NHL Rumor Mill Update – February 28, 2017

by | Feb 28, 2017 | Rumors | 37 comments

Trade speculation continues to link Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders.

Latest on the Islanders, Senators, Canucks, Flyers and more in your NHL rumor mill update.

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the return of sidelined Islanders regulars Travis Hamonic, Cal Clutterbuck and Shane Prince could be the only additions they need at the trade deadline. Staple cites two sources claiming the Isles aren’t shopping for players who are on expiring contracts. While they’ve been liked to Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Staple said GM Garth Snow would have to hand over prospects plus a player or two off their current roster. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN insider Darren Dreger last night suggested Hamonic might interest the Avalanche, who seek a good young NHL defenseman as part of the return for Duchene. As Staple points out, however, GM Garth Snow could be reluctant to move someone off his roster right now. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Chip Alexander considers it unlikely that Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will move out some of his core players and make a major move. He instead expects pending UFAs such as forwards Jay McClement, Viktor Stalberg and Derek Ryan could be shopped. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson last week cited scouts claiming Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is in play. He’s considered a core player, but Matheson suggests their depth in young defenders not longer makes Faulk the mainstay of their  blueline.  He’s signed through 2019-20 with an annual cap hit of over $4.83 million and could fetch the Hurricanes a good scoring center. Maybe there’s a link with the Colorado Avalanche and Matt Duchene? 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators might not be finished dealing after acquiring winger Alex Burrows yesterday from the Vancouver Canucks. He notes there’s talk the Sens have been shopping young forward Curtis Lazar for a first-round draft pick. One club reportedly offered up a second rounder. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks GM Jim Benning’s been taking calls on pending UFA goaltender Ryan Miller and winger Jannik Hansen, who’s a year away from unrestricted free agency. However, the recent trading of Ben Bishop to the LA Kings and winger Ryan White as part of the Martin Hanzal deal to the Minnesota Wild has shrunk the market. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their respective lists of preferred trade destinations also hampers efforts to move them. Of the two, Hansen could have the most value. 

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Philadelphia Flyers goaltenders Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, along with defensemen Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto, are among the Flyers generating trade interest. All are eligible for UFA status in July. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Amy Moritz reports pending Sabres free agents such as winger Brian Gionta, defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson and goaltender Anders Nilsson could be available in the trade market. Gionta has a list of five preferred trade destinations but declined to say who they were. 

NJ.COM: Andrew Gross reports the New Jersey Devils held defenseman Kyle Quincey out of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Quincey, a pending free agent, could be dealt as a rental player by the trade deadline. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: Curtis Pashelka reports the San Jose Sharks could be in the market for an experienced scorer. They currently sit in the middle of the pack offensively among the 30 NHL clubs. 



  1. The Islanders called up Josh Ho Sang on an emergency basis this morning… could mean something is in the works… Or nothing since half the forwards on the roster are banged up….

  2. Philly possible trades would be great giroux ad ghost to Florida for 1st2nd and ekblad or to the ducks for fowler and vattanen

    • Lol, maybe on the PS4

  3. Dorion is dreaming in technicolor if he thinks he’ll get a 1st rounder for Lazar. Hell, whoever that team was that offered a 2nd – and I find THAT hard to believe – he should be canned if he didn’t grab it,

    • I agree completely George O.!

  4. Couturier ghost to avalanche in return for landaskog and duchene

    • Dream on.

    • This is not that far out side the realm of possibility.

      • Yes, yes it is the Avs won’t be trading both Duchene and Landeskog for that, in fact Philly would be lucky to get one of those players with out adding to that package.

      • Huh Couturier is the most overrated Flyers player since Matt Read …

  5. Montreal should trade Markov , Beaulieu, Galleghar, Pleckanec,
    Also their 1st and all the 2nd round picks they have this year …also every prospect in play except Sergechev

    Players to go for

    #1 Duchesne Colorado might take Beaulieu, Gallagher, 1st round pick, Fucale and a 2nd round pick next year

    #2 Kulikov Buffalo might take two 2nd round picks

    #3 Trade out Markov with Pleckanec to Edmonton we might have to hold back some Salary to get a deal done from Markov add another 2nd round pick and I say RNH in return


    #1 Montreal has to give up at least this much to get a Centre that actually could win face-offs and score like Duchesne

    #2 Montreal needs another top 4 Dman to replace the loss of Markov and Beaulieu ..

    #3 Some will say why would Edmonton do this trade ? EASY ANS is they need a 3rd line Centre and a offensive Dman both have playoff experience.. Also doesn’t hurt to get rid of RNH contract of 6 million for another 5 or so years while Pleckanec has one year remaining of 6 million that will come off the books to resign Mcdavid and company. Also Markov is a UFA rental

    • I don’t see MTL rocking the boat that much. Teams rarely do mid-season, especially when they are battling for a playoff spot. Plus, I am not 100% sure it makes the team any better. Sure, they would have a center who could score, and RNH, but it would leave them with only two solid defenseman and a bunch of 7s. They don’t have the organization depth to replace Beulieu and Markov, and Kulikov is not the answer.

    • So French….

  6. TSN radio is now reporting that the Flames and Sharks are asking about Miller…the Canucks are in full sell mode.

    • They never should have wasted all that time, money/cap-space on Miller in the first place.

      • What was worse the Miller signing or the Eriksson signing? Everyone other than Benning and Co knew that the Canucks should be rebuilding not signing 6M$ FAs

      • Jesus George. Twice in 1 day. I agree fully.

      • What exactly was wasted?

      • Miller and his $6M three year deal have in no way, shape or form hampered the Canucks. They had no one else to play in net and the money paid out did not squeeze any players out.

      • George and Striker, get a room already you two 🙂 Like we couldn’t sense the building tension between the two of you with your “fights”

  7. your site didn’t crash like others lyle!

    • it’s complicated

  8. Few teams want Giroux..he has mileage on him and is not the player hew was three or four years ago…..as for the “Ghost”, he is indeed ghostly in the sense that he is now invisible-he was last year’s Andrew Hammond!!

  9. Trade him now before he has another bad year this year can be blamed on sofomore jinx but knowing the flyers they will give him 4 yes 5 mill per lol

  10. Why would the Islanders be reluctant to trade someone off their current roster? When Hamonic comes back they will have 8 D men who are all NHL ready and 2 top notch d prospects in the AHL with nothing else to prove in the minors(Pulock, Toews). They also will have 14 forwards on the roster with two in the AHL who need to come up (MDC, Ho Sang). We already have way too many players eligible for expansion. Might as well get a return for them and make a push for the playoffs, the current roster is not getting past the first rd if they make it.

    • All valid points Oleg. They seem to have a few guys who I’m not sure belong in the NHL (Quinne, Prince, Gionta), they could certainly use an upgrade up front.

      Having said that I feel squeamish with the idea of Snow pulling the trigger and shipping out assets. Maybe the owners do to?

  11. @George

    Back up your comment on Miller.
    What was your problem with it?

    Just curious as to what u r getting at other than incomplete thoughts.

    • Imo, the Miller signing turned out to be fine. He has allowed Markstrom to learn without the added pressure of trying to be the #1. I’m sure the Canucks wouldn’t mind Miller for one more year – until their prospect learns a bit more in the AHL.
      The Ericsson deal though…

      • Thx bro

        Now i hope thats not lost on George how one backs up a comment.
        Elaborate fully instead of incomplete meanderings.

        As for Eriksson thats another story altogether.
        This year was not going to be anything special & it turned out just that way. The bigger question would be how his signing turns out longterm thru his contract & if its a positive or negative result. IMO its too early to say which but it will be scrutinized heavily no doubt. I guess its all up to Loui to prove it.

    • I just always thought that they should have found SOME way to keep Schneider and had they done so, there would never have been a need to sign Miller. Ironically, the perceived block to keeping him was soon gone to Florida.

      • Mike Gillis regime traded Schneider. JB was left the hand he was dealt with. Moving on its not on his head what others before him did previously.
        Miller is a recent move separate from the past.

      • The Miller signing took place on July 1, 2014 after trading Luongo to the Panthers on March 4. The Miller signing took place almost a year to the day they sent Schneider to NJ on June 30 at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

        My only point is saying what I did originally is that the fiasco never should have happened and that management – whoever was in charge – had a Grade A goalie already in their employ who thought he had won the job and wanted to remain in Vancouver.

        If some choose to take objection to that opinion – well, fill yer boots! I could not possible care less.

      • That situation was…. very unexpected. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the deal at the time. A potential all-star goalie for a prospect? Yikes!

        That prospect turned out to be pretty damn good though. Horvat is the leading scorer on the team, although it’s a weak one. He’s also being groomed as the future captain. That’s bigger than having an all-star goalie imo.

        I hated the Miller signing, never was a fan. He’s come in and done a spectacular job supporting a struggling team. He’s been a great mentor to Markstrom and I’d be happy to see him back next year.

        Eriksson – Yup… I was hoping to see more, but I agree with Gordie. We’ll see how it plays out in the long run.

  12. How about Giroux Morin Ghost for Duchene smith and Grigorenko and whatever picks needed on either side

  13. In the category “everybody’s a critic,” some analyst posted this critique of the recent Sens trades ” (Dorion) has created a log jam in the bottom six. As of now, the Sens have on their main roster Burrows, Stalberg, Wingels, Smith, Neil, Lazar, Pyatt, Kelly, Pageau, Varone, Blunden, and DiDomenico who can play in the bottom six. One of them goes in the top six with Ryan out, and you pick the next six. Maybe one of them gets traded either today or tomorrow (Lazar the most likely candidate), but that still gives us ten players for six spots.

    Not really. Varone and Blunden are likely already on their drive back to Binghamton, while Neil has a broken finger and Lazar – unless dealt by tomorrow – will keep a seat warm in the press box, probably alongside DiDomenico if, indeed, he isn’t shipped to Bingo as well.

    That leaves Burrows, Stalberg, Wingels, Smith, Pyatt, Kelly and Pageau with one of them filling Ryan’s spot at RW for the next 4 to 6 weeks and then other 6 forming up lines 3 and 4.

    • I think the best thing about the players the sens picked up is that hoffman can stay off the 3rd unit.

      We can load up at the top now.

      • Burrows will be a great add for PO’s. Sens fans got an older but very game warrior. The stars pull their weight & at least see the 2nd round.

        No worries anout him earning his keep