NHL Rumor Mill – October 4, 2017
Updates on Troy Brouwer and Andreas Athanasiou plus the latest Senators speculation in your NHL rumor mill.
NEWS 1130’s Rick Dhaliwal took to Twitter on Monday to report hearing “possible Troy Brouwer trade out of Calgary. Not confirmed, just something heard.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 32-year-old carries a $4.5 million annual cap hit through 2019-20 and a full no-trade clause for this season. I’m not doubting Dhaliwal’s sources on this but moving Brouwer won’t be easy. The Flames could end up absorbing part of that cap hit to facilitate a trade.
It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of this rumor. Internet chatter suggested Brouwer was heading to Vancouver or back to St. Louis. The Blues are riddled by injuries but I don’t think general manager Doug Armstrong is keen to bring Brouwer back. I don’t see him as a fit with the rebuilding Canucks.
NBC SPORTS: Joey Alfieri reports Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion telling Ottawa’s TSN 1200 yesterday he was “51 percent sure” he wouldn’t be able to make a move that day, but if he did it would be for a forward. “When asked if he’d be looking for a “filler” type of forward or “somebody more high-end,” Dorion said “it could be either-or”.” Alfieri notes recent trade speculation links the Senators to Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Dorion admitted he’d been busy in recent days but the Sens GM was unable to swing a deal for a depth forward before the 5 pm ET deadline yesterday to submit his 23-man roster. Garrioch reports the Sens were aggressive in their pursuit of Duchene but that’s not the type of move they want to make right now because they two sides aren’t close to a deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending on how the Senators start this season, Dorion could revisit his interest in a depth forward later this month. As for Duchene, while I don’t doubt the Sens GM is very interest in the Avs center, most of the reports I’ve heard and read of late indicate Dorion isn’t confident of landing him.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports contract talks between the Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou have resumed. However, the two sides aren’t close to a deal. The Wings have offered a two-year deal worth $1.9 million per season and a one-year deal at $1.25 million. The Athanasiou camp seeks $2.5 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems like Athanasiou’s reps are hoping to squeeze the rebuilding Wings into overpaying for their client’s services. But with the Columbus Blue Jackets recently re-signing winger Josh Anderson to a three-year deal worth $1.85 million annually, I don’t see the Wings caving to his asking price. If this drags on throughout October, don’t be surprised if Athanasiou pops up in the trade rumor mill.