NHL Rumor Mill – January 9, 2018

by | Jan 9, 2018 | Rumors | 86 comments

Some suggested trade proposals, latest on the Predators and Bruins plus an update on Zack Smith in your NHL rumor mill.

Should the Montreal Canadiens consider shopping winger Alex Galchenyuk for a center such as Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg?


ESPN.COM: Rob Vollman speculates Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman and Arizona’s Anthony Duclair are offensive-minded wingers who could be pursued by playoff contenders.

Vollman believes Galchenyuk could reach his full potential as a scorer with a change of scenery. Noting the Canadiens need for scoring depth, particularly at center, he proposes shipping Galchenyuk to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexander Wennberg, who’s currently sidelined with a back injury. Wennberg is similar in age (23) and salary (4.9 million cap hit) and could also benefit from playing elsewhere.

The Senators could use a top-four defenseman. Vollman suggests shipping Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks for Brenden Dillon, noting he was “an effective, defensive-minded top-four option in Dallas” and could fill the void left by Marc Methot departure in last summer’s expansion draft.

Vollman feels the Coyotes could seek “low-cost forward assets” for Duclair, ideally someone who can contribute at both ends of the ice. He suggests sending Duclair to the Los Angeles Kings for Trevor Lewis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vollman goes into much greater detail explaining these proposed moves. If you have an ESPN.com subscription, I recommend giving his column a read.

Of these proposals, Galchenyuk for Wennberg makes the most sense to me, though his recent injury could give some cause for concern. He’s about two-to-four weeks away from returning to action. Wennberg reached a career-high 59-points last season but seems to have fallen out of favor with Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. Given the Habs’ dire need for help at center, perhaps taking a chance on Wennberg could be worthwhile. 

The Sharks would probably jump at the opportunity to land Hoffman by giving up Dillon, but I don’t think that return will be enticing for Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. Word out of Ottawa is the Sens want to get younger. While Dillon’s not long in the tooth (he’s 27), I don’t think he’s what Dorion has in mind. As for Duclair, I think the Coyotes will seek a better return than a 30-year-old Lewis. 


USA TODAY: The Tennessean’s Adam Vingan was asked if he sees the Nashville Predators swinging a big move before the trade deadline and if so, would it be for a forward or a sixth defender. Vingan doesn’t rule out the possibility of Preds GM David Poile making a move. He believes the Preds are happy with their goaltending and defensive group but they could use another scoring winger. He lists Buffalo’s Evander Kane, Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman and Montreal’s Max Pacioretty as those rumored to be available who could fit that description. Their respective cap hits, however, could mean some roster tinker and salary-cap maneuvering by the Preds.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We can’t rule out the possibility of Poile swinging a deal to bolster his scoring by the trade deadline. The asking prices for Kane, Hoffman or Pacioretty could be high, perhaps more than he’s willing to spend. Having swung a major three-team deal earlier this season that brought in center Kyle Turris, Poile could consider a more affordable short-term rental option. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites Sportsnet’s NHL insider Elliotte Friedman’s Monday appearance on NHL Network discussing possible moves by the Boston Bruins. While reports indicate the Bruins could seek a top-six winger or a top-four defenseman, Friedman said they’re unwilling to part with their prospects. “Charlie McAvoy is not going anywhere. Brandon Carlo is not going anywhere,” said Friedman. He said the Bruins rejected a pitch last year by a rival club for prospect Trent Frederic.

Friedman can see the Bruins attempting to land someone like Vancouver’s Thomas Vanek with a late-round draft pick. While the Bruins seek a left-shot defenseman, Friedman notes Matt Grzelcyk has been playing well for them lately. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Bruins sitting second in the Atlantic Division and third overall in the Eastern Conference, GM Don Sweeney can afford to be patient and wait for more affordable options to appear by the trade deadline. He’s not sacrificing his futures for a quick fix. 


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators forward Zack Smith is believed to have drawn interest from the Calgary Flames, Smith is among several Senators (Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Johnny Oduya and Cody Ceci) mentioned as possible trade candidates before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. 



  1. Preds team is younger and mostly signed through next year and longer. They could continue to empty the cuboard to go all in and still have time to restock said system in the coming years.

    • instead of Poile giving up picks/prospects for a forward at the deadline, I can see him being content with bringing Tolvinen (2017 1st rounder) over from the KHL at the deadline for added scoring punch

    • Nas still has Tolvanen, Fabbri & Saros. 3 stud prospects. Aberg has an NHL future in a scoring role but no room at the in presently.

      Rumours are Tolvanen will come over when the KHL season ends.

      With such a young roster & 3 more studs bidding time or waiting in the wings Nas even though they sent out 3 future assets to acquire Turris could still go all in bidding for Kane. See trade proposal bellow.

      They have bags of cap space now & Forsberg will be very close to qualifying for LTIR before he returns, he has missed 4 of the required 10.

  2. Galchenyuk isn’t going to get you Wennberg straight up.

    • Ya maybe clb throws in a pick too?

  3. CBJ can’t afford to throw away another good centre. Especially for a winger. Hoffman for Dillon is a joke. If San Jose gets offered that deal they should file then paperwork immediately. One of the Preds biggest strengths is team chemistry. They have to be careful who they add to the mix. How do the Bruins have so many great prospects and young players? Sweeney seems kind of inept, I don’t get how he hit it with all these dmen. Another kid who is going to be solid for them is Vakanainan and he may have trouble making the roster at this rate. It would be very disappointing if the Penguins trade their first or second round pick this year for rentals. They need to rebuild there farm system. They have maybe 3 guys left with NHL potential.

    • RE:Sweeney/drafting young D. The Milbury Isles regime drafted amazing D picks and traded em all away. Sweeney’s scouts are good. Isles scouts were good. Mad Mike trades always make my day

      Show me any team that traded D like this 6 years in a row

      1992 Darius Kasparaitis ,1993 Bryan McCabe, 1994 Brad Lukowich, 1995 Wade Redden, 1996 Zdeno Chara 1997 Eric Brewer

      • You can add Mon this past summer. Bergevin’s restructuring of Mon’s D has been a complete disaster. There is hope coming but it will take 2 years to right his choices unless they trade for D help or acquire a solution via the UFA market this summer.

        Ott rolled the dice that all their young D were ready & they simply weren’t. No position in the NHL takes longer to learn to play very well 4 to 6 years or in or around 400 reg season games for the vast majority about 80% give or take.

      • A quick lunch search yielded some results as to why Montreal have not been a deep team for a decade
        Did they fire their scouts from this 2008-2012?

        2007 McDonagh, Subban, Yannick Weber
        2008 not one pick made the NHL
        2009 all picks equal a total of 106 NHL games played
        2010 56 total games played + Gallagher
        2011 one NHL regular
        2012 one NHL regular

    • Deeeee, I agree with you about Wennberg. Why, when the Jackets lack center depth, would they trade away a productive center. Nor do I understand the “Wennberg losing favor with Torts” thing. Wenns wasn’t playing well with Panarin, so Torts moved him to the 2nd line in favor of Dubois and both of them began playing better… Well, until Wenns got hurt. The only way I can see Wennberg being traded is for a similar center at a similar salary and that would be silly.

    • Deee, I think the answer to your Sweeney question is that he is not inept.
      As a Bruins fan I questioned some of his moves ( I thought he could have got more for Hamilton and he rushed to a deal), but in the end it seems like his critics, myself included for a while, were inept in our criticism.
      He is a smart guy with an Economics Degree from Harvard, played the game for a long time, paid his dues learning the management side of the NHL. Seems pretty qualified now especially with some real life GM experience.
      Agree with take above that they will be patient and not give up key prospects and bargain hunt at the deadline.

    • Aren’t those statements about Sweeney contradictory? He started his tenure by moving out Lucic & Hamilton, then flipping Jones acquired in the Lucic trade solving all of Bostons cap issues in almost 1 day, then spent those picks restocking the prospect kitty over night.

      What did Sweeney do or why do you feel he was inept? He came in with a plan & appears to have executed it very well. Has he dropped the ball yet? I know some don’t like the Backes signing but I do & I have been a Bruins fan since 72. I simply except if your putting your toes in the UFA waters its expensive & your going to overpay to get the player you want but Backes cap hit just isn’t an issue for Boston.

      • Backes has been an exceptional leader for all the kids in the lineup. The bruins have a great veteran group. I definitely scratched my head a few times on Sweeney’s moves but the bruins were in serious cap trouble thank to Chiarelli. Sweeney has done a hell of a job

      • Bruins have done the ‘rebuild on the fly’ perfectly. Its extremely impressive and this team is for real.
        Bergeron and Marchand have gone to a different level which helps.

      • Sweeney has made some terrible moves, if they haven’t had such an easy schedule and some favourable bounces he would be on the hot seat

      • Cheer up dude!
        Not everybody sucks.

      • The Bruins haven’t had an easy schedule! They’ve already done the California trip – not easy by a long shot. They’ve played several back to back games. They’ve played Washington twice, Nashville, and finished their pre-break schedule with back to back games against Carolina and Pittsburgh. What’s easy about that?

      • Get the blinders off Laurie ask anyone not wearing black n yellow glasses or just read the stats

    • I agree with you about Dillon for Hoffman. The Sharks aren’t going to let either Ryan or Heed go, but maybe a combo of Martin/DeMelo, Dillon and Boedekker would land them Hoffman. Personally, I bet they are looking at Pageau. The guy is formidable in the playoffs, a place that SJ has always been lacking.

  4. Do you what player would not perform for Tortorella…

  5. CBJ aren’t going to give up on Wennberg, especially for another winger. They already have a strong collection of wingers, defense and one of the best goalies. They know how good Wennberg can be, especially GM Kekalainen. He traded Johansen because he knew he had Wennberg coming. I believe if there is anything drastic going to happen in Columbus it will be a coaching change.

    • Arnie, the only coaching change I foresee (And I could be wrong) is replacing a couple of assistants. The PP is a joke. However, either Savard, Johnson or both could be traded by the deadline.

      • I don’t see either moving before the deadline, Columbus has playoff aspirations.

        Johnson may be lost this summer if another team makes an offer Columbus isn’t willing to match or Johnson isn’t willing to play for less in Columbus.

        In Jones, Werenski, Savard & Johnson Columbus has 1 of best top 4 in the NHL. Savard have been split up to balance the 2nd & 3rd pairings so each can carry & work to mentor a younger lesser Dman.

  6. As a Bruin season ticket holder, I’d love to see the Bruins trade for Simmonds from Philadelphia. He’s your typical Bruin and this beast can do it all. This is the player they’re missing for a strong Stanley Cup run.
    Sweeney has to go out and try to do this trade before someone else. Please pass it on! Thanks!!

    • Good luck with that, but I would to.

  7. The Bruins should look into Maroon, at suck a bargin cap at 1.5( the ducks already eat 1 million of)

    If rumors are true with not wanting to trade prospects of value, Sweent could create a package centering around their expected late first rounder and a B level prospect.

    I know they drafted and did not sign Benning but how about Maroonand Benning for Bostons first rounder and jacob karlsson.

    I think when teams realize the steep asking prices for Kane and Hoffman, and the lack of sellers Maroon will atleast fetch a first rounder at that salery.

    • JFK is being groomed to be their next Bergeron, this is a lofty expectation and because of that reasoning there is no way Sweeney trade him for Maroon. Not saying he is untouchable but pretty close.

    • No thank you

  8. What a daY!

    I agree with each and every comment above.

  9. Maroon is a a rental. I doubt a first round pick, but who knows if in a package but not straight up
    Tolvinen is absolutely the answer for the Preds and is playing with men now. I was reading recently where they are claiming maybe the steal of his draft class.

    • Supply and demand! See return for hanzel last year… even better see polak… maroon will easily get a first. If the pretenders stay in the race that first will be between 16-20 with a sweetner added!

      His suspension is complete he will have pumped tires next to mcdavid!

  10. Also whats Vegas up to? I could picture them possibly looking into a young center like RNH. The price would obviously be steep ( on pace for a career year) and hes young and signed term.

    This would help the Oilers fill out their roster also.

    Rnh plus a mid rounder for
    Cody glass, shea theodode and oscar dansk

    • There is no way RNH gets a return like Cody Glass and Shea Theodore.

    • If I’M Vegas I’m doing nothing. They are like 5 deep at center, solid D corps, and Fluery is healthy and playing well…why mess with the chemistry..

    • Not in your dreams!

    • Wow

    • heh, how did RNH go from a salary dump 6 months ago to commanding a return of a projected elite D-man? Not to mention another guy projected to be a top two line two way center?

    • Hahahahahah

      • If we are gonna throw around Oiler scenarios lets go big. How about Draisaitl for Hanafin?

    • Vegas is 5 deep at center they don’t need a center.. THEY DON’T NEED TO MESS WITH TEAM CHEMISTRY AT ALL…THEY ARE LEGIT..

  11. What swill the Leafs do at the deadline? I think getting rid of Gardiner makes some sense, not least because he is often the worst defenseman on the ice any given night….he might be attractive to a team that needs a n offensive d-man and already has a solid defense. Dermott is the future but he might not be the answer right now-but when Zaitsev gets back we can better see what the needs are. I doubt JVR and Bozak are gong anywhere if the Leafs see this team as a viable contender in the playoffs.
    Sen in fire sale mode? Depends on where they are in early February.

    • hope they stay the course. They will be out in the first round anyways. Theyd be smart to trade JVR/bozac but they wont.

      Be even better if they depleated their prospect pool in doing so!

      • if toronto was smart they would of traded blozak when he was inflated with kessels numbers—worst plus minus player in leafs history—via toronto star—ive been saying this 2 years–on two game done for 30

    • Bunch of whiners – the Sharks and Jeff, who needs to find another team. The Sabres might be more your style, Jeff.

  12. Lol. Highs should reach 70 in San Jose this weekend.

  13. RNH to the jets makes way to much sence if he doesnt go to vegas. Those 2 teams will bod war for him. It will be an unbelievable haul for the oilers

    • Oh boy…What a comic?

      • This coming from a closet leafs fan living in his mothers basement!

      • No need to call out people with juvenile internet insults… just respond with another sarcasticly bad pro oilers post. Love your work by the way.

    • Pretty sure the Oil will dump him as they did Hall and Ebs.

  14. Columbus isn’t trading Wennberg. Wennberg just signed a 6 year 4.9 mil deal, great value & although the same age as Gelchenyuk he has almost 1/2 the NHL development. He isn’t going any where unless Columbus gets an offer it can’t refuse & that’s not Gelchenyuk.

    Wennberg spent 2 more years in Sweden after being drafted, the year he came over he started in the AHL playing 6 games then moved the NHL. He completed his 3rd full NHL season heading into this year & is just on the cusp of becoming the player he will be in the NHL. This is 1 of the best pure passers in the NHL.

    • For perspective would the leafs trade Marner for Galchenyuk? Hells to the no!
      No chance Gally lands Wennberg but it may be a conversation starter if the habs are willing to add more

      • No

    • Galchenyuk is such a Torts kinda player, said no one ever.

  15. If Wennberg had fallen out of favour with Tortorella, wouldn’t his TOI/GP & PP TOI/GP been reduced or as Torts usually does benched?

    Was Wennberg regressing over the previous season? Absolutely, very common with young players with limited NHL experience, player development isn’t just linear. There are peaks & valley’s for a whole range of reasons.

    Wennberg has 70 point potential playing as a #1 C, as a #2 65. Columbus just needs to get it’s line up pairings figured out. Not getting Panarin as his LW reduces his contribution.

    Injuries to Jenner to start the year, Atkinson trying to play through injury, the loss of Dubinsky, add in Foligno’s woes as none of these wingers could score & that’s a problem for Wennberg as he isn’t a shooter but a passer.

  16. Nashville has over 6 mil in cap space, 13+ at the trade deadline, which is only 5 weeks away. They could take on the cap hits of any 1 of Hoffman; Ott would be crazy to move him until far later into his current deal & then only if he can’t be extended, Patches or Kane today with no cap tinkering required.

    Poille has shown in the past he’ll pay for a rental. Forsberg, Gaustad; resigned that summer, etc.

    Forsberg will also come very close to qualifying for LTIR, he has missed 4 of the required 10 so additional cap space may become available but isn’t even needed.

    Having already bought Turris for Girard, Kamenev & a 2nd I don’t see them going for Patches or Hoffman. Kane is a possibility but it depends on player cost. Nas won’t be giving up Tolvanen, Fabbro or Saros their 3 remaining stud prospects.

    I’m sure Nas would move 1 of Aberg, Trenin, Harper, Allard, Pettersson or Carrier with a 2018 1st, conditional 2019 2nd; subject to reaching the conference final, no easy feat getting out of the Central for Kane.

    • Think they are looking at wing or would take a center? Can never have enough face off guys for the playoffs ya?

      Brassard from OTT ? They can always flip him in the offseason to recoup a pick. Would be cheaper to acquire than Hoffman or Stone or a Kane from BUFF.

      • I love Derrick Brasard i think he is the perfect 3rd line center for the Penguins. he has 12 goals will get more, he is physical, and is good in the playoffs.

        What we give to get him??..maybe just exchange hagelin $4 million for Brassard at $5.2..

      • blackNgold……Dorion would be fired on the spot for a Hagelin for Brassard ‘cmon lol.

        I cannot see though how Pitts fits Brassard under their cap as he has one more season at $5m. If anything Dorion would be better served to package him up with other assets from their roster OR simply trade him for a 1st rd pick at the deadline. Dorion’s priority needs to be get younger and find a solid young center.

        Carolina is looking for a center. I know GM RF has said he will not mortgage the future so perhaps a reasonable asset swap.

        to CAR: Brassard and Cody Ceci
        to OTT: Nicolas Roy (center prospect) & Fleury

      • It’s amazing how Hagelins production has dipped to all time low, but his value just gets better and better!

        It’s funny how people think that a GM is ready to help out another GM because ” the money works” value aside…..

      • Stone would cost more than anyone on Ottawa not named Karlsson. He is an absolute stud and you clearly don’t watch Ottawa play if you feel Brassard is better. Stone is looking at an 8 year extension at about $7M/year this summer.

        Brassard and Ceci for Roy and Fleury is laughably bad. Ceci could get that package by himself. Hanifen would have to be part of that trade with other pieces to make any sense for Ottawa. Brassard would get a 1st plus a good prospect or other pick(s) by himself.

      • I HATE CROSBY..Maybe he might get fired..LOL cARL hAGELIn is 29, he is youger than Brassard, and under control for an extra year. If we added a pick that might help. Ottawa isn’t resigning Brassard and if we give them Hagelin and something else the money is only $1.2 which the penguins can fit. we are taking a UFA of their hands they are getting a speedy winger 2 years younger under control. they dont want prospects from what i hear. not many teams are going to offer too much for a rental. PLUS CAN YOU IMAGINE hOFFMAN AND HAGELIN ON THE WINGS ON ONE LINE. THATS SPEED IN BETWEN DUCHENSE..

    • How can teams talk about going all in and then take their three prospects off the table? Nash could move fabbro with no problem. Even Eli. But it would have to be for a non rental like pac.

  17. Does Boston need a quick fix? Bjork, Forsbacka Karlsson, Czarnik & Ceharik are all very close to NHL ready in sheltered roles. Belesky can assume a 4th line role if injuries dictate.

    I would take Vanek if Van would accept a 2nd round pick. It’s going to be late in the 2nd so who cares, with the prospect kitty & young players already in Bos, they can afford that loss. Vanek can play either wing & his scoring would come in handy.

    I assume another teams 2nd better than Boston’s will get Vanek with a B grade prospect included.

    • No thanks to Vanek with 0 goals in 10 playoff games last year. I rather play the guys they got.
      I would consider Pacioretty but the cost would be way too high and Montreal would not trade him to Boston. The reason I would consider him is because he has another year left on his contract.
      I also think Boston isn’t far off being a serious Cup Contender, right now outside Tampa I think the east is wide open. Just get in and you got a chance.

      • I’d rather Boston do nothing an insurance move as we discussed yesterday. Vanek for a 2nd would qualify but like I stated other teams 2nds would get Vanek before Bos.

        I don’t want to pay the cost to buy a Patches. A 2nd, maybe a B grade prospect expenses max.

        I don’t reallly perceive Bos needs anything.

    • I don’t think Boston really needs much. Great combination of Youth and veterans who provide a ton of value. Marchand is probably the 2nd best winger in the League right now, and their top line is one of the best trios in the league, signed for less than $20M for the long term (this will get rarer and rarer as time goes on).

      Throw in good goaltending, and D-core that’s progressing nicely, along with good depth in the system, they really don’t have holes that are too transparent. They also don’t have any completely awful contracts holding them back (maybe Krejci and Backes won’t be full value, but both play top 9 roles pretty well), which gives them great flexibility.

      Maybe Sweeney didn’t do great on the Hamilton deal, but he did very well on the Lucic deal, and as a whole I think his return for the two assets was fair, especially since he did give more chances for a good scouting staff to earn their keep.

      • Agree Danny, I don’t see a reason to do much, at least at this snapshot in time. I get the desire to constantly improve but what will they add as far as production goes for what they have to give up? While they have plenty of prospects they could use to make a deal, I am not sure they give up A guys. So what do they gain?
        They have depth in the minors they can bring up in case of injury up front. I can see a left shot D man with NHL playoff experience for depth and have 8 on their playoff roster.

      • Just think Bos gets Bergeron & Marchand for at least 4 more years starting next season for almost what Edm is going to pay McDavid!

      • What people seem to forget Danny & this isn’t directed at you is that moving salary or salary demands isn’t easy. Hamilton had demands & his attitude wasn’t everyone’s Cup of team. If rumours are to be believed he had different salary demands in Bos than where he went. He also wanted his brother signed something Calgary agreed to do although recently waived.

        15, 45 & 52 in the 2015 draft for a premaodona demanding close to 6 mil per season long term in the summer of 2015 wasn’t brutal. In 3 to 5 years we will be able to better evaluate the return.

  18. Trade
    Wennberg and Dubois and a 1st
    for Pacioretty and galgenyuk

    I think Galgenyuk would play centre in Columbus and Pacioretty will be the 30-40 goal scoring winger
    Montreal takes a huge chance on both young players and takes a 1st incase they both end up sucking …

    Do you think Montreal would go for that ? Or even Columbus ? I think this never will happen to many ? For both sides ….

    • Bergevin would do back flips for that package.

      Dubois is a 19 year old center who is playing exceptionally well since taking over #1 c responsibilities. Galchenyuk has not been as good this year as Dubois, and I would venture to guess that most would see Galchenyuk as more of a gamble out of the two. Not to mention that Kekolainen took a lot of heat for going out on a limb and taking him 3rd, there is no way he aborts now that this pick is looking like a genius decision, that about 29 other GMs would not have made.

      Pacioretty is a very valuable piece, but I don’t think he is worth a 1st and Wennberg, and definitely not worth enough over that to make up a suitable premium for the Galchenyuk-Dubois part of the deal. Also, Columbus is in no place to trade a 1st unless it’s lottery protected. The metro is tough, and they have had enough struggles to make them weary. The new draft lottery will make it harder to acquire non-protected 1sts. Tampa is about the only team in the NHL right now that would consider it unless the return was massive. Maybe by the trade deadline a few more teams might feel comfortable enough to part with them, but I think we will see mostly lottery protected 1sts and 2nds moves, not unprotected 1sts.

      • Patches is hands down worth way more than just a 1st!!

        That being said, he will not land Dubois at all. That is giving up a decade of a cost controlled productive and currently #2 C. Dubois will be a #1C. Using your proposal as a base, if you remove Dubois in lieu of a 2nd and a high prospect, it could get considered.

        This deal is too far in MTL favor.

      • Patches + Shaw(Tort would love him) to Columbus would not surprise me.
        Kane of course must be their 1st choice(plus adding a depth center)

    • I think Montreal is in tough with their 18 million spent on a goalie and a D man and teams know that. any trade they try to make they’ll get less than the asking price. 10.5 mil until he’s 40 for a goalie has to be the most moronic deal in the league right now.

      • I would argue that I rather Carey Price’s deal than the 15 year deal handed to DiPietro. $$ per season aside.. who the F signs a a goalie to 15 years? LOL

        AND SNOW still has a job.

      • That dipietro deal was then this is now. But I do agree that was brutal. I did say right now. No goalie should be paid that much for that long. It’s the worst position in the league to pay up on. One day they’re great the next day they’ve lost it. 10.5 until he’s 40…to 37ish maybe. He’s a great goalie but not so good that he can steal 50 games a year. The Habs need better up front Talent…will they be able to afford that over the next few years?

      • I think Dipietro’s pretty happy, he collects is annual buy out of 1.5 mil thru to the end of the 2028-29 season. Another 10 years. Ha-ha!

        I’m not sure how 1 has anything to do with the other though.

  19. TO has Reilly, Gardner and Zaitsev as top four guys and it looks like Dermott could also be one. They need to add a legitimate guy that is top four right now. That is where you look at established right-handed guys like Dumba, Trouba, Manson, Ristolanen, or Petrovic. The other option is getting someone like Gudbranson this year and you would end up with:
    with Carrick and Polak as depth. That blue line is better than what Pitts went into the playoffs last year. The goaltending is great so all that has to happen is for everyone to get experienced and jell for them to be a serious contender. I just hope Karlson does not end up there.

    In two years Liljgren and Dermott will be a top two pairing then that leaves Zaitsev and probably Borgman as a shut down pair which leaves Reilly and Gardner so either one goes or one switches sides.


  21. Very happy to see that the ridiculous side show act that was Jagr is finally leaving the team. The mil was probably worth the experience to the young kids but he’s been nothing but a waste of a roster spot…but hey…They sold some jerseys. perhaps they can keep him on as a dressing room cheerleader

  22. IF CGY looking to OTT for additional scoring would OTT consider offering Bobby RYAN for Brouwer & Stone?

    CGY gets rids of Brouwer whom never really seemed to fit with players like Johnny G and Monahan.

    OTT gives Ryan a change of scenery since they do not have a top line center anymore to make a cup run with him and gran 2 assets they potentially can flip at the deadline for picks…

    ? thoughtS?

    • I think the only way any team takes Bobby Ryan from Ottawa is if the sens agree to pay half of his remaining salary. Sens are stuck with him. if the Flames are looking to trade anyone it might be Backlund as he will be looking for more dollars than he’s worth next year.

      • I mentioned Ryan bc Stajan’s $3M will be off the books in the off season and Stone/Brouwer combined make more than Ryan. I have read multiple times CGY has been looking to dump Brouwer and Stone was a regret signing. They already have a top 4D in Giordano/Hamilton/Brodie/Hamonic…so they do not need a #5D or #6D man making 3.5 millions for 3 more years.

        Versteeg $1.75M/ Jagr $1M/ Stajan $3.125M Will all be off the books this summer. SO a deadline deal would fit in their cap structure this season at the deadline AND long term. With Stajan gone this summer they can resign Backlund to $4.5m and still have room to fill out the roster and have Bobby Ryan….

        Ryan and Monahan would look good.

        Just wonder where Bobby Ryan fits. He has value but I see it more a bad contract for bad contract swap out and not a Ryan plus 50% cap withheld for nothing good coming back.

  23. I think it’s the fans that want Brouwer gone more than anything. the team seems to really want him in the line up no matter what and refuse to sit him. I don’t think after his performance over the last couple of years they could give him away. I’m sure they’ll just buy him out at the end of the season. Jagr is thankfully already gone…what a joke that was. I’m sure his experience to the young players was worth the Mil but him donning a flames jersey was a side show joke. Hey at least they sold a crap ton of Jagr Merch. If Backlund doesn’t get traded or resigned before summer he’ll want to test the market for sure. He’ll be looking for between 5 and 6 for 5 or more years. Flames have too many prospects coming up looking for raises to afford that. I think the reason they paid up for Stone is that he can easily move up and take over for any of the injured top 4D. As far as the team goes I have not heard any form of regret regarding him. All that crap comes from the fans.