NHL Rumor Mill – August 5, 2017
Updates on the Blues, Bruins and Blackhawks in your NHL rumor mill.
STLTODAY.COM: In a recent live chat with Blues fans, Jeremy Rutherford said he’d be surprised if the club traded veteran forward Alexander Steen. He cites the club need to surround their young players with veteran talent. If Steen struggles this season, perhaps this topic can be revisited.
Rutherford also thinks it could be worthwhile for the Blues to consider adding unrestricted free agent Shane Doan, citing their need for depth at right wing and his leadership.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen, 33, is starting the first season of a four-year, $23 million contract. He also has a full no-trade clause. He’s not going anywhere.
As for Doan, they could use him in a third- or fourth-line role. Rutherford doesn’t think it would be a hard sell for Blues management to bring him in. It remains to be seen, however, if Doan’s on their radar.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty recently weighed in on the status of contract talks between the Boston Bruins and restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak. He notes there’s still plenty of time for the two sides to get a deal done before training camp opens in September. Pastrnak also doesn’t appear to be distressed by the situation.
Haggerty believes there’s little chance of a rival club signing the winger to a unmatchable offer sheet, pointing out the Bruins have roughly $10 million in salary cap space. He also cites sources saying the two sides are working on a deal worth around six years and $36-million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing earth shattering here, though it’s notable that we now have some idea of what Pastrnak’s new contract with the Bruins could look like. While there’s been some talk this summer of clubs considering the offer-sheet gambit for RFA talent such as Pastrnak, it doesn’t appear as though that will happen.
THE ATHLETIC: Scott Powers recently reported the Chicago Blackhawks are expected to pursue 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher when the defenseman becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency on Aug. 15. Butcher, 22, is expected to have several suitors. The Detroit Red Wings could be among them.