NHL Rumor Mill – June 22, 2017
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TSN: Darren Dreger reports the New York Islanders are in search of a top-six forward and “perhaps more.” Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene could be among their targets. The Avs want to move him and are in need of blueline help and Dreger notes the Isles have a couple of defensemen in Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic that could be considered trade bait.
Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle and Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk could also be of interest to the Isles.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s widely assumed the Islanders will make a big move or two very soon. It could come today or during the upcoming NHL Draft weekend. Duchene, Eberle or Galchenyuk could be joining the Isles with Hamonic possibly heading out.
Pierre LeBrun speculates the Dallas Stars are shopping their first-round pick (third overall) in this year’s draft. They’re in win now mode and prefer a young NHL defenseman as part of a package. He thinks it’s a long shot for the Vegas Golden Knights to tempt the Stars by offering up left-shot defenseman Marc Methot. He believes it’ll have to take a big deal for the Stars to move their pick.
DAL has shown interest in VGK D man Marc Methot. As I mentioned, much speculation TVR is Carolina bound.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 22, 2017
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vegas is loading up on draft picks and the Hurricanes have three second-round picks. They could dangle one of them to the Golden Knights for van Riemsdyk.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said last night he could “absolutely” trade a defenseman before next week. “Teams looking for a top-four blue-liner include Tampa Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Calgary and Dallas. Fletcher said he’s open to making a trade for an immediate player or picks and prospects that allow him the flexibility to pursue free agents.”
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports the Canadiens are actively shopping for a top-four defenseman. He notes they unsuccessfully attempted to acquire blueliner Marco Scandella from the Wild prior to the expansion draft roster freeze on Saturday. The roster freeze is lifted at 8 am ET today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Scandella is the likely trade candidate. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canadiens revisit their interest in him, perhaps by dangling Galchenyuk as trade bait.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports center Marcus Kruger remains with the Blackhawks but it remains to be seen for how long. Despite rumors in recent weeks sending him to the Vegas Golden Knights, it appears Marian Hossa’s decision not to play next season due to a skin allergy may have made the Hawks less desperate to move Kruger. The Blackhawks lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like van Riemsdyk (as noted above) could be heading to Carolina. While Hossa’s $5.25 million cap hit could come off their books via LTIR, that won’t occur until the second day of the 2017-18 season. The Hawks could be forced to get creative to keep Kruger and his $3.083 million cap hit.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings decision to leave goaltender Petr Mrazek unprotected in the expansion draft indicates their preference for Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau as their goalies for next season. “Now, they will continue trying to trade Mrazek. Few teams are in the market for a starting goalie — Arizona and Philadelphia are perhaps among the select group.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the lack of limited goaltending options in the trade and UFA market, the Wings might be able to find a taker for Mrazek. His inconsistency, however, could make it difficult to move him.
The Maple Leafs are one of the teams interested in Colin Miller (Golden Knights) a trade involving him is a strong possibly. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 22, 2017