Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 18, 2018

by | Feb 18, 2018 | Rumors | 70 comments

Latest on Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Mike Green, Chris Tanev and more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

Is it possible the Ottawa Senators could move Erik Karlsson by the Feb. 26 trade deadline? (Photo via NHL Images)

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’S “HEADLINES” SEGMENT

SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos said he keeps hearing that we shouldn’t be surprised if Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson is traded in the next nine days. While the Sens have sent the message out that Karlsson’s unavailable, a rival GM told Kypreos if they’re not prepared to make him the highest-paid player, why not explore his value in the trade market near the deadline when he still has a year left on his contract?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anything’s possible and we probably shouldn’t totally dismiss the notion of Karlsson getting moved by the deadline. However, it’s that high asking price that makes such a move very difficult at this time of year.

Yes, I’m sure there are teams that would love to have Karlsson on their rosters for two playoff runs and first dibs at re-signing him. Acquiring him at the deadline, however, could mean a contender gives up one or two significant players in return, which could adversely affect their roster chemistry. Unless the Sens are willing to accept a package of picks and prospects as well as either take back some salary or retain part of Karlsson’s $6.5-million annual salary cap hit, that deal might not be possible at the trade deadline. 

Elliotte Friedman reports it’s believed the Winnipeg Jets inquired about Senators winger Mike Hoffman. However, it’s a difficult deal to do as the Jets are on his “no-trade” list plus the Sens have set a high asking price. He believes both clubs have moved on.

Friedman also reports there are teams (including the Toronto Maple Leafs) who’ve inquired about the availability of sidelined Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev. However, the Canucks have said it’ll take a special offer to do this.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing that would mean a first-round draft pick and a top prospect. 

Chris Johnston reports the Nashville Predators are in the market for a top-six winger, but they could opt instead to bring in top prospect Eeli Tolvanen once his KHL season is over.

Kypreos reports the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole was the subject of trade speculation earlier in the season but it no longer appears he’s available. The Penguins instead have let other clubs know defenseman Matt Hunwick could be available. Shedding his salary could make it easier for them to add a third-line forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford recently said he’s “all-in” when it comes to bolstering his roster at the trade deadline. Doing so, however, means dumping some salary to free up cap space to bring in another player. TribLive.com’s Jonathan Bombulie believes it could mean moving Hunwick and perhaps a winger to pursue in a big fish such as Buffalo’s Evander Kane or Ottawa’s Derick Brassard, It’ll be interesting to see what Rutherford does over the next week. 

Friedman said it’s believed the Columbus Blue Jackets looked into the availability of former Jackets Derick Brassard (Ottawa) and Artem Anisimov (Chicago Blackhawks). The word is the Blackhawks intend to keep Anisimov.

LATEST ON THE RED WINGS

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports a source claims Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green has agreed to waive his no-trade clause if a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning can be arranged. He said the two teams have had ongoing discussions. The Wings would like the Lightning’s first-round pick in the 2018 draft. Failing that, they could look for a second-round pick plus a young player capable of stepping into their lineup next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The interest in Green also suggests the Lightning could be moving away from their rumored interest in New York Rangers blueliner Ryan McDonagh.

Khan also reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have spoken to the Wings about center Luke Glendening, as they’re seeking a fourth-line “shutdown guy”. The Wings’ asking price is said to be a decent draft pick or one of the Leafs good young prospects, such as winger Kasperi Kapanen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the Leafs might consider offering up little-used forward Josh Leivo, who reportedly requested a trade several weeks ago. 

The Wings made a failed effort to move veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard to the New York Islanders, who declined to part with a high draft pick. The improved play of Isles goalies Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss could curtail further talks. They also offered Howard or Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost starter Brian Elliott for several weeks to core muscle surgery. However, the Flyers indicated they’re not interested.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring a significant change in the fortunes of the Isles or Flyers, the Red Wings might not find any takers for Mrazek or Howard. 

UPDATES ON DOMI

ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Morgan reports teams have inquired about Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi and GM John Chayka is willing to listen to offers. However, Chayka claims he’s had “no active discussions” about trading the 22-year-old forward. Domi, meanwhile, said he’s trying not to pay attention to the trade chatter and insists he wants to remain with the Coyotes. Chayka also said people expecting the Coyotes to make a big splash at the trade deadline are going to be disappointed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not going to stop the trade speculation, especially if Chayka is willing to listen to offers. The latest claims the Vancouver Canucks expressed interest in Domi and Tobias Rieder, but the Coyotes asking price is high. 

 








70 Comments

  1. Penguin fans must be happy knowing Rutherford is trying to acquire the assets to make a solid run at a 3 peat. It’ll be interesting to see what he gets done. Even if its nothing their still a solid contender, Matt Murray has not lost a playoff round yet in the NHL.

    • yeah we just loved the first round pick and a prospect for a goon too. he should be removed immediately before he does with the pens what he did to the hurricanes

      • It was a fair trade. The prospect they gave up has 0 goals in 30 some games this year and they basically moved down 20 slots in the draft. With increased ice time lately, reaves has been a factor and not just with his fist.

      • So how is that prospect doing in St. Louis? Oh that’s right he has ZERO goals and was sent back down to the AHL. I am good with what Reaves has done so far this season.

      • Thats a shame but a first rounder for a 3rd 4 th line goon even , even up is too much. Lets face it if this dude reaves in on the playoff roster he is going to take a stupid penalty. Remember the reason for getting him was a deterent to other people taking liberties with crosby. Playoffs is not the time or place for that style of player.

      • Mark…that deal isn’t turning out too bad, Look sundqvist hasn’t played much this year in the NHL yes we did lose a first round but reaves has beem playing better and Sid and geno both feel safer so….

    • I think its weird on how Hoffman has teh jets on his “no trade list” they are leaps and bounds better than 90% of te league and yes its cold there but its also cold in Edmonton and EVEN colder when your loosing there …he should re think that desire the Jets are extremely well coached and have a tone of talent on all 4 lines deep organization and are cup bound eventually …this is definitely an oversight on his behalf.

      I still think as Ive been saying that Pacioretty is the best player on the board for term money and stats …I still feel his best fit is in St Louis where they are lacking on the left wing lock !
      A power play with him and Tarasenko on each side is deadly..and to have the choice to play Patches on the 2nd line really gives St Louis a double threat of shooters and sustainability!

      Max Domi would be an amazing fit for the Penguins!

      And just to throw this out there If was the Oilers id be making a big pitch and a substantial package to the Yotes for Dylan Strome and bring him in to play with McDavid
      Id also be trying to pry Ilya Samsonov out of Washington as a priority.

  2. Hunwick isn’t going to interest Buffalo what so ever.

    But I’m positive we’re about to see how Hunwick + a high 1st + something else Buffalo doesn’t need is going to make it happen!

    It’s hard to imagine how 5 (4 in as many years) NHL teams have let this guy slip through their hands

    I’m guessing at the tender age of 32 he is in need of his 5th change of scenery in 5 years.

    Let the insanity begin:

    • I think the most we can get out of Hunwick is a fourth round pick. I am hoping Toronto takes him back for a fourth and a couple of their bad AHL contracts. That helps both teams.

      • That is realistic. Not sure of Torontos need for depth d, but it’s not an insane request.

    • Hunwick could be of interest to some bottom feeding rebuilding type teams who need warm bodies after trading off all of their assets for picks and prospects.

      That’s what guys like Matt Hunwick are for…which is why the Pens handing him that contract never made any sense to me.

      I’ve questioned a few of Rutherford’s moves but he’s, thus far, always proved me wrong. Until Hunwick.

      I like it when he’s right better than when I am.

      • They should have kept Pouliot instead of signing Hunwick, the day they signed Hunwick they gave up on Pouly. They can always use Ruhwedal in a pinch and they could bring up Pedan who is getting rave reviews in WBS right now. Imagine a bottom pairing for d Pedan and JO? That’s a throwback for sure but the other team would be on their best behaviour.

      • The only advantage of DP would have been being cheaper… he’s a worse d man than hunwick.

      • MG agreed i never understood Hunwich although he has played well the last two games Schultz has been out….

        Maybe a 4th rounder just unload his $2.25 Million salary which isn’t much… but at the deadline we need the cap space.

  3. You would have to think that ownership is eventually going to pressure ken Holland to get rid of salary at the deadline. according to Cap Friendly the wings are second highest Salaried team and missing the playoffs? Holding on to their high price goalies waiting for a high draft pick isn’t going to fly.

    The same thing applies to Buffalo they are carrying compliance buy outs from years ago and yet at the bottom of the league. If I’m the owner I’m demanding to get rid of expiring contracts to save money.

    Philly or the islanders Can wait them out for a tender.

  4. I think Green would be a much cheaper option for the Bolts.
    If a 1st round pick is it takes, they should pull that trigger today!
    They aren’t going to find anything outside of a depth move cheaper.

    • Have to wonder if Tampa putting this out there to lower price on Mac? I would think they’d rather have a guy that’s not on expiring contract.

  5. Another goalie that could be an option is Calvin Pickard. With the leaf at 49 contracts they may move a minor-league goaltender for a draft pick.
    It is interesting that with the leafs strategy of burying contracts in the minors or on long-term injury it’s starting to impact the team. This may also impact a decision to move on from Josh evil.

  6. Want to know why no (smart) NHL team is going to give up a first round pick for a rental player?

    Eeli Tolvanen.

    How he lasted until #30 last year, I’ll never know. His release is the closest I’ve ever seen to Brett Hull’s. He will be a star player in the NHL.

    Would you rather have 7 years of him or two months of (insert middling player’s name here)?

    I sincerely hope that Tampa trades for Mike Green. That is a player who helps you lose. Like Shattenkirk last year. He helped the Pens more than the Caps in that series. Green used to do the same when he was a Cap.

    • I still see Nashville adding a winger even with Eeli Tolvanen possibly joining for the playoffs. Though rookies often do not feel the pressure and shine their first playoff run.

      • I see ET as a Plan B.
        Poile more than likely makes a TDL deal as soon as prices moderate. Who? Idk but Grabner would fit in nicely or a C is better.

      • I’m not saying that Tolvanen will play for Nashville or that the Preds won’t rent. I just don’t see them or any team paying a 1st for a rental.

        Forsberg Johansen Arvidsson
        Fiala Turris Smith

        Also, the Preds don’t need a top 6 F or D, so nothing they rent should be all that expensive anyway.

      • Just for context, the reported ask from Vegas to Poile to protect James Neal from the expansion draft was the Pred’s 1st round pick.

        Poile was unwilling to surrender his 1st for a full season of James Neal, but he’s going to give it up for two months of a player who isn’t as good as James Neal?

        I doubt it.

      • At least Smiths horrible dealings landed 1 cup in 94!

    • I agree the youth coming is very good. First round picks are definitely worth more than they used to be.
      Jagr to Boston for a first was another example.

      • I hated that trade, it bumped Seguin to the 3rd line & helped pave the way for his trade. It was a 2nd with conditions, if Bos made it to the Conference final Dallas received a 1st, Bos made the cup final that season & lost a heart breaker to Chicago. I think Bos would feel they got decent value having made it to the Stanley Cup although I believe that team was better with out Jagr. I have the advantage of hindsight to some extent but I complained about it at the time as well. His lack of speed & puck possession game din’t fit well with that team nor his linemates at that time Bergeron & Marchand.

      • I think we need a forum for the trade we hated the most for our teams!

        I may need 2-3 pages!

      • Striker there was nothing wrong with the trade, what was wrong was CJ deployment of Jagr, who should of been put on the third line.
        The same way CJ wouldn’t alter he defense when Chicago put Toews and Kane together and s dump it into Chara corner every chane they got but Claude again didn’t adapt.
        As far as the 1st round pick goes Dallas took Dickerson who can’t find full time employment in the NHL so nothing with a career of 24 games played

      • You could also argue that the Kaberle deal for Colborne and a 1st was also a bust for Boston in 2011, even though they won the cup.
        He was brutal and eventually a healthy scratch as the playoffs went on.
        He didn’t fit that team.
        While the Mcdonagh rumour has a ask by NYR that is high to the extreme with Bebrusk, Carlo and a 1st, he at least is a player that would fit the Bruins character and style of play.
        That said cost still too high.

      • “Nyr4life on February 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm
        I think we need a forum for the trade we hated the most for our teams!”

        The HOF career of Sergei Zubov for two years of Kevin Hatcher.

      • ryan reaves

      • nedved and Zubov to Pittsburgh for Lucky Luke and Samuelson wasn’t any prettier.

        Right up there .
        Kovalev and York for Nedved, Tamer, and Sean Pronger? Maybe they thought it was Chris Pronger?

        Savard and 1st to Calgary for Hlavac and a 1st!

        Ugly!

        Although Kovalev was a frustrating guy in NY, that was probably the ugliest NY trade.

        Savard right there.

      • Second on my list was Kovalev for 4 players, the best of which was Rico Fata (Richard Lintner, Joel Bouchard and Mikael Samuelsson).

        Loved Kovalev.

        Jagr once said he was the most talented player he’d ever seen. Reminded that he played with a guy named Lemieux, Jagr stuck with his ranking.

      • I can give you the worst trades I remember for three teams that involved Ottawa.

        1) Ottawa: Havlat and Smolinski when both were good to Chicago for two complete stiffs (Josh Hennessey and some other guy I forget) one year of Tom Preissing (decent third pairing defenseman) and Patrick Wiercioch. How did the Sens not get more than that for Havlat alone?

        2) NY Islanders: the famous Yashin for Spezza, Chara and Muckalt trade. The Islanders compounded the situation by giving Yasmin a bloated long term deal they bought out with 5 years left while Ottawa was a perennial contender for years.

        3) Nashville: Traded the 15th pick in the 2008 entry draft for the 18th pick in 2008 and a 2009 3rd round pick. That ended up netting Ottawa Erik Karlsson for Chet Pickard and Taylor Beck. I highly doubt Poole made a worse trade than that given his exceptional pedigree.

      • The Islanders also traded Louongo! Yikes! I’m feeling better already!

        Mike Milbury!

      • Nyr4life: Forgot about the Luongo trade for NYI. Did you look at the full trade?

        To Florida: Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen

        To NYI: Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish

        Jokinen was an elite player for years as well. Murray absolutely fleeced Milbury in that trade and that is as bad or worse than the Yashin trade I mentioned. To think they traded Luongo to keep DiPietro and sign him to that ridiculous 15 year contract. The Islanders are still paying DiPietro for years on that buyout!

      • I’ve been on site before using other handles. I needed to comment on the Jagr trade to Boston. Striker is correct. I only add Jagr was a “no goal” player on that very talented Bs team. I will also add to Caper’s comment the Blahawks dumped it on Seidenberg’s corner. He was not mobile enough to handle the pressure. Chara’s skills were not puck moving but with a better pairing the combo of Toews and Kane would have not been so effective. I might add again that Bergeron was hurt during that series. That changes the Toews and Kane combo as well. So CJ’s system was fine even with Seguin in line rather than Jagr. It was a disaster of an idea. I hope the Bs don’t acquire another clunker this year. McDonagh is ok, otherwise look to a lesser dman. The summer is the time to assess the young players anyway.

      • Van,

        Neil smith was no prize. But Mike Milbury has to be by far the worst GM of all time!

        Someone find me worse deals than listed above!

      • Nyr4life: Toronto had some terrible GMs and Gord Stellick comes to mind. He traded a future first to NJ for Tom Kurvers. That pick turned into Scott Niedermeyer at third overall. It almost ended up being Eric Lindros, which would have been way worse at the time. Because of the concussions, Niedermeyer ended up being a bigger loss.

    • You definitely are not giving Patrick Laine any love …id say his release is the closest I ve seen since Brett Hull.

      As you can see in Laines game he has a really hard time playing 200 feet and is terrible defensively and in other areas and is only a shooter …hence why Tolvanen went 30th …shooting is his game and a team needs more than that

      Big difference doing it in the NHL and with any consistency…Nail Yakupov was also a great player on a Junior team and was to take the NHL by storm…yikes!

      I remember when guys used to fight about his market value here 4 years ago and he was worth the moon… a 1st rounder plus plus and then some in a any deal “you would be crazy to trade this guy” give it time! …LMAO so many guys would fight about him and his value here

      Chicago let go of Panarin when he was at a high peak of being the best rookie in the NHL … teams have structures to play in and types of players they are looking for.

      Until a player plays in the NHL he is only a what could have been and his value is not as good as a legit chance to win a cup!

      experience in the NHL and the body of work of a player will always out weigh a non NHL player…depending how sweet the deal is and the desired team needs at the position.

      • Nyr4life, as a Leaf fan, it might be a long list of bad trades. I guess for now I’d go with the trade for Kessel from Boston, That consisted of a first and second pick in 2010, and a first in 2011. Based on the Leafs poor play, the first round picks turned into Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. No disrespect to Kessel who is a tremendous scorer and proven playoff performer but Seguin and Hamilton were just what Toronto needed at that time.
        Of course, you could argue that, without that trade, Auston Matthews would not be a Leaf today.

    • Do you remember Erat for Forsberg? What a colossal blunder that was by McPhee. Dumbest trade in the last 10 years. That’s why all these Sprong for Nash or Plekanec rumours drive me crazy. You don’t throw away a guy who could be your future star for some washed up bandaid.

      • Yeah, that one was crazy. It was definitely a trade that I saw as lopsided at the time, and so did a lot of others. Erat was on the downside of his career by that point and Forsberg was full of promise.

      • Markus Naslund from Vancouver to Pittsburgh for Alek Stojanov – worst deal ever…lol.

      • I don’t disagree I hated losing Naslund then. Think about it though in 4 years from 89-92 the Penguins draftee Mark Rechi, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, and then Marcus Naslund. That is pretty impressive.

      • and McPhee hoped the trade would keep his job. Some folks in DC say that trade was the worst of all pro sports teams in DC. Tend to agree with that.

    • I believe trading a 1st vs hoarding a 1st boils down to win now or win later. Would I expect a 30th overall is the guy that pushes me over the top the same year he was drafted? Probably not.

      Is his Brett Hull like shot going to matter this year, or in 4-5 years? Will the core I have today matter when his Brett Hull shot matters? Or will his Brett Hull like release be something I’m building around while the team I had is long gone.

      There had been a lot of talk about 1st rounders not moving, I’m more on the other side. I see 3-4 + moving at the deadline. Not sure who doesn’t have a 1st this year….

      Blindly I’ll say Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa, Nashville are teams that should go now. Regardless of the prospect pool or lack of prospect pool. The time is now. Not 4-5-6 years from now.

      Any team with a legitimate shot Today, shouldn’t be too worried about the distant future.

      • Especially with the ridiculous climate of elc deals straight to 8-9-10-12 million dollar contracts of players like Mcdavid , Draisatl, Eichel who’ve seen less playoff time than much lesser players.

        They almost shut the window before it opens!

        Win now!

  7. Buffalo once picked up a first round pick for Paul Guastad at trade deadline. A guy who had played 38 playoff games with zero goals. If Goosegg can bring a first I’m sure Kane and many players can. Window to win is short so a team might “go all in”.

    • No contender wants to rock the boat with Kane. will be curious who rolls the dice.

    • Teams are not compelled to be continuously stupid. They are free to learn from how those previous deals failed and look foolish in hindsight and adjust accordingly.

      I think they will.

  8. My biggest curiosity is who will jump the gun & get the TDL going.
    Phaneuf doesn’t count lol

    • Why doesn’t Phaneuf count? Ha-ha! 3 trades so far, Phaneuf, Shoshnikov & Pokka. I find it weird Chi has given well over a dozen Dman a shot at the NHL since Pokka was drafted in 2012 & not so much as a sniff of NHL action.

  9. I don’t think there’s anyway Toronto trades Kapinen four Glendening. Why would they trade a forward with offensive upside at the very beginning of his career for a fourth line center, of which they have a few? Kapi has only been playing on the fourth line in Toronto because is the only available slot, he should be higher up the lineup. If they do trade one of their young forwards he is probably the one, but not for that return, it doesn’t make any sense.

    • Kapanen has a future with the Leafs; imo Glendening does not.

      • @ BC LEAF FAN

        Not sure if you watched Don Cherry last night but he gave up some great hints for the leafs future next year.

        Cherry was talking about switching Rick Middleton to his opposite wing to give him more inside net to shoot at on an off wing a la Mark Messier as well.
        I remember watching Middleton he had a great shot on that off wing and was a hard nosed fast player!

        I think this is what the Leafs should do with Kapanen …the only player the Leafs should or will keep on the bottom 6 next year is Connor Brown on the 3rd line everyone else should be gone …leaving Kapanen on the 4th line right wing…Once JVR leaves ..I think the Leafs should replace JVR with Kapenen on that off wing for a different look and upgrade that side with speed which they are lacking on the bottom 2 lines.

        Id take Glendenning to upgrade Bozak and Moore but not for Kapi

        Also after watching the horrendous display by the team of Zaitsev and Gardiner they once showed that they need a shut down D man!
        What Babcock continued with that pairing all nigh was beyond me!

        leafs have issues on the bottom pairings with Polak Gardiner Carrick and Zaitsev.

    • Glendening is trash he’s not worth Kapanen or Leivo. That whole red wing bottom 6 is trash. No wonder they suck now.

      • Kal El, I agree about Kapanen – he is likely JVR’s replacement. There are Marlies ready to challenge for spots next year. A big-time defenceman would be a great acquisition though.

  10. Green to the Lightning makes way more sense than Ryan McDonagh. This one might get done (but not including a first). Green will play second PP and be a 4/5 role on the Bolts.

    Babcock has no choice to play what he has. Reilly can’t play the entire game.

  11. If you are willing to move Kapanen look to Carolina. Should be able to land defence with a draft pick sweetener – H. Fleury or Sanheim

  12. JVR ice time cut to 12 minutes and ranks 17th in ice time. What does that tell you? In situations where they need to protect a lead or there is a need for forwards to come back and break a fingernail or two by engaging in contact, JVR is left to chew on his lime green mouthguard from the bench. Unless he’s tipping in a goal five feet in front of the net, he’s as useful as a pimple on a hairy butt.

  13. Suggested trades:

    Bozak to NYR for 3rd round draft pick and rights to Philesposito hockey stick.

    JVR to BOS for Jake DeBrusk.

    Carrick to DET for Luke Glendening.

    • Leaving the other proposals outside why would they trade Bozak for a probably useless third round pick on their way into the playoffs? It would leave them thin down the middle and he is their best face-off guy. I don’t understand why you would weaken the team for no obvious reason just before the playoffs start. You may not like him but he has offensive upside and he is what they have at the moment. It makes no sense to trade him for a mid round pick with nobody to replace him for the playoffs.

      • More importantly, why would NY throw away a 3rd round draft pick on a pending UFA and NOT heading to the playoffs?

        Seems like a total waste on NY’s side. At least Toronto would gain something for a ufa they’d lose for nothing. NY would literally gain nothing other than having Bozak ( who’s name has a special meaning in NYC) for a long summer at home.

        Toronto fans, not saying this deal should happen, or that Bozak is worthless by any stretch . But the idea of Ny as buyers, for an ufa?

      • Because Toronto is not a contender and is likely out in 6 round one. Might as well grab some assets instead of losing these guys for free.

      • NYR, sorry, I was focussed on Toronto because it is the centre of the hockey universe… Joking of course. If the Rangers are rebuilding and are going to miss the playoffs then obviously it makes even less sense for them, sorry I should have mentioned that as well. The people in New York don’t want to feel bthe Bozak? His name was hip hop slang when I was in high school all those many years ago…

    • Hahahaha. It’s all good. I think the original post was a jab at the Leafs. Bozak would have been a great fit, in September ….other than that name in Manhattan ! That would never have played out in south NY!

  14. Kal El,

    Some good observations. I think Kapanen should be on second line off wing, and be killing penalties with his speed. Zaitsev and Gardiner have no chemistry. I would put hainsey way Gardiner as they have shown that they can be an effective pairing when Rielly was injured.

    Let’s be honest….unless Toronto is insane, they are not going to resign Bozak, JVR, Polak, Komaov or Moore. I also think the Gauthier experiment is over. I see Kapanen moving in full time, and maybe Andreas Johnsson next year to replace the departures.

  15. Either Sobotka or Berglund would be okay
    The tougher question is which future pieces the Blues should be willing to give up, because futures will definitely be going the Senators/Montreal way.

    Spent some time thinking about it (long post warning)
    You have to have a combo package a deal. You will not get Hoffman/Pacioretty straight up for Sobotka or Berglund. But while THIS year playoffs will be tough to make and go deep, you can set yourself up for a deep run next season and have a hell of a team to do it. If they make the moves in this way. I did the math from cap space and ext. If you can trade Sobotka and Begrlund for Hoffman/Pacioretty (He is the one you want since he has longer deal and averages more points) So lets look at this. This is based on the current cap space at 80,000,000 Plus currently have only 393,334 left with the addition of Soshnikov earlier in the week. So you need to free up that 5 Million. This what I do, trade the two and gain 1,350,000 in cap space this coming off season. Now the following players are not under contract after the year UFA Upshall, Hutton, Stastny, and Brodziak and RFA Fabbri, Edmundson, Jaskin, Sundquvist Which in total equals 13,950,000 in cap space. And this is with Fabbri who I figure will get the same deal and he signed for this year as a prove it from injury before you get a bigger deal. Sanford same thing. So that close to 14 Million number is with them on payroll the only number I didn’t have is what they pay Tage Thompson and this is also currently with Soshnikov which I figure one full year with the team before upping him or seeing if he worth keeping. Now IMO I would let Stastny, Jaskin, Sundquvist walk for sure. I trade away Gunniersson (Easier with the no trade close that Bouwmester has) So adds an extra 2,900,000 giving you a crap of 16,850,000 to work with (Hoping to get some kind of draft pick with this trade).

    Now this is why I made the trade. 13 Million will go in hope to sign John Tarvares (The current rumored number) Now this gives you 3,800,000 left in cap space. Tight yes, your roster is basically set. With 3 lines that are really could be considered top lines which no true 1, 2,3 in a good way. Wingers in how it’s listed Seems to not matter as they only list four RW currently and I know I’ve seen left wingers playing right on this team as we seen Steen and Schwartz on the same line. So I have it as this ruffly.
    Tavares, Tarasenko, (Fabbri/ or Pacioretty)
    Schenn, Schwartz, (Hoffman/or Pacioretty/or Fabbri) (Schenn and Schwartz have that chemistry that I would keep together)
    Barbashev,Thompson, Steen
    Sanford, Soshnikov, Thornburn* (The star is because forth line is switched with healthy scratches)

    With that 3,800,000 left Maybe lucky if you get Tarvares on a 12 Million. Add a Millon. I say you could get Upshall for a Million.Forth line could be Standford Upshall, And the last spot between Thornburn and Soshnikov. Still have two choices. Could try and get Hutton back for 2 Million (Decent raise for his current deal) or you make the backup goalie a call up for less. WIth still you have about between 1,800,000, to 800,000 of cap space. You could add lower dept if need be with it. But you will have 3 great lines

  16. There’s probably three things Tampa needs & then they’ll probably be OK. At least one more defenseman, another winger (maybe two) & an experienced goalie to put with Vasilevskiy.