swoon soon.

      • Thats the same thought I was having Striker.

  2. I hope Toronto stays away from Shatenkirk. I think whoever signs him will be the proud owner of the worst contract signing for next season.

    • I disagree. He’s a solid player who can play at both ends and excels on the PP. I think if he can be had for 6m per it’s a fair deal, not a great deal but a fair one. Whoever gives Patrick Eaves 3m+ for what he did this season will have the worst contract. Either that or whoever takes on Bobby Ryan.

      • Bobby has a broken finger, huge contract and poor production in comparison. Ummm he aint going any where. It wouldnt surprise me if the Sens make a trade for a RW and then simply leave Ryan unprotected.

      • 6 is good market value but rumors are he has tunred down deals of 7×6. so either that was because of the teams involved or he wants more money in FA.. or both.

    • What was the last good deal signed by a free agent that was a long term deal? To me, the only good FA deals are the ones for 1 or 2 years at a cost effective price.

      • Anton Stralman was a great signing by TB. Ryan Suter has worked out very well for Minnesota as well (Parise is solid, but starting to decline with lots of years left). Not many other than that though.

      • Jeff carter, Duncan Keith, seabrook, Weber, Jodi. No argument that most backfire though. It does tend to happen more often than not.

      • With the exception of Stralman , every one of these deals were signed prior to the newest cba agreement. It’s pretty hard to compare them to today’s restrictions on term. I guess you could sign anyone to a 10-12-15 year deal and the cap hit would seem more palatable than spread out over 6-7 years. How good will Suters contract look when he’s 37-38 @ 7.5 per?

  3. In what world does a 20G scorer with blazing speed, whiz on pk, can move up and down most line-ups and on a dirt cheap contract for another year only worth a 2nd Rd pick (most likely a late 2nd)?
    Contending teams should be tripping over themselves for this guy.
    Seems that because he is from Vancouver, eastern media has to pooh-pooh any players value.
    If he played for anyone else but Van, media would be pining for a top prospect for this guy

    • Who are you talking about?

      • Hansen

      • Cody Hodgson? the person who would have been the best center in the east… except for the east coast bias. oh thats right he was traded to buffalo. having said that not sure who they are talking about now.

  4. I think Shattenkirk will end up going for a pick and player. Likely a first and a younger NHL roster player with upside. The Blues are at the whim of every other team. If other teams look at him as a player who could likely be a rental or be had on July 1st, they price drops substantially.

    Bolts will keep Boyle and some team will offer him a 3×3 and he’ll be gone in the off season.

    There’s no real way around it, the Bolts are going to lose a good player who will likely end up in the top 6 of another team not named Vegas. Kind of like a big Buff to Atlanta situation would be the best move for the Bolts.

    Bolts have a huge asset in Bishop but as I’ve said many times, I don’t see a match for him around the league aside from Dallas and Calgary. Both teams would then have to meet the salary demands which Bishop has and in all honesty, they’re too much. His play this season hasn’t shown he deserves 7m on a long term which is around what Bishop wants, let alone a short term.

    Dallas would have to send back Niemi and then buy out their other mistake in goal. Not an easy situation. Whoever had the idea for Dallas to dump 10m into 2 goalies is insane and should be fired.

    Dallas should move Patrick(s) over the next few days leading up to the deadline. I could even see them eating salary on Sharp to make the deal more enticing and to raise the return. A team like Chicago would jump at this and could afford to pay some youth in return.

    The Yotes won’t get a 1st for Hanzel. I suspect he’ll end up in MTL. He is a perfect 3rd line center on a strong team. On MTL he’s a 2nd liner which increases their need for him because he’s a certain upgrade on Plek. MTL needs to do something because they’re in a bit of a spiral right now. The coaching change, at least in the short term, hasn’t seemed to help. Something has to give on ice. Or not, as a Leaf fan I would prefer not.

    Canucks are screwed, I’ll leave it at that

    • Reasoning is sound, until someone panics.
      Here’s a thought: most of the big names generate more fear than than opportunity.
      Teams may be more interested in cap compliance than fancy rentals. IF Yzerman gives up, for example, he’ll want to keep Boyle & Possibly Bishop (unprotected but with a handshake). He’ll likely take a draft pick for Filpulla or Garrison, however, and a prospect for Coburn. If roster configuration is more important than the next twenty games for a couple of other teams, there could be a lot of movement; after a few such moves the market for true free agents might bottom. A good way to approach this is to imagine NFL rules — who would we release to gain cap space if we could void contracts this way? In this world, good players bring a second, and journeymen bring a fifth. If this year’s parity means most teams have some roster issues, it’ll be fun.

      • Good luck trading Filppula before the expansion draft given his NMC. Has to be protected and I can actually see TB buying out the last year of his deal so they don’t need to expose a better player.

        I still don’t understand why Yzerman gave Coburn that extension. Very dumb move given all of the players (Johnson, Palat, Drouin) he has to resign to larger deals this summer. Callahan was another dumb move and he’ll have to trade a very good player now due to the other bad contracts. He better hope someone takes Garrison off his hands as well, which may be possible due to his lower salary (not cap hit) next year.

      • Do you mean Yzerman would have to pay a pick to trade fillpula? If so yea. Guy is overpaid and is basically a 3rd liner at best now. Garrison is being bought out. Given the actual value of his contract it would be an 850k hit over two years. Worth it to take 5m off the books. Coburn is similar to fillpula, signed for too much and too long of a term. Guy can’t meet his contract and is a burden for his roster. This is why the bolts are in a cap crunch now

    • MTL needs a few pieces but I don’t think Hanzal is one of them. Boyle has the size and actually uses it, he’s versatile (c/w), and he has playoff experience. I think MTL could get Boyle for less than what they would have to pay for Hanzal….

  5. So in other words the blues want the same deal, only minus the sign and trade.lets be real he’s the best of a not so great lot. I’d say if they get anything maybe a 1b prospect and maybe a 1st Rd. For a top 4 avg. Defender with offensive upside. Where teams go into defense first mode this time of year.

  6. Boyle back to the Rangers should be kicked around.
    Mike Green with Detroit eating half his salary I would prefer over a 1st, Graves and more for Shattenkirk rental. Rangers cannot afford to sign Shattenkirk and his own end play is not even up to Girardi 2017

  7. If that’s the asking for him as a rental, what was the offer for a trade and sign?

    • I am not saying that was the request from the Blues from the Rangers-but if they want a 1st, a top prospect+ more that is way too much.

    • I hear it was Tampa Bay….7x6years. He rejected that offer.

      • It was Toronto I heard

      • bbb I don’t think you have to mention something negative about Toronto, it’s assumed that that’s your opinion. Please tell us why he would have rejected an offer from Toronto six weeks ago but today the media is saying Toronto is interested in trade for him. Of course I don’t think Trono should get him, but just curious.

  8. It seems like the Hainsey signing by Pitts shows that a 1st, pick and prospect for Shattenkirk is reasonable. For the sake of discussion how about Buch, Ziban, and 1st for Shattenkirk and maybe Yakapov.

    ps I could live “happily ever after” with a 7 year/42 million—frustrated with Shattenkirk.

    • a top 6 center, potential top 6 wing+a 1st for an aging offensive D and a soon to be KHL winger?
      I wouldn’t trade Buch straight for Shatten

      • Aging at 28??? You must not be 65!!!

    • I don’t believe he is aging, but also think you’re absolutely nuts if you think NY is sending Zbad, Buchnevich and a 1st!

      How is a 2nd and a career ahl’er even close to Zbad, Buchnevich and a 1st for a rental? And add in Yak? Why? Is he in need of another change of scenery from his current change of scenery?

      • LOL. Some people just can’t let go of the “he was a 1st overall so he HAS to be good” philosophy. Yakupov is a bust. Just like Duclair and Lazar.

  9. I have a feeling the Rangers are trying to wait as long as they can. They are most likely trying to get STL to take Staal back so they can take Shatts and sign him to that extension and not worry about who they have to protect.

    so to NYR will be Shatts and perhaps Berglund (UFA)
    and to STL will be Staal, Lindberg(maybe), Jensen(HFD) and a mid rd pick higher on condition they reach finals

    • Wow this deal sucks for the Blues. They send likely their best D and their 2nd line C for a guy who a strong breeze could conceivably end his career at this point a mid round pick and an iffy prospect.

      • Pietrangelo is StL best D. Shattenkirk their best offensive Dman. He isn’t exactly a defensive stalwart.

        Sits 4th in TOI/GP in StL for Dman currently but gets 1st line PP time.

        If I’m NYR I wait till July 1 & send nothing to StL to acquire Shattenkirk.

      • Rangers do not need to spend anything to get a one dimension D for a coach that never let Yandle off the leash…. Maybe in the summer if they make room for him.

        Rangers need a top 4 two way D to complement their captain. Someone to eat up minutes and slow down elite forwards

    • No way on earth St. Louis makes this deal! Lindberg is literally on his last legs in NY, they won’t want Staal in return, they aren’t doing NY any favors here.

      And why does NY want yet another center in the fold…. ? Berglund is playing…. 4th line center?

  10. The Sens really need to add a top 6 forward and I don’t understand their unwillingness to pay a price for a Duchene or a Landeskog? I’d personally want them to look at Landeskog who has been a pretty consistent 50+ point guy and 20 goal scored is signed through 2020-2021 and is only 24. We don’t need a huge focus on center because we aren’t that bad and we have White, Brown, and Dahlen in the pipeline at varying years away.

    Our top wings are just vacant though, so take a year off in the early draft rounds, move a prospect and get some insulation now. This isn’t a huge mortgage on the future because we have so many NHL ready guys, we are just lacking the top quality guys and I think Landeskog has that potential.

    • Not if it means Chabot or White going the other way. I’d give them Logan Brown, Lazar, Claeson and this year’s 1st pick in exchange for Landescog and their 2nd round pick.

  11. I think Shattenkirk rejecting sign and trades is that he wants to play in Boston or NY like has been known for sometime

  12. Wow.. shattenkirk! If he gets 7m/yr, what’s the new goingrate for Karlsson, Drew and other truly stud d-men? 12m/yr x8? Will be great looking teams with one quality player and rest on elc or not cap compliant. Beyond stupid money!