NHL Rumor Mill – January 16, 2018

by | Jan 16, 2018 | Rumors | 67 comments

Latest on John Tavares and Paul Martin plus updates on the Leafs and Senators in your NHL rumor mill.


NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports New York Islanders center John Tavares hasn’t made any decisions yet on his future, but indicated his preference is to remain an Islander. “There’s a lot of positive things going forward with the organization and the team here. I haven’t thought about being anywhere else but with the Islanders,” said Tavares.

Tavares, 26, is eligible for unrestricted free agent status in July but so far there’s been no contract talks between the two sides. “When Tavares and (agent Pat) Brisson are ready to talk numbers, the Isles will be all ears. They seem ready to lavish the biggest contract in the NHL on their captain,” write Staple.

SPORTSNET: Mark Spector suggests the Islanders could improve their chances of re-signing Tavares by improving their goaltending before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He points out the tandem of Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak is “borderline bad”, which could prove costly to their playoff hopes this season.

With “Buffalo, Ottawa, Montreal, Arizona, Vancouver and Edmonton” as potential deadline sellers and Florida and Detroit close to joining them, the goaltending pickings are slim. Spector suggests Buffalo’s Robin Lehner, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and Montreal’s largely unproven Charlie Lindgren as possibilities and rules outs Edmonton’s Cam Talbot and Ottawa’s Craig Anderson. He notes Isles GM Garth Snow has extra picks in the first and second rounds of this year’s draft to use as trade bait.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders will likely pay whatever Tavares wants to keep him in the fold. Getting approval to construct a new arena in Belmont Park could also help them in their negotiations with their captain. However, Tavares will need assurances the club is building toward Stanley Cup contention. Their play this season could factor into his decision.

Improving their goaltending could help but there’s not much available in the trade market right now. I don’t see the Sabres parting with Lehner and Howard could be unwilling to accept a trade to the Islanders. I don’t believe the Habs want to part with the promising Lindgren. Talbot and Anderson aren’t going anywhere. 

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs consider pursuing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green? (Photo via NHL Images)


THE ATHLETIC: Craig Custance reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland hasn’t approached pending UFA defenseman Mike Green about waiving his no-trade clause. Custance suggests the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning could benefit from an experienced right-shot defenseman, though the Leafs could prefer one with a more physical edge. He also noted the Washington Capitals could also use another defenseman but doubts they could have interest in bringing Green back. The Wings’ could set an asking price of a second- and a third-round draft pick. While Green carries a $6-million cap hit, the Wings could be willing to retain part of his salary.

In a recent mailbag segment, James Mirtle was asked about the possibility of the Leafs pursuing a defenseman such as New Jersey’s Damon Severson. Noting the decline in Severson’s ice time this season and the fact Leafs general manager (and former Devils GM) Lou Lamoriello is a fan, Mirtle thinks it’s plausible the blueliner could be available. However, adding Severson and his $4.17-million annual cap hit could affect efforts to add a top-pairing blueliner down the line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs are looking for a rental player, Green could be the best available option. If they’re seeking a more physical rearguard, however,  they could prefer someone like Vancouver’s Erik Gudbranson. As for Severson, I don’t believe he’s available. In a recent mailbag segment, NJ.com’s Chris Ryan said he doesn’t expect the Devils to make any blockbuster deals at the trade deadline. “The Devils may look into a very cheap rental, but don’t expect them to move any major future assets unless they’re bringing in a piece that helps them beyond this season,” said Ryan.


NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty wonders if the Bruins might consider plucking veteran defenseman Paul Martin off waivers from the San Jose Sharks. He observes the Bruins are in the market for an experienced minute-munching blueliner who could perhaps pair with Charlie McAvoy. Haggerty notes they kicked the tires on Pittsburgh’s Ian Cole but the asking price at the time was too high. “Why not pick up Martin for nothing aside from his contract when he’s been a top-4 defenseman his entire career rather than trade for a guy like that’s never averaged 20 minutes per game during his entire NHL career?”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Martin was in the final season of his contract, maybe the Bruins might consider plucking him off waivers. Given his age (36) and $4.85 million cap through through 2018-19, there will be questions over how much longer he can remain effective as a possible top-four blueliner. If the Bruins have interest in Martin, a trade might be the better way to go. The Sharks are reportedly willing to consider picking up part of his contract to facilitate a trade. Boston won’t have to give up much, perhaps a third-round draft pick, to get him. 


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators won’t lack for suitors near the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He cites league insiders claiming the “San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks” may be in the market for a forward at the deadline.

Garrioch said the Senators have indicated defenseman Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone aren’t available. He adds most of the inquiries from rival clubs are about forwards “Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ryan Dzingel and Derick Brassard” While the Sens are listening to offers for Pageau, Dzingel and Brassard, Garrioch would be surprised if any of them are moved.

Garrioch suggests keeping an eye on the New Jersey Devils as GM Ray Shero could try to add scoring before the deadline. Hoffman could address their needs, provided the Devils are on his 10-team list of preferred trade destinations. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NJ.com’s Chris Ryan (see above) doesn’t expect the Devils will make a major deadline deal but could instead consider an affordable rental option. That would rule out Hoffman, who has two years remaining on his contract with an annual average value of over $5.18 million. 



  1. What are we talking about in terms of cap hit on a $6m salary at the trade deadline $2m ?
    Doesn’t count in the playoffs
    Mrazek would be a lower cost option for goaltending depth. He could work out on the Island. Cant be any worse. I can’t see Howard moving

    Green is the TDL prize this year. Followed by Kane and Maroon

    • Depends on your needs if your looking for a dman, yes but if your looking for a forward then it’s Kane

    • Yeah he could. His SV% is significantly worse than Halak’s. NYI is playing run & gun hockey hanging their goalies out to dry constantly. They aren’t just giving up the 2nd most shots in the league but the quality of shots they are giving up is very high.

      No position better reflects team structure & overall defensive play than in net. Price is arguably the best goalie in the world has been for years yet behind Montreal & their D he looks bad.

      You could put him the Islanders net & he would look better than he’s playing in Montreal but not great regardless.

  2. No thanks Joe, leave someone else take Paul Martin off waivers. If he was a pending ufa, I would agree, but he isn’t. Maybe a trade with SJ eating half, which I don’t see happening either.

    • Ya Caper, I don’t get what Haggerty is pitching either. I assume he means Martin would take Grezlyk’s spot in the lineup? Is that a significant upgrade? I don’t think so.
      Especially considering he has had continuing ankle issues after off season surgery. It make no sense. If the B’s are in fact looking for a left shot, minute munching top 4 guy, I don’t see many options out there as a rental, or 1 year left from the teams that are out of contention.
      Too many question marks with Martin.

      • WE can’t even get McQuad back in the line up & although still on LTIR he has to be fit to play by now. He has been skating & practicing for weeks, another team circumventing the cap by keeping a player buried on LTIR.

    • The only way I even consider taking Martin is if SJ takes Belesky.

      • That would work. I still want to see these kids play in the playoffs.

      • Me to win or lose.

      • I’d love that for SJ since I think Belesky could score 10-20 goals for them. I used to think he was a decent player but then he just sorta faded or maybe he can’t play in the East or system whatever. Martin was washed up or a liability in the Cup Final so Sharks moving on from him is best move. They got some young D who can’t be slower or worse offensive/defensively than Martin is currently.

  3. Dermott has been called up but given number 23 instead of the 3 he usually wears. I wonder if that is worth noting.
    Defensemen who wear number 3 at the moment include Bieksa, Maata, McNabb, Yandle, Jensen and Gudas. Is there something brewing in Leafs land?

    I mean there is Seth Jones and Klingberg as well but they aren’t moving.

    Others who I don’t know well include Chris Bigras and Tucker Poolman

    • I wonder if it’s Mark Psyk ?? He wears #13 (Mats Sundins’) and probably a no go for retirement thus #3..

      If it is, another-high end piece from TML is bound to be traded to facilitate the deal!

      Or could just be nothing. Just spitballing..

    • OEL wears number 3 for the Swedish National team…

  4. Would the Islanders take a gamble on Martin for the remainder of the season with all the injuries to their defensemen? maybe a 4th rd pick?

    • Why wouldn’t they just pick him up on waivers?

      • That is why I was curious…. perhaps they are thinking Halak goes back to SJ for Dell… to clear cap to make another bigger move closer to the deadline….I really do not know. Just watching them last night…you can tell their D looked out of sync against the woeful Habs.

      • if they pick him off waivers SJ can’t retain any cap space, correct?
        I’d rather give up a late pick and save on the cap hit

      • Correct. Cap space would have to be retained in trade after he clears if interested.

    • I’d rather they get back Tim Thomas to waste money on than Martin :). Considering they claimed Hickey a top 5 pick from Kings off Waivers I don’t see Martin going there. Why not get Garrison from Vegas if they want to go fishing for a left shot D who is past his prime. Maybe Garrison could find his shot again or block some shots while Vegas pays his salary or most of it ;).

  5. Losing your #2 & 3 Dman & 2 best defensive Dman will do that in Boychuk & de Haan, de Haan for the season.

    I don’t see SJ moving Dell. They appear to be a playoff team. They simply risk losing him for nothing.

    I wish some form of trades would start to fall it would be nice to see someone get the ball rolling. It’s shocking how little trade activity actually takes place in the NHL now with the lions share semi meaningless trades at the trade deadline & then a little activity at the draft accounting for probably 90%.

    • Agreed Striker, the loss of those two and the trade of Hamonic provides a serious challenge. They’ve been playing Pellech, Pullock, Aho, and Mayfield. Four young inexperienced D men and there are definitely some growing pains involved. Of course it also means there may be room for improvement as they gain experience 🙂

      • Agreed. All have actually played very well considering their experience.

        NYI is simply going to try & outscore you. It’s fun to watch.

        They looked terrible last night got out hit 54 to 26, Aho came off +3 & looked good.

        Price wasn’t. Mon deserved to win that game but Tavares had other plans.

  6. I don’t know Striker. Dell is a UFA at the end of this season and so is Halak. If SJ can get an extra draft pick and/or a prospect plus Halak, who can be a serviceable backup, they just might bite (pun not intended) instead of losing Dell for nothing at the end of the season.

    • It’s not impossible just don’t see it happening. They may simply do what Chi; Darling, & flip him for a pick before he becomes a UFA.

      I don’t want to slight Dell but it’s not like he’s faced the NHL’s elite this season.

      Oct 14 vs NYI 3-1 L.
      Oct 21 @ NYI 5-3 L.
      Oct 28 @ Buf 3-2 W.
      Nov 11 vs Van 5-0 W.
      Nov 18 vs Bos 3-1 L.
      Nov 28 @ Phi 3-1 W.
      Dec 1 @ Flo 2-1 W.
      Dec 9 vs Ott 5-0 W.
      Dec 14 @ Cal 3-2 W.
      Dec 21 vs Van 5-4 OT W.
      Jan 2 @ Mon 4-1 W.
      Jan 5 @ Ott 6-5 OT L.
      Jan 13 vs Arz 6-5 OT W.

      No team has played less games than SJ at 42 currently tied with 2 others. 21 @ home & 21 on the road. SJ has only played 1 onerous road trip this season. Dec 31st thru Jan 7th, 5 games in 8 days playing Dal, Mon, Tor, Ott & Win, 1 elite NHL team this season in Win, they went 1-2-2.

      Few teams have played an easier schedule. If you dig deeper it even gets more telling. NYI on Oct 14th was playing its’ 3rd game in 5 days & 2nd of a west coast road. Oct 21st in NYI they get a tired NYI coming home from a 4 game road trip this being their 5th game in 8 days. It just goes on & on, go have a look.

      This seasons schedule is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it & it’s impact on the standings is significant. How can we have a 6 game discrepancy in games played 1/2 way into the season?

      • Dell is a fringe backup at best who is too small to be a starter anyways… He isn’t an upgrade over anything the Islanders got even Kristers or so in minors from Tampa in that deal after Expansion Draft. I like Dell as a person but he isn’t going to be starter… He is like a LaBarbara who might bounce up/down around teams in NHL but never be a #1. Sharks got him to keep salary down since Jones is their ride or die. Considering Sharks are like among the teams to score the least while letting up the least goals… While Islanders are about letting up the most goals while scoring all they can… Dell would only decline on the Islanders even though he has shut them out before head to head :).

    • That kinda makes sense to me as well KevJam. I previously suggested Halak and a 2nd for Dell. Of course given how many shots the Isles are giving up I’m not sure that a youthful Roy would look good right now.

  7. Is there a single goaltender available to make the Isles a serious contender? On top of that they need another top 4D than can be stable.

    • I don’t think there really is that could be had today. Several teams have solid back ups or younger goalies ready for a shot at a starters role but why would they move them heading into the playoffs like most other assets better to wait until the summer when the market is larger.

      Not even sure another goalie gets better results than what Halak is providing.

      NYI has $6,356,880 in cap deadline space & haven’t even put Kulemin or de Haan on LTIR yet which would free up almost 6 mil more. Boychuk only has to miss a couple more to hit the 10 game threshold to also qualify for LTIR.

      NYI is also sitting on 2 1sts & 2 2nds in this summers draft, so they have the ability to buy what ever they want if available.

      • a good D man and a more stable goalie, either 1 year left or preferably an UFA…to get them thru this rough patch and into the playoffs is all I really see them needing. They have enough versatile forwards to score, but their D needs some help with their injuries. Seidenberg and Aho are not what gets them past the 1st rd.

        I, like many, wish to see some trade to start the ball rolling. I would have thought a trade now is better than the deadline as it gives them over a month MORE time with their new teammates to build chemistry. It gives the coaches more time to work line combos and help the incoming players learn the system.

        I agree that not many GOOD goalies are available to solve the Isles problems. Even though Dell may be a lateral move to Halak, they will not re-up Halak and could re-up Dell as he is 4 yrs younger. So if he performs well enough they can resign him to back up Greiss next season.

        Taking Martin & Dell for Halak and a pick may be worth it for them. Martin can replace Seidenberg and DaHaan on the blue line next season as DaHaan may be out of their price range and Seidenberg will be gone too.

        Saving their 1st and 2nds for a bigger deal as well. Just a thought.

      • I don’t think almost any goalie has better results today. Buy at least a replacement for de Haan 1 of the UFA guys. Aho has played well I watch NYI play often Tavares is 1 of my favorite players & although not a great system for goalies it’s sure fun to watch for fans.

        NYI’s goalie of the future Sorokin is coming, he will be 23 this August just a question of when.

      • Martin+MikeGreen would be better options than the bottom of the D there but both lack good wheels. Only Leddy and Aho can keep up with the pace the 1st two lines want to run with.

        OEL + Raanta be better than Halak and co which will not happen.

        Perhaps the Isles sign which Olympic goalie stands on his head? ride the wave

    • Lehner has numbers comparable to Price this season and has won a calder cup. He would be very good with some goal support

      • Other than wins his #’s are solid, he is a great goalie that has struggled with injuries.

        I see Lehner being resigned in Buf this summer.

      • I think the Sabres are ready to move on from Lehner. He’s an average to slightly above average goalie. He’s coming off a 1 yr 4m deal, and I don’t see them wanting to make a long term deal with him at an even higher salary. I don’t think they see him as a long term answer.

  8. Getting sick and tired of the daily Tavares stuff in the media. No he isn’t going to say anything controversial. No, he isn’t going to slag the team or say anything anyone can take as something.
    Frankly I figure the Isles do what they can to re-sign him and it works out (which would be great so we can all move on). Dark horse here is Snow thinking JT wants to bolt anyway and trades him at the deadline in a blockbuster. Either way, we probably won’t know for awhile.

    ds – I would be curious to see if they can pick up Raanta of the Yotes on the cheap. He has struggled with injuries this season (and I don’t think he ever got into a groove) but has the talent to be a starter. In Long Island he’d have a much better D group as well. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he knows the division from his time with the Rangers. Worst case it is more of the same of what they have now. Best case it is an improvement.

    • I assume it will play out just like Stamkos & unfortunately we have to discuss endlessly. I find the situation very odd & concerning for NYI.

      Lebrun said on last nights broadcast he loves playing for NYI!

    • As an Isles fans since they came into the league the JT speculation is tiring and the lack of a decision is concerning.

      I have an Isles fan dream scenario which is that they deal him at the deadline for an incredible package then resign him in the offsesason to a seven year deal.

      Not sure how far they can go in the playoffs, if they make it, with their current D core. Perhaps in a year or two when these guys are more experienced and their goalie prospects arrive.

  9. I a kinda surprised at the reluctance towards trading dzingle or Pageau and the willingness to move Hoffman.

    Perhaps it is simply due to the possible returns for the players but I would prefer to trade dzingle or pageau before Hoffman if I was Dorion

    • I agree. I see Hoffman and Stone as part of the solution. I read somewhere that Melnyk commented that their payroll was at $68m and said then said that it was “way too high”. If not for the Ryan contract, which seems untradeable, they may not consider moving Hoffman.

      If possible they need to do everything they can to move Phaneuf this deadline of summer before they trade off Hoffman. JGP and DZ have decent value but they should try and trade Z.Smith too. Both Z Smith & JGP make over $3m. White can come in and play 3rd line center for under a million next year. That will save cap and save them from trading Hoffman. Trading Brassard this deadline for higher rd. picks will do the same clearing cap space to resign Stone this summer.

      If they get rid of Brassard, JGP and Smith this deadline that will save them $11M off the cap this season. Figured $5m spent on bringing up 3 young guys next season and some raises due to RFAs they have $6m off that cap to please Melnyk.

      Not really sure what else they can do with Ryan’s $7.25m, Phaneuf’s $7m, and Burrows’ $2.5m cap. Not sure even a 1st along with either of them or a low pick with Burrows would get it done………no matter how much I wish for it.

      • I feel bad for Ott fans. It’s unfortunate that Ott has an internal cap # & their manipulating it in trades. The Ryan contract has really hampered this teams internal cap issues. Phaneuf may hit the cap at 7 mil but Ott moved out a ton of salary in that trade.

        It’s going to get far worse in Ott before it gets better as if they move out Hoffman taking a lesser players & futures is a gamble.

        It’s a mess in Ott & there is no simple fix. Duchene’s, Brassard’s & Karlsson’s contract situations are problematic. I’m going to be shocked if any sign extensions in Ott & should Karlsson be willing to stay & it takes 11 mil or more then Melnyk is simply taking those monies from other ares of the roster.

        I don’t think Ott can get what they paid for Duchene in trade this summer or before next seasons trade deadline.

        why would nay player willingly want to stay in Ott currently if they have a way to get out?

      • Yeah. It is frustrating. Melnyk wants more fans to attend games and reduses to put the money in to make it happen.

        Yes he open his pocket books but then the Sens spent that money on nothing but bottom 6 forwards as depth.

        Now they suck again and Melnyk is tightening the purse strings. Yet if he does this the turn around isnt going to be short term. Its going to take the Sens sometime to be good enough in Melnyk’s eyes to spend again.

        He last 1.5 years at spendi g nearer the cap.


        I almost think he is doing this as a tactic to pressure a downtown rink. Take actions that will I tentionally continue to suppress attendence. Claim the only way to increase attendance is a downtown rink.

        I need one of those bandwagon forms ive seen on Facebook.

        Anyone got one with the Jets on it. Haha.

      • Jeff Noel – 100% he is using this as a tactic. He has been on this road for at least 3 years from what I can tell. It started with raising the parking from $10 to $20, the ticket schemes (you could only get tickets to “premium” teams if you bought a season ticket pack of atleast 5 – eventually downgraded to 3 – games), whining about other teams fans always showing up, raising pricing on concessions, raising pricing on tickets, etc.
        Every time he could open his mouth in the last year its either been about one of three things
        A) Kanata sucks and is the reason no one is showing up
        B) We need a new arena downtown or the team is leaving
        C) The city should pay for part/all of the arena

        Kanata doesn’t suck (they never had a problem filling the rink before…like the 08 cup run) and he has done everything he can to make people avoid going to games. It’s all been according to plan, yet no one is seeing it somehow.

  10. IF AZ gets the #1 pick…..would they trade with the Islanders for their 2 2017 1sts and a HoSang for EK ??

  11. Spector, if the Sabres don’t move Lehner it will be due to a lack of interest or too high an asking price but they are absolutely ready to move on. They have Ulmark in the AHL and do not want to commit big money to Lehner on a long-term deal

    • Buf doesn’t need to commit long term to Lehner. He has arbitration rights. I assume Lehner gets signed to a 3 or 4 year deal at about 4.5 to 5 per. A nominal raise over the 4 mil he makes today.

      • reasonable deal, but i don’t think buffalo wants to commit to 3-4 years and lehner won’t want another 1 year….time to move on.

  12. When DET trading Datsyuk for a 1st…did he only have 1 yr left on his contract or multiple years? I ask bc I was wondering if AZ would do that again for teams…. if they can keep working it to find a #1 goalie and move Hjalmarsson

    • Anyone know how cap retention works? DO they physically pay the salary or only assume the cap#?

      For instance, Team A trade JOE to Team B. Team A assume $1m cap Team B assumes the rest. Does Team A pay the $1m to JOE ….OR…..for cap reporting purposes only claims the cap hit and TEAM B pays the salary.

      I ask since salary and cap hit are not always the same.

      • Either or

      • so Striker…. could OTT say trade Phaneuf and hold 2$m in cap while the other team pays total salary??

        That would help Melnyk right? He holds 50% in cap but not salary…. other team obviously would need to be able to spend the $$ but a contender needs cap space not $$ space right?

        Few contenders with $$ but not cap space ..then it would make sense?

      • Striker…like L.A. they have $$ to spend and 3 mil in cap space. If OTT holds 3.5M in cap space but not actual salary…..Phaneuf would fit in LA. … Right? Do i have the premise correct?

  13. If Bergevin had any Balls he’d call only NYI and offer up Carey Price for their 2 first round picks, Bellows, ho sang and da hann and beauleviller …. Montreal saves cash and have a lot of promising young Goalies and gives price a chance to win a cup . NYI show Taveres they are serious by going out and getting the best goalie in the league and he will sign with them long term as well … montreal might have to throw in a few rookies like Mccaron, de la rose complementary players

    • two firsts and 4 young guys for an over inflated contract?
      price is the best goalie in the league, sure, at worst he’s top 3, but to suggest that return for him is bonkers!

      Schnieder got a first.
      Price has a monster contract which will look atrocious in a few years.

      MB may have the balls but the other GMs have the brains

      • Price, Patches & McCarron for
        2 1sts & HoSang, Dal Colle & Greiss

        is what Snow would start with LOL

    • A first round pick, halak, ho sang and da hann

      Price has not won anything in the NHL. Team Canada wins would of been the same with Halak

    • They would find dead air on the other end of the line followed soon after by a dial tone

  14. Green reminds me alot of Larry Murphy. More seasoned Leaf fans can remember hot that panned out.

    Gudbranson is overpaid for what he can contribute. Borgman is a cheaper option and internal fix.

    Dermott needs to get ice time.

    Unless Babcock allows Gardiner and Carrick to fly instead of making dumb passes that don’t connect to flat footed forwards who aren’t willing to pay the price of physical contact then they are both defensive liabilities.

    Give Dermott a chance to see what he can contribute.

    • Agreed to give Dermott a chance but some Leaf fans also remember how Murphy did in Detroit and Pittsburgh.

  15. NYL would grab Price in a heart beat what other goaltender are the NYI going to get to say hey Taveres we are a serious cup contender stay … The only way that happens is with a Price or Rask type Goalie….. Any team would pay price that type of cash just like Tavares would get max type of money from any team ….

  16. I have to say big respect to Bostons Gm he had the balls to trade Lucic when he was a fan favourite and Boston is so much better for it

    See that’s a GM that would trade Price to retool on the fly and compete at the same time

    • You have to find a taker who could and would take on that contract…especially with health concerns. It’s not Montreal that’s making the big sacrifice by moving price.

  17. Martin was already washed up or a liability when Sharks were in Stanley Cup Playoffs… Him along with Dillon were major reasons they were not able to get the Cup they rightfully deserved to obtain. They are better off with the young D-men who might have upside like Joakim(sp)? DeMelo, and Heed… The last two are right handed shot D-men so best to develop them… Since a left shot is much easier to obtain who can play compared to right handed shots. Sharks need to score goals, they are like bottom 2 in goals against while same spot in Goals For. If they can add a guy with speed who can score from the left side it would help. Vlasic maybe 5 years ago being a so called shut down D-man was enough but not anymore. Going to need to generate more than 5-10 goals from the left shooting D-men if they want to compete for a Cup before Jumbo Joe is done…

    I said a while back Tavares would stay with Islanders though it would be costly… The arena to be built in Belmont will make sure he stays while having some pieces around to help like Barzal, Lee, guys with upside unlike Moulson and PA…

    What boggles me is Vegas signing a bust like Merril to a contract. Senators should ship out players while they can. I think their goalie is too old to play at an elite level anymore to give them hope… Best to move out the pieces for what value they can get now before its too late… Bobby Ryan has to be the worst contract since D Phaneuf :).

    Kings already put Jussi on waivers for their weak trade of him. That is a team who might not even make Post Season if they can’t secure a right shooting D-man to play 3/3 not this leftist BS. Ladue is called up so hopefully he can produce 8 goals in NHL like AHL for their sake… Vegas winning division would really rewrite what an expansion team is all about… Granted Atlanta has as many Division Titles as the 2 time Cup Champion Kings hehe :).

  18. NYRs leapfrogged by Pittsburgh, Islanders and probably Philly in the last week… maybe I was on to something before the start of this season? And maybe others thought they knew more than they actually did? Nah!

  19. All this speculation gets interesting but I still think Trouba is available for the right deal. If I was the Leafs I would offer Gardner, Carrick and a first or second in 2018 for Trouba and Armia or Stanley. Winnipeg is a little weak on the left side and TO needs a right shot.

    This would allow the following pairs for TO:
    with Polak fitting in as needed plus they can always bring up a left dman for the AHL.

    Winnipeg gets a second pairing left D and a third pairing right D.

    • Trouba is right shooting D-man with potential to be a #1 or #2… So Jets having best record or among them would be insane to trade him now. I could see when Jets were struggling I kept wanting the Kings to trade for him… Toronto started out well but seemed to be fading as season went on. Devils another team who were leaders in Metro only to start to sink. I’m at point of belief that Jets will stay in top 3 in their division to make legit run for Cup. Jets used to win Cup all the time when I played with them back in EA NHL days having stacked teams… Even if its the fake Jets from Atlanta it would still be nice if they won Cup.

      Jets more likely to trade to get Kane back than Trouba to Toronto etc ;). Hell even Bobby Ryan is more likely to get traded there or anywhere hehe :). Vegas should get Trouba then have him with Miller to start improving that right side D… I really like Trouba but I think he would want to get out of Canada if he was traded not go to an insane media market for hockey ;). Lots of players born in Toronto wont even play there even if they play lip service like Drew and STamkos 1-2 in draft :).

  20. Trade proposal
    A. Galchenyuk,M Pacioretty and T. Plekanec 60%retained,,2nd rd pick 2018 for P-L Dubois,B. Dubinsky,B. Jenner,J. Johnson and S milano

    • I remember checking on Max when Montreal beat Detroit like 10-1… I don’t even think he had a point unless it was an assist… I’m pretty sure Max as much as I like him will be moved from Montreal… Then he will do well much like Kessel did when he finally got out of Toronto :). Max to Sharks or Ducks or some team in West would be my best guess though.