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