NHL Rumor Mill – October 1, 2017

by | Oct 1, 2017 | Rumors | 10 comments

Latest James van Riemsdyk speculation and forecasting which GMs could be active in this season’s trade market.

TSN: Darren Dreger believes the Toronto Maple Leafs could get more from winger James van Riemsdyk on the trade market than their other pending unrestricted free agents, including Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov.

Dreger isn’t predicting van Riemsdyk is the most likely to get trade. However, he feels there are teams that could be willing to pay more for JVR based on the belief they could get more out of him and push him to a higher level.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs put JVR on the trade block this season there will be considerable interest in his services as a playoff rental. Some general managers will also have an eye on retaining him after this season. As always, much depends upon van Riemsdyk’s performance, how expensive his next contract could be and where the Leafs are in the standings as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches.

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Scott Nichols cites NHL insider Pierre LeBrun’s Thursday evening appearance on Montreal’s TSN 690 forecasting which NHL general managers could be busy in this season’s trade market.

The Montreal Canadiens’ Marc Bergevin has the salary-cap room to be active.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens enter the season with over $8 million in salary-cap room. Bergervin doesn’t have a lot of attractive trade chips but he does have room to take on a contract or two from cap-strapped clubs or those looking to shed salary later in the season. 

Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks could make a move at some point to replace forward Patrick Marleau, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson loves to wheel and deal near the trade deadline. Depending on his team’s needs by that point, I expect he’ll be active in the market. 

The St. Louis Blues enter this season with major injury issues. LeBrun feels Blues GM Doug Armstrong isn’t afraid to make a deal if he can’t find answers from within his system.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap space could be an issue there. The Blues only have a little over $2 million in wiggle room. They’ll only get just over $894K in cap relief if they decide to put Robby Fabbri, who’s out for the season with a knee injury, on long-term injury reserve. 

LeBrun wonders if Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings uses one of his defensemen to improve up front.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll depend upon the play of center Anze Kopitar and wingers Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson this season. Kopitar’s production sagged last season while Toffoli missed a big chunk of last season with an injury. If those two bounce back well and Pearson continues to improve, Blake might not have to go shopping for help up front. 



  1. unless leafs are out of the playoffs or can find a rental for rental swap for a d man or other need there is zero reason to trade bozak, jvr, etc. gotta go for it. still think a stansny to pens for winger help could benefit both teams this season. money would have to be exchanged so maybe horny or hags go back the other direction.

    • Please refrain from using “horny” & “hag” first thing in the morning. Most of us are still sipping away at our first morning coffee.

      • LOL kevin that was fantastic

      • AWESOME!!! Best response of the year!!

      • Ha-ha! Good stuff, extremely funny 1st thing in the am.

    • StL has there own playoff aspirations injuries & all, the only way Stastny, their #1 C currently is moved is if they are out of it at the trade deadline.

      StL has some roster juggling to do on Oct 4th, once Fabbri, Berglund & Sandford are put on LTIR 2 of 4 players, Barbeshev, Thompson, Blais or Kostin will be playing in the NHL, possibly 3, I have Barbeshev & Blais being added to StL’s 23 man roster on Oct 4th. Upshall will also be signed on Oct 4th to be the 13th forward if not add 1 of the remaining 2 kids until Steen returns.

      That should make the roster look something like this. Very hard to piece this roster together at present. Once Steen returns it balances out far better.

      Schwartz, Stastny, Tarasenko.
      Schenn, Sobotka, Steen INJ/Barbeshev
      Blias, Sundqvist/Barbeshev, Jaskin.
      Paarjarvi, Brodziak, Thorburn.
      Spare. Upshall.

      Sobotka & Schenn can flip flop LW & C as needed, Barbeshev is better suited to playing a 2nd line RW role till Steen returns at which point he bumps Sunqvist out of the line up.

      Thorburn & Upshall don’t need to play every game & Sundqvist needs to clear waivers but Until Steen returns that roster decision can wait, another player will probably be injured by then.

      I assume 1 of Sundqvist, Thorburn or Upshall will need to be waived eventually but will depend on injuries.

      Or at least that’s what I assume will happen baring a trade.

  2. Capfriendly shows Fabbri, Sandford & Berglund as all on their 23 man roster at present counted against StL cap space. Fabbri & Sandford are essentially lost for the season. That’s 1.75, Berglund will miss at least 20 games, that’s over a mil, Steen & Bou are ? marks at present but if either miss at least 10 games more LTIR space is accumulated.

    StL has lots of cap space to work with come Oct 4th & players are sent to LTIR. Gunnarson could also be shipped out in trade to make room for a younger Dman, or sent down freeing up 950K.

    StL will be doing some roster juggling on Oct 4th, once Fabbri, Sandford & Berglund move from the 23 man roster submitted at 3PM ET on Oct 3rd, to LTIR.

    Might StL be another solid candidate like Anh to take on Duchene? Would Sakic consider taking on Edmundson, Schmatlz, Walman or Dunn as part of a deal for Duchene with a prospect & a pick? Stastny is a UFA after this season, Duchene buys them a 2nd year.

  3. Det waived Coreau this AM. If he clears Subban in Bos will clear.

    • Or so I assume. That pedigree having been a 1st round pick may still come into play.

  4. Chabot and Harpur start the year in Belleville – which is not totally unexpected, but sending Max McCormick down and keeping the kid Formenton around is a bit of a surprise. Looks like he might get a 10-game look-see and they’ll go from there.