NHL Rumor Mill Update – February 28, 2017
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.