NHL Rumor Mill – February 20, 2018

by | Feb 20, 2018 | Rumors | 92 comments

Updated TSN trade bait list plus the latest on the Jets, Canucks, Blue Jackets, Flames and more in your NHL rumor mill.

Could the Ottawa Senators retain Mike Hoffman? (Photo via NHL Images)


TSN: Frank Seravalli updated and expanded his trade bait list to 45 players. He speculates the Ottawa Senators could be reluctant to part with winger Mike Hoffman, in part because of the chemistry he’s established with center Matt Duchene.

“Newcomers include Detroit’s Luke Glendening, Xavier Ouellet and Dan DeKeyser, Pittsburgh’s Matt Hunwick, Buffalo’s Benoit Pouliot and Chicago’s Tommy Wingels”. Seravalli reports it’s believed the Toronto Maple Leafs offered up a fifth-round pick to the Red Wings for Glendening, who countered by asking for a second rounder.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators were reportedly in discussions last week with the St. Louis Blues regarding Hoffman or Derick Brassard. While moving either guy could help the Sens shed salary, general manager Pierre Dorion could prefer retaining both in favor of other cost-cutting options.

Speaking of Brassard, Seravalli’s colleague Darren Dreger said the Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins had interest in him. As per Cap Friendly, the Jets ($69.5-million cap payroll for 2017-18) have the salary-cap room to bring in Brassard’s $5 million AAV through 2018-19, provided he’s willing to accept a trade to Winnipeg. The Penguins, however, would have to clear significant cap room for Brassard so I don’t see him going to Pittsburgh. 

A second-round pick for a potential fourth-liner such as Glendening is a high asking price so it’s unsurprising the Leafs rejected that. As for DeKeyser, The Athletic’s Craig Custance reports there’s been “some interest” in the 27-year-old blueliner but the Wings haven’t received any offers that would convince them to part with him. 


TSN: Darren Dreger reports Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is believed to have spoken to the New York Rangers about the players they’re shopping (including winger Rick Nash), as well as the Ottawa Senators about winger Mike Hoffman (“unlikely, but possible”) and Edmonton Oilers about forwards Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu. While Dreger believes Cheveldayoff is doing his due diligence and could have the appetite to do something impactful, it depends upon what assets he’ll have to give up.

Dreger also reports contract talks between the Vancouver Canucks and pending free-agent defenseman Erik Gudbranson sound like they’re heading in the right direction. If the Canucks can sign him to a three- or four-year deal worth slightly above his current $3.5-million salary, Dreger feels that’s a good deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Jets riding high in the Western Conference standings, Cheveldayoff isn’t under pressure to make a major move. I’m not saying he won’t but, like many of his peers who are buyers, he won’t overpay for rental players. That’s why I’m not surprised to see that he could have interest in Hoffman, who’s signed beyond this season. If the Jets GM wants to make a big splash, it could be for a player who could have a long-term effect upon his roster. 

As for Gudbranson, it sounds as though he’ll be staying with the Canucks beyond this season, probably for around what Dreger suggested. 


THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline believes Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen should be a bold buyer and seller by the trade deadline. Pending free agent defenseman Jack Johnson requested a trade earlier this season and there are reports the Jackets could get a low first-round pick for him. “Boston, Toronto and Washington are said to be interested.” There’s also some interest in penalty-killing forward Matt Calvert, who’s also eligible for UFA status this summer.

Portzline also believes the Jackets GM should acquire some scoring punch, though he recommends against pursuing rental players unless they’re willing to re-sign. He wonders if forwards Boone Jenner or Alexander Wenneberg might be available as trade bait. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets are one point shy of a wild-card berth. They’re in danger of falling further out of playoff contention. Kekalainen was interested in Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris before they were traded and it’s believed he’s still searching for a scoring center. It’ll be interesting to see if he can swing a significant move that bolsters his club’s postseason hopes. 

THE ATHLETIC: Kent Wilson examined possible trade targets for the Calgary Flames. He considers their chances of landing New York Rangers winger Rick Nash “remote”, Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman as “low-to-moderate”, Montreal’s Max Pacioretty “low”, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and the Rangers’ Michael Grabner  “moderate” and Vancouver’s Thomas Vanek “low.”  Possible trade bait could include forward Sam Bennett and prospects such as goaltender Jon Gillies and defensemen Rasmus Andersson, Juuso Valimaki, Adam Fox and Oliver Kylington.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames must add another scorer, preferably at right wing. They have prospect depth that could prove tempting to clubs shopping rental players. Grabner could be a decent pickup if the Flames want an affordable rental option. Attempting to acquire Hoffman or Pacioretty will probably be too costly. If starting goalie Mike Smith remains sidelined longer than expected the Flames could also be in the market for a goalie.



  1. Washington needs to get someone more legitimate on the blue line (Johnson) and someone like Grabner to help with secondary scoring. Trotz hasn’t allowed Ovechkin, Backstrom and Oshie to play together, so we really don’t know what the other lines look given he shuffles them every few games.

    • Think if they made a pitch for Nash that would solidify their top 6 without a doubt. Make it harder for other teams to match up and give that top line more playing time together since none would be slotted 3rd line.

      If you need more D depth you can have Smith from NYR for nothing bc you were nice enough to buy Nash from us.

    • The Caps #1 need is wing depth. With Wilson as their #3 wing… youch.

  2. It will be interesting too see if the flames do anything of significance. They are a fringe playoff team, without a first rounder or second this year.

    As Lyle mentioned, they may have to trade goalie depth such as gillies or Parsons, which I doubt as smith isn’t getting any younger.

    Knowing Burke, They will be the Minnesota wild of this years deadline.

    • My apologies. With Smith being sidelined, it would be unlikely Calgary trades their goal tending depth.

      Guess you never know with Burke, but I doubt they trade Bennett and that’s their best trade chip.

      • I don’t see the flames doing anything at the deadline.
        Treliving made his big trade last year getting Hamonic. They don’t have a 1st or second in this years draft and they don’t have a second and a 3rd in 2019 draft.
        They do have some outstanding prospects that I think at least 3 or 4 are untouchable
        Like Valimaki, Parsons, Dube, and Fox maybe throw in Anderson as well.
        I would say if the flames miss the playoffs
        Gulutzan will be or should be fired.

    • I think the Flyers stole Mrazek ..
      but what a complicated trade deal ..lol for such a simple deal ..
      LOL …GMs are trying to get very creative and this shows the importance that Gms are putting on the draft selections and where you sit!
      Wander if Wings have another deal in place to make an upgrade at the Goal position?
      Jared Coreau is a decent fit but they had him on waivers at the start of the season, and is not a long term guy.INTERESTING!

      Watched Leafs Wings game ..Glendening was a dismal ..move on… no better than Moore!

      Unless the Jets are going to try and move out a player or 2 they don’t think has a long term position on the team and is an extra contract I don’t see any need for them to give up futures or draft picks!
      Maybe acquire something in the way of Goalie depth with experience due to injuries come playoffs that could be an asset. I have no confidence in Mason personally!

      Just throwing this out there ..but if the Leafs decide to let go of JVR he could be an interesting fit on the right side in Calgary!
      (id keep JVR as an OWN rental but if the deal is good for both why not)
      Great net presence..
      Id expand and sweeten the deal and see if I could try and pry out Jankowski…with a first rounder and maybe a prospect player as well!

      • I like the conditional picks. Gives the wings fans a team to root for now. If these types of trades happened with higher stakes then playoff viewership would go up and up!

      • For me Phi didn’t steal Mrazek, that’s the goalie market. What will essentially become a 3rd this season as Phi will win 5 games this season & a 3rd in 2019. That could become a 2nd if Phi were to make the conference finals. Futures we see them moved all the time. Det wasn’t even going to qualify Mrazek nor will Phi necessarily.

        Glendening is a solid 4th line C with very good face off skills & is Detroit’s #1 forward on the PK. He also has a great contract, 3 more years with a cap hit of 1.8.

        Almost every team in the NHL waives a goalie come the 23 man roster deadline the day before the season starts. We really have no idea what Coreau is. He has a whopping 14 games of NHL experience. His AHL #’s the last 3 seasons are solid. The UFA market for goalies every summer provides more than 1/2 a dozen viable goalie options & then there is always the option of trading for a goalie with a team that has more than 1.

      • Striker the 2019 pick is transfered only if the Flyers resign him.

      • The Flyers didn’t steal Mrazek. Detroit wasn’t going to qualify him and there were no other trade partners available. The most Detroit would have gotten from any team was a 3rd. If Mrazek get hot, as he does, Detroit will get their 3rd round pick. It’s a fair trade for both sides.

  3. Does anyone actually believe Erik Karelson gets traded?

    Anything is possible, would Tampa trade Brayden point, cal Foote, a first? Would that be enough? Too much?

    Everyone talking about the bolts acquiring him, what about Vegas…..

    • On top of giving all of that up to get him then you have to turn around and pay him $12 M a year because both Karlsson & Doughty have made it clear it’s about the money. If I’m Yzerman I walk away from that deal.

      • Yzerman and Karlson can hammer out those numbers in afew years but as of right now he can have Karlson for 2 playoff runs at $6.5 million and then try and sell him on a smaller wage to stay when he settles in which he might just do with Hedman there.
        he may end up signing for $10 million and take advantage of living in Florida and the gret tax rate where there will be no need to sign for 12 million because you keep more at 10 million !

        Just get him into the organization and take care of the rest later!

      • The upcoming contract is the part that fans seem to be forgetting. How many teams have the assets and the room at this point. I think his season has been crappy enough that I would have serious concerns about giving up anything significant for him. Just too big a risk right now.

    • Yes …I can see Tampa trading for Karlson 100%
      …it will cost Sergachev right off the hop ..plus Point for sure Killorn and a first round pick and maybe a swap of Coburn sending Oduya the other way to open up money Coburn has one more year and Oduya is a UFA.

      Ottawa will have to take back a contract as well ..Killorn most likely as he is a coveted Center @ $4.5 mill and opens up space for Karlson money to be resigned..I think those are some pieces for sure!

      • Doubt it takes both point and Sergachev. One or the other plus picks prospects. Karlsson isn’t worth a top 6 center and a potential (almost a lock) top pairing man.

      • What we think about Karlson isn’t what the GMs think about Karlson….especially Yzerman who played with a former Swede in Lidstrom…if any Gm in the league knows what a top D man can bring to a team its Yzerman …sure is he going to try and give away less of course you have to negotiate but Dorion has all the power right now as you get Karlson for 2 playoff runs not as a UFA Yzerman time is now or never on Karlson as is the rest of the league ..to be able to have Hedman and Karlson as a
        1 – 2 punch is un heard of in the NHL with Kucherov, Vasilevsky and Stamkos signed long term this is now or never for Yzerman on this type of deal …It will cost a heavy price but it will be worth it to the team right now !
        Hedman can play stay at home and karlson move the puck up to Kucherov and both of them on the power play …WOW!

      • The biggest problem with Killorn being a coveted center is …. he’s a winger!

      • Yes cause gms frequently come to discussion board to tell us their thoughts. Why just the other day gmjr called me up to shoot the breeze and told me he is in talks with Chiarelli for mcdavid.

      • If Tampa can get EK without giving up Sergachev I see Yzerman doing it.

      • I can’t see Ottawa trading Karlsson before the deadline. That would be a disaster with the fanbase and would trigger a complete rebuild when they have no 1st round pick in 2019. Doesn’t make any sense until the off-season when more teams can bid and negotiate an extension to drive up the price.

        That being said, IF a trade were to happen by the deadline, Sergachev and Point plus more would have to be included. You’re not just talking about a 1D, but the best defenseman in the league the last 5 years. TB would be the overwhelming favourite for the Stanley Cup this year and next year with that trade. That is well worth giving up Sergachev, Point and more even if Karlsson walks in two years.

      • I don’t think they do it but they should.
        Sergachev and Point plus a 1st (better if it is next years 1st) give Ottawa adequate replacements and flexibility. Sure the fan base will be upset, but it sets the stage for next year and beyond. The fan base aren’t tasked with putting a competitive team on the ice (I’d argue Melnyk doesn’t believe he is tasked with it either, but that’s neither here nor there), but management is and a deal for this level of return is smart business.

      • Kucherov isn’t signed long term, his bridge deal is up after next season, how would they squeeze him and Karlsson”s big deals under the cap?

    • I’d add kockuck or whatever his name is as a current young d man to replace Erik. But that’s about right.

      • Stamkos & Hedman both took cap friendly contracts, & there are indications Kooch is a team guy — he hasn’t been blabbing about max dollars like Karlsson. Hard to see four tens on the team. Also hard to see Pointe, a heart and soul guy with talent and potential, not being a core piece. Trades also complicated by “Coopers Commandos” , a super chemistry since a Norfolk run several years ago. I think that both Cooper & Yzerman think Kucherov/Palat/Johnson/Namenstikov/Sustr/Kilhorn…etc are a bit greater than a simple sum of the parts. They have a Calder, a Cup loss to Chi with a down goaltender, and another conference final so far. Some of the newer call-ups are part of the same tree. I think this gives Tampa a greater tendency to trade prospects and draft picks to add to their group rather than break up the room. On the other hand, the Nashville Model of building from the back end is showing great results and it’s a copycat league. But, the cap the cap the cap. More likely Cici than Karlsson, I think, if a D moves from OT to TB with maybe Peca, Foote, & a first and third the other way?

      • @ Richard IIFeld

        I hear ya on an emotional level.
        But when talkning about a a guy like Yzerman who played with a Lidtsrom and knows what Karlson is all about and how he can fit him in over the long tem this is a serious play for Yzerman and I think he will be all in to do it …weather or Not Ottawa like the peices is a different story ..but ther eis a big difference between Gms who are executives and Gms who are former players and how they view the game and a players worth …and I can tell you outside of our postings karlson is an EXTEMELY respected player for his talents …a player like this does not come along for a team that is all ready built like the Lightening Yzerman sees that and know in the end he will overpay.

        Am I a Karlson fan ..NO! Do I see where Yzerman will be coming from though …YES…he has all the pieces to make this work and keep amazing core together for the next 10 years where the cap will keep going up !

        To think you can have Hedman and Karlson together locked up is insane.
        Yzerman knows this!

        This is a league about what have you done for me lately not past Championships….Tax breaks in Florida will help in the negotiations and so will Karlson knowing he has a chance at multiple cups….and a lot of Karlsons blabbing was for Melnyk not the rest of the league ..Turris took less money once he left too ..after he realized what was out there on a good team!

      • Killorn has always been a wing. I follow Tampa pretty close. He’s never played center on any kind of regular basis.

    • could it be a coincidence that Melnyk just announced himself as CEO? it might be the first phase, and that includes forcing the team to trade Karlsson

    • He won’t be traded at the deadline. But over the summer it can happen.

      I actually don’t think Karlsson, Hoffman or Brassard will be traded. It will wait till Karlsson’s future is determined.

      I think guys like Smith and pageau and other bottom 6 guys will be on the move.

      • Jeff: Completely agree. I think Smith and Oduya are definitely traded and possibly Pageau. I would love to get rid of Burrows as well, but that is likely wishful thinking. All are replaceable and lets Ottawa make a solid push to keep Karlsson in the offseason. They also need to free up spots upfront for young players like White, Chlapik, Brown and Paul.

      • Who’s going to be left to play for Ott if all these players are traded?

      • Striker. I woyld assume the players they traded for will play and the up coming youth.

        Ottawa is supposedly retooling not rebuilding. But if it looks like karlsson wont resign once they can talk to him the retool might switch to a rebuild. Which is why I don’t expect much this deadline

      • I thougjt due to burrows age his contract can not be bought out.

        Make trading it tough if true.

      • Striker: What I meant was I doubt Hoffman and Brassard are traded. Oduya is obvious as a rental, but Smith and possibly Pageau would be traded instead.

        Jeff: You can still buyout Burrows at 2/3 the remaining cost divided over twice the remaining term (2 seasons in this case), but the full cap hit for next year would remain in place ($2.5M). Given it would only save them just under $850k, it doesn’t make sense given the replacement would cost about that even if on an ELC. The only way it makes sense is if Ottawa wants to free up a roster spot.

      • Rumor – more Penguins chat about acquiring Derek Brassard. Senators asking about Riley Sheehan? Penguins’ fans who would you include in a trade to acquire Brassard???

      • zilch. chem too good right now. need another bottom six center for depth. I would only like to see a big move for a top d man. I’d move dumo + futures for Macd or faulk. don’t see it happening but it would be awesome.

    • Yes he will get traded but in the off season there is no way Ottawa is going to pay him $12 million or whatever he is asking. Quite frankly he isn’t worth it…. that injury has slowed him a lot he doesn’t look the same.

    • Not before the trade deadline. This summer I think they have to explore any & all trade scenario’s that may exist as I don’t see why Karlsson would want to sign an extension to play in Ott.

      I don’t like TB as a fit nor Vegas but a ton of teams would bid if he’s moving.

      I think Doughty will set the market for new D contracts & I don’t see that at 12 mil. I say 8 years in LA at or near 10.5. I woukdn’t Pay any other Dman in the NHL today more than what Doughty gets. The best 2 way Dman in the NHL today regardless of age.

      If Ott has to pay Karlsson 10+ mil to sign him long term, Melnyk is getting salary else where to accommodate Karlsson’s. Ott will be better served long term to take the haul trading Karlsson will provide & keeping most of the other talent where able & that doesn’t include Brassard or Duchene, again I don’t see why either would want to sign in Ott long term. Try to keep everyone else & the assets returned to try & buffer all the youth coming & acquired from these trades.

      • Sorry supposed to read Melnyk is gutting salary else where

      • Striker, I think you are spot on with Doughty’s possible next contract. People throwing out $11-12 Million per are forgetting that Doughty LOVES LA and grew up being a huge Kings fan.

      • I think Yzerman might be taking the approach he would like to get Karlsson at the deadline so he has a chance to win back to back cups and then see if he can sign him. The allure of the chance of winning back to back cups is worth trading Sergachev, Point, and a first. You never know where the cap will be in 2 years.
        The way I look at it is the goal is to win the cup not have the best prospects or the best young team

    • I doubt Tampa will trade Foote or Point. They just drafted Foote. They’d probably trade Dotchin or Sustr or Koekkoek. They’d probably throw Callahan in there along with somebody like Johnson & a pick. Maybe a prospect, too! They’d probably trade somebody like Johnson over Point.

      • If that is the offer, TB isn’t getting Karlsson. Your combination of players from TB is laughable. They’ll get a lot more than a terrible contract in Callahan and some average prospects/young players. Point and Sergachev would have to be included to even tempt Ottawa at the trade deadline and that wouldn’t be enough.

      • both point and sergechov is too much. one or the other plus other pieces.

      • Throw in Callahan!? There’s a bonus!

  4. I read a report the other day claiming Winnipeg is on Hoffman’s no trade list.

    • Good for him. Ottawa is a beautiful city and having a clause that allows a player to have control over his life is a beautiful thing.

      • well Ottawa is not beautiful.. compared to Winnipeg sure, anything looks good when compared to that dumpster fire. But Ottawa is far from high quality city wise and ownership is a big question mark going forward.

  5. @ Kal EL
    Maybe …
    three Kroner, Hedman, Karlsson, Strahlman,
    Sergechev, & who cares….

    But not Pointe. He is the Stamkos heir. Maybe Palat, Maybe Killhorn, Keokeok and or Foote OK, Stevens or Raddish, multiple draft picks.

    If cap hell like Chicago is worth it…????
    and if the cap goes up 15% after Seattle it’s worth it, of course.

    • Stamkos needs an heir? Isn’t he like 28? Good 5-7 years before he should need a heir.

  6. Two cents on Erik K. He is not worth the investment for two reasons: injury history and the fact that as a d-man, he cannot play defense! Trading for him at Tampa is a short term, Cup hunting ploy and it won’t work..they would have to give up at least two roster players, maybe Point and another youngster? Then a first at least.

    • *snark alert* Ya, ’cause who wants HHOF’ers on their team. Especially one in their prime.

  7. I don’t see TB trading for Karlsson. Hedman is TB’s #1 Dman, McDonagh is a far better fit & will cost 1/2 the monies to sign long term & the cost in trade less as well.

    Ott moving Karlsson at some point won’t surprise me as nothing Ott does makes sense except all decisions money factors in.

    I will ask again if you are Brassard, Duchene or Karlsson why would you willing sign an extension to play in Ott this July or before your current contract expires. This is a mess, Melnyk’s decisions handcuff this organization.

  8. If ottawa doesnt win one of the 3 draft lotteries this year, and plan on trading karelson it might be best to give the Avs this years first…

    Next year they will be worse then the coyotes

    • Brother I don’t know if you know this but Ottawa weren’t that bright they didn’t give Colorado a stipulation of 1st round picks it’s this years period and the way ottawa’s been playing Colorado just might win the lottery draft thanks to Ottawa .. To be honest I’d love to see Montreal win a lottery draft and draft 1st overall in all my life that I’ve been living I’ve never seen them do that and I’ve seen them win a cup so I’d like to see that as well

      • Frank: You’re wrong. This year’s pick is top 10 protected, but there are no stipulations in 2019 if Ottawa keeps their pick this year. If I were Ottawa, I would send the pick to Colorado if it fall outside the top 6. Way to risky otherwise.

      • I’m pretty sure the 1st sent by Ottawa is top 10 protected. Meaning if the draft in the top 10 this season they have the option of deferring to next years draft

    • Wouldn’t it be awesome if Ott’s 1st next season, 2019, sent to Colorado ends up as the 1st overall pick in the lottery!

      • Striker: Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Bruins get bounced by Toronto in the first round this year? 😉

  9. Like I been saying earlier Montreal and Ottawa aren’t bad teams and shouldn’t sell all their good players retool and not rebuild … Montreal if they trade Patches it will take a trade like Wennberg, Boone, and a 1st same goes for Hoffman 3 pieces 4 will not happen…

    Also teams like Montreal that are bare in the prospect pool should do something I believe is vital but a lot of teams don’t do it and that’s signing players that are UFA that you know could fetch next trade deadline a 1st to 4th round picks from teams … If I was a GM I’d definetly would think next trade deadline… sign them 1 year term or 2 year term and trade them at the deadline to contenders even if you are one of them it cost you nothing and your rebuilding your talent pool with picks

    • Frank: The first thing Montreal should do is fire Bergevin. I can’t think of one trade he actually won and I’d be scared of him making more bad moves. Price is quite possibly the worst contract in the league as it is buyout proof with all of the signing bonus dollars and the contract ends when he’s near 40. Ask any Ranger fan how they feel about the Lundqvist contract to see how this will look in a few years. I actually don’t mind the Weber/Subban trade, but giving up Sergachev for Drouin was a huge mistake that many noted at the time. You don’t give up a future top pairing defenseman on an ELC for three years for a winger. Drouin has made the trade look even worse by having a sub-par year.


    HOLDEN to BOS for their best defenseman and a pick

    • I actually thought Holden would return a 3rd or 4th. Anything more is a bonus.

      • Gonna be a very low 3rd with Bostons record.

      • It’s not like Buffalo, Chicago, Arizona or Edmonton we’re going to be bidding on his services as an ufa. So the low 3rd kind of goes without saying, no?

        Their record really has nothing to do with it. It’s where they finish. The playoffs aren’t over just yet!

        Best case scenario they would have traded him to one of the 1st teams out.

        I’m Not sure the 77th overall pick vs the 93rd over all pick makes the difference between a Mcdavid and a Tanner Glass?

  11. Hearing through unreliable internet sources that a couple of teams are preparing pitches for karlsson and will deliver them over the next week. Ryan supposed is to go in the trade as well.

    Who can put 13.5 million dollars under their cap at this time of uear? Guess some of it will be going to Ottaws if it happens in players and bad contracts or salary retention

  12. Their best defenseman? O’Gara will probably make a solid bottom pairing guy, and probably kill penalties. I would have to argue that McAvoy is at least slightly better haha.

    I have to wonder though. Kampny fetched a third from Washington and Holden a third plus a potential NHL defenseman from Boston. Is Holden much better than Kampny? Or did Boston just need to take a contract off the books?

    • “their best defenseman” was being sarcastic. the NYR most likely wanted another AHL defenseman for a roster spot since pink and gilmour will be staying up all year.

      O’Gara will slot LD to Sproul playing RD in HFD next year while Pionk and Gilmour stay up.

      Moving Holden for the 3rd was the main part. This also clears another NHL roster spot to recall Smith to showcase him.

      • I’ve seen you comment on here enough to know you were being sarcastic…if you didn’t know better than that you wouldn’t be commenting here at all I suppose. I was just playing along.

      • Too bad Rangers could not convince them to take Smith instead- Holden is better imho and can pop in his 3 goals a season

    • Holden is fine bottom pairing

      Just don’t put him on the ice to hold a playoff lead with a minute to go against the Sens….

    • O Gara is a borderline prospect. Definitely no room at the Inn in Boston.

  13. Striker, what do you think about the Bruins trade ? Rob O’Gara and 3rd 2018 for Nick Holden…

    • Mike Pilon, I know you asked Striker, but I will jump in as a Bruins fan.
      Exactly the type of move I though/hoped they would make. Prospect that wasn’t in your future plans and a mid round pick. Affordable depth for low cost.
      You need 8 NHL D men heading to playoffs in case of injury. Before this deal their 8th was Postma, which I wouldn’t call a legit NHL D man. I suspect a similar type deal for a forward.
      Iginla is skating with Providence, no deal in place. Might just be doing him a solid where he can sign with anybody.

  14. Bennett is not moving for a rental . Valimaki is staying put as well . Andersson is a possibility and should garner some interest

    • I agree silverseven, Bennet Is a hard player to play against and is perfect for the playoffs. He is not going any where. The people that say bennet is trade bait don,t follow the flames that close.

  15. What if the Penguins acquire Michael Grabber from the Rangers? Imagine overwhelming forechecking by Michael Grabber, Carl Hagelin, and Bryan Rust along with speedy Phil Kessel. Penguins – Speed Kills!

    • most important they all have good brakes……so their speed won’t kill them by crashing into the boards…. speed does kill

      • snicker

    • agreed speed kills if they get Grabner wow..that means they are happy enough with Riley Sheahan at 3rd line center. He has been playing really well the last month his confidence is growing…

    • Can anyone here really see these two teams coming together on a deal for Grabner? I don’t.

      • Why don’t you think the Pens and Rags could come together on a deal for Grabner? Not a lot of moving parts. Deal should be quite easy to put together. Rangers are out of it so it’s not like they’ll see each other in the playoffs. Just don’t understand your logic. Is it that you just don’t like the idea of this happening?

      • Ever Since they shipped Jagr to Washington, and NY was passed over, how many deals have these 2 teams completed with each other? I asked this question about a week ago… the answer is one. Two guys that were on the back of a milk carton since.

        To answer your question, I could care less where he ends up. As long as its to the highest bidder.

        However, the last decade plus tells us all it’s more than unlikely.
        As you point out, they won’t be seeing him in the playoffs regardless of where he goes.

  16. I would imagine NY will be busy between now and Thursday. Who’s next?

    The trade of Holden leaves them with 1 healthy NHL defenseman. Skjei in his sophomore year!
    Hold on Lundqvist! Lmao

    • At least NYR fans get to see some prospects LOL. I think Skeji should have “a lower body injury.” Let DeAngelo run both PP units with Pionk and Gilmour.

      lines should be

      Brendan Smith/DeAngelo

      and gives management a better idea of who can actually semi-compete in the NHL.

      with that lineup …. might have a better chance to get

  17. If Sam Bennett is available, as per the above notes, Lesfs should climb all over this possibility !
    There is a tremendous upside to this move .
    The only negative is “ Burke” and him not being able to move on from his Leaf tenure .

  18. Is Ryan Donato the best player not playing in NHL and if not who is ?

    • He has certainly proved himself at the Olympics; I hope that carries over to the NHL. The Bruins have a couple of solid C prospects in Donato and JFK (and maybe Khokhlachev).

  19. TSN is reporting that the price for Grabner is a second plus…which seems like a fair one to me even though I think others will go for a first who should go for no more than Grabner.

    Also, to Nyr4Life’s statement yesterday about PIT and NYR not playing nice in trades, Rutherford is quoted as saying “I think it’s more now about who’s available, are they actually available to Pittsburgh, and how do they fit in?”