NHL Trade Deadline Day Rumor Roundup – March 1, 2017
The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 pm ET today. Here’s a look at the latest trade speculation.
TORONTO STAR: Jonas Siegel lists the best players still available in the NHL trade market. Top forwards included Detroit’s Thomas Vanek, New Jersey’s P.A. Parenteau, Arizona’s Radim Vrbata and Dallas’ Patrick Sharp. Defensemen include Philadelphia’s Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto, and goalies include Vancouver’s Ryan Miller and Buffalo’s Anders Nilsson.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen also includes Buffalo’s Brian Gionta and Dmitry Kulikov and New Jersey’s Kyle Quincey among the notable rental players. Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog are the biggest names on the market. Both still have term remaining on their contracts, but it’s widely expected one or both could be moved in the offseason.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney claims there’s nothing imminent regarding a possible move by his club. The Bruins had interest in Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog but Sweeney isn’t willing to part with a young defenseman such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy in the deal. The Bruins are believed among several clubs kicking tires on New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun last night reported the Philadelphia Flyers were attempting to re-sign goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Panaccio cites sources claiming no deal was reached on Tuesday. The Flyers are also among several clubs scouted by the Avalanche in their attempts to move Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog.
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports Duchene and Landeskog are prepared to travel with the Avalanche to Ottawa for their game tomorrow against the Senators. Pending free agents Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque, John Mitchell and Fedor Tyutin could be trade rental candidates.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: In a mailbag segment, Joe Smith said the Tampa Bay Lightning would like to move forward Valtteri Filppula, who’s signed through next season at a cap hit of $5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause consisting of a list of 16 teams he’ll accept being dealt to. TSN recently reported the Bolts are believed to have asked Filppula to consider a move to one of the clubs not on his preferred list of destinations. Smith also expects the Lightning could try to move defenseman Jason Garrison, who’s also signed through next season at a cap hit of $4.6 million.
EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson believes Oilers general manger Peter Chiarelli is in the market for a backup goalie. “It’ll most likely be either Jaro Halak, Michal Neuvirth or Anders Nilsson with Halak the front-runner if the Islanders pick up a chunk of his $5 million contract for next season,” said Matheson.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: In addition to Quincey and Parenteau, other possible Devils trade candidates include goalie Keith Kinkaid, defensemen Seth Helgeson and Damon Severson and forwards Jacob Josefson, Beau Bennett, Blake Coleman, Joseph Blandisi and Stefan Noesen. All are either unrestricted or restricted free agents.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports it’s believed the Senators have an offer from a club of a second-round pick for young forward Curtis Lazar. The Sens, however, seek a first-round pick.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy doesn’t expect the San Jose Sharks to move backup goalie Aaron Dell. He’s played well this season and the Sharks are in better playoff position this season. (Stick tap to GJ Berg for the link)
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a lot left in terms of quality rental players today. Vanek, Vrbata, Miller, Streit and Sharp appear the best of the bunch. The few notables (Kevin Shattenkirk, Ben Bishop, Martin Hanzal) were already dealt leading up to deadline day.
Unless the Avalanche can move Duchene or Landeskog today, or another club pulls off a shocking deal that no one saw coming, this year’s deadline day will be a dud. We’ll see a number of trades involving depth rental players, but probably nothing that will provide excitement.