Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 11, 2018

by | Feb 11, 2018 | Rumors | 95 comments

Latest on the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Lightning, Senators and more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup. 


NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports New York Rangers winger Rick Nash said his 12-team list of acceptable trade destination includes clubs he thinks have the best chance to win the Stanley Cup and are also places that would be good for his family.  “And, yes, that does include teams in Canada. I’m not excluding that as a possibility,” Nash said.

Brooks also said teams not on the list have contacted Nash’s agent to see if they could be included but the winger hasn’t reached that point yet.  Nashville, Dallas, San Jose and St. Louis have expressed interest. Boston is “in” and Tampa Bay and Winnipeg could be interested. So could Toronto, though Brooks said they seem “reluctant to jump into the pool head-first.”

Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are linked to New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the rumor mill (Photo via NHL Images).

Brooks reports Tampa are “extremely interested” in Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. He feels the Blueshirts should seek either young Lightning blueliner Mikhail Sergachev or” top-flight prospects Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh or Cal Foote” as part of the return.

SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos also reports the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars appear to be the front runners for New York Rangers winger Rick Nash. He also said the Predators could have some interest in Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green as a fifth- or sixth- defenseman who can step up into the top-four if one of their bigger blueline names gets hurt.

Friedman speculates the Boston Bruins could be a destination for Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. He believes the Bruins “can do it” and feels he could be a fit on the left side of the Bruins’ defense.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash is no longer the dominant forward he once was, but there’s no question he’s still enough of a name to draw considerable attention as a rental player near the trade deadline. Brooks believes there “is no more attractive top-six, complete-game, secondary-scoring winger available on the rental market” than Nash and calls upon Rangers management to seek NHL-ready talent rather than “late first-rounders and mid-level prospects”. For now, that’s probably what’s being offered to the Blueshirts, but one of those Cup contenders could eventually decide Nash is worth parting with a promising young NHL player as part of the return. At least we know for certain that Nash won’t reject joining a Canadian contender.

McDonagh is also generating lots of interest but the Rangers aren’t under as much pressure to move him because he’s signed through next season. I don’t doubt Lightning GM Steve Yzerman could be interested in acquiring McDonagh but I don’t see him agreeing to part with Sergachev after acquiring him last summer from Montreal. The Bruins could be among the suitors but they’re apparently unwilling to part with any of their young NHL players or top prospects. If they maintain that stance, forget about McDonagh heading to Boston. 

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports two teams made inquiries about Toronto Maple Leafs forward (and pending free agent) James van Riemsdyk. The Leafs, however, don’t intend to move the left winger before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, though there hasn’t been any serious contract talks between management and van Riemsydk or his fellow free agents Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov. Kypreos believes that, in van Riemsdyk’s case, it’s because the winger won’t give the Leafs a hometown discount.

Elliotte Friedman noted there were recent rumblings linking the Leafs to Edmonton Oilers winger Patrick Maroon, though he doesn’t know where Maroon would fit unless the Leafs made a surprise move somewhere. He speculates the Tampa Bay Lightning could be in on Maroon, whose former junior coach is Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper.

Nick Kypreos reports we shouldn’t expect winger Matt Martin to go the Josh Leivo route and request a trade. Martin intends to be patient with the Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise the Leafs aren’t moving van Riemsdyk. Yes, they could lose him for nothing this summer to free agency, but he remains vital this season to their hopes for a long playoff run. 


Chris Johnston notes the Ottawa Senators intend to sell off some current players for future assets at the trade deadline but that doesn’t include captain Erik Karlsson. Elliotte Friedman believes there’s some real interest in Derick Brassard, though he notes the Senators are a little concerned about their depth at center if they move him.

Nick Kypreos reports the shortage of centers in the trade market is why the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks are being linked to Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens. There’s some concern if Sharks center Joe Thornton (knee injury) can return to play meaningful games down the stretch, making Plekanec a stopgap measure. Friedman also feels the Penguins and Sharks could be in on Brassard and doesn’t rule out the Canadiens re-signing Plekanec.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens could trade Plekanec for a draft pick and sign him this summer as a UFA. If they don’t go that route, it won’t sit well with those Habs followers demanding significant roster changes. 

Friedman doesn’t think Arizona Coyotes winger Max Domi is seeking a trade. However, the club could be asking around to gauge interest in the 22-year-old forward. Friedman doesn’t think it’s a move where the Yotes want to get rid of him, but just looking to see if there’s some place where a fresh start might benefit him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyotes GM John Chayka last week denied Domi was on the block. Of course, he’s not going to admit he’s shopping anyone. Doesn’t mean he’s not listening to offers. Still, I think Chayka prefers giving the 22-year-old Domi an opportunity to stay and improve in Arizona. 

Friedman also notes the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers have been scouting each other of late, saying people are wondering if there’s a match.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Boruk believes the Flyers could use a forward, preferably a center. The Sabres don’t really have a lot of available center options unless they’re parting with Jordan Nolan, Johan Larsson or Jacob Josefson.

Left wing Evander Kane is expected to be dealt but the Sabres seek a high asking price and Flyers GM Ron Hextall doesn’t want to part with his good young assets. Like Kane, winger Benoit Pouliot is a UFA this summer and could be available at the deadline. 



  1. sergechov aint going nowhere but those other futures could be tempting.

    • I agree maybe they trade Boris Katchouk, but a top defenseman prospect for Ryan McDonagh seems a stretch only a poor talent evaluator like Larry Brooks connect the dots incorrectly to.

  2. I can’t see Tampa trading any defensive product. At least not any of their top ones. Def no on Sergechev. No on Foote.

  3. McDonagh would like good on Boston left side and he’s not a rental; however the price would be high and Sweeney said he isn’t moving his young players or top prospects but was he just referencing for rentals?
    What would be the cost of McDonagh?

    • The Bruins would have to send over one of their good young players and I am sure the Rangers would send back a forward to take that players place.
      If both Tampa and Boston are interested they will outbid each other. Great for the Rangers future -bad for Henriks last years

    • you’d think Gorton would want B.Carle to start the package in return for McDonough, along with picks and maybe another prospect. Would Boston do that?

      I HIGHLY doubt TB trades Sergachyev in a deal for RM, but could see one of the D prospects (incl Foote), a forward prospect (but no Point) and a pick as part of their offer

      • Carlo name does not start of trade negotiations. He is what you call a pot sweetner. Carlo would have to be the #2 or #3 piece in any deal whether its for RM or any other player. Boston values him much more than the other 31 teams in the league.

    • He’s not really a rental. He has one year left after this year. I’d imagine the cost being similar or better than what NY paid for Yandle .

      • I would assume higher, Yandle is fully 1 dimensional, not that there is anything wrong with that but I perceive a Dman like McDonagh to have more value.

        I’m shocked that NYR is going to tear down what really is a very young team. TB could well pay the cost to acquire McDonagh now but a Dman would have to be coming back. It’s not going to be Serghechev but 1 of Hajek, Foote or Masin would have to come back & depending upon which 1 will dictate the additional compensation paid.

        NYR if they are really going to move McDonagh may be better served to wait until all NHL teams can bid this summer. There are few contenders that can afford to pay the price today but TB certainly could their [prospect pool is incredibly deep.

        I wonder if Erne wasn’t called up to be show cased in trade by TB.

      • I would say better. But I didn’t want to get beaten down by people looking at stat sheets and not the actual player.

        I agree that trading Mcdonagh would be a better idea in the offseason. Unless someone completely blows them away with something now.

    • I like McDonagh a ton but no room at the inn for him in Bos. Their top 4 is set for at least 1 more year, Chara will be resigned & McDonagh’s contract demands don’t fit Bos’s cap structure moving forward.

      I agree it the cost is prohibitive but it also blocks the development of a young Dman. Grzelcyk has played great as a left handed Dman. He’s a smurf but sound positional.

      Bos will be trading a Dman this summer not adding 1. McQuad or Miller will be moved this summer in some form of package.

      • Striker, nobody said they where “tearing it down.” Memo from management said they where looking at deals that aren’t being made to win this year, and might include some fan favorites. Outside of the obvious UFA’s, Mac and Zuc will both be looking for new contracts when they’re 30 and 32 respectively. The same reasons you give for not fitting in Boston apply to Mac here in NY after next season. Im sure they’d love to move Hank as well. With the core group of rfa’s needing deals next season, I think the emphasis is still getting younger and faster. If anyone stays, I’m hoping it’s Grabner, who despite his age has produced above his pay scale. Hoping he resigns next year regardless if he leaves as a rental or not. Guy is a physical freak.

  4. Good optics on Nash to leak for MSM to include the 3 possible Canadian teams to make the playoffs on his list. He knows full well that there is NO desire (fit) for his services.

    Good luck to him. C’est la vie..

    • Nash was being interviewed for his reaction knowing Rangers where looking to trade him. He has been visibly upset about knowing he’s not in future plans. He gave a very honest and open interview. Not included here was his comments about accepting a trade to other teams not on his list based on what’s best for his family. Not putting “feelers” out there… there will be plenty of interest from teams looking to make a run. Honestly, there’s really only 1, maybe 2 Canadien teams that fits that criteria!!

      • Slick62,

        I disagree on the Canadian teams.

        Toronto is at 50 contracts and no need to upgrade.

        Winnipeg the inn is full and not a fit for him and family -40 in the winter.

        Calgary is still not a lock to make the playoffs and Versteeg will be back soon.

        But it is good optics for the Canadian Media. Nash really has no desire to play for a Canadian team period.

        Same as Trouba Striker!

      • My comment was on the premise that Nash was putting out feelers. I don’t see him going north of border, mostly because I agree there’s no need there. My bet is SJ, St Louis, Dallas, and maybe Ducks…

      • By best guess is Dallas, Nashville or St. Louis.

      • What of the rumours that Nash & Grabner may be moved out only to be resigned by NYR in July?

        I have never seen a team send a letter out to their fans like NYR just did, I get why as if I were a NYR fan I would be upset as well, I’m not specifically & am upset.

        This problem was of Gorton’s creation & I assume Sather approved the buyout of Girardi & signing of Smith. An unmitigated disaster that cost NYR more money for 3 seasons than just keeping Girardi & buying him out a year later, ideally 2 from the start of this season. Add in the trade of Stepan although a good trade if just looking at assets was not a trade NYR could afford to make, they had no replacement, has compound the Girardi disaster.

        Add in injuires which Gorton couldn’t fill & a lack of depth to address internally & what you see is what you get.

      • I like the idea of both guys back. I brought this up the other day, and some were in disagreement about Nash specifically.

        No he doesn’t fit the younger , faster mold. But the guy is never going to hurt you either.
        Unless of course they sign too long for too much! Zero problems with bringing him back for 2 years! Ton of respect for the guy and wish nothing but the best for him going forward.

        As far as the letter, I believe they had to explain to those still holding on to hope. And also brace them for fan favorites like Zuccarello and Mcdonagh parting ways.

        NY has a loyal but strange fan base. Leetch, Messier departing didn’t go over well.

        I think there is some that would take both back today!

      • And as a Ranger fan, I’m actually excited! They’ve gone all in for years and fell short with MUCH better teams than they’re icing today. It’s time to pull the plug and start over.

        No sense going into the playoffs with expiring contracts and guys like Mcdonagh and Zuccarello to fall flat on their face in the 1st round.

        Mcdonagh will be nearly impossible to retain without gutting elsewhere. He’ll want at least 6-7 . 13 tied up in Girardi, Staal and Smith makes that all but impossible. Plus Lundqvists 8.5.

        In order to even attempt a run this year, they would have to have been buyers. Why give up even more young assets and picks for a long shot? No way could they possibly have any hope with this current roster.

        My only regret is they didn’t go into this season recognizing they weren’t good enough and pull the plug sooner.

      • You keep saying the same thing over and over. Losing Girardi did not cost the team their season. Signing Smith didn’t either. Girardi had some of the worst advanced metrics in the NHL for years. He’s a pylon with a heartbeat. You can’t say that if Girardi was back on the Rags tomorrow and Smith traded they would suddenly become contenders. Their issues run much deeper.

      • We get it Deeee NY sucks, I suppose that’s why they’ve been a staple in the playoffs year after year!
        The combination of Smith, Girardi, and Stepan along with Lindberg was disasterous …. sprinkle in Shattenkirk…..saying that’s not the case sounds like a guy not watching!

      • I wasn’t talking to you I was talking to striker who keeps throwing out the narrative that losing Girardi was this massive blunder. He’s not very good and consistantly had the lowest Corsi numbers in the league for dmen, like worse than Scuderi bad. Smith played well last year after the trade and got rewarded, can’t really blame Gorton for that either. Steppan might have hurt this year but selling high while they could on him was a good idea. Lindberg is a loss but they had to lose someone. Could have just as easily been Grabner. After watching Shattenkirk shat-en the bed last year for the caps they should have known better. He’s a 4D PP specialist. I didn’t they suck at all, they are a hated rival no question but I don’t think they suck persay its just time for a reboot because what they are is not working and it’s not going to work.

    • so you think Nash named just Toronto on his list, or do you actually think he listed Winnipeg? of all the Canadien teams, the Jets are the best team and most capable of getting to the Finals

      • The Jets would be only Canadien team I would think are legit cup contenders. I don’t see a fit in Toronto unless they’re interested in extending him.

      • Toronto could easily make room.

        For starters someone is going back to NYR in that trade & it may not solely be a futures, a prospect & a pick or picks.

        Not assuming who that player may be but just to accommodate Nash, Kapanen gets sent down, Brown moves back to the 4th line RW spot Nash slides in to the #3 spot.

        Might the player going to NYR to potentially facilitate this trade be Kapanen? Would Tor do so, would NYR?

        Looks to fit very well to me.

        That said I really like the Tor roster, in fact as much as it shocks me to say it I’m going to buy Tor’s new outdoor jersey. Strange times. Ha-ha!

        Hyman, Matthews, Nylander.
        Marleau, Kadri, Marner.
        JvR, Bozak, Brown.
        Komorov, Moore, Kapanen.
        Spares Martin & Leivo.

        Gadiner, Zaitsev.
        Reilly, Hainsey.
        Dermott, Carrick/Polak.

        I’m a Bruins fan & really looking forward to this playoff match up. For me it’s a coin toss really.

    • I don’t think Nash fits well on any of the Canada teams anyways… Jets probably would have a hard time finding a spot for him… Calgary I don’t think will make the playoffs or are 50/50 at best… If not for injury to Jumbo Joe I’d put that number lower… Ducks will be tough to fend off along with Kings who only lost 1 game LaDue has played in this year. Toronto would probably find a spot for him since heard Marleau hasn’t scored as well since year started etc…

      He probably will be UFA so don’t think its really a worry for him where he goes LT only has to be there until Summer :). Nash would probably fit best on Nashville who could have used a bit of extra scoring especially if they suffer another critical injury like last year. Dallas would be another spot who could use scoring on the other lines past their main players Benn/Seguin/Radulov w/ a few others before it drops drastically. Sharks would probably be more of a player in trades if they knew Jumbo Joe would be back for his final post season run there :). Its a safe bet his teams probably don’t include SEnators, Oilers, Montreal :). It would be interesting to see him go to DEvils since I doubt Rangers make any trade with Islanders.

  5. To say Tampa won’t trade Sergachev is pretty shortsighted. Would they have taken MacDonaugh for Drouin? MacD isn’t that old and has another year on a reasonable cap hit. He’s got playoff experience and is a leader on and off the ice. Tampa is a team that if they hadn’t lost Stamkos 2 years in a row would’ve been competing for a cup. Now is the time to go for it. Sergachev has had a good year, but Is a total question mark going into the playoffs. Whole different game!

    • I AGREE 100% Slick62…

      it is a tough trade to make..its easy as an outsider fan to make that trade but if the Leafs were to give the equivalent of Sergachev in Dermott to the Rangers for Mc D id be furious ….so there is some trepidation and I can see the pros and cons for sure …but if I were Tampa i think id keep Foote for the longer term roll I see him being and excelling at in that team dynamic and structure.

      Boston has been on fire right now as well and will need to be after some of the same players the Lightening are after as this may be the Conference final match up….even to just drive up the price !

      • I’m a Ranger fan, so I’m used to the win now mentality! lol

      • Ha-ha!

        No slight to Dermott a solid young developing Dman but pedigree is part of the NHL business model & Yzerman is 1 of the best executives in the NHL. Sergechev & McAvoy were both considered to be the best Dman not playing in the NHL last season, I don’t remember hearing Dermott’s name mentioned, again no slight to Dermott or what he might become.

        I like this player a ton as well & he has played great, he is well ahead of the standard development curve. As we have discussed Tor’s D issue is being solved internally through sound drafting & player development.

        Nor does TB need to move Sergechev to facilitate a trade for McDonagh, they have 3 very good young Dman coming of different values; see above, & might your sleeper prospect Erne not been called up to be show cased in trade?

  6. Good day.

    Leafs need to improve the Connor Brown- JVR line and really need to move on from and improve on Bozak ..its been dreadful watching him this year. I was a really big supporter of his past
    (safe & responsible play ) & face off ability but the rest of his poor play this year has surpassed any support I can give any longer ..need an upgrade down the middle and thank gosh they moved Marner off that line!!

    Crazy …that the Lightening if they do acquire Mc D, they will have the Rangers top 3 D former pairings outside of Stall in Strallman Girardi and Mc D if it comes to fruition.
    Wander how much Yzerman will give up?
    With what ever he does it may be worth it for this team this year….they need guys who have been there to face teams such as the PREDS….If they can get rid of Coburns contract there is room to sign Mc D long term as well….as they have no pressing UFA players to sign and this would be an amazing signing long / short term….It may be beneficial for the Lightening to move Sergachev for Mc D and keep Cal Foote long term instead as his game is more tailored to the Tampa game and the need of a positional player as the learning that kid would get from those shut down guys would be amazing…

    • They can have Staal too!!! Lol

  7. I really hope the sharks dont go for plekanec. I would rather see them sell off something for domi. I think Domi, Hertl and Couture would be a fantastic line. Please dont just pick up a bad player just to show youre actively making a effort to improve the team.

    I know injury is an issue but I hope they dont make another decision like Hansen… what a bust.

    • Domi would be a good top-9 option, provided he could find his offensive game. Maybe send Boedker back to Coyotes in return?

      • Sharks would have to trade something like D-Heed or D-DeMelo a solid young right shot D-man to get Domi… Why the hell would Coyotes want Boedker back who is in decline getting up there in years… That team is like a decade away from even competing for anything besides the draft lottery. The Coyotes got a better chance of moving to Mexico than trading for Boedker… Sharks even lost Carpenter on waivers to Vegas who maybe would have had some trade value. Why not say they can trade Ward for Domi while making comedy props :).

    • I would be shocked to see Domi moved & SJ doesn’t have the assets to make it happen, nothing gained, the cost to get Domi would be a Domi.

      Plekenec would be a rental & a good 1 for any team just a question of cost. Come playoff time penalty killing & faceoffs play a significant role.

      Hansen even though he had 1 year remaining was a rental last season, his 1 year 2 mil cap hit nothing of consequence, chump change. The cost to acquire Goldobin a B grade prospect & a 4th. SJ wanted his speed & defensive acumen unfortunately it didn’t work out & Edm took them out.

      That’s the gamble teams make at the trad deadline. They tried & failed but only 1 team can win.

  8. Carlo and a piece for R Mac 28 years old fills a need and got him for another year with a possibility of a new contract

    • Joe, I think that’s a fair offer, but I would have a hard time letting go of Carlo and I wouldn’t be adding anything to the package. I’m not talking about what Carlo is today but what he’ll be in 2 to 3 years.

    • No thank you, cost prohibitive. Carlo will be a better Dman than McDonagh when fully developed. 6’5″ Dman don’t grow on tree’s, when he fills out at about 25 he should weigh in at about 235 & will just be a force to play against. I’m not prepared to give him up & I sure hope Sweeney isn’t as well.

  9. I’m not unhappy with the defenseman NY has in the pipeline today. Adding to that would be a great move for NY.
    Pionk, Bereglazov, Graves, Day, Gilmore, Skjei. Etc.
    gives them plenty to work with for a rebuild. Adding to that will not be a bad thing at all.

    • The hard part is getting rid of Staal and Smith… combined with Girardi, over 13mil cap hit next year

      • Getting rid of Staal or Smith isn’t happening unless they really really sweeten the pot.

        Let them run out term. It’s not going to kill them with so many elc deals. Their experation will be right on time. Along with Lundqvist to make room for guys just coming off elc deals.

        No sense in trading guys for future, to then flip futures to rid themselves of guys that won’t interfere with the long term plans anyway.

      • Not sure I want mac in Boston…Let’s not forget NJ native Brandon Crawley in the pipeline! Not too confident either Bereglazov or Graves ever make it.

      • I like Graves. Think he played very well this and last preseason. I thought he may even make it to be the 6-7 guy this year. Bereglazov way too early to tell but comes with a lot of hype.

        As with all prospects I’ll hang the “we’ll see” tag around their necks for now. I don’t have any kind of delusional thoughts that all of these guys make it, but in sheer numbers I’d hope 2-3 do.

      • Now Deangelo is a different story. He doesn’t get the “we’ll see” tag.
        He gets useless turd tag. MDZ part deux!

        Hence why I never even bring him up.

      • Haha… my son hates him, more because of his off ice crap. I think he’s got a lot of offensive skill. I’d love to package him with Mac in a deal for Trouba.

      • My main problem with guys like Deangelo is… when the offense dries up for spells, what good are they?
        After watching Deangelo against Boston the other night, I’ve seen enough of his talent for a lifetime. The game before was no better. 2 late brutal penalties.
        He certainly can’t drive offense from the box. I’m shocked AV hasn’t choked him yet!

      • Tony D is a smaller narcissist version of Yandle. The KHL can have him soon

      • Is watching DeAngelo any harder than watching Girardi, Klein, Smith, Holden, Staal, Shattenkirk, Kampfer…. etc

      • Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes.
        Deangelo is beyond brutal defensively. Combined with being a bit of a loose canon that takes bad penalties at crucial times.

        God awful. Absolutely no hope for that guy…. well one hope, that’s he’s on his 4th team in 3 years next season.

      • Let’s just hope they don’t make a similiar mistake with either like they did with Giradri.

        I just the math of that buyout & swap for Smith work. Mind boggling to me & Gorton deserves to be fired for that decission alone never mind trading Stapan; again trade was fine just looking at assets, but NYR couldn’t afford to move Stepan. NYR played C by committee moving him left nothing after Zibanejad & Hayes.

        This is what I don’t get about what NYR is doing. The core of the team except for Lundquist really at the NHL level is very young. The prospect kitty across the board is solid & with the exception of C there isn’t a rush to advance anyone.

        I really wish they had kept Andersson & just let him play but obviously this is part on a long term development path & allowing Andersson to return to Sweden, play in the WJC’s & then return to the AHL getting less than 25 games this season quite possibly 10 is part of that vision & for Chytil as well.

  10. No way Mikhail Sergachev is going anywhere (unless a crazy over payment, which Mc D is not).

    Stevy Y isn’t as dumb as my GM to let this kid go.

    • Why? Are you in constant “looking to future” mode? If goal is to win a cup, you don’t spend every year worrying about future and ignoring present. Your window is now!! If Steve Y thinks Mac improves his chance of winning this year, he makes deal.

      • As TB is constructed the window is about 5 to 7 years. This team is incredibly well constructed, has youth littered all over the line up & their prospect pool 1 of the deepest in the league.

        They don’t need to move Sergechev to acquire McDonagh if so inclined, what they need to know is will he sign an extension & for how much. That will determine what TB is willing to pay & it won’t include Sergechev no slight to McDonagh a solid 2 way NHL Dman just a notch below the leagues elite 2 way Dman.

      • Cause Sergachev is better now than macd. If lightening could get him for a Foote and 1st go for it.

      • Foote, Erne & 1st might get done with futures should TB resign him or make the cup final.

  11. I have this sneaky feeling we might be seeing Nash in a Winnipeg Jets Jersey. Guess it depends on what NYR’s are asking though. The Jets are stacked with great young players I could also see them stand pat. But what a great city to play in going into the playoffs.

    • Maybe Zucharello?

    • It’s quite possible Ken. Bump Armia to the 4th line & slide Nash into the #3 RW spot.

      I’m very happy for Winnipeg fans, they are a year ahead of schedule for me but what’s not to like about this team. They may have the best D in the NHL when all are healthy, can roll out 3 scoring lines now with out Nash & the prospect cupboard is loaded.

      • Year ahead of schedule? Try year behind of schedule

      • I watch both of these teams pretty closely . Sergachev plays on a more sheltered role than Mcdonagh. He’s not asked to go out against guys like Crosby, Ovechkin, etc.
        not asked to do heavy lifting , Pk etc.

        Right now Mcdonagh has 26 points, 3 less than Sergachev.
        Put Mcdonagh in that position and see? Not to mention Mcdonagh being paired with a fading Girardi, Holden, Kamphor etc.

        Today, Tampa is better off with Mcdonagh than Sergachev hands down. Even from a stat standpoint. If Mcdonaghs only job was 2nd line duty, pp time… Id say Mcdonagh would have more points than Sergachev at this point.

        That’s not to say this trade is ever happening. But I wouldn’t say that Mcdonagh is the lesser player by any stretch.
        Different roles entirely. Playing
        Being behind a guy like Hedman probably helps a little as well.
        Mcdonagh could definitely play Sergachevs role, could Sergachev play his?

      • Mmnnnn…. good question

  12. Lou has a history of not trading UFAs for sake of team morale.
    If leafs make a move it will probably only be for a solid #4C or upgrade on D. If there is an opportunity for #1D (now/summer) they could offer gardiner/lilijegren instead of marner/nylander).

    most likely they have this to offer:

    • The Leafs will see what this group can do come the playoffs and then say farewell to JVR and Bozak. There is a chance that Tyler Bozak comes back – the new contract will determine everything – but I think both will move on in the summer. That’s when the slim pickings at centre will show up. To me, Nylander is an improving partner for Matthews and the team really lacks depth up the middle.

    • Gardiner only has 1 year remaining to UFA status & if Tor can’t extend this summer that will potentially open the door for a trade at some point but I expect Tor will give Gardiner 6 or 7 years at or near 5.5 & it would be well deserved.

      Gardiner is playing as Tor’s #1 Dman today at least by TOI/GP, substantially by ES TOI/GP his partner Zaitsev is 2nd in both catagories & hid PP TOI/GP is 0:03 behind Reilly’s.

      Teams don’t trade these assets unless confronted with no choice or an offer to good to refuse. Gardiner’s refusal to sign an extension in Tor for fair market value would constitute no choice but I don’t see his extension as an issue & I assume it will be done on or about Jule 1st.

  13. Flyers are probably interested in chad Johnson of the sabres.
    Alex Lyon has proven to be a non NHL goaltender. And with neuverth unrealiable . They need a tender right now.

    • & here I though Neuvirth was going to Vegas!

      • Go back in your basement and live your alternative life fantasy as an international traveler and oil executive.

  14. Lyle.

    Just a heads up Jordan Nolan isn’t a C. He’s a goon.

    • I just checked capfriendly they have him list at lw,c,rw but I didn’t see goon. I guess he is versatile being listed at all forward positions; depends on where the fight need to be started.

      • Ha-ha! I always assume C’s take faceoffs of a reasonable #. Nolan has taken 3 in 48 games this season. Lat season in LA in 46 games he took 6? I really have no idea what Nolan’s role is, as he doesn’t really do anything, doesn’t score, doesn’t put up points, doesn’t really take penalties, doesn’t kill penalties but has some how managed to play 340 NHL regular season games which is pretty impressive & he’s only 10 away for qualifying for some significant pension benefits.

        It was more of a a joke & was to have contained Ha-ha! after but this dam lag issue drops words from the typed text constantly.

  15. Ha-ha!

    I don’t want to slight Dermott a solid young developing Dman but pedigree is a huge part of the NHL business model until players are fully established.

    Yzerman is 1 of the best executives in the NHL & isn’t moving Segechev in a deal for McDonagh. Nor does he have to he has tons of other assets to facilitate a trade. I listed 3 young Dman above.

    Your prospect Erne has played 2 games in a 4th line roll scoring a goal is he being showcased for a trade? Could he be included with Foote as an example to acquire McDonagh?

  16. The idea of the Pens trading for Max Domi because of Mario and Tie’s friendship has been floated…and it’s at least somewhat intriguing.

    Could be a good fit with Kessel.

    Best part is he’s still on his ELC and wouldn’t be a cap issue, which would allow the Pens to keep Ian Cole, which then solves their D depth issue.

    Question is what would Chayka want for him…

    • Start with sprong…

      • murray and sprong for domi, raanta and a 1st

      • Throw in strome and you got yo self a deal!

      • Lol you guys are obviously on crack

      • a Pa-stromE sandwich? hmmm …probably not.

        all in good fun BBB…glad to see you know i was joking

        if i said louis dominique at the beginning of the season for murray …yes i would be on crack =)

      • I’m pretty sure they call it Chowda on the streets in Boston.

      • i hate Crosby that’s not happening we are not giving up Murray & sprong for stone hands Domi a back up goalie and a 1st.

        bad idea….

  17. If the Leafs hang onto JVR for the balance of this year, then lose him for nothing this summer, then the Shanaplan is a farce, a failure.
    I was pissed last year when they acquired a rental player for a 2nd round pick, after they are preaching of staying the course.
    Realistically the Leafs won’t get out of their division this playoffs, when they face either Tampa or Boston the 1st round.
    The only thing that makes sense is to stick to the plan & trade JVR, Komarov & Bozak at the deadline for good prospects & picks, keep building for the future.

    • I been saying that for weeks!
      But lets be realistic here folkes, Toront hasnt won a cup in over 50 years, and will be lucky to win one in another 50 years… so whats the big push lol..

      The Toronto Browns are the worst run franchise in North America, what they should do, and what actually happens will be two different things.

      Bet Lillygren and this years first will be packaged for RMD and instead of a 4 game exit in round 1 it will be 5 dames!

    • so basic but I am a leaf fan for 30 yrs and i read about this stuff all the time—I don’t think management is as bright as people think—they kept blozak all this time—and he’s been pure garbage from day 1—-almost ruined kessel and almost marner—worst plus minus player in the history of the leafs—see toronto star article—he infuriates me—but o well—they need to trade ufas and put pics toward next years top d—they automatically make playoffs anyway—best of both worlds

  18. Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh or Cal Foot are good assets to move. Never with Sergachev.

    There might be one player traded with term Feb 26, so a lot of these rumours are Draft day centric and not TDL founded. I would be shocked if Domi and or Mcdonaugh is sent packing in February.

  19. Just read an article stating Boston interested in Maroon.
    Not very many if any outside of Washington physical in the east. He would be an option in the Finals if Boston was fortunate enough to make it that far.

  20. Hey its only -30 with the windchill today in the Peg, we warmed it up for Rick Nash and his Ranger teammate. No mosquito bites.

  21. I’m not really an Oiler fan but because I live in Alberta I see all the Oiler and flame games. The more things change the more things stay the same. What I mean by that the oilers gave Draisaitl to much money to soon. He is not an 8.5 million player. I understand giving mcdavid his money as he is an incredible player but draisaitl was in the right place at the right time and Oiler management just followed past blue print errors and over paid a young player that had one good season

  22. Kane for Coyle as a base for negotiations??

  23. I disagree the Leafs can’t get out of the 1st round of the playoffs , as per Greg .
    Lou will have to make a move , but I am not sure what that may be, in order to make my prediction, correct .
    A centre , or a defense man , I am not sure .
    A top 4 defense man would be ideal vs just adding another defense man .
    They have lots of those .
    I still feel a 3rd , or 4th line centre is a consideration , as well .
    Bozak is fading, could use an upgrade , or upgrade the 4th line, at the centre spot .
    They will definitely have to do something, to move past Boston, or Tampa in the opening round .

    I am just not sure what that might be .’
    Reinhardt from Buffalo?
    Any suggestions !

    • Yes, Ken, they will definitely need to do something to get by TB or Boston – stay healthy and play well. By the way, you could make that statement about any team in the East. Boston and Tampa Bay are really, really good. How did Ottawa come so close last year? Amazing, simply amazing!
      Must be the playoffs, huh?

  24. The flames are a playoff bubble team, but I feel if they get in they will go far. They are built for the playoffs, good goaltending excelent defence big forwards and some skill with Gaudreau and Monahan.
    The flames seem to fly under the radar because we are in the west but look out when the playoffs start

    • they better trade for king henry in nyr since smith is toast

    • I follow the West especially the Pacific since my favorite teams are mostly in that one… I saw Smith looked like he tweaked a groin or maybe his knee/ankle or so at end of the Islanders game. They said he was walking but that don’t mean he didn’t injure something. I don’t think Flames will go far if they make the playoffs though. At best I think they are 20-25% to make the Post Season… To be in top 3 of Pacific I give them about a 25% chance since it will be between Sharks, Ducks, and Kings. I’m expecting least 2/3 of the California teams to make it already having Vegas in top 3 at worse… Then if it comes to a wild card I think Flames would be like 20% chance… Since they would have to beat out those teams along with Wild, Avalanche, Blackhawks to a lesser degree… Maybe even the Blues depending not to mention the Dallas Stars.

      Even if Flames make the Post season they will be playing a decent team in 1st round. IF its a wild card they would be looking at Jets, Vegas, Nashville as the 3 most likely to play in 1st round. IF they get 2nd or 3rd in Pacific then its almost surely going to be a California team… Whether its Sharks, Kings, Ducks all of them will be a difficult matchup for Flames… Out of them their best shot might be against Kings to get to the next round.

      I expect Jets, Vegas, or Nashville are the 3 favorites in the West to make WCF and SCF. After that its the California teams, Dallas Stars, maybe Blues before I see Flames getting there… Would be funny if Florida had a hockey team named the Ice or Frost :). I do like how they keep the A from the Atlanta Flames on their uniforms though :). I think the better teams have 3-4 scoring lines with elite players in some cases too. I see Flames as a bit under sized having Johnny Hockey or some other people w/ a good defense on paper. I’m not sold on Mike Smith getting them to the promised land or any of their other goalies… Its not like the days they had Kipper or even Vernon who stole a Cup run or two ;).

  25. The Red Wings GM favorite quote is, “trades are hard.” He’ll get fleeced on any Green trade. I am hoping at this point he and Blashill get fired. Green,Nyquist and Howard ideally should all be traded for prospects and picks asap.