NHL Trade Deadline Day Rumor Roundup – March 1, 2017

by | Mar 1, 2017 | Rumors | 18 comments

Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek is among the few notable rental players remaining in the NHL trade market.

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. 


  1. With what’s left a one hour show after the fact is all that’s needed on any of the major sports networks. Considering all of the other social media platforms available people will know what’s going on anyway. Imagine having to spend the whole day listening to James Duthie (Ben Stiller look alike). Ever he since got separated from Maggie the Makak (however you spell that) he has floundered. That Quiz Show does not even match the Monkey gig! To be honest I like Duthie, I just wanted to see who else misses Maggie?

  2. The Score reports that Valteri Filpulla was part of a bigger Toronto – Tampa bay trade also involving Brian Boyle but he wouldn’t waive his NTC to accommodate it.

    • He must like the sun and already has a Cup! If he was coming to Toronto as part of that big deal then so what he wouldn’t really have added much anyway.

      • I think it was more along the lines of Tampa Bay giving Toronto an added sweetener for taking the contract off their hands due to their free agents they have to sign in the summer. Perhaps added prospects/picks.

      • Good move by dillpula?

    • Leafs Dodged a bullet there

      • He was likely just to be the next Liach Greening or Michalek and he knew it, can’t really blame the guy for not wanting to spend the rest of his career as a Marlie.

  3. Hope Boston stands pat. As well as their playing and still building for the future things are looking good. I don’t even think a backup goalie is needed. If they make the playoffs Rask will start every game anyway.
    I don’t want to see any top prospects or picks moved. Didn’t work last year when they picked up Lyles and Stempniak.

  4. Damon Severson ? The devils just gave up their top defenseman in Larsson. If Severson is moving then one of the elite Colorado 2 are coming back. Defense is already the worst in the NHL. There is not a chance Severson moves.

    • I’m surprised to see that name up there as well.
      Anyone looking at D long term would be calling if that is the case and thats pretty much 20 teams

    • Severson is an RFA not UFA too. Send him across the river!

  5. Be a risk to trade for Sharp, he had a Dr. come look at a nagging injury that’s been bothering him for some time.

    • Hey Caper,

      Sharp must not be eating his “apple” a day!

  6. k guys, we’re moving the chat over the the trade list post.

  7. FLYERS REPORT – Sean Couturier evidently just left the ice at practice. No word on injury.

  8. Would like to see the Leafs only make hockey trades right now or wait until the draft.

    I really didn’t like the Leafs using assets to pick up Boyle. Not because he is not a good player but would have sooner used the pick at the draft, and let the Goat get experience. If they don’t make the play-offs the pick was wasted.

    The real Leaf need is one or two dmen. I would like to see them put together a package together to get Montadour and Manson from the Ducks. They need offense and want prospects and picks. Maybe JVR is part of the package but for these two guys it starts with a first rounder and AHL prospects like Leipsic, Rychel, or Kapinen then other prospects like Braaco, Brooks or JJ Pinnich? If JVR became part of that package that would be good to lessen the AHL prospects list. This type of deal happens after the season.

    I was also interested in the rumour about Sheehan. For the right price he would replace Bozak but again after the season?

    Looks like I just finished the rebuild? Anyway there is a lot of talent and good coaching right now in Leafland so a few strategic additions/subtractions and a couple years of experience should produce a contender? Winning it all is not something you can predict.

    Trade deadline shows today sure are boring.

    • The Boyle deal is more than a rental I think. His cap hit is not very high and I think the Leafs would be interested in signing him to a couple of seasons until the Goat is truly ready to eat everything in his path.