Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 18, 2018
Latest on Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Mike Green, Chris Tanev and more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
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.