NHL Rumor Update – February 27, 2017

by | Feb 27, 2017 | Rumors | 18 comments

Will the St. Louis Blues get a significant return for Kevin Shattenkirk by the trade deadline?

Latest on Kevin Shattenkirk, Matt Duchene, Marc-Andre Fleury and more in the latest NHL Rumor Mill update.

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL insider Bob McKenzie telling Montreal’s TSN 690 he still expect the St. Louis Blues will trade defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Looking at what the Arizona Coyotes got from the Minnesota Wild for center Martin Hanzal, McKenzie believes Shattenkirk should fetch at least that much, depending on where he goes. The Blues seek a first-round pick, a prospect and another piece. 

Nichols also cites insider Elliotte Friedman telling Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 the Hanzel return could reinforce what Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic seeks for center Matt Duchene on the trade market. Friedman also suggests the Nashville Predators could circle back to their interest in Duchene. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues and Avs can set those high asking prices for Shattenkirk or Duchene, but it remains to be seen if anyone’s willing to pay at the deadline. I don’t think the Avs will find any takers for Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog at the deadline. Shattenkirk, however, is a UFA and is being shopped as a rental player. Maybe the Leafs, Oilers, Rangers or Boston Bruins take the gamble. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie reports Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford recently said he hasn’t received a trade offer for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Rutherford will decide within 48 hours of the trade deadline if he’ll move or retain Fleury. Trading the veteran netminder won’t be easy, given his annual cap hit ($5.75 million through 2018-19), his modified no-trade clause and the soft market for goaltenders. Possible destinations could include the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets. Rutherford has also stated his preference is to keep his tandem of Fleury and Matt Murray intact for the remainder of the season. 

TSN: Frank Seravalli sized up the goalie market in the wake of the LA Kings acquiring Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fleury, Anaheim’s Jhonas Enroth, Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth and the NY Islanders Jaroslav Halak, along with sidelined Winnipeg Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec, are possibly available via trade. Dallas, Calgary, St. Louis and Winnipeg could be in the market for help between the pipes, while Edmonton and Columbus could look at backup options for the playoffs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Fleury stays put. There could be some interest in him between now and the deadline, but Rutherford seems to prefer taking another run at the Cup with Fleury and Murray as his goalies. Dallas needs help in goal, but unless they move one of their current netminders, they’ll likely wait until this summer to address that issue. Jake Allen has improved in the Blues goal over the past month, lessening the pressure there for an upgrade. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff rarely makes moves of note at the deadline and I’m not expecting him to make a significant move this year. The Flames could be leaning toward sticking with Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson for the rest of the season. The Oilers and Blue Jackets could also stick with their current tandems. The Senators are fine in goal with Craig Anderson and Mike Condon.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks suggests the New York Rangers recent offensive struggles (two goals or fewer in five or their last six games) could be a more pressing need than bolstering their depth on defense. He thinks the Rangers should target possible rental players such as Dallas Stars winger Patrick Sharp or Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata for the right price. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether it’s adding a defenseman or a forward, I have a feeling Rangers GM Jeff Gorton will make a move by the deadline to improve his roster. 


  1. Habs get Benn from Dallas – relax folks, not Jamie but his D brother for Pareryn and a pick

    • The suspense was killing me George. Phew.

    • Why dont u get sharp and matt on trade deadline

  2. I like Sharp to Edmonton. I think he can put the puck in the net, move up and down lines and the Oilers need someone with playoff experience.
    Chia should be making this deal

    • No

  3. “Maybe the Leafs, Oilers, Rangers or Boston Bruins take the gamble”

    It’s being heavily reported right now that it’s a 2 headed race for Shattenkirk. Penguins and Capitals. This from Brian Lawton of NHL Network.

    Deal may get done tonight…

    • Based on the Hansel trade, I am assuming a 1st for Shattenkirk, but what prospects would be included from Pitts or Wash or Rangers, I’m not very familiar with Eastern conference. What is reasonable–Vrana, Buchnevich as an example?

  4. It was reported today that Minnesota narrowly beat out Pittsburgh in the bidding for Martin Hanzal. One has to wonder how close the Penguins were to having Hanzal and Guentzel in their lineup.

    • I want a pretzel covered in cinnamon and sugar soooo bad right now!

      • YES!

        Those are the best. Auntie Annes makes a jalapeño one also… lol

        More serious note, there’s quite a few deals going down before deadline. Wonder how busy it’ll be on Wednesday

    • That’s hilarious – good one…lol

  5. Habs need a miracle block buster, get Duchene, and go after Shattenkirk , future is now for this habs core, Stanley Cup or bust.

    • Habs should get Sharp as well.

  6. Hopefully Caps go after Vanek. Really good Fourth Line player instead of Winnik. Give Detriot Galiev and a Third rounder next year. Caps have to go for the Stanley this year. He can make a difference in the PO, Winnik cant. He make 0 points last year. – If they not win they can skip him away after the season if they need Cap Space.

    They must take the chance.

  7. I think given the offensive pieces that have already gone, MTL should target: Grigorenko, Vanek, Vrbata. They need to add offense, now that they’ve padded the d.

  8. Just a lowly Wings fan soaking in the seller mentality longing for the days when we got Chellie, Shannie, Hull, Rouse and such at the deadline… Kenny H doesn’t seem to be good at this role as I watch contenders move while we stand still

  9. Apparently Shattenkirk is going to Washington

  10. Calling on Maple Leaf Mansgemrnt !
    Fine and Dandy, we picked up depth, other in Boyle.

    But the fact remains, is there not a defenseman available.
    We desperately need one !