NHL Rumor Mill – June 13, 2017
Updates on Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Seabrook plus latest on the Blue Jackets and Rangers in your NHL rumor mill.
SPORTSNET: With Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury agreeing to waive his no-movement clause, Emily Sadler lists the Vegas Golden Knights, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders as possible destinations.
While Vegas seems the logical choice as they can select him in the expansion draft, Sadler notes the Golden Knights could flip him to another club in need of a starting goaltender. She points out the Flames were linked to Fleury in the rumor mill throughout this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how the Golden Knights play this. Fleury also has a modified no-trade clause listing 18 preferred trade destinations. They could keep him for themselves or trade him to one of those other clubs for a draft pick, prospect or promising young NHL player.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports the Blue Jackets didn’t ask left wing Scott Hartnell to waive his no-movement clause for the upcoming expansion draft. He speculates this could mean the Jackets have a deal in place with the Golden Knights, ” one that would not require general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to shuffle his protected list and pull back a promising young player such as forward Josh Anderson.”
Portzline also suggests the Jackets could buy out the remaining two years of Hartnell’s contract, citing sources saying the winger was told at season’s end he was unlikely to return with the club next season. Neither Kekalainen or Hartnell were available for comments.
SPORTSNET 960: Elliotte Friedman also wonders if the Blue Jackets have a deal in place with the Golden Knights for David Clarkson. That move could net Vegas a first-round pick “and maybe a prospect or two.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets need to both protect a good young player such as Anderson and clear up some salary-cap space for next season. I believe they do something to address those issues before the roster freeze at 3 pm ET on Saturday. Perhaps we’ll see a scenario whereby Clarkson and a draft pick/prospect gets dealt to the Golden Knights and Hartnell is bought out.
NEW YORK POST: While the New York Rangers didn’t ask defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal to waive their no-movement clauses for the upcoming expansion draft, Larry Brooks believes their futures are hardly settled. Both carry contracts with cap hits in excess of $5 million and it’s possible one or both could be bought out this summer, though that move comes with steep penalties.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Girardi has been rumored as the most likely buyout candidate.
LeBrun: My understanding on the Brent Seabrook rumors in particular, “there is zero chance he’s being moved.” 1050 #Blackhawks
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) June 12, 2017