NHL Rumor Mill – October 13, 2017
Updates on Matt Duchene, Kyle Turris, Alex Galchenyuk and Andreas Athanasiou in your NHL rumor mill.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL analyst Pierre McGuire telling Ottawa’s TSN 1200 that he’d recently spoken with an NHL general manager who “a substantial offer” to the Colorado Avalanche for center Matt Duchene. McGuire said he doesn’t know what the offer is but it could involve a third NHL club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators were reportedly the two clubs with the most interest in Duchene this summer. Perhaps McGuire spoke to one of them. It could take a three-way trade to secure the type of return the Avalanche seek for Duchene.
McGuire was also asked if the Nashville Predators, who had interest in Duchene earlier in the summer, might target Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris as a fallback plan. McGuire said he could see that happening, though he knows the Senators and Turris are talking contract and Turris’ name hasn’t come up linking him to the Predators. He knows the Predators would like to add another center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay a number of clubs are following Turris’ contract talks in hopes of pouncing if the Sens decide to move him before the trade deadline. However, I think everyone knows the Sens won’t move him at this point in the season. Indeed, it’s possible he won’t be dealt at all. Plenty of time yet for both sides to work out a new contract.
Nichols also cites NHL insider Pierre LeBrun’s appearance on Toronto’s TSN 1050 discussing the status of Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk, who’s struggled so far this season and has been dropped to the Habs fourth line during a recent practice. While LeBrun notes some are saying Galchenyuk should be traded and given a fresh start elsewhere, he believes the Canadiens intend to remain patient with the 23-year-old forward. He also feels Galchenyuk’s trade value is low right now so it makes no sense for the Habs to peddle him now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve read some fans suggest packaging Galchenyuk to the Avalanche for Duchene but the Avs also want a young top-four defenseman plus a first-round draft pick and a prospect. I don’t see the Habs making that deal. As LeBrun notes, Galchenyuk’s trade value is probably low right now so the Habs won’t get a good asset back. Better to stay patient with Galchenyuk in hopes he’ll bounce back as the season progresses.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell reported Wednesday the Detroit Red Wings aren’t shopping restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou, who’s now in Switzerland considering his options. Contract talks between the two sides remain at an impasse. Teams are calling to inquire about Athanasiou, with “the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings displaying the most interest in him.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise those clubs are pursuing Athanasiou as they’re in need of scoring depth. So far, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland doesn’t appear keen to move the young winger, who must be under contract by Dec. 1 or become ineligible to play the remainder of this season. The asking price for Athanasiou is reportedly a young player of comparable skill. The Wings also don’t want to send the wrong message to their other young players that they could be traded if contract negotiations stall.