NHL Rumor Mill (Evening Update) – June 30, 2017
Updates on Matt Duchene, Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrick Marleau and more in your NHL rumor mill evening update.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators have made trade offers to the Colorado Avalanche for center Matt Duchene. However, the Avs will continue playing the waiting game until their price is met. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline believes defenseman Ryan Murray would be part of the Blue Jackets’ offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the Avs seek a good young defenseman, a first-round draft pick and a top prospect as part of the return for Duchene. The 23-year-old Murray has potential but he’s also been hampered by injuries. Predators GM David Poile recently said he wasn’t parting with any of his top-four defensemen. While Colorado GM Joe Sakic may be playing the waiting game, so can his rivals. This could drag on throughout the summer.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites Bob McKenzie telling Montreal’s TSN 690 the New York Rangers could be unwilling to pursue Washington Capitals free-agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He notes the Rangers recently made some moves to shed salary and give themselves some financial flexibility. They also re-signed blueliner Brendan Smith to a four-year deal. Unless Shattenkirk, a New Rochelle NY native, is willing to give the Rangers a hometown discount, they could be hesitant to invest in an expensive long-term deal for him.
McKenzie’s colleague Pierre LeBrun reports the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils definitely looked at Shattenkirk. The Tampa Bay Lightning also contacted his representatives, but LeBrun doubts they’ll open the vault for the blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres’ recent addition of Marco Scandella from the Minnesota Wild could take them out of the Shattenkirk sweepstakes. If the Rangers and Lightning aren’t willing to give him a big payday and if he’s unwilling to come down in price, the Devils could be his only suitable option.
CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz cites TSN’s Darren Dreger saying the San Jose Sharks have offered free-agent forward Patrick Marleau a two-year contract. The long-time Sharks star is reportedly going through his options with his family.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet on the dollar amount.
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST’s Andy Strickland reports the Philadelphia Flyers have a two-year deal at$2.75 million with Calgary Flames free-agent goaltender Brian Elliott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This hasn’t been officially reported by the Flyers. That won’t happen until after noon ET tomorrow. I’m assuming Strickland meant $2.75 million per season for Elliott. We’ll find out for sure on Saturday.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie reports Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is close to making a trade that will replace soon-to-depart free-agent center Nick Bonino. Rutherford also said it’s more likely he’ll dip into the free-agent market for a defenseman and a backup goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication as to which team and player Rutherford is targeting for a trade and what he’s planning on giving up in return.