Sunday NHL Rumor Mill – August 27, 2017
Updates on Matt Duchene and Jaromir Jagr in your Sunday NHL rumor mill.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites TSN’s Darren Dreger recent appearance on Buffalo’s WGR 550 suggesting the trade market could soon heat up for Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene. Noting Avs general manager Joe Sakic recently saying he’s listening to trade offers, Dreger believes Sakic is in a position to get something done. That doesn’t mean a trade is imminent, but with other NHL GMs returning from holiday and training camp fast approaching, things could heat up in the next week.
Dreger noted the Nashville Predators definitely had interest in Duchene during the NHL draft weekend in June (and believes they still do), but they weren’t willing to part with the defenseman Sakic is seeking as part of the return. He believes there are teams willing to part with a young blueliner but not the established top-pairing guy or top prospect. However, that’s a need for the Avs and Dreger feels that hasn’t significantly changed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s definite interest in Duchene. The Predators certainly could be among them, along with the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Pittsburgh Penguins kicked the tires earlier this summer. However, Sakic seemingly won’t budge off his rumored asking price (young top-four d-man, first-round pick, top prospect and perhaps more). Until he either finds a club willing to meet it or finally lowers it, Duchene won’t be going anywhere.
CBS SPORTS: Cody Benjamin cites agent Petr Svoboda, who represents UFA right wing Jaromir Jagr, telling Vancouver’s News 1130’s Rick Dhaliwal he’s “working around the clock and will get something done.” Benjamin notes the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings all reportedly have no interest in signing the 45-year-old future Hall of Famer. Svoboda declined to comment on rumors linking Jagr to the Calgary Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While there’s concern over Jagr’s age, declining foot speed and how his production declines over the course of a long season, an NHL club in need of experienced depth at right wing could ink him to a one-year, bonus-laden deal. Perhaps a club in need of help on the power play, such as the San Jose Sharks, might take a chance on him.