Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 19, 2017

by | Feb 19, 2017 | Rumors | 47 comments

Re-signing Alexander Radulov could prove costly for the Montreal Canadiens.

The latest on Alexander Radulov, Kevin Shattenkirk, Tyler Johnson, Jaroslav Halak & more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reports term could be an issue in contract negotiations between the Montreal Canadiens and right wing Alexander Radulov, The winger apparently seeks a six-year deal, but he turns 31 in July. If he’s adamant on that term, Kypreos wonders if the Canadiens could re-sign him for less than his current $5.75 million salary. Perhaps the Habs could sign him to a shorter term (three years) for a higher annual salary. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can’t see the Canadiens or anyone else signing Radulov for six seasons. As good as he’s been this season, a six-year investment in a 31-year-old player is too costly. A three-year deal worth between $6 – $7 million annually seems more likely. 

Elliotte Friedman reports Ottawa Senators forward Curtis Lazar and his agent met with management today. He believes the Lazar camp passed along their client’s desire to play, but Friedman doesn’t think the Senators are inclined to trade him.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong faces a dilemma. Despite his club’s recent improvement, does he still move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk? The blueliner is considered the biggest trade chip available leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, and it’s believed the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the interested clubs. The asking price is said to be a “high-end prospect, a first-round pick and another piece.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last week, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Shattenkirk remains available despite the Blues’ recent improvement. Armstrong has set a high price for him and it’ll be interesting to see if anyone bites before the deadline. If not, the Blues GM will have to lower it if he hopes to move Shattenkirk by deadline day. 

Time is running short for Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic to reach a decision on whether to move Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog before the trade deadline. 17 teams scouted the recent Avalanche-Buffalo Sabres game, but teams aren’t willing to part with what the Avs seek. “The Los Angeles Kings (including GM Dean Lombardi), Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs were represented by multiple scouts.” The Montreal Canadiens are also believed interested in both players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sakic isn’t under pressure to move either guy at the deadline. It’s widely assumed that if no one is willing to meet his price by the deadline, he’ll wait for the offseason market. 

To clear some salary-cap space, it’s believed Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might be willing to move the contracts of blueliners Braydon Coburn and Jason Garrison. Pending UFA center Brian Boyle will likely be dealt.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrison has one year remaining at a cap hit of $4.6 million, Coburn two years at $3.7 million. Both also have no-trade clauses. Not an easy sell at this time of year. If either guy gets moved, it’ll likely happen this summer. Boyle, I believe, is a goner at the deadline. 

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is trying to move players, including Tomas Jurco and Thomas Vanek.

Garrioch believes Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves is available.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson recently suggested the Edmonton Oilers pursue New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak as a backup for starter Cam Talbot before the trade deadline. While Halak has a year left on his contract at $4.5 million, Matheson believes the Isles will pick up part of it. The Oilers can leave Halak exposed in the June expansion draft or try to trade him at the NHL draft days later.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Isles pick up half that cap hit, maybe Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli might consider it. Bear in mind Matheson is simply making a suggestion here. There’s no reports that I’ve seen or heard indicating Chiarelli is even considering this option. 

The Carolina Hurricanes have lot of depth in young defenseman and are in need of scoring forwards. Matheson believes their only untouchable is Jaccob Slavin and suggests Justin Faulk could fetch a nice return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Faulk certainly would bring in a scoring forward, but is Hurricanes GM Ron Francis willing to part with him? If he wants to bolster his scoring and doesn’t wish to part with his younger blueliners, he might not have much choice. 

Matheson claims there’s a belief “the Tampa Bay Lightning will trade restricted free-agent Tyler Johnson this summer because they can plug Brayden Point into his centre slot. Lightning will resign Ondrej Palat instead but need defencemen in any deal for Johnson.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure that move would be a wise one. Last month, there was a couple of articles in the Tampa Bay Times suggesting the Lightning consider shopping Johnson. Point’s shown some potential in his rookie season, but at 5’10” and 160 lbs, he’s not much bigger than the 5’8″. 185-pound Johnson, who’s also a proven performer for the Bolts. 

The Boston Bruins may be interested in Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but they’re not parting with promising defensemen such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy to get him.

It’s thought the Chicago Blackhawks might try to bring back winger Patrick Sharp from the Dallas Stars, but Matheson feels Patrick Eaves would be a better pickup.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie reports Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was in the market for defensive depth long before recent injuries to Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz for the right price. As the trade deadline approaches, he’ll continue shopping for one or two defensemen. He also said he’s open to any move, big or small, that will make his team better.


  1. If Radulov and his agent really think someone will give him a 6-year deal they’re dreaming in bleu-blanc-rouge technicolour. I don’t even think he’s worth the risk of $6 – 7$ mil over a 3-year deal.

    • you’re right.
      also how many goals does Radulov have?
      14, not even 20.
      let him walk.
      14 goals is worth maybe 4.5 mil, that’s it!

      • Judy.

        He does have 42 points which puts him in the top 50 point producers.

        I can’t believe I’m defending Radulov a player I can’t stand but with out him Montreal has no other RW capable of playing a 1st or 2nd line roll. Not all players are goal scorers. Kuznetsov a C has 12 goals.

        Even Gallagher isn’t really a 2nd line player. As George likes to say & in this situation it appears to be a reality, the smurf can’t stay healthy as a 5’9″ player can’t play the style of hockey that Gallagher chooses to play.

    • For whatever reason i deel that radulov wont have any issue finding a team willing to give him a 6 yr deal. The dollars will need to go down.teams have shown that they sign the problem today and worry about ut tommorrow.

      A buyout, trade or even injuries fixes it later

    • If someone will give Ladd 7 years at 5.5, Backes 5 years at 6, Lucic 7 years at 6, Eriksson 6 years at 6, Neilsen 6 years at 5.25 etc., Radulov won’t get similiar why?

      • Maybe – just maybe – the GMs are starting to grow a bit more grey matter between the ears. We can only hope.

      • Hope’s good George, some GM’s have restraint many don’t do but with so few real point producers available greed always trumps fear when 1 can be acquired for nothing more than cash.

      • Yeah some really questionable signings. Radulov still seems like a stretch at those numbers but as you point out stranger things have happened.

        I wonder if the “character” issues come back with a long term deal. I sure wouldn’t want to be the GM pulling off this signing. Radulov seemed to score more in the early part of the season as well so wondering what’s been going on of late.

      • Because Radulov has a habit and history of taking his ball and going home when times get tough or things don’t go his way

  2. Rutherford’s comments in the trib article about the market being seller driven now was insightful… its a gamed of chicken right now… which buying teams get taken to the cleaners like Yandle trade, doug Murray trade etc. and which sellers play to long and get Vanek’ed.

    • How was NY taken to the cleaners on the Yandle trade? A 1st , a 2nd Duclair and J. Moore for Yandle and Summers? I said it at the time of the trade… ” Duclair, we’ll see”… so far it looks like Duclair was a one hit wonder. I also said at the time of the trade, the best player in that deal was Yandle.

      Ultimately, it didn’t work, but I don’t consider it a robbery either. Especially considering NYs depth in wing today. As for J.Moore, I couldn’t wait to see NY rid themselves of him.

      • juries out on duclair… but I would say that was a fleece. lots of fleeces on deadline day though… wou;d make for an interesting article. worst deadline deal for 30 teams! Did gomez go to mont at the deadline? that would be a bad one if he did…

      • I think Gomez was in th off-season. If Duclair were to turn it around maybe NY lost that deal. But today he isn’t getting a Yandle in return. Ny also had the yotes paid 1/2 Yandles salary/cap hit for a year plus.

      • Let it go Nyr4life. chrisms not a big picture thinker. Yandle came over just before the trade deadline the season before last. Arz ate a significant portion of his salary; 1/2, Yandle cost NYR 2.65, which is a significant factor in today’s NHL. NYR made a solid playoff run after acquiring Yandle & if not for the loss of Zuccarello who knows how it may have played out. Yandle had another full season. He was worth the full cost of that trade. NYR should have had to pay more in hindsight.

        I don’t think Duclair is a 1 year wonder. Just a young player going through the trials & tribulations of the development process. The 1st round pick was 20th in 2016 later traded to Detroit by Arizona, Detroit selected Dennis Cholowski (D), the 2nd in 2015 was 60th later traded to Calgary by Arizona Calgary drafted Oliver Kylington (D). Neither of those selections are guaranteed to ever make the NHL & if they do it could be 4 to 6 years from now.

        NYR also got a 4th back conditional, but was lost as NYR went to the Conference finals.

      • ah Striker… you hurt my feelings. Being insulted by such a big picture thinker and blogging celebrity just really hits home. So much for being the bullied huh Striker? Guess its only wrong when people resort to insults when it applies to you.

      • Sorry I didn’t think I was being insulting. You made a comment on a trade with out looking at all the facts. You like snap shots. Snap shots a great for framing but serve little purpose else where.

        What has Arizona gotten out of that deal. They paid just under 4 million for Yandle to play for NYR for 1 full year & 21 regular season games the season they moved him. 24 playoff games in total in his time in NYR. NYR finished 4th in the east last season losing to the Stanley Cup winner the 2nd best team in the east last season. Stupid bracket structure the NHL thought up. Beyond ridiculous. The year prior, the season they acquired Yandle, 1st over all in the east making it all the way to the conference final.

        Yandle was worth every penny of the cost & again in hindsight should have cost more. The 60th pick in 2015 & 20th in 2016 & Duclair is little to nothing compared to the return Yandle provided at 2.65 last season & a little over a million the season prior.

      • Apology cepted! I disagree. It was a hell of a steal for Arizona to get all that for a guy that was fairly one dimensional. It was a Hail Mary for rangers… hell no shame in that. But with girardi staal mcdunaugh… the chances of keeping him after the next season were slim.

  3. d maybe available to pens..

    shat… likely to expensive unless they believe they can sign him long term which pushes schultz out after this year… If they get s feeling schultz will look for 5 mil + I would rather pay shat 6 mil as he has had a steady career and schultz hasnt sold me as legit to sign to term.
    Kulikov… again cost… and injuries… if MAF was part of the deal going back maybe…
    Stone… maybe, rental if cost is reasonable
    Oduya… healthy?
    Smith… maybe? bottom pairing depth
    Ference… 😉
    Hainsey… as a 5-6 guy maybe
    Quincey… maybe
    polak… no
    hunwick… over ruhwhedal? for a late pick maybe
    scuderi… TEHE

    these are the UFA rentals that might be out there. if every team is looking for d this is slim pickins and cost might be high.

    • Shattenkirk could replace Daley after the season and still sign Schultz to a reasonable RFA “bridge” deal.

      Smith seems a better option than Quincey.

      If they could swing Duchene too then he would replace Kunitz and Fehr (who they are looking to unload).

      I think they also might let Bonino walk if he doesn’t want to sign an inexpensive deal. Rowney might make him expendable on the 3rd line. Sundqvist will center the 4th line.

      Fluery should be moved in the Shattenkirk trade or seperately for picks/prospects to cut salary.

      • I doubt the pens can afford letang at 7+, Shultz at 4+ , shat at 6+, Maatta at 4+, cole 2.1, and dumo at 3’ish. thats a lot of scratch.

    • Regardless of how well Schultz has produced for 1 season he isn’t getting 5+ per year. He will get a 3 to 5 year deal. If shorter slightly more money than if longer around 4 to 4.5.

      Unless Pittsburgh wins the cup again which is certainly possible, then all bets are off. Ha-ha!

      • He took less this year to rebrand himself… don’t see him accepting less than market value… as an rfa his options limited and he might force a 1 year deal… don’t see him getting offer sheeted but you never know. His perceived play this year and scoring levels would get him around 5 on the open market. So if pens want teen it will cost a penny or two

      • I agree with Striker on this, as Schultz has been performing reasonably improved, but in a relatively small window. I don’t think he’s ever shown any leadership skills, and riding the high playing with the best team in the league isn’t exactly a great measuring stick. Despite his stifled development in Edmonton, which could’ve been more about the other contributing factors, I still think he needs another two seasons as a consistent performer to establish himself with the 5m + club. Not saying someone desperate won’t pay it, I just don’t think it would be earned or deserved at this point.

      • i THINK sCHULTZ RESIGNS AT $3 MILLION an AFFORDble bridge deal…. I believe they will move Oli Matta at some point (injury doesn’t help he was playing well too + 18) that leaves the door open for a Shattenkirk deal if they want. that leaves your top 4 dor next season Letang, Shattenkirk, Dumolin and Schultz or Cole (both also playing well)

        I like shattenkirk not a neccesity would rather have Matt Duchense….

  4. Not saying I think the Bolts will trade Johnson, but the size difference doesn’t mean much, I don’t think – on the contrary, it’s likely shown the Bolts that an undersized player can fit the bill!

    It’s more that Point’s salary next year is around $750,000 while Johnson’s will be… $6M or so?

    I’m sure they’d rather have Johnson, but maybe not at 8-10x the salary

  5. If I’m the Coyotes I trade OEL while he is in his prime and still has a couple years left on his contract. Coyotes are so young and by the time these young players are in there prime OEL will be on his last leg. Why not move him now for a younger D-man a good prospect and a first round pick? I just think the time is now he can leave for zip in a couple years or you will need a boat load of cash to resign him.

  6. Is there a rule preventing Vegas from claiming a player and then trading him back to the team they claimed him from? I think there might be, but not sure.

    I was wondering if the Pens can’t trade Fleury, could they work out a deal with Vegas where the Knights claim MAF and then trade him back to the Pens with Vegas paying half of his cap hit. Fleury would than be a $3 M (or so) a year backup. Not ideal, but not as bad as a $5.75 M a year backup. Murray’s cheap enough that they could carry that tandem for the rest of MAF’s deal.

    It would probably cost the Pens Tristan Jarry plus another prospect or a pick.

    They might be better off just buying MAF out but just wondering if this would be an option…

    Regarding the Canes…I saw Jake Bean on a random NHL Network aired WHL game the other day, he’s good. Looks like Cam Fowler. The Canes should move Faulk. He’s older than the rest of their D. They’ll be fine with ONLY Slaavin and Hanafin and Bean and…

    • players selected cant play for former team for at least a year… maybe more.

    • Tristan Jarry isn’t going anywhere he may be better than Murray… and the pens lucked out this past draft and drafted this huge talented European goalie. (his name escapes me) i heard he is the real deal. i think Buying out Fluery may be the option..i hope they can find a home for him he has meant so much to the penguins team…

  7. TB will be be doing some significant roster adjustments this summer to free up cap space. Garrison has 1 year remaining with a 4.6 mil cap hit but only 2.5 million dollar salary. He will be bought out hitting the cap for just under 850K for 2 years freeing up 3.75 in cap space.

    Drouin will have to be bridged. TB has no choice & as he should have learned Yzerman isn’t budging. If Kucherov excepted a bridge Drouin will have to as well. Just to buy time for the salary cap structure in TB to play out. Callahan’s situation is also in limbo. Conflicting reports if he will be able to resume his career. If Filppula doesn’t agree to waive his NMC he will be bought out in the 1st & potentially only eligible window for TB but ties into Callahan’s situation.

    Assuming TB protects 7F, 3D & 1 G. Stamkos, Johnson, Kucherov, Palat, Drouin, Killorn & Callahan or Namestnikov if Callahan isn’t made exempt due to LTIR eligibility. D Hedman, Stralman, Coburn/? trade acquisition/Koekkoek & Vasilievsky.

  8. If I’m Snow I don’t pick up a dime of Halak’s contract. If not for the expansion draft Halak is tradable. NYI protects Greiss now in expansion, exposing Berube & Halak. I don’t see him or Halak being selected as NYI is currently forced with exposing a decent Dman & numerous other great young goalies will be available from other teams.

    Following the expansion draft Halak will have value to a whole range of teams either as a back up or as a mentor, shared starter with a younger goalie. The return won’t be great a 2nd round pick & a soft prospect but they won’t need to eat a dime.

    Halak is playing great in the AHL & he was burdened with the 3 goalie monster & NYI playing brutal when he shared the starters role with Griess.

    • maybe… but still a flooded goalie markey even after expansion… could have halak, MAF, bishop, niemi/lehtonen, neuverth, condon, budaj, miller, pavolec, etc.

      • Agreed that’s why the compensation would be minimal. Finding decent goalies in a 31 team league isn’t hard.

      • I think enough ufa out there getting “rid” of halak might not be easy. A 4.5 mil cap back up isn’t pined for. Teams would have to see him as a 1b at least to take him at full cap or ask for a sweetener back.

  9. Wouldn’t mind seeing Tyler Johnson com to NJ. Seeing him,Hall and Wood on a line would be one of the fastest in the league. We could use more scoring.Send over Merrill and a pick for TJ and a Late rounder

    • shero in position to swing these type of trades… maybe take back a toxic contract again to sweeten deal. TJ and Fillipa for prospect and pick.

  10. I like a Faulk (only 24) and a Duchene package….Sounds plausible . Salary not too far apart . Maybe even include Murphy for a Colorado draft pick like a 2017 or 2018 second round. They still have E Johnson (next year) and Barrie.Not too bad of a defence…. Keep Landeskog.

    • I dont think Dusch or Landy are worth Faulk straight up… if I was Francis I would stick with Pesce plus pick plus roster decent forward (tuevo?). so pesce tuevo top 5 protected pick for dusch…

      • Faulk wouldn’t get Dutch or Landy on his own he is a very one dimensional dman and the avs have that in Barrie already

  11. For Curtis Lazar, the Sens should trade him for Anthony Duclair in Arizona. Don’t know if Coyotes want to replicate Turris trade won easily by Ottawa…

    Edmonton may tried to traded Pouliot for Halak, but terms on Pouliot’s contract is maybe untradeable. Isles have enough underachievers on their lineup also…

    For Radulov, I’m just hoping that he wont be as greedy as reports says… In the Habs structure, no one should make more than Price actual salary.

    As I see, Montréal need a left defenseman able to play 20 minutes and more reliable than Beaulieu. Del Zotto or Hainsey could be good candidates. The priority should be a top six forwards who’s physical and a shooter. Everyone dreams about a top centre like Duchene, but the cost will be enormous and won’t maybe fill the other needs

    To add some good assets, MTL needs to create cap space, Ribeiro could be an option against Desharnais. Ribeiro played well under Julien… He’s slower and older, but still a better passer. It gives depth at centre. Desharnais is useless. Boyle and Hanzal are far more attractive, but those would not create cap space for top end talent and a defenseman.

  12. Bruins shouldn’t move Carlo or Mcavoy. They are the future top four right defenseman. I would move Carlo only for Trouba. Mcavoy is untouchable in my view.
    Bruins have plenty of young forwards in the pipeline no reason to trade for Landeskog or Dushane.

  13. My Predict:

    Radulov will get 6 to 6.5 for 4 to 5 years.

    He won’t accept 3 years.
    Habs need him.

    He’s settled here, likes Montreal, and a Russo-friendly team
    Habs’ fans love him = pressure on management

    It’s $’s for sure
    The Habs, if they can off-load Plekanec to LV, are in a good space even with a flat Cap
    He would help with a Shipchyev signing

    All being said – as usual, a compromise on both sides.

    As Striker might put it: “it’s within the market parameters for comparables”.


  14. Vanek has more goals in less games for less money. Just to name one.

  15. At this time a team can not retain 60% on a contract with term after this season. The max they can retain is the percent of time left which is sound 20%.

    A free agent this summer then they can retain 50%

    Nothing new on tamp bay moving Johnson
    He wants a 6 yr deal that will pat high dollars. From tampa that is too much to pay for a 3rdcenter.

    With tamp having mod than 7 decent forwards one will get exposed and picked so trade them before.

    • If duschene for example gets traded they can retain 50% ( they wouldn’t) of the rest of his contract

  16. I don’t see the lightning trading anyone. Yzerman asking price for Boyle is a 1st rounder.

  17. If the Leafs want a vet d-man with some puck moving skills why no Streit? He will cost them pretty much nothing and they are flush with cap space now a fraction of the final year cap hit is nothing.

    The Pens could consider him too but that would be at the expense on Matta landing on LTIR to clear up the cap room.