NHL Rumor Mill – July 18, 2017
Updates on Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Cody Franson and more in your NHL Rumor Mill.
NHL.COM: Speaking to a local newspaper during a Kamloops Blazers alumni golf tournament, veteran forwards Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan expressed their mutual wish to return for another NHL season. The pair are unrestricted free agents and while they said they’ve been in contact with “four or five teams”, they’re having difficulty finding clubs to sign with.
Iginla said he hopes to land with a contending team. Because of league parity, he feels as many as 15 teams have a shot at championship contention.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla and Doan are future Hall of Famers, but both are now 40 years old and well past their “best before” dates. Their numbers noticeably dropped out last season, though Doan is only a year removed from a 28-goal performance and Iginla showed late-season improvement following his trade on March 1 to the Los Angeles Kings. Both could eventually end up with contenders, but they might face a training-camp tryout.
Source tells me there is nothing to the Phil Kessel-to-Coyotes rumors. https://t.co/ykcrV38yW0
— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 14, 2017
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford recently dismissed the Kessel trade speculation that emerged out of Pittsburgh last week.
TSN: cited a tweet by Jay Zawaski of 670 The Score in Chicago speculating unrestricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson could get a training camp tryout from the Chicago Blackhawks if he hasn’t signed with another club by then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the way this offeseason is going for Franson, a training camp invite could be his best bet for landing an NHL contract. The Hawks are currently pressed for cap space, though they’ll likely get over $5 million in cap relief if winger Marian Hossa is placed on long-term injury reserve.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion suggests he might not be done trying to improve his roster this summer. “As recently as this morning, I was talking to another GM about a possible trade and there’s always that avenue,” he said. Dorion also didn’t rule out inviting unsigned UFAs to training camp on a tryout basis, but he also feels he’s good good depth, especially with the promising young prospects in his system.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having lost defenseman Marc Methot in the expansion draft, perhaps Dorion will look at adding another veteran blueliner. Before going that route, however, he could wait for training camp to evaluate young defenders such as Fredrik Clausson, Ben Harpur and Thomas Chabot.