Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – January 14, 2018

by | Jan 14, 2018 | Rumors | 110 comments

Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (Photo via NHL Images).

Updates on Pierre-Luc Dubois, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Evander Kane, Paul Martin and more in your Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup.


SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston touched on yesterday’s report by the Athletic’s Aaron Portzline indicating Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson requested a trade. Johnston said this dates back to failed contract talks in August/September between the two sides. Johnson is struggling this season and playing under 20 minutes per game for the first time in his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Boston Bruins were reportedly looking for a top-four defenseman with a left-handed shot. Perhaps Johnson could be a fit there as a rental player. The Bruins, however, won’t be keen to part with any of their good young players or top prospects. I doubt the Jackets will have interest in Matt Beleskey, who was recently demoted to the minors and carries a $3.8-million annual cap hit through 2019-20. 

Colleague Nick Kypreos wonders if there’s a fit for Johnson with the Montreal Canadiens. He also said the Habs have interest in Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois, whose stock has risen but Kypreos isn’t sure that he’s untouchable. Still, Kypreos doesn’t think the Jackets would consider moving Dubois until they have a chance to evaluate their lineup when it’s fully healthy. Elliotte Friedman points out Columbus is looking for scoring and had interest in Canadiens winger Alex Galchenyuk in the past but he doesn’t think that gets it done for Dubois.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubois might not be untouchable but I don’t see the Jackets parting with him. The 19-year-old center blossomed after being promoted to the top line between Artemi Panarin and Josh Anderson. Makes no sense to break up their best line.

Johnston reports Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion is getting lots of calls about some of his players but he prefers to playing the waiting game before moving some assets. Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau are the types of players with value to rival teams at the trade deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch cites a “league executive” claiming “the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks had likely shown interest in Hoffman, Smith and Pageau.”  Being patient could drive up the trade value of those players, ensuring a quality return for the Sens if they decide to move one of them by the trade deadline.

Kypreos reports the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators were among clubs showing interest earlier this season in Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman held off, seeing Koekkoek as insurance should one of his top blueliners become sidelined. With Victor Hedman out three-to-six weeks, Yzerman’s decision to keep Koekkoek has paid off.

Friedman thinks the New York Rangers are willing to listen to offers on some of their unrestricted free agents (Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, David Desharnais) and some of their contracted players, such as Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello. However, there’s no guarantee they do it.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Rangers collapse between now and the trade deadline I don’t see them becoming sellers. Sure, they can listen to offers for McDonagh or Zuccarello and maybe they’ll get one too good to pass up, but I don’t think that’s likely right now. If they do go into sell mode, I believe it’ll be their notable UFAs on the block. 

Friedman also reports the San Jose Sharks are trying to find defenseman Paul Martin another spot in the NHL. Martin’s finally back in the lineup after missing most of the season to injury. There are people who believe the veteran blueliner, who still has a year left on his contract at $4.85 million, might help someone.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NBC Sports’ Bay Area’s Marcus White believes a trade could be coming soon. “Defenseman Dylan DeMelo is ready to be activated from injured reserve, and San Jose will need to make a corresponding roster move”. They could also send Timo Meier, Joakim Ryan, and Marcus Sorensen to the minors without any of them passing through waivers but White points out the Sharks could risk losing any other player to a waiver claim. The Mercury News’ Paul Gackle, however, thinks trading Martin won’t be easy, given the blueliner’s cap hit and questions over his ability to play following his offseason ankle surgery. 


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch believes the Arizona Coyotes will have to make a decision regarding defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who’s slated to become a UFA on July 1, 2019. While the Coyotes could wait to make a deal until the summer, Garrioch feels they could get calls soon from clubs interested in acquiring Ekman-Larsson for two playoff runs. He lists the Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers among the clubs with “more than a passing interest” in the Coyotes rearguard. However, the asking price is currently high right now. “Not only do the Coyotes want two high-end players off a club’s roster, but they’re also asking for a first-round pick.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrioch believes it never hurts to inquire about Ekman-Larsson’s availability. However, Coyotes GM John Chayka insists his top blueliner isn’t available. Perhaps Ekman-Larsson will be shopped this summer if he and the Coyotes can’t agree on a contract extension, but I don’t see him being moved at the trade deadline. 

The Coyotes have also been shopping blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson. He’s has a 10-team no-trade list and it’s believed he’d prefer not to be dealt to a Canadian team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Coyotes trade a defenseman by the deadline it’ll be Hjalmarsson, not Ekman-Larsson. He’s got a year left on his contract with a $4.1 million cap hit and considerable playoff experience, including playing for three Cup winners in Chicago. He’ll attract attention from playoff contenders.  

Garrioch also touched on Jack Johnson’s trade request. He expects there will be lots of interest in the blueliner as a playoff rental. “The Jackets will want a top prospect and a first-round pick in return.”

No word yet regarding John Tavares’ future with the New York Islanders. He’s slated for UFA status this summer and they could feel the heat to get him re-signed by the trade deadline.

Lots of interest in Montreal Canadiens forwards Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk. GM Marc Bergevin must decide if he’s going to go that route.

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is shopping for forward depth. Garrioch said the Panthers would be among the clubs with interest in Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:’s Craig Davis reports Tallon discussed potential trade targets recently with his scouts. However, he’s not looking for a short-term fix. He said he’s only looking for deals that will benefit his club in the long-term. Someone like the 28-year-old Hoffman, who’s got two more years left on his contract, could be on Tallon’s radar. 

Garrioch touches on rumors the Sharks could move defenseman Paul Martin. Speaking of the Sharks, he believes they’re in the mix (along with the Blues) for Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane. The Vancouver Canucks have always coveted Kane.



  1. Dubois is untouchable. Columbus shocked some choosing Dubois 3rd overall in 2016 over Puljujarvi, Tkachuk, Segechev or even Juolevi. Poor Benning looked like he had been shot heading to the podium after Clb selected Dubois.

    Clb is looking to add scoring ideally at C. This comment by Kypreos is a joke & Freidman doesn’t do himself any credit supporting the notion he’s not untouchable. Dubois is what ever team is looking for a future #1 C, size, skill & skating ability.

    Dubois sin’t going any where, he is as untouchable as any player can be.

    • Why in the world would Columbus make Dubois available. ? No sense whatsoever

    • Hey guys,

      Dubois is untouchable. Kypreos is special. I like Friedman, he should know better.

      Of course crazier things have happened and it would have to be something just… naw, he’s untouchable.

    • Incredible speculation by the Sportsnet guys. Why in the world would Columbus trade a 19 year old bona fide top prospect? Just ridiculous comments by guys that should know better.

    • Does it really surprise you? ESPN just put out a really long detailed list of why the Leafs should trade Matthews for a #1 d…

    • Dubois isn’t going anywhere. The Jackets lack center depth, partially due to injuries. So, trading the one center exceeding expectations is as likely to happen as Tavares signing with the jackets in the off-season.

    • Yeah that’s exactly what I thought!
      No chance CBJ trades him
      Sounded like the guy from Espn this week suggesting the leafs should trade Matthews

  2. Nick Kypreos is totally insane if he thinks Dubois is available.

    • I think Kypreos is just insane, period. He wants so desperately to be a rumor monger like the big boys…

  3. “Unless the Rangers collapse between now and the trade deadline I don’t see them becoming sellers.”

    I believe their 3-4-2 record over the last 9 is a clear cut indicator of this teams direction. If not for the outstanding goaltending they’ve had over the past couple of months they’d be buried at the bottom of the east.

    This team is going nowhere! And last nights absolute meltdown should be the exclamation point.

    Not only do I think they should explore moving Mcdonagh, Zuccarello, , Grabner, Nash etc. they should do it!

    If I’m Gorton, I’m looking at moving Mcdonagh to the highest bidder now. Arizona or Colorado would be a perfect fit. I believe Grabner would get a better than expected return. Zuccarello would get a great return.

    My only untouchables are Shestyorkin,Miller, Skjei, Chytil, Andersson (and his silver medal) Zibanejad, …. and that’s about it.

    It’s definitely time for everyone to recognize that this team is a pretender, not a contender. It was a great run, but it’s over. No sense on hanging on to players they could get great-good returns for to expedite a return to a contending team.

    • Well SJ is looking to get rid of Martin. Martin has 1 yr left. Rather than trade MacTruck… perhaps they like a younger Smith and we take Martin for 1 yr then buy out…. since no way they are getting rid of Staal’s contract now. I think MacTruck is part of the solution.

      I know you had Mika Zib as untouchable andI might be inclined to agree….BUT…..he disappeared last night. He showed me no signs of wanting the puck….was not aggressive in trying to get the puck back. He was a ghost last night.

      I agree…time to clear roster space now, as it is clearly over.

      • A lot of players were invisible last night. Bad night to be a NYR goaltender.

        Frustrations are clearly boiling over. From Lundqvists pre entrance speech, to Zuccarello, and AVs post game comments.

        Honestly, Smith is about as un-tradable as Staal or worse. I don’t see anybody biting even with a good chunk of salary retained. His multiple healthy scratches aren’t exactly adding to his value. Horrible signing. Horrible contract. And to think any team would get suckered in to taking him is above and beyond wishful thinking.

        He’s here to stay… at least in the press box.

        It’s a tough spot with Mcdonagh. But I’m looking at it from a return standpoint.

        Hoping and wishing NYs bad contracts away is great… but it’s not happening and even by some Scott Gomez miracle it does… it doesn’t solve the problem of getting better. It creates more problems by either taking on another bad contract , salary retention. Or both.

        It’s time to make some truly gut wrenching personell decisions. Mcdonagh alone would bring back 2-3 pieces of value.

      • NYR4LIFE…… I would move MacTruck IF i knew the return could land me a top young center who is clearly a #1 and not an undersized one. I think that is the spin the Rangers need to put out there.

        Like MacTruck to CMB for Dubois plus, style deal. ya know? (not saying CMB id dumb enough to trade Dubois)

    • In reality, you know there’s no way Rangers deal Mac or Zuc before off season. Based on all rumors mentioned, we should look to deal DeAngelo and pick to Buffalo for Kane. Immediately helps with loss of Kreider. Nash would then be expendable and must be moved. SJ would be a good landing spot and Maybe we recoup some picks. No way I let Grabner go. Hopefully we can resign on an affordable deal. He wants to stay in NY…I think we where playing better with Miller at center and would look to move Desharnais/ Nieves/Holden/Smith/Kampfer….Get a D man that actually plays D… Gudbranson ???

      • Gudbranson to AV would be like MacIlrath 2.0 with slightly more talent but still a pain in the ars. IF Gudbranson was a mobile defenseman VaN would keep him. He is slow footed and really is not the type of player AV wants.

        Agreed, as I have been saying, Smith & Desh need to go. I would not even give ups 3rd for Kane this season bc they can just meet with him in the offseason. The Rangers really do not have a center to establish the tempo so having Kane (who needs a center) does little to fix the team.
        Send smith to SJ with Nash for Martin and some draft picks.

        Most teams will need and want D going into the playoffs and the Rangers should look to move Smith, Staal & Holden at the deadline for the best possible pick. Same goes for Nash and Desharnais.

        Mika is showing his contract, thought better than Stepan’s, is a #2C contract, and he is playing as such. Ranger needs to really find that #1C.

        The bottom six needs to be fixed. I know Kreids is out but Miller (good) is not a top 6 winger. I love the guy and how he plays but when he is slotted in the bottom 6 who goes?
        Vesey back to 4th line with Fast?? Miller and Grabner on the 3rd? If they can solve that then they can honestly assess how to fix their top 6 and make moves to rectify that for the long term.

        They also need to decide what to do with Grabner. If he becomes a $3.5 million man…that is a rough chunk on the bottom six when they are over loaded with cap $$ on the defense. Maybe move him at the deadline with a wink and nod conversation they intend to resign him in the offseason but want him a chance to win the cup deal.

        Lack of effort cannot be coached and boy last night was rough.

      • Let’s be realistic here. Desharnais/ Nieves/Holden/Smith/Kampfer combined aren’t bringing back anything of significance. And Deangelo and a pick isn’t sniffing Kane. There would be 29 better offers on the table.

        And if reality is not moving Mcdonagh or Zuccarello for the right price, NY management has lost touch with all reality. And we’re even more screwed than we think!

      • NYR4LIFE…wait I cannot wish for another GOMEZ miracle? I ask that for Christmas…… So it won’t happen? =**(

      • Rangers spent the entire game yesterday avoiding all contact with Islanders players. Of all teams to wimp out against, the hated Islanders? Coach has been tuned out.

      • I agree, NY desperately need a #1 center…. but where is this #1 center coming from? Certainly not from any combination of Smith/Staal or Holden.

        The chances of SJ taking on both Nash and Smith is -100%. That’s not happening. Nash… maybe. But I don’t think SJ is going to do Gorton any favors by taking on 3 years of Smiths grossly inflated contract.

        Every time I see a trade proposal from NY fans these days it includes Smiths name. It’s starting to look a lot like desperation. I get it… I’d love to dump that deal too. I just can’t see any GM being that crazy. It’s a horrible deal, and it’s more than likely not going anywhere with the term and $$$’s involved. Unless they take back a similar deal or add pieces to it.

      • Not overly concerned with return on Desharnais/Kampfer etc…. just don’t see any in future plans and all are expendable. DeAngelo and a 1st is a priority right now and not off season. If not enough, then add. Unless they fire AV for starters, then they’re not rebuilding. Gudbranson only as a rental. Can’t be any worse than what we’re theowing out there nightly.

      • Nyr4life, my reality comments are based on team history. When was last time we blew it up? We spend up to cap every year and are always buyers. Playoff revenue! NY is a win now town. Kane would be a good add now and in future… Especially if we have no intention of keeping Nash past this year, which we shouldn’t. I agree about Smith. Won’t be easy to move, but will only get harder as time goes by. Has 15 team trade list,(goes to 10 teams in years 3+4) and Gorton should prioritize getting anything he can for him. When we signed him I called it Staal 2.0.

      • Why would Buffalo want one problem child for another? Kane looks to have at least grown in an adult by now, but Deangelo is even a lesser talent that still a problem child.

      • Slick,

        Do you really believe ny is a winger away from contention?

      • NYR4,
        I always think Rangers are contenders! As Striker stated, they have been one of the winningest teams over last 5 years. The core group they’ve had are still relatively young and although you don’t think much of their center depth, it’s not horrible. Zib is 24? Hayes 25? I also like Miller at center. Biggest problem lately has been scoring, so unlike you, I think going after Kane would help. If cost is as reported, a pick and prospect, then I go for it. He’s a proven good young winger. So when you say do I think they’re a winger away from contending , to me you start there. I also believe they need to make some changes on D.

    • If McDonagh is moved & not extended I will be shocked, he is NYR’s best Dman.

      It shocks me your apparently a Ranger’s fan & want to make such radical changes, this is a young team battling injuries & player development issues.

      I don’t see NYR moving anyone unless they fall well out of the race. I fact I see them being buyers leading up to the trade deadline. You have been preaching the same story basically for years yet NYR keeps making the playoffs & getting out of the 1st round. Few teams have played as many playoff games as the Rangers in the last 5 years.

      • It shocks me you’ve watched 3-4 games and think you can analyze the Rangers needs, faults etc. regardless of where “you had them in your pool ” This is not a contending team.

        Ny currently has 3 teams on their heels ( NYI’s, Carolina, and the Flyers) Pittsburgh is about to leapfrog them in wildcard spots.

        Injuries? What injuries are crippling NY to this point? Kreider alone? I see all this more of a combination of losing Stepan, Lindberg and the Girardi buy out. People can say what they want, but losing Stepan and Girardi was crippling. I’d take Girardi all day over Smith. The guy was a minute muncher, and certainly would have been okay in a more sheltered role, like 2nd or 3rd pairing.

        It’s strange that you think taking a good, realistic look at the team you cheer for makes you somehow less of a fan?

        I dish out plenty of “homer” comments here, I’m certainly not go to break out some Pom poms and pretend everything is all good! If I did , it would make me a total hypocrite.

        Maybe the Stepan move helps them down the road, but certainly not today. Andersson is not here today, and Deangelo isn’t even sniffing the NHL nor should he.

        There is nothing wrong with taking a look at moving Mcdonagh. I believe Brian Leetch said it best when asked how NY could trade him. “Well, they weren’t winning anything with me”

        Mcdonagh is rapidly approaching ufa status. There are no guarantees he re-signs regardless… once again what ” you think ” . You’re always on here talking about asset management…. Here is a clear cut case of asset management… yet somehow it makes me less of a fan to bring up the idea? Lol! Brilliant!!!!!!

      • this post was an extremely poignant, well thought out response to striker.

        why then..? WHY? Why cap it off with a lol….

      • Why does that irk you so much? Just so we’re clear, you’ve defended dumbing down the English laungage when we’ve had the conversation in the past… like using There, they’re and their incorrectly… but you draw the line at “lol”? LOL!!!!

      • Zibanejad just came back from missing 8 games with a concussion & is not right, Kreider’s gone long term that’s 2/3rds of your #1 line having already missed 10% of the season & counting. Take 2/3rd’s of any teams #1 line out of the line up & what do you think happens.

        You have have been harping for radical changes for going on 3 years, you have been having them sellers all season, thank god your wishes aren’t coming true.

        Barely 1/2 the season in the books, NYR is hanging in there well considering the current roster make up.

        Wish away but try to enjoy the ride. Nothing has changed for me about my NYR expectations how it effects my fantasy leagues pools or wagers does concern me, i put a serious amount of money where my mouth is I’m not just sitting here blowing smoke like you, put the pipe down, the world’s not collapsing for the Rangers, sorry they aren’t as bad as you keep advocating for them to be.

      • The Rangers at times look like a fast breakout speedy team that can play with anyone and next week they look uninspired and slow.

        I still believe they need a fresh voice in the room. The issue with being a seller is again wasting an elite goalies final good years-they made moves during Hank’s top years to try to get over the top that did not work. Unless the Rangers are out of it Gorton will not sell….maybe Nash but thats it

        Trading McD makes no sense.

      • laungage?

        lol denotes someone being extremely derisive. it’s a form of immaturity. Now I certainly can’t be accused of being immature… but I do so to try to keep things light… not to deride people. Thats why it bothers me. Still enjoyed that response to striker though. I did not laugh out loud (do people really do that as routinely as they type it? seems weird) but brought a grin to my face.

      • not accused of being always mature… too many negatives in there

      • Actually striker like most things out of you’re mouth that is complete bs that I’ve been harping on significant changes for 3 years!

        Please pull one example of this prior to this offseason. You’ll be hard pressed to see anything like trading Mcdonagh Zuccarello etc…. as a matter of fact prior to this year I’ve not really mentioned moving anyone other than John Moore!

        But keep on… I know how much you love hearing yourself!

      • Striker thinks he knows everything about every team, he’s always more of an expert than the teams actual fans are. Still waiting for Aston Rease to be given the 3C role in Pitts even though he’s never played center in his life. Everything you said is right. If you just blindly cheered for your team no matter how much they sucked and were going nowhere you would be a leaf fan.

      • Striker, I agree Rangers won’t be sellers this season… I don’t see any deals being done that don’t improve chances this year while also addressing getting a return on ufas that aren’t in future plans. But as a fan, and looking at what Gorton has done lately, I realistically don’t see MacDonaugh getting long term deal at age 30. Especially with Skjei developing into a top pair guy. Zuch is another guy that isn’t getting younger and should be shopped. I have no problem with Girardi buyout, except as NYR4 mentioned, we’re still crappy a defensive team as past 2 seasons. Mainly we added Shatty for his offense.. Stepan trade is done and we currently have nothing to show. Anderson/Chytil in future coupled with Hayes and Zib currently will probably keep us from going after a top 1c or 2c.unless we’re dealing Hayes or possibly Miller. Again, won’t happen before off season. DeAngelo? To me he’s a good chip to use in a deal that helps us now. Maybe paired with a goalie prospect not named Shesterkin, and a 1st rd pick to acquire Kane (with extension) or possibly Johnson from Colombus? As far as injuries, it’s not just Kreider. We’ve endured losing both top centers for periods and also Macdonaugh.

      • Let me guess striker… you watched 2 games and “seen them live 7 times” ( like seeing a team live makes any difference unlike watching on tv where you not only see everything… but have instant replay and rewind)

        To take a page of your book
        “I’ve stated repeatedly ” playing down early and hoping for 2-3 goal comebacks late in the 3rd is not a good recipe for success. I also have “stelated repeatedly ” the laws of probability we’re bound to catch up with this kind of play…

        They are not as good as you think, and you know even less than you think … most of the time.

      • I understand where Nyr4Life is coming from. He sees the writing on the wall. He senses his team is trending downward and wants to make a preemptive strike at a rebuild, instead of wasting time treading water. Just get it on and over with as quick as possible, so you can believe anew.

        Something I’ve been advocating for teams like the Senators, Canucks, and Red Wings for what seems like ages now. But the Rangers haven’t looked like they needed to. I agree with you Nyr4Life. The Rangers need to get younger on the ice. The current team has begun to pass it’s prime. A little collection and restore would be prudent for the Rangers. They certainly don’t leave me inspired to win it all this year, or in the next few.

      • By no means is NY old, they’re just not as good as they’ve been for the past 5-6 years. They’re paper thin down the middle, which I said coming into this year. Word for word what I said was ” Hayes is not a natural center, Miller is a natural center but not good at the position, Zibanejad is a bit unproven, their defense is just not good enough and Hank can’t be expected to carry the load all the time.

        This is a bubble team, which is exactly how I saw it prior to the start of the season.
        By chance they make it, they’re not going deep…. regardless of some people’s pools, and superior knowledge after watching 4 games!

        Mcdonagh is not a guy like Lundqvist who loves the city, life , etc of NY. I don’t think NY is garanteed to re-sign him. With Staal and Smith locking down about 10 million, Girardis buyout, Shattenkirks contract, Skjei’s rfa looming. How does NY sign this guy to probably 7+ and still stay competitive?

        Skjei or Mcdonagh ? Pick your poison, one or the other has to go!

      • Can’t find an example Striker? I guess you should just stfu!

        You are delusional if you think I’ve been complaining for “3 years”…. yeah… stfu! Period!

        You know zero!

        My pool says you are the biggest idiot on the board!

      • I have been watching NYR for over 30 years. I joke about moving Smith bc I just never agreed with the signing, regardless of getting Shatts or not. I am with NYR4LIFE in regards to have better to kept Girardi and shelter on the 3rd pair and not have signed Smith. I was ok with the Stepan trade BUT I never saw Mika Z as a #1C as AV and Gorts are making him. I saw this season as a transition season to get younger and it was bonus if they competed for a cup. AV and Lundqvist have kept them a bubble team. Smith was a knee jerk signing not knowing they had a legitimate shot at Shatts for that type of term and money.

        I hate to lose him but I agree with NYR4LIFE…you have to look in the offseason to gauge the type of return MacTruck brings? Best Ranger overall besides King Henrik, but 99% chance they will not be able to move Smith nor Staal AND a buyout is not an option for those 2.

        They would not even be a bubble team if it were not for Hank and his fabulous play this season. They would be near the bottom.

        Must consider moving MacTruck and do everything they can to find a #1C long term. Not much cap room left with the raises coming to RFA Hayes, Miller, Skjei, Vesey and Nieves. They also may resign Grabner so they have to leave room there too. Nash’s 7.8 million won’t cover all those signings.

        I hope they sell high at the deadline an call it a season for the sake of next season by trading assets, if the price is right.

      • Forget Kane too much trouble . How about MacD and Kreider to Edmonton for Draisitl

    • Am I the only Rangers fan who thinks they should have tried to move Lundqvist a couple seasons back when Dallas needed a goalie? I mean he’s been carrying them on his back for years, masking the staggeringly mediocre team in front of him, from the bench boss out.

      • Yes and No….Yes for size of contract…no bc they would be worse without him. The ticket would have been to pay Hank his current “thank you for the past” contract, but NOT a “thank you for the past” to Girardi and Staal. Staal had more trade value and was never quit the same since he returned from getting injured by his brother checking him into the boards. Once he came back and the visor went on….all trade value the Rangers could have gotten was lost.

  4. As usual as the trade deadline gets closer & closer we move into full silly season for rumours. & as always the vast majority with possibly 1 maybe 2 trades all players moved will be pending UFA’s, salary dumps or players making very little with maybe 1 year remaining after this season.

    The NHL should be called the NTL, no trade league as with the exception of above very few trades are made in the NHL & most are made at or near the draft.

    • The Rangers needed a number one center at the beginning of the year. You can’t compete with strength down the middle.

      • What is a #1 C for you?

        There are 31 teams & only 1 Crosby, McDavid, etc. NYR’s #1 C rightly or wrongly is Zibanejad. Is that ideal no but no quick fix to that issue.

        Many teams have to get by with lesser C’s some have the luxury of having 2, specifically Was & Pit but several others.

        Simply not enough for everyone to have a really good 1 & next to #1 & some #2 Dman no harder asset to acquire in trade or draft.

    • Yeah there has been exactly 2 trades in the NBA this season so maybe it’s more than just an NHL thing?

      • Z is not close to a number one center in New York. They have virtually nothing down the middle.

  5. SJ will waive Sorensen 1st & if necessary Ryan. Meier isn’t going down. If push comes to shove Goodrow or Boedker would be waived.

    SJ would move Martin if a taker could be found & I’m sure they would love to replace Boeser with someone who can actually put up points but they want to do so with out having to move what few prospects they have. No easy feat.

    • Dam spell checker Boedker

      • to SJ : Nash/Smith
        to NY : LaBanc/Martin and pick


      • Love to get rid of Smith but would do nothing for SJ or Rangers to swap crappy over paid dmen.. Desharnais/Nash for Boedker and 1St ( or 2nd and 3rd rd)picks

      • Boy you sure want Smith moved. The only way I see it happening is if the add a 2nd & pat someone to eat his salary & term. The signing wasting terrible but the salary & term are beyond comprehension.

      • Striker ……Smith keeps coming out my mouth in most proposals bc it is clear AV will make him the most expensive press box boy in NYR history. 3 years left at over 4 million. CANNOT happen. even if they need to add in a 3rd rd pick to help clear that cap…they MUST. That is the reasonI keep mentioning him LOL. I also try to suggest only teams looking for D long term as well with cap room and the NYR would take something back on a 1 yr bad deal.

      • & there is the answer to why he’s going no where, Gorton droped the ball not once but 3 times on this player.

        Trading picks to acquire him, buying out Girardi to sign him. Brutal asset & cap management.

        The only way NYR is getting out of Smith is if they pay someone to take him, min 2nd round pick or they take a similiar bad contract back or some combination of both.

        NYR has yet to put Kreider on LTIR when they do with how much season has lapped impacting players cap hits they will be buyers not sellers.

      • ihatecosby… looking at what it cost for other teams recently to get rid of players… just look at the recent expansion draft… and if smith is going to be sitting and not playing and has no chance of being worth part of his cap hit… it will cost a lot more than a 3rd… think 1st rounder or good prospect to dump the contract… better chance of trading him with 25-50% salary retained for a mid round pick or something.

      • I don’t know what fans saw in Smith last years playoff. He benefitted from playing with Skjei and ended up with a decent +\- …but signing Definately went against everything Gorton had been doing. 4 years and a limited ntc? Really believe he had zero confidence he would get Shatty.

  6. HNIC and Sportsnet don’t do themselves any favours in keeping Kypreos on air. He obviously is out of touch and continues to make erroneous statements.
    Friedman and Johnston are quality, but the inclusion of Kypreos makes the whole panel look unprofessional. Especially compared to TSN. This is a theme to their hockey coverage overall.

  7. I think Arizona would be smart to wait and see how the draft lottery shakes out…if they win the first overall pick it makes OEL expendable to be traded and they take Dahlin to replace him and get a haul in return. As always there is risks involved in waiting

    • How can OEL be -40! That means he has been on the ice for 52 ES or P.K. GOALS AGAINST. unbelievable bad defensive play & he’s not off setting it by putting up points.

      • I’m a jets fan! That is painful! But as a resident of the jax area…. I’m loving life! The last thing I want to see is a repeat of last years afc championship game!
        Parity does not live in the past NFL…. much like it does my live in the NHL… regardless of strikers opinion!”lol” LOL

  8. I wonder what the return for Matt Murray could be?

    Maybe pens could move him to vegas for MAF and one of their centers? 😉

    honestly though with gustofson looking sharp one of jarry or murray goes in the next couple years… and with the organization high on jarry after they traded up to get him and murrays dimished play masked with his two cup rings murray might be the best trade chip…

    of course what would be best for the pens would be that jarry pushes murray like MAF did and they have another two headed monster in net. that was a driver of success for the team

    • Expansion is 2 years away 3 at the outside so 1 will be lost for sure come that time so I agree they should move 1 this summer or before next seasons trade deadline.

      • Oh. Apparently we are in agreement that Boston sucks. Middle finger swear at those donkeys

    • Let’s just cross this bridge when we get to it. Trade one of them and sign another piece of garbage like Niemi? That makes no sense at all. If you think Murray is not going to figure it out sooner than later you’re in the minority. If Murray works on his glove hand this summer like Derozan worked on his 3 point shooting last summer then that is a goalie that would be foolish to lose. Some people need to get over MAF already, I know I was done with him a long time ago.

      • It’s pretty obvious you were over MAF long ago… hence the strong inclination towards murray.seems the only one with who needs done with maf is you. murray is a good goalie.. not a great goalie. not yet. MAF was an erratic goalie… at his best easily better than murray at his worst far worse goalie. MAF could win you a series outright (wash) or lose you a series outright. murray is steady… he very rarely will steal a game. but he rarely will lose a game (until this year at least). problem with murrays steadiness is he was holding at a solid b+ average in the past and is a solid c- this year… the first year he doesn’t have an equally qualified starter sharing duties with him (though Jarry looks like he could be that). Murray so far has struggled mightily being “the” guy. he’s young, this can change (if he remains healthy enough for a stretch)

        the only position pens have extra depth that allows them some flexibility is goal. I didnt even think about what striker brought up… expansion could put them in another MAF/Murray type situation eventually.

        after all that… let me put it this way.. legit question… murray undoubtedly has the most trade value… would you rather see a team with jarry and a vet backup/1b goalie with, say a good young 3rd line center got in the return for murray, or murray backstopping a team with the depth issues it has now? saying murray means you are gambling on his health issues not being chronic, and his performance picking up… saying jarry is risking the team on the back of a rookie goalie with a small sample size… something that worked for them recently… just saying.

      • Saying Jarry is not just risking putting the team on a rookie goalie. It’s getting a backup that is available that doesn’t suck. And that is not available. You want to trade Murray for a 3C? He won 2 cups as a rookie. He is one of the best positional goalies in the league. Maybe he doesn’t dazzle you with saves like MAF did but that is because he is rarely out of position. You can’t beat him going low he mostly let’s in goals that are high shots. He’s only 23 and goalies don’t fully develop until they are 28-30. And as far as expansion goes why would you trade one of them now and then put Gustavson in? That creates the exact same problem. There are currently no concrete plans for expansion anyways. Who knows when any expansion team is actually going to come into fruition. So you are saying that MAF steals series but Murray doesn’t? Did you watch the Nashville series? The first 2 series in 2016? Murray gets the job done without having to look flashy. He is the better goalie of all 3. When he gets more experience and works on his few flaws he’s going to be a top 3 goalie in the league. He’s half Price and half Holtby. There is no way I would trade either of them until I absolutely have to. And that is not this year. We already got burned on Pouliot this year I am not giving up on a guy with as much talent as Murray just for a let down year. And the whole team has been bad this year, not just Murray. You’re the one that brought up MAF, the only time I even say anything about him is when a Pens fan is lamenting. I was done with MAF after the Flyers series and after the Islanders and the Bluejackets, the Bruins, the Rangers etc, etc. MAF at his best is not even close to
        Murray at his best. They are worlds apart. MAF made everyone nervous, Murray was calm and steady and the team played to match. Pens fans turned on Pouliot and I always said if you just give the guy the right opportunity he will thrive. Vancouver gave up nothing for him and he has become invaluable to their dcorps. Murray has some things to figure out but he is overflowing with talent and that’s something I would never sell low on.

      • Pouliot was never going to pan out in the burgh. It’s wasnt ballsmas Johnson’s sullys gmrs or gmjrs fault. It was dps fault. There are players that just don’t pan out on their first team. And your anger at maf has blinded you if you think Murray is as talented st his best… sorry. I meant Matt proltby Murray. No point beating a dead horse… that pent up anger towards maf isn’t going to allow for reasonable debate so agree to disagree. I don’t want Murray traded I just want him to play like an average to above average goalie and stay healthy. If he can do that at some point this season great. Then if the team can also play well team will make the playoffs. Go stillers

      • Stillers= gone! Thank god! As a jax resident…. and a hater of all things Pitts and Boston! Go Jags!

      • 😭😭😭😭. Drink my tears ny. It will give you power!

      • It wasn’t that Long ago that Niemi was the “steal of free agency”? Yeah….

      • 😭😭😭. You sadist

  9. As your on the scene CBJ reporter who has not missed a game in years, I can assure you the only untouchables on this team are Dubois, Bobrovsky, Panarin, Werenski and Jones. I’m sad to say it, but honestly my beloved Jackets may just be pretenders this year. I really have no idea how they are so high in the standings with no offense, and saying a 19 year old soon to be stud center could be had is asinine.

    • Well you said it yourself no offence if they would trade Dubois and Johnson to Montreal they send Pacioretty and his scoring pedigree back plus a 2nd round pick….

      Montreal needs a future Centre and Columbus needs scoring they just received one of the best scorers …

      I believe in any sports team there are no untouchables .. Just need to give the right offer….. You can always over pay for a player you really like….

      • this is true… no one is untouchable… but your offer right there wasn’t even close.

      • Just no. Trading away a center on a team that lacks center depth is stupid.

    • You need to add Cam, Fligs and Dubi since all three of them have NTCs.

    • Gustavson may be the best of all three Penguins goalies…Jarry two brittle flakes Murray 3…LOL

  10. Boston could use a left side defenseman. Right side is all set.
    Maybe Maquaid and a decent prospect like Vatrano or a second for Johnson. Maquaid and Vatrano could step in now.
    I would prefer a longer term guy as Chara is going to need to be replaced pretty soon.
    I will be at Monday’s game vs Dallas first game in awhile.

    • I vote no for what it’s worth. Other than adding an insurance winger a 2/3 guy at no more than 2nd & a suspect prospect I say stay the course go with what you have let the kids play keep McQuad till the summer for insurance.

      This summer move a Dman.

    • NYR send Smith (28) for Chara (40)?? I jest I jest lol

  11. Thoughts on Plekanec? Legit 3rd line center option for NYR??

    In trying to shore up that 3rd line center slot and give Miller back to the WING.

    to MTL : Smith, Deshernais and 3rd
    to NYR : Plekanec & Benn

    Pleks is a UFA in the off season but for the rest of the year they get a player that is good in the face-off circle and can better solidify the #3C slot in stead of Desharnais.

    Benn (10pts in 42 games) can rotate with Holden & Kampfer.

    Smith gives MTL a guy who though has been inconsistent he is still only 28 and maybe paired with Alzner and move Petry with Weber(upon Weber return) He can round out that top 4 better than Benn. He is a better skater. (7pts in 33 games)

    Cap space works out for both.

    • No thanks for a couple of reasons

      1. Pleckanec is to be traded but his cap hit comes off the books finally

      2. replacing that for smith not worth the money another 4-5 years handcuffs Montreal

      3. Desharnais is done Montreal has no interest in midgets we had him already and don’t want him….

      4. Benn does a great job stay at home Dman for a really cheap contract …

      If Montreal trades those two players Montreal will want Vesey in return or skjei ….

      • Skjei in return for Plecs or Benn? Oh boy!

        I agree that Smith + Desharnais is beyond ridiculous… but let’s not get crazy here! I wouldn’t take Benn and Pleks + for Skjei!

    • Let it go already, no 1’s taking Smith in any form of actual hockey deal. There need to be paid to take him, or they dump just as bad a contract on NYR or NYR eats almost 2 mil per, do you see any of these things happening?

  12. Niklas Hjalmarsson would be a good fit on any playoff team. Tons of experience . Him and Maroon are my picks for the TDL

    If MTL wants Dubois it would cost them an absolute fortune. But anything is possible. Scorched earth type deal. You have a better chance of JJ, Murray ,and Wennberg for Galchenyuk, Petry, and a conditional second (this year).

    • With 1 more year remaining I find it unlikely Arz moves Hal today unless it’s an actual hockey trade. I assume he stays until Arz can determine if OEL can be extended. OEL & Hal are very good friends the reason I believe Arz traded for him, to entice OEL to reup.

  13. J.J

  14. I have no clue why Anyone says he’s untouchable he’s not like wow what a player in terms of talent sure maybe he has the potential but paying a very steep price for potential is like playing Russian roulette … it’s not like Dubois is killing it like Brazel in NY
    Dubois has 22 points in 46 games and Brazel has 44 points in 44 games … if you ask me I’d give a boat load for Brazel but for Dubois I’d give a boat without the load and hope it pans out …. Like I said Dubois and Johnson for Patches and a 2nd

    • patches has 24 points and wasnt buried on the 4th line… he is not cost controlled past next year like dubois. you’re not in the same ballpark here.

    • Barzal is part of the rare exception to the rule part of the 20% that swing wildly. Most players follow a far more standard development curve & players like Dubois who have massive frames develop more along tbe lines of Dman, simple physics when your growing & filling out it effects your coordination.

      Neither of these players are going any where.

    • Why does MTL even want Jack Johnson? They would be renting him for exactly what purpose? Col is actively looking for a centre, why would they trade a blossoming 19 yr. old one with huge upside? You are delusional, give it up.

    • Question, Frank. Who plays on the Jackets’ first line if they trade Dubois? Who is the fourth line center?

  15. Gotta love rumors of the Habs asking about a top young French Canadian player. Why would Columbus trade him? And to a team that is full of 3rd line centers….

    • & there in lies the rub. Until Mon starts drafting the best player, trading for such, coaches what have you & stops putting their 1st language as a significant factor in making decissions that effect the team what you see is what you get.

      Just move Drouin to RW already & put Gelchenyuk at C, he may not be ideal as a #1 C but he would be a far better choice than Drouin.

      My C’ now that Danault may be lost in order would be Galchenyuk, Plekenec, Shaw & De La Rose.

      If Danault isn’t lost he would C Gelchenyuk & Drouin for me on the #1 line. Danault has untapped offensive skills & is responsible defensively, he could cover for Galchenyuk & Drouin’s faults.

      When Plekenec is moved Byron needs to move to C until a trade can be found this summer to try & address the issue.

      Moving Patches doesn’t make sense now. If he can’t be extended this summer auction him off, & unless Galchenyuk gets an equal & or fair value in trade now I would wait until every team can bid this summer as well.

      Move out pending UFA’s for the best offers available.

  16. Point of interest. Col has played 42 games & has already surpassed last seasons points total.

    How could that have happened? Ha-ha!

    • This is not the same team. Our slow, outdated, and problem children have be ousted. Kerfoot, Compher, and Girard are all rookies that are true studs. The chemistry of adding Landy to Mac and Rants is surging. As is the other new line of Comeau, Soderberg, and Nieto. The waiver pick up of Nemeth was gold. Jost was injured to begin the season, but is now getting his feet under him. Johnson has finally found his game at 29. And Zadorov is just scratching the surface of the absolute beast he will eventually be. Landy and Johnson run this team now that Duchene is gone. They came into camp with determination and enthusiasm. We just signed Timmins to a 3 year elc. So I image Barrie will be expendable sooner rather than later. Our D is finally NHL legit. And this team is driving on its own steam and fueled in part by the nonsense of this summer’s haters. This team wants to shove it down the throats of every one of their lockers. MacKinnon is 2nd in scoring this year and barreling towards 1st. Just 7 points out now. He is sprinting towards the HART. Coach Bednar is looking like coach of the year might be a possibility. The Avs may be improved by over a hundred more goals this season. This team is clicking and inspired. This is no fluke season either. This team has grown exceptionally tight together and Bednar has them growing the right way. They are all starting to play harder and more concisely. They are only going to get better from here on out. The NHL is finally starting to take notice of us, and are finally paying attention. Where is Joe Sakic, the whipping boy, now? Every game the Avs win I silently applaud Joe and enjoy knowing his detractors are eating humble pie, as I’m sure the team is too. What happened to Joe and the Avs this summer was way out of line, and it was appalling. People in that mob should even be ashamed of themselves. Only a handful of people, and Avs fans I am ashamed to say, could see the reality of what was going on. But, thankfully Sakic has got this team back on track to great things after 15 years of ineptitude. Exactly 1 and a half seasons on his own, Sakic has built this team into something worth getting excited about. 1 and a half seasons and this team has gone from abysmal to trending. There are more to a GM’s job than just trades. And it looks like Joe is going to kill that one too. It looks like Sakic really is worthy of his hire after all. Looks like super Joe is actually capable of building a super team too…

      Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.

      • Good on ya, mate, let’s hope they keep it up.

    • Your back has to be bruised by now with all that vigorousness.

  17. for poops and smiles

    would a package of wennberg and johnson for RNH be interesting to both parties? maybe a conditional pick to the jackets if johnson resigns there? not pulling for either team here.

    • I can’t believe I am saying this but as long as a contract for Johnson can be completed before the deal is finalized then that is a great trade for both teams. Wennberg goes to a low pressure 3C role and Nuge helps CBJs second line out immediately. Good call.

    • Again, why would the Jackets, being short on center depth, trade one of their centers? Even getting a center in return leaves the CBJ lacking center depth. What’s next? Suggesting deals for Werenski or Jones?

      • Cause it upgrades their centers and there is little to no center depth available in trade market and demand for what’s there is super high. No need for sarcasm pauly

    • Where do we sign? I do that in a heartbeat.

      • Yeah, let’d get an older, more expensive #2C and still lack center depth. Real good thinking.

  18. If Columbus is really all in for this year and next then the Deal they should look at is Dubois, 2018 first, and Johnson for Weber, Galchenyuk (Habs retain salary this year only), Plekanic (Habs retain salary), and their first (Habs choice for 2018 or 2019 which turns into a second if Johnson does not sign with Habs). This gives Columbus a better dman for playoffs, a scoring winger, a rental veteran center for the play-offs, and a prospect while the Habs get a good more mobile dman, a potential franchise center (key on potential) and a decent pick. This gives the Habs a lot of options going forward.

    • cannot afford Weber with Bobrovskys contract, let alone adding Galchenyuk AND Plekanec for jackie boy. Can only hold 50% salary. It also cannot be just for 1 season. ##’s do not line up. GM or CMB also stated he wanted to ADD a center. to give away a potential stud #1C in Dubois would put their long term goals in even worse shape. If Weber were age 20… different conversation.

    • This is the most balanced thought of a trade I’ve seen on the board in a long time.
      Good job !

  19. Really love your points on Dubois Lyle. Keep up the good work as always.

  20. MacD and Kreider for Draisitl, then we have a number 1 center