NHL Trade Deadline Rumor Roundup – February 26, 2018
The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 pm ET today. Here’s the latest speculation on such notables as Erik Karlsson, Ryan McDonagh, Evander Kane, Max Pacioretty, Mike Green and more.
KARLSSON AND THE SENATORS
TSN: Darren Dreger reported last night Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion will continue to explore moving Erik Karlsson but the club is willing to wait for the offseason to find the right deal. For teams believed interested in Karlsson, now is the time to put their best foot forward if they hope to land him before the deadline.
Bob McKenzie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks have spoken to the Sens about Karlsson. There could be a couple of “mystery teams” doing due diligence, but McKenzie points out such a trade is very difficult to do.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has said he doesn’t want to move any roster players, while the Predators don’t want to move top prospect Elli Tolvanen. McKenzie believes the Senators don’t want to make a bad deal here but this is also a messy situation for the club and it could be best to move Karlsson before the deadline, rather than let the situation fester.
Pierre LeBrun notes the Sens attempt to include winger Bobby Ryan in a potential Karlsson deal also complicates things. That would perhaps require a third team, such as Vegas or San Jose, that have lots of cap space.
Dreger also reports interest could continue to grow for Senators wingers Zack Smith and Mike Hoffman. He believes Smith is more likely to move than Hoffman. He doesn’t see them moving center Jean-Gabriel Pageau after having dealt away Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh. They also have an asset in defenseman Ian Cole, who was acquired in the Brassard deal.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports league executives claiming Lightning GM Steve Yzerman badly wants to add Karlsson but he’s having a difficult time finding a third team willing to take on Ryan’s contract ($7.5 million annually). Another executive insists the Golden Knights are making a serious pitch as they have the cap space to take on the contracts of Karlsson and Ryan. Sources also claim the Senators asking price is “legitimate NHL players, high-end prospects and two first-round picks.”
McDONAGH AND KANE
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Joe Smith reports the Lightning could pursue New York Rangers blueliner Ryan McDonagh, Detroit’s Mike Green or Columbus’ Jack Johnson if they’re unable to swing a deal for Karlsson.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have interest in McDonagh but they’ll have to step up if they want to get him. They’re not believed near the front of the line for the Rangers blueliner. LeBrun believes the Leafs will try to add a defenseman before the deadline. Bob McKenzie also reported the Florida Panthers have inquired about McDonagh.
With Rick Nash off the trade board, Frank Seravalli reports five teams are believed to have serious interest in Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane. The Sabres are willing to tinker with their asking price (first-round pick, top prospect, young roster player-plus) and they could absorb half of his $5.25-million cap hit to facilitate a trade.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Paul Gackle notes the San Jose Sharks are linked to Kane in the rumor mill, but he doubts they’ll acquire him. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he won’t move first-round picks or prospects this season for rental players. Gackle points out the Boston Bruins had to give up a first-round pick as part of the deal for Rick Nash. The Sharks could consider it if they could re-sign Kane to a contract extension but Gackle considers that unlikely considering the emphasis Wilson places on character.
COURIER POST: Dave Isaac believes it’s unlikely the Philadelphia Flyers will pursue Kane but he did note there’s some speculation suggesting they’ve looked at Sabres forward Sam Reinhart.
PACIORETTY AND GREEN
TSN: Bob McKenzie reports there’s a sense the Montreal Canadiens would love to move Max Pacioretty at the trade deadline if they can get a young center in return. However, that deal doesn’t appear there for the taking at this point.
TSN: Frank Seravalli reports there are teams interested in Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green. However, a recent neck injury and a drop-off in his play before the injury could affect his value. Tampa Bay, Washington and Vegas could be among the suitors.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Red Wings seek “a first-round pick or at least some combination involving multiple high picks and a prospect.” They’ve had extensive talks with the Lightning and Green is willing to waive his no-movement clause if a deal can be worked out with Tampa Bay. Toronto and Florida are also linked to Green, while Khan observes the Capitals lack the cap space to bring Green back to Washington. The Wings would also like to move Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist. The Predators are among several clubs with interest in Tatar.
MAROON, VANEK AND JOHNSON
TSN: Following the Rick Nash deal on Sunday, Pierre LeBrun reports several teams contacted the Edmonton Oilers about pending UFA winger Patrick Maroon. Chances of the Oilers re-signing him are likely all but gone. They could try to get a second-round pick and a prospect.
Bob McKenzie believes Vancouver Canucks winger Thomas Vanek is the one rental likely to go as he was held out of Sunday’s game. The Canucks hope to find a trade partner for a draft pick in return.
VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma reports the Anaheim Ducks see Vanek ” as a third-line fit on the left side, a second power-play addition and insurance in case top-six wingers struggle to score in the post-season.” The Ducks have a second round pick and two third-rounders. Kuzma feels the Canucks must push for one of those assets.
Despite getting Letestu today, Jackets I think would still prefer to get a forward back in a Jack Johnson trade… and Columbus also happy to keep Johnson if trade offers aren’t good enough…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 25, 2018