NHL Rumor Mill – January 24, 2018

by | Jan 24, 2018 | Rumors | 58 comments

Latest on the Canadiens, Predators and Penguins plus updates on Ryan McDonagh, Charlie Coyle, Tyson Barrie and more in your NHL rumor mill.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIEDMAN’S LATEST “31 THOUGHTS”

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is “very active” in the NHL trade market. He’s not looking to rebuild but wants to address the club’s flaws. Other than Carey Price, Shea Weber, Victor Mete and perhaps Jonathan Drouin, Friedman thinks Bergevin is “listening and ready.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun (see below) said Tomas Plekanec’s is the Canadiens’ only notable unrestricted free agent. He said it’s not about selling but Bergevin is open-minded as he talks to teams in hopes of finding ways to fix his roster for next season. In other words, expect the Canadiens to retool for 2018-19, rather than engage in a long-term rebuild. That also means Bergevin isn’t likely to be replaced as general manager. 

Joining the Canadiens on Friedman’s list of teams active in the trade market include Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Rangers, St. Louis, Ottawa and Los Angeles.

The Pittsburgh Penguins could be among the clubs interested in Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Edmonton Oilers center Mark Letestu could also be an option for the Pens. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues could be looking at Senators winger Mike Hoffman. Friedman thinks the Senators have monitored sidelined Blues forward Robby Fabbri, though he’s not saying that’s their choice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports the Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres are also believed sniffing around for forward. One of them could also have interest in Hoffman. 

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports he’s recently checked around Boston but they don’t have an appetite to make a big deal. While they might be willing to listen, Dreger feels they’re no urgency on their part looking for areas to improve. The Bruins are loaded with promising youngsters but they’re reportedly unwilling to part with them. If they’re still chugging along at their current pace by the deadline, GM Don Sweeney could stand pat. 

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle is starting to pop up in the NHL rumor mill (Photo via NHL Images).

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle could be garnering some attention. However, it would take a significant offer to tempt the Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyle’s struggled after missing 16 games with a fractured right fibula, but the 25-year-old tallied a career-high 56-points last season. If the Wild are willing to move the 6’3″, 221-pound center, I expect a number of clubs will come calling. 

The Calgary Flames need for a winger might not be as strong as it once was. Micheal Ferland has scored 19 goals, Michael Frolik is getting healthy and there’s increasing hope Kris Versteeg could also be an option.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Versteeg could be back by mid-March at the latest. Frolik will be back much sooner than that. With Ferland playing well and Sam Bennett settled in well as third-line left wing, the Flames might not need to go shopping for forward depth at the deadline. 

Clubs seeking a puck-moving defenseman could try to pry Tyson Barrie away from the Colorado Avalanche. They’ve been on a tear while he’s been sidelined by a hand injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Avs have identified the need for a winger and will decide about a week leading up to the trade deadline if they’ll splurge and add one. Perhaps Barrie could be used as trade bait to land such a winger. Then again, they could retain Barrie as insurance in case of injuries down the stretch. They can probably land a rental winger without having to part with a roster player. 

LATEST FROM TSN INSIDERS

TSN: During the latest “Insider Trading” segment, Darren Dreger said the New York Rangers recent slide could have them leaning toward being open for business on the trade front. He expects pending UFA forward Rick Nash and Michael Grabner could be highly-sought after, though it’ll take a lot to acquire Nash and he’s yet to be asked for his 12-team trade list.

Dreger also notes defenseman Ryan McDonagh has come up a lot in recent trade chatter. While Dreger expects a McDonagh trade seems more likely in the summer, GM Jeff Gorton is willing to listen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks recently suggested the Rangers offer up McDonagh to the Toronto Maple Leafs for William Nylander or perhaps dangle the Minnesota native to the Wild. Gorton could listen to offers but if he’s going to move an asset like McDonagh he’ll likely see better trade pitches in the offseason. Anyway, as long as the Rangers remain in playoff contention, they won’t go into sell mode. They’ll have to slide a lot further in the standings for that to happen. 

Pierre LeBrun reports the Nashville Predators have set adding a top-six winger as a priority. However, they’ve yet to make a decision if they’ll get into the bidding for Buffalo’s Evander Kane, Montreal’s Max Pacioretty or Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman. They could wait until after the All-Star break. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The asking price for those players will be youthful assets such as draft picks and either a promising young NHL player or a top prospect. With the Predators considered a Stanley Cup contender this season, perhaps GM David Poile might consider packaging his 2018 first-round pick for one of those forwards. 

Bob McKenzie reports the Detroit Red Wings have let it be known that defenseman Xavier Ouellet is available.

 








58 Comments

  1. The Bruins really are stacked with young talent. Hard to find a hole in that lineup that needs to be filled via trade. Maybe pickup some spare parts in case of injury. As a Bruins fan, I thought Sweeney was a fool with some of his moves but I have to say the product on the ice is proving me wrong.

    On another note. Anyone know why Mark Stuart is not playing this year? The recent injury to McQuaid got me thinking of him as someone who could be a good defensive defenseman to bring in.

  2. Spooner an Ottawa native for Hoffman make any sense?
    I really don’t know Spooner playing wing but is a center.
    Would Hoffman in Spooners spot make Boston better.

    • Did my own research. Sorry makes no sense.
      Thought he was a rental. 5 million two more years no thanks.
      Spooners numbers about the same if not better with less games played.

    • Boston is playing very well and yes Hoffman makes a lot of teams better including Boston… HE CAN FLY..

    • I think that the Sens are CRAZY if they trade Hoffman …who in the world are they going to get back that has hands like that guy ….GOOD LUCK !!
      A first round draft pick that may never pan out and if he does its 3 years from now and gives you less than a Hoffman…this just does not make any sense to me to just put this guy out there the league is very thin on guys like this !
      I hope that the Sens don’t make the trade to just a try and recoup the Duchene assets ..LMAO

      • I couldn’t agree more. Makes no sense to be either at least until far less term remains on that contract.

        Address the Karlsson, Brassard & Duchene situations 1st as none may wish to return & all are a little over a year from UFA status.

  3. Hooray, Ouellet is available. So…..what?

    • Ha-ha! Agreed. Waiver fodder & go guarantee he would even be selected.

    • Yeah Ouellet is pure trash, We’d be lucky to get a 2019 7th round pick for him right now.

  4. I wish all the media types who keep trying to trade Nylander or Marner would just stop. Its not going to happen so get over it. Leafs management is not going to derail the present plan by getting rid of the teams future. There is no rush because they are not quite ready to challenge for the cup anyways even if you do add a top flight defenseman. Patience leafs fans it will happen, but not quite yet.

    • They all just want Tor to acquire a solid Dman that can play on a 1st or 2nd pairing & play a solid 2 way game playing 22+ min a night. Tor may just wait until their youth can develop & help off set Rielly; 23, Gardiner; 27, & Zaitsev; 26 bit only in his 2nd NHL season. Gardiner has just hit full development & entering his prime years for Dman but Rielly & Zaitsev still have significant growth potential & Rielly is almost there at least by games played certainly not by age.

      These assets aren’t made available often & should 1 be like McDonagh the cost will be extreme. If I’m Tor I’m waiting to see how Trouba’s situation in Win plays out. If it may be necessary to sacrifice 1 of Nylander or Marner I’m waiting to see if Trouba can be had before bidding on the names floating around in the rumour mill today.

      • Drew, fully agree. Mackenzie has an article on TSN stating his opinion, Nylander for McDonagh not going to happen. The Leaf have had history around dealing youth for the quick fix. Those days are gone. Shanahan being a Toronto boys knows our history very well. The plan is stay the course. As Stricker has suggested and I agree, we need to vette our own talent before we search outside the organization. We need do nothing big on defense for two years in my opinion. We’ll have a much better idea then. They have brought up Valiev. I am very high on him and have him third in our defensive prospects behind Liligren and Dermott. Not sure how much action he will get. I love Valiev’s game in his own end – well AHL anyway.

        Striker, I thing Truba’s situation unfolds this summer. I don’t see the Leafs dealing Marner or Nylander this summer for anyone including Truba. That’s just my opinion.

      • @ Striker

        ..I am a NO GUY on Nylander for McDonough ..sure he is a veteran who plays tough but Ive seen some of his games this year and its tough to watch his match ups, hes getting slow and gets beat ..and gives up the puck on a break out.
        This would be a lop sided trade IMO for Rangers…and would end up being a Komisarek 2.0 for the Leafs.
        On the Trouba stand point ..I am a NO GUY here too…at least for Nylander or Marner.
        Having watched Trouba as much as I can this year, I do not think he has the ability or hockey I Q to play within a core structure that Mike Babcock will be asking of him….Darnell Nurse however is a different story…and Oilers need a scoring play making winger…i.e Nylander!

        With the call up and high quality play of Dermott who is TOTALLY a Mike Babcock type player who is skilled and fast and is really really good it will be tough to send him back down …thsi kid is a TRUE LEGIT keeper ..I hope that they do not screw him around ..he has amazing upside …I think the Leafs are actually really surprised how deep they are on D..in the minors and we haven’t even seen Valiev yet who could be a better D man than Trouba long term he plays a mean tough lock down game…or Lilijergen who is still 2 years away who I think might be better trade baite than anything as he plays a small game and the NHL might eat him up.
        They haven’t even scratched the surface with Neilson or Rosen yet.

        If they trade Nylander it better be for a legit #2 no if and or buts….and he better be able to quarterback a power play!

      • Shanahan will have been in place for 4 years this April, so lets say Tor is in year 3 of their rebuild. I say stay the course. Tor’s season last year has expectations higher than they should be 3 years into the plan.

        Why NYR would trade McDonaugh makes no sense to me unless he can’t be extended this summer, then I take the best offer I can get. I’d like to see McDonagh extended at 6 or 7 years at 5.5 to 6 mil in NYR, ideally 6. Easily their best Dman. I would be building around him & Skjei as there is little else NHL ready, most of what’s there after those 2 isn’t great. Shattenkirk is 1 dimensional but his contract was structured to allow for moving him in a year or 2, which is what I would be looking to do down the road.

        Moving McDonagh to get scoring help isn’t making NYR better. You can’t compete for a playoff spot with out a solid top 4 D. It has happened occasionally but far from the norm.

      • If the Leafs did a make a move ex. Marner for McDonagh I am sure a Grabner/Nash comes with him for the playoff run.

        The Rangers without McD would be even worse.

      • iAN Cole of the penguins is 28 and has been a stud for the penguins last two cup drives playing valuable minutes…would help solidify Toronto’s defense. maybe Cole and center Carter Rowney to the leafs for Bozak…

      • I’m not condoning NYR trading McDonagh for Nylander. I don’t make that deal from NYR’s perspective or Tor’s. I don’t trade these types of assets unless confronted with no choice or simply receive an offer to good to refuse.

        I watch NYR play often, not sure why but like to for some reason, may relate to the early start times & the fact they play in the Metro.

        No Dman in NYR logs harder minutes. McDonagh has 1 of the lowest offensive zone starts of any Dman in the NHL at 41.6% yet he leads NYR Dman in +/-. His shot blocking ability is elite top 5; 3rd, for NHL Dman. His take aways top 5; tied for 5th, for NHL Dman which would seem to imply the exact opposite of your opinion about getting to where he needs to be, a players mental skills can off set their foot speed issues.

        McDonagh & Staal log all the hard minutes, #1 PK; 15th in the NHL for Dman in SH TOI/GP, defensive zone starts against the leagues best players. His 50 GvA’s are top 20 for Dman but he logs top 25 TOI/GP. He has also shown when deployed offensively given quality PP time he can run a power play. For me this player is an even better eye test player than statistical 1. Some players just help you win games that can’t really be quantified & that’s hard for me to comprehend never mind state as I love black & white, but grey is every where. Ha-ha!

        I’m going to assume your a Tor fan is you have a little Blue & White bleeding into your comments & that’s all good. I think my Bruins bias comes out as well occasionally, especially in my distaste for Mon, not the players just the organization, sorry Lyle.

        For what it’s worth I agree with you. If Tor I stay the course & continue to develop my own solutions at D & they are. I don’t want to pay the cost to buy this asset.

        Stay the course wait 2 years, for the completion of 5, the standard timeline for most to rebuild & see where they are then & what their needs may be. Dermott has looked OK in a very sheltered role starting more shifts in the O zone; 55.2% than any Dman on Tor’s roster other than Rosen in his 4 games.

        As for Trouba we couldn’t be further apart even more so than we are on McDonagh apparently. Ha-ha! There may be 10 or 12 Dman in the NHL today that have Trouba’s package of skills & he’s still at least 1 year if not 2 from the player he will be for the next decade at least.

      • If Tor or anyone else wants Cole they won’t have to give up a Bozak to get him. I assume the cost will be a 2nd & OK prospect or a 2nd & a 3rd or 4th depending upon who’s picks they are.

        I also think Pit would be crazy to move Cole considering that Letang is firmly entrenched in the ambulance brigade & Schultz & Maatta keep trying to gain membership.

        Come playoff time & I still have Pit making it you need depth every where, especially at D.

        Pit should be able to buy a Letestu type player for the value I placed on Cole above, nominally less probably & keep Cole.

        Sitting him as a healthy scratch isn’t helping his value.

      • With Strikers comments in mind , does McDonagh give the Leafs a better chance to come out in a series with Boston or Tampa?
        The have JVR, Bozak and Komarov here for this run. This a deep team minus the top 4 on the backend.
        Tampa is a different team if Hedman does not return 100%.

      • @ Striker

        So Iam guessing you would not trade Pstrnak for McDonough…I understand of the differences for team needs and Pstrnak is a slight nudge better but this is what it would be for the leafs at this point..IMO.

        Blocked shots stats IMO are only a good tool for contract negotiations…do they help team stats ..Rangers issues is they play to much in there own zone hence the shots blocked and a poor break out stat…and I know Babcock doe not like time in his own zone but I think that Anderson would like to see the shots coming in most times as opposed of the chance of the constant screens.
        McDonough is a poor long term solution for a winger who is just getting going and one of the brightest in the league.
        Oilers thought Larson would solve there issues and hes young …but now all the crying is about no goals and a winger to play with McDavid …cough cough ..Taylor Hall… LOL…regrets I think so !

      • I don’t think Nylander lands mcdonagh on his own anyways if Nylander doesn’t have the pick on his stick he is pretty much useless. He is very one dimensional, mcdonagh would be Nylander plus

      • Striker – I don’t think the intention of trading Cole has to do with Rutherford thinking he isn’t good (he WAS 3rd last year in blocked shots), but rather about the expectation that they can’t resign him this summer. The decision now seems to be sell and get something for him or hold steady, hope for a long run (and cup) and watch him walk.
        Not great options and realistically, I don’t want to see him leave, but that’s the cap for you.

      • Apples & oranges & as I said I wouldn’t trade Nylander for McDonagh or vice versa if Tor either at least not unless McDonagh is signed long term.

        The business side of hockey plays huge for me, money. You can’t judge the Hall for Larsson trade yet & if you do Edm has won so far, those 6 playoff gates last season is a ton of money.

        I don’t have NJ making the playoffs this season, but boy have they been fun to watch this season, they dominated Bos in the 1st period last night & really deserved to win that game & if not for Woods double minor followed by Johansson’s penalty they may well have.

        You can’t judge most trades in the short term certainly not the Hall for Larsson trade. Edm like Tor worse weren’t as good as they showed last season & aren’t as bad as they are showing this season. There PK is brutal & for me it’s a formation issue & why they haven’t altered it fully qualifies as Einsteins expression of insane for me stupidity.

        Chiarelli has been in place 1 season less than Shanahan so only in year 2 of their rebuild. Neither of these teams should really be playoff teams. Tor has the luxury of playing in the worst division in the NHL that’s boyed thei wins if the played in the Metro they may well sit last in that division & it’s possible 6 teams maybe even 7 have more points tah Tor when all is said & done.

        I hate this current playoff format, wildcard structure & points format. I want it returned to the od way. Specifically 1 plays 8, 2 plays 7 etc. reseeding after each round but 3 teams aren’t guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, 1 per division the rest by standings.

        Again to be clear. I don’t thin Tor should trade for a #2 Dman today give or take until they have seen what happens to Trouba; or similiar, this summer as if Tor could add him to Gardiner, Rielly & Zaitsev, I love that solution & that top 4 would be solid.

        The vast majority of Dman take for ever to develop. They don’t get to be full time NHL Dman until usually around 22 & then it’s 4 to 6 years at the NHL level to fully develop. Dermott is next year? That’s right 22 but as he is still waiver eligible until the start of the 2019-20 season he isn’t even yet guaranteed a full time sheltered role next season.

        Perhaps Tor is showcasing him? Not saying they are but they might be.

      • Have to agree with a lot of what is being said here. I don’t think Tor deals a Marner or Nylander for McDonagh. That being said, if someone like OEL could be had for a package including one of them…Tor should jump at that (provided they can negotiate an extension). A top calibre D at OEL’s age do not come available.

      • @Kal El “If they trade Nylander it better be for a legit #2 no if and or buts….and he better be able to quarterback a power play!”

        I would still be open to trading Nylander for OEL in Arizona, you could have OEL running one pp unit with Marner and have Mathews running the other unit with Reilly as the quarterback.

        Not sure where these giving up youth for old guys comes from as OEL is 26 and would be with the team theoretically through the years that they should be contending for cups.

        There is no way we are contending for a cup with the way our forwards and d are currently and we most certainly can not have as many ‘soft’ players up front as we do now if we want to win 4 rounds of playoffs.

      • Trouba is worth a lot and if the leafs offer Nylander the Jets should take it. anything less just keep Trouba and extend him. its winnipeg so they most likely will have to overpay to keep him but nothing they can do about that. or so it seems. only trade Trouba if the return is one very solid young player ie: Nylander.

      • Actually the Penguins organization is VERY deep on D right now which is a huge reason why WBS is doing so well despite the big team taking both their goalies and their leading scorers. They can easily let Cole go and not have to worry about anything. They could even withstand all of their top 6 dmen being injured at the same time. Cole is worth more than a 2nd round pick as well. He’s a former first round pick and has 2 cups. It’s only a matter of time before he is moved but it will be for more than a second round pick. They can have Hunwick too, free no charge at all.

    • Trading away Nylander for an older D with an expiring contract is obviously ridiculous, but nice try Brooks.

      I appreciate both Nylander & Marner’s talent and potential, but aside from Matthews I don’t think anyone is untouchable, provided what comes back makes absolute sense, and isn’t as Trekie stated, trading away young talent for veterans in a short sighted way.

      Purely out of curiosity, in a 1:1 scenario Is there a young, bonefide/highly talented defenseman that could be a fair trade for Nylander?

      • STRIKER…I agree with you i also like Cole and his is better all around than Hunwich. For some reason he is in Sullivan’s doghouse.

        We need a third line center and he will be part f the package that brings one back to Pittsburgh. He can really help a team he was terrific in the last two cup runs with lots of blocked shots and tons of ice time.he is only 28 can play top 4 minutes. 2nd pairing. i agree they should keep him but they wont…

    • @ Drew …
      I hope Lou reads your post ! LOL

      • The Leafs have been decent defensively, the problem is scoring goals. I say play it out and see what happens with this group, then make moves in the summer.

      • Bear, all we know about Nylander right now is he has elite skills – to suggest at 21 he has deficiencies is playing the role of Captain Obvious. The Leafs don’t offer Nylander for McDonauh no matter what – take that for what it’s worth.

      • No Nylander on his own will never land that young bonefide highly talented D-man. Maybe a winger with back to back 70 point seasons will. I don’t think the leafs even have that on there team..

      • Tor sits 7th in GF/GP, 14th worst in GA/GP. Tied for 4th worst in SA/GP. Their PK has been exceptional at 83.8% tied for 3rd best, their PP solid at 10th with a 20.4% efficiency rating.

        Hainsey & Zaitsev were the # PK pairing, Polak has taken Zaitsev’s spot & Komorov, Hyman & Brown are all solid penalty killers. Moore kills penalties as well when dressed.

        These #’s would imply that goal scoring isn’t the problem, that giving up shots & goals is. That’s not solely on the D though & I agree with you I don’t feel Tor’s D is as bad as people claim, especially if Zaitsev is playing so Tor can ice 2 solid pairings.

        The other night Polak trying to carry Borgman against Col was a disaster. Worst game I have seen Borgman play by a mile, he couldn’t do anything right. Young & this can happen occasional even to the elite never mind a rookie. Carrick is also developing taking on more responsibilities. He looks to have a future as a 4/5 guy at least, maybe more.

    • You wouldn’t trade Marner for Oliver Eckman Larson? Leafs defense stinks plus Marner sucks in d zone.

    • I would not be so sure. I think if it was up to Babs – Marner would be gone by now.

  5. As an Oiler fan I don’t like the idea of trading Letestu. The Oilers don’t have anyone in the system to replace him. Also to get him resigned shouldn’t be difficult. He is making 1.8mill right now so maybe give him a slight rase to 2mill for a 2 to 3 years?

    • hey this is the NYR calling… want Desharnais back? I’ll take a Gretzky signed jersey back and whatever round pick you want to give me.

      • Ha-ha! You didn’t throw Smith in there, haven’t you woken up yet?

    • Oilers what an awful year..unlucky and horrible.

      Look Mc DAVID IS THE REAL DEAL. But maybe people will just pull back the reigns on him a bit because he has a ways to go before he is the best player in the world….he will be someday soon but not now that belongs to #87… who is heating up again playing with kids making them better.

    • Striker, just read your 3:13PM comments on Leafs. I’m very impressed.

      • I try to find the positives. I really like the path Tor is charting. Have patience, not rush or try to create short cuts.

        I have concerns about signing Marleau. Not because they signed him but I don’t want it to be at the expense of losing JvR or Komorov. Bozak so be it, solutions can be found internally but potentially swapping out JvR for Marleau if that’s what plays out is a bit of a head scratcher for me.

        Especially considering most here said Marleau’s career was over if not last season sooner & I said not a chance he will be paid by someone to score goals for them regardless of age. I just never expected it to be tor & not at 6.25 for 3 years.

        The talent Tor has accumulated & is accumulating will have them as a cup contender in the next 2 to 3 years. With a little luck & timely scoring or goaltending any team can slide into winning a cup. The last 1 to really do it was Carolina but you could make an argument for several others in the last decade.

        You just have to get to the playoffs & hope everything just comes together.

  6. Do journalists make this stuff up?

    Ryan McDonough for William Nylander? Nylander hasn’t even hit his prime and he has another 15 years left to play. Toronto spent years in the basement to get a blue chip prospect like Nylander and they’re going to squander that on an aging, overpaid left shot defensemen from the Rangers?

    Try sending JVR for McDonough.

    • @ Franco ….Bravo!

      10000% Correct I hope you are right!

    • If Marner or Nylander not fitting the Leafs Regime they will move one. Also McDonagh has 5 good years left and I think the Rangers throw in the towel for the rest of Hank’s career if they trade their one all around defenseman.

      That said Rick Nash put on a good show for the Ducks. Maybe a bidding war from all the Cali teams will get the Rangers a decent player back

    • Mcdonagh overpaid? Oh boy….. 4.7 per for a #1 is overpaid? Maybe open cap friendly and say that? 28 is aging?

      Jvr is 28, nearly the same cap hit ( will be getting a nice bump) and an ufa! Take off those leaf blinders please!

  7. Intersting Nashville is looking for a winger. Since they may not want to get into a bidding war….GRABNER would be a great fit there. Will not cost them what a Kane or Patches or Hoffman. They also will not have to worry about cap space next season as he is a UFA. Think they should make their pitch now. His speed would be dynamite in their system.

    Get Nash’s trade team list and start making calls while he is actually scoring lol.

    Last night was a clear sign NYR are not cup contenders and simply bowing out in the 1st round is not worth it. Yes Hank let in some really bad ones. But Again Smith let Perry in the back door for a breakaway goal. Miller passed it right in the lane where Getzlaf was skating and he passed it for another breakaway goal.

    Time to wake up and be realists NYR….start selling. Get higher in the 1st round and rotate in the youth to see which are keepers. Picking up 1 forward WILL NOT fix their issues. If they happen to make the playoffs AV should be a candidate for Coach of the Year. He has kept them relevant along with great goaltending from Hank, who happen to have an off night.

  8. Evander Kane had a hot start to the season but has really cooled off with only 2 points in 10 games this month. Jack Eichel has 14 points in those 10 games. Not sure if it is Kane’s play or a change in his deployment that has slowed down his production (you would think Buffalo would put him in the best possible situation to succeed to maximize his trade value) but if I’m a GM I’d be cautious and keep my 1st and offer a 2nd and a 3rd and if I miss out so be it.

    • I think people know who and what Kane is already. Last 10 games won’t impact his value much, or you might be able to attribute his pull back to having his bags packed waiting for a call. Abit unnerving

  9. Unfortunately deadline trade deals don’t start falling until under a week before the deadline so we still have about 4 weeks before anything of substance happens. The year before last Phaneuf was moved Feb 9th, 20 days before the deadline of Feb 29th.

    If NYR wants to make the playoffs they had better get out in front of that as injuries to Kreider & now Hayes; last 6 games, have them in a tailspin. They are 3-7 in their last 10.

    • good. bc 2 if 2 players out makes this tailspin it means they are really far off from being real contenders and therefore should not trade away assets like prospects or picks. Time to trade off all UFA and anything they can do to move Staal & Smith. Hank has 1 bad game but they team let 2 breakaways, one of which was shorthanded.

      This team is not built to contend. TRADE AWAY!!!!

  10. What is JVR’s real trade value?

    a 1st, a NHL defenseman and prospect??

    a 1st, 2nd ??

    What realistically will JVR garner at the deadline?

    • We’ll never now as Tor isn’t moving him before the deadline. Why speculate. No team in the Atlantic is catching Tor in the #3 spot so they won’t be selling but most likely buying a solid depth Dman that can play in their top 6.

      • I’m confident if anybody can blow it the Leafs can :). Besides everything is speculation until after it already happens. Jumbo Joe just got some MCL injury, Sharks looked like a fair shot for top 3 at worse in Pacific… Now its like a kick to the groin at the worst time… Fading Kings have Quick missing all STar game with some nagging injury from over used etc? They got decent goalies in AHL even after shipping Zatkoff.

        Leafs could still miss the playoffs just like Tampa math wise ;). Vegas is the only team I’m sure will lock into a post season spot now. Toronto could have a key injury or two while a team gets hot… Or can make a trade, have a Devan Dubnyk ride an insane streak to get into playoffs like Minnesota who was counted out as laughing stock at time of his going there… I forget but think Nashville even had him for a short time… Bet they wish they had him in SCF when Rinne blew it hardcore…

        Its a marathon not a sprint, early in season though Boston wouldn’t make it. Now people are talking if they can get 1st in their division. Around Halloween Rangers were counted out talking how will fire coach/trade everybody. Then they beat Vegas going on a decent run until recent injuries/issues. Islanders score the most while seeming to let in the most goals… I think they sneak in, though they could drop like a stone akin to Senators… AT time of trade most thought Nashville/Ottawa would make it, now its Colorado and Nashville.

        Sure a few non trades will surprise just like actual ones this year…

      • I agree, I don’t see Toronto moving him either. I also don’t see Montreal moving Patch either.

    • Maybe a d-man like Luke Schenn…..lol

  11. Nylander or Marner get you McDonough but why would the leafs do that? If Dermott is for real it will make Gardner available to go after a guy like Trouba. Borgman clearly has the third pairing filled left side filled.

  12. Montreal is starting to pee me off they keep winning when we all know their seasons over … A true class of loser players instead of helping the club draft top 5 they move out of top 5 to be placed 7th by beating teams … wake up and start loosing