NHL Rumor Mill (Part Two) – February 25, 2017

by | Feb 25, 2017 | Rumors | 37 comments

The Ottawa Senators are reportedly among the suitors for Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal.

Updates on the Senators, Flyers and Ducks in your NHL rumor mill. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators general manager Pierre Dorion is still working the phones in search of a forward for the right price. While reports suggest the Sens are interested in Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, the high asking price (believed to be defenseman Cody Ceci, a top prospect such as Thomas Chabot or Colin White plus another piece) is too steep for Dorion.

Garrioch cites sources saying the Senators are among five or six clubs with interest in Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal. He also speculates Dorion could be looking at a rental forward such as Detroit’s Thomas Vanek, Dallas’ Jiri Hudler and Winnipeg’s Drew Stafford. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see Dorion pursuing Duchene at that current asking price. Maybe he’ll revisit this in June. As for rentals, Vanek is the best bet if Dorion wants to bolster his offense, as he’s on pace for 20 goals and 50 points. He could be more affordable that Hanzal, as the Coyotes seek a first-rounder and a prospect for him. Hudler and Stafford are likely very affordable but won’t provide much of a boost to the Sens offense. 

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall won’t be a buyer at the trade deadline. The club’s performance leading up to deadline day could determine how many players Hextall attempts to move. UFA defensemen Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz and goaltenders Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth are believed available for draft picks or prospects. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers are five points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference and have only three victories in their last 10 games. I think we can assume Hextall’s now in sell mode. Streit’s put up some decent offensive numbers (20 points in 47 games) but he’s 39, carries a full no-movement clause and has a $5.25 million cap hit. The Flyers will have to retain part of that to move him. There’s not much of a market for goalies right now, but perhaps someone will take a look at Mason or Neuvirth in a backup role. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t feel he has to make another deal before the trade deadline after acquiring winger Patrick Eaves yesterday from the Dallas Stars. However, Murray doesn’t rule out making a “hockey deal” to improve his club. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Murray’s depth on defense, he’s made it clear he doesn’t want to ship out a blueliner to address another roster need. I think he’s done for the deadline. 


  1. Big game for Philly tonite, a win could give them some much needed momentum for a playoff push but a loss will just further prove, what they have been showing for the last month or so, that their season is all but finished.
    Neuvirth and Schultz to EDM. for a 3rd and a 5th………thoughts?

    • The NHL’s points & standings structure is designed to make it look far more competitive than it really is. Philadelphia being 5 points back of the last wildcard spot with 22 games to play gives a false sense of hope. In order for Philly to leap frog all other playoff contenders they would probably need to play 12-4-6 over their remaining 22 games to be guaranteed a spot.

      I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble or dash your hopes but that’s not happening. Not mathematically impossible but they still have to play Pittsburgh & Columbus 3 times each, Washington, Boston, Minnesota, NYI & NYR once. Add in 2 4 game road trips between now & seasons end & I’m sorry but stick a fork in it. Their playoff ship sailed long ago.

      Sell all assets now. Get something for all UFA’s as they aren’t making the playoffs.

      • as a flyers fan i realize this but thats why i say its a big game tonite, the next 2 weeks are against teams they are chasing, i would say they need to win 15 out of 22, possible but not likely given their play of late. I am optimistic but im not drinking the koolaid….

      • research what happened just last yr and report back to us..

      • I’m a Bruins fan. I share your hopes. This is why the NHL has created this false hope. To keep us thinking just like we are.

      • Striker is 100% right, its not how many points you are back anymore, its how many teams are between you and a playoff spot.

        Gaining ground, even if its only 5 points is very hard to do, especially if you have to jump multiple teams.

    • Buyer beware on Thomas Vanek…
      I don’t care what he is doing in Detroit this year ..he was a mistake in Montreal at the deadline and he was a mistake for the Wild with a huge signing …and he will be a mistake for the Senators for a guy who is not a playoff performer…look elsewhere.. IMO.
      He is in no way a fit in that room or the structure of how they play !
      The Sens have a great team that have been together for a while now in its core they need a depth player who can rotate on 2nd 3rd lines who has skill and plays a harder game.
      If I was Ottawa id look more towards players such as Steve OTT , OR
      Patrick Sharp OR BOTH !!!
      if Dallas eats some salary it would be ideal they bring in a Cup winner and a more playoff type service in OTT than Vanek ever could.
      This way Ottawa doesn’t have to give up as much for the impact for just this season and get players who may fit better with that teams core and respect.

      • Thomas Vanish

    • Even if some how they manage to make it in they are out in the first round. Pointless, sell off as much assets as possible

      • Agreed

    • Philly is in much the same spot as Buffalo – which I referred to yesterday. Out of a possible 120 points available to them so far this year they have chalked up 63 – or a points % pace of .525.

      To get to 96 points – which looks more and more like the cut-off this year in the East – they’d have to get 33 of a possible 44 points left – or a .750 pace. Looking at their roster and the teams ahead of them, it just isn’t going to happen.

    • Please no… A win would be nothing but false hope.
      This group isn’t going anywhere in the post season no matter how well they play against the Pens. So just sell what you can.

    • Oilers have zero interest in Schultz

    • Sold !!!!

  2. For me Vanek is a potential solid offensive addition but the other is Vrbata. Depending upon Hoffman & Stone’s injury’s Vrbata may be the better option. Smith has been playing LW & with Ryan out longer & not contributing offensively Ottawa appears to have a greater need at RW than LW but again depends of Hoffman & Stone’s injuries.

    • I agree. I think vrbata is a frat choice. His stock is high at the moment unfortunately.

      • Vrbata has a lot of performance bonuses he could hit with a long playoff run. That makes it harder for any team acquiring him.

        $1.25M in playoff bonuses according to Capfriendly:


  3. What ever the point difference, double it. Five means ten and that is the ground that needs to be made compared to 500 hockey. Time is running out real soon on a lot of teams. I think the TD should be a fews weeks sooner.

  4. Still no interest in Hansen

  5. After that display last night – which can only be charitably described as “pathetic” against a team that has been spirally down the toilet over the past 10 games while they had a chance to move into 1st – Dorion should be shopping for a team heart transplant. How they can consider themselves “pros” after that debacle is beyond me.

    • I see they returned McCormick and Bailey to Binghamton and brought up Varone and Blunden. Might as well because those first two might just as well have been wearing fancy skates. If that’s the best they can do when given an opportunity, they should find another line of work.

  6. I’m a huge Flyers fan, but they are not a good team. Worse defensive coverage I’ve seen in years! No natural snipers, etc. Only players untouchable for me are Ghost, Provorov, Simmons, Voracek, and Konecny. Trade em all!

    • It seems they never really recovered from the Carter / Richards trades. I thought at the time it was a weird choice trading both, but also thought it was a temporary step back to take a leap forward.

      • they made out very well on the trades, just never addressed goalie issues…SURPRISE SURPRISE…then traded BOB the next year..no secondary scoring…Hextall still cleaning up previous mess

    • I think I’d sell Vorachek. He is looking more and more like a bad contract.

  7. Doubt that Thomas Vanek will be much cheaper then Martin Hanzel, Holland will want at least a 2017 2nd round pick+2018 3rd round pick for Vanek or even possibly a late 1st round pick at $1.3 million retention on Vanek’s salary Though supposedly John Chayka is seeking a top prospect and either a 1st or 2nd rounder for Hanzel.

  8. It’s being reported, That several GMs have talked to Wings GM Ken Holland on Andreas Athanasiou availability but Holland wont comment if he’s available or not he wouldn’t come cheap. I might do a deal for one of the Ducks young blue liners like Shea Theodore or Brandon Montour but that’s about it.

  9. So Holland deals Tomas Jurco to the Hawks for a 2017 3rd rounder, Guess Stan Bowman has wanted him for the past 6 weeks it’s been reported. So not a bad deal i thought we wouldn’t get more then a 5th rounder for him. Nice job Kenny.

    • A 3rd rounder in a good draft year has about a 10% chance of seeing so much as a cup of coffee in the NHL. This is considered to be the weakest draft year in a very long time.

      That said you have to accumulate assets as you can get lucky & draft a future stud anywhere. They just need to kick the door down to ever really get a chance.

      • Kris Letang was a third round pick.

  10. Nyr should offer raanta/Klein/3rd rd pick for shattenkirk. Rangers go full bore for cup this year . If rangers make cup 3rd rd’r becomes 1st. Rangers expose Nash to expansion draft to save money to sign shatty and protect grabner. Blues get needed goalie help with raanta who has hawks number

    • You’re assuming McPhee wants anything to do with Nash – who’s clearly past his best-before date.

    • That is a really weak offer for Shattenkirk with no real upside for the Blues. Raanta is a backup at this point and no team is going to experiment moving a backup into a starter role during critical games leading up to the playoffs. Klein is trash now and a third that only becomes a first if the Rangers win the cup is hilarious considering the Rags would have to beat 2 of the Penguins, Capitals, and Blue Jackets just to get to the conference final. The chances of them getting there a very slim. The Blues will get much better offers for Shattenkirk as a rental.

      • Other than last year, NY has beaten both Pitts and Washington multiple times over the past 4-5 years in the playoffs. Let’s not polish up the cup and hand it to the Pens just yet.

        Side note… Didn’t you bet me Grabner wouldn’t score 20? I’ll go double or nothing on 30… You in?

    • Sure why not add on a few more duds, I’m sure St.Louis wants the high salaried underperformers. Rangers fans are too much like Leafs fans, thinking their cast offs are going to get them top quality players.

  11. all that being said, agreed. Terrible one sided deal

  12. Its going to be interestimg to see what the Sens do.

    Go crazy and offer Chabot and white with their 1rst rounder for Duchene and Landeskog.

    Haha, be a good story.

    But seriously. Im ok with them moving white. I loath the idea of movibg Chabot. Edmnton has shown me the error of not draftinf D and thd difficulty in getting some in a trade.