Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup (Part Two) – February 25, 2018

by | Feb 25, 2018 | Rumors | 27 comments

Latest on Jack Johnson, Thomas Vanek and Brian Gionta plus updates on the Leafs, Oilers and Panthers in Part Two of your Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup.


SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports the Columbus Blue Jackets’ on-again, off-again contract extension talks with defenseman Jack Johnson appear off again for the moment. They’ll decide on Monday if they’ll trade him before the 3 pm ET deadline if he’s not re-signed by then.

Elliotte Friedman suggests the Anaheim Ducks could be a landing spot for Vancouver Canucks winger Thomas Vanek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets need additional scoring, especially at center. They could move Johnson for a scoring forward, though such a move could create a hole on defense. Not an easy decision while they’re jockeying for a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

With the Ducks also in a tough fight for a wild-card spot in the West, general manager Bob Murray could consider an affordable rental option such as Vanek. 

A recent neck injury could hurt the trade value of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green. (Photo via NHL Images)


MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports a recent neck injury suffered by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green isn’t considered serious, but it could affect his value leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Green has agreed to waive his no-movement clause if a deal can be reached with the Tampa Bay Lightning by the deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Green’s neck injury, I believe teams that fail to land Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson or the New York Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh or those unwilling to pursue such expensive talent could consider the Detroit rearguard as a more affordable option. The Wings are also reportedly believed willing to absorb part of his $6-million cap hit to get a deal done. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports Team USA captain Brian Gionta could be returning to the NHL before tomorrow’s trade deadline. Various reports indicate several Eastern Conference clubs, including the Boston Bruins, could be interested in signing the 39-year-old forward.


TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is believed among those with interest in New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. He was also said to have earlier interest in Detroit Red Wings blueliner Mike Green and checking forward Luke Glendening.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers forwards Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu have been told they’re getting moved by tomorrow’s trade deadline. Letestu’s been linked to “Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, Columbus. Calgary, too.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Potential trade destinations for Maroon include Boston and St. Louis. 

**UPDATE** The Edmonton Oilers traded Mark Letestu to the Nashville Predators for forward Pontus Aberg. The Predators then dealt Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Matthew DeFranks reports rumors have linked the Florida Panthers to the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh, the Senators Erik Karlsson and the Canadiens Max Pacioretty.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers could be one of those “stealth teams” in on McDonagh or Karlsson. However, if the Panthers aren’t on either player’s list of preferred trade destinations, I don’t see that club having a serious chance in landing one of them.

Pacioretty lacks no-trade protection and the Panthers have some good young forwards that would interest the Canadiens. But with Florida surging of late and gaining ground in the Eastern Conference wild-card chase, I’m not sure GM Dale Tallon is in the market for a major move right now. 



  1. Not a fan of the Nash trade

    • A lot to give up for at this stage in his careeer is a solid third liner, but still good 2 Way player. If Nash got that what is max pac going to return? Good cap hit and 2 playoff runs for whatever team gets him

    • i don’t think it’s a bad trade for the B’s. Spooner and Beleskey are just throw-ins for cap purposes. the d-man isn’t a high-end prospect. B’s 1st rounder will be at the end of the 1st round, and it’s the going rate for probably the best available winger on the market.

      I say Maroon to St Louis; Glendening & Mike Green to TOR; Karlsson to TB for picks, Sergachyev, Namestikov; Pacioretty to FLA; Ian Cole to WPG; Vanek to Columbus; McDonough and Zuccarello do NOT get traded

      • Spooner is a solid young up & coming offensive player. I have defended this player since he entered the NHL this isn’t a throw in but a loss for Boston, although with arbitration rights & a decent scoring pedigree at the NHL level for a player with his NHL experience, NHL games played, was going to be difficult for Bos to retain. I need more time to process the trade due to the business side of the equation; cap & contract issues, but I don’t like losing Spooner in a trade to acquire a rental.

        I would have preferred Bos wait to move this asset alone in the off season if even necessary.

  2. Hoping the leafs keep away from Glendening. His cap hit is too high for a 4th line center. That is salary they could be spending to upgrade more important areas of need imo

  3. After last nights game I’m wondering if the Leafs just stand pat as that was an all around good effort and without their best player.

    But something tells me Lou is in on Ryan.

    • How about Bracco, Leivo, Gordeev and this years 1st for Ryan.

      They don’t bite I don’t go above that.

      • Ryan Reaves maybe. That collection of cast offs plus a first don’t git you a top pairing d man

      • Fair enough, what would it take in your opinion to pry away Ryan.

        Perhaps it will need a third team like Carolina and bring JVR into the discussion as well as maybe Gardiner going to the Rangers.

      • Well you need not worry then as Lou would find silence at the other end of the phone. 3 suspect prospects & a 1st. Ha-ha! Sorry but no.

        There is no guarantee anyone of those 3 players has an NHL future.

      • It will be interesting to see what they end up getting for Ryan then and my main point was I did NOT want to give up the farm for Ryan but if he could be had at a reasonable price then I would go for it.

  4. i think the leafs should try and get another d man for the playoffs and another center or something

  5. Hefty price to pay just to clear out 2 contracts.
    I am not so sure this makes Boston that much better or puts them over the top.
    It gives them some flexibility in contracts and I am sure Nash could be flipped if need be.

    I’d really like Leafs to pick up Letestu ..they really need help on the bottom 2 center positions on penalty kill and checking lines.
    And need to upgrade
    komorov as well…this guy can not finish…no punn intended.

    I know this is not part of the Rumour mill today ..but oilers should really look long and hard and put a package together for Lundqvist.
    They have the picks and a few prospects to make a run at him …they will go NO WHERE with Talbot do t card if McDavid is there..they need a big time goalie.
    Maybe an off-season deal.

    I know we argued a lot a few days ago about my position on Karlson and Tampa …but I still have to go with my sport gut here…Yzerman CAN NOT leg him go elsewhere.
    It’s now or never.
    Another team will scoop him up no problem If he does not pony up which I believe he will.
    I will eat my humble pie if he doesn’t Richard ….lol…but j think this is just to tempting with Yzermans background as a player…this like getting a crack at McDavid at 29 years old.

    • Lundqvist has said he’ll never waive his NMC. He loves NY and the organisation.

  6. I see the leafs doing something tomorrow, imo id like to see them add nik hjalmarsson( stanley cup winner and great in his own zone) or cole now that ottawa are gonna flip him. leafs have enough offence from ther d-men but a bit of defensive stability would help get leafs deeper into the playoffs

  7. Sounds as though it’s going to be Mike Green to Tampa and Ryan McDonagh to Toronto, the exact opposite of how I’d anticipated the peak of the defenseman trade market would pan out. While I would’ve preferred the inverted scenario for Toronto, Green is a prototypical rental situation while McDonagh has that additional year remaining on his contract and therefore an inherently greater chance of being retained beyond his current contract (there’s a world of difference between 3 month’s and an entire season plus three months in terms of making a player feel like they’re part of a team. Then of course there’s the x-factor of Green’s neck injury, the severity of which has yet to be fully revealed, a definite red flag heading into tomorrow’s trade deadline. The mere fact that the Rangers have remained tight-lipped about the specifics of Green’s injury speaks volumes in my opinion. Best to steer clear of what could amount to a trade fleece of potentially catastrophic proportions. Besides, it would appear that Green has no interest whatsoever in joining the Maple Leafs anyway.

  8. Not sure why anyone would have interest in Gionta. Did nothing in the Olympics and we’re not even talking about NHL players here.

  9. They can take Pittsburgh off the list of Letestu possibilities. Good thing too.

    • When was the last game Letestu scored a goal???

  10. Well Leafs got Plakanec, I like it.

    Center position taken care of now.

  11. If that’s what you get for Rick Nash, then the Leafs should look at moving JVR. I know it hurts scoring and kind of sends the wrong message, but lets get real. Does anyone see them going past the first round??? And I’m a Leafs fan! I think they should capitalize on our old UFA’s. After all we are still rebuilding. So lets help that and keep stocking up on prospects. More wishful thinking than anything I guess. They will probably do nothing and go with what they have.

    No thanks to D man McD from the Rangers. How many LD do you need?

  12. Hopefully Hextall stays out of the high-priced trades. The only immediate need is a depth defensemen. I am thinking they make a run at OEL in the off-season at the draft.

    Right now finish the season off and make a playoff run. Obviously they aren’t expected to win the cup. So hold your assets.

  13. Re NYR/Bos trade :” Start the car, start the car”…, for my American friends…, this is a reference to an IKEA commercial shown here… woman runs out of store bags in hand telling husband to start the car as she believed the deals she just got were actual mistakes/steals and wanted to get out B4 IKEA realized…. 5 for one deal ….. winner by a landslide … NYR… NASH will definitely help Boston a great deal ..,. Price to pay too high … Boston was already almost guaranteed to get to Div finals …. so 4 gates …. I don’t think the net trade of roster players puts them past TB though…. on another note…. queue the repeater …. ANYBODY …. please please please take Hunwick …. on ice last night for 4 GA … and direct cause of 3 of them … even Giant Oleksiak can’t help out with Hunwick’s mistakes …. my Leafs just go Pleck …… don’t like that trade either

    • Boston is guaranteed to get to the conference final? Have you ever watched playoffs in sports before? Nobody is guaranteed anything. toronto does not trade away their scorers going into the playoffs, they beat Boston just last night in a game where Boston lost their best player to injury. So let’s hear more about those guarantees… i’m not saying Toronto is a lock for anything, nobody is. But they are not a rebuilding team anymore, they are a good team with holes to fill just like any other good team. A team that is currently in second in their division, on the heels of Tampa does not trade away a winger who has 25 goals so far for prospects, this team is not far enough away to start trading veterans for prospects anymore.

  14. Two players I’d like to see the Leafs get is LW Maroon from EDM, and D man McDonough from NYR.

    • i could see maroon goin back to where he started his career…philly

  15. I would like to see the Leafs pick up Cole for a 2rounder and trade Gardiner ,leivo,and a first and second for McDonagh