NHL Rumor Mill – March 6, 2018

by | Mar 6, 2018 | Rumors | 12 comments

Updates on the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.  

The Washington Capitals were reportedly among the clubs interested in Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson before the trade deadline (Photo via NHL Images)


FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman telling NHL Network on Friday he believed the Washington Capitals made a pitch for Ryan McDonagh and Erik Karlsson before last Monday’s NHL trade deadline. McDonagh was eventually dealt by the New York Rangers to the Tampa Bay Lightning while Karlsson remains with the Ottawa Senators. Looking at the Capitals’ salary-cap constraints, Friedman wasn’t sure how they could’ve pulled off either deal but he thinks they tried. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I share Friedman’s uncertainty over how the Capitals would’ve done it. The Lightning gave up a roster player, two draft picks (including their 2018 first rounder) and two prospects in the McDonagh deal. It’s said the Senators sought between five to seven assets for Karlsson and were also pushing for winger Bobby Ryan to be included in the deal. Cap Friendly indicates the Caps are bumping against the $75-million ceiling. 

Washington defenseman John Carlson is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. If the Capitals fail to re-sign him, perhaps they’ll revisit their interest in Karlsson during the offseason,


DETROIT FREE PRESS: In a recent mailbag segment, Helene St. James was asked if the Red Wings will seek a replacement for goaltender Petr Mrazek this summer via free agency. She questions Jared Coreau’s readiness to become a full-time NHL backup. She thinks they could look to free agency, where former Wings goalie Petr Mrazek could be available. 

She also doubts the Wings will pursue a big-ticket player via free agency. She thinks they could instead sign a patch player, as they did with Trevor Daley last summer. She speculates they could pursue a forward and wouldn’t be surprised to see former Wings forward Thomas Vanek return. She also knows there’s some interest in re-signing defenseman Mike Green.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Free-agent goaltender options could include Jonathan Bernier, Andrew Hammond, Michael Hutchinson or Carter Hutton. Vanek expressed interest in returning to the Wings last summer so perhaps there’s an opportunity for him to do so this summer. The Wings might be unwilling to pay Green $6-million per season again, but if he’s willing to accept a bit of a pay cut perhaps they’ll ink to another three-year deal. 



  1. Love to see Rangers get Karlsson. And could take Ryan if: Ottowa takes back Shattenkirk and Zuc. Don’t like the Zuc for Ryan swap, but they’re both 30 and would need to clear some cap space. Would be great if we could unload Smith in a separate deal

    • How does this help either team? Both are looking to do proper rebuilds. Both teams don’t want any of the 4 players you mentioned.

      • If Karlsson wants out and Ottowa can’t sign him long term, yeah, it helps. For Rangers, they’re not in a total rebuild. Lundquist still here and they still want to win.They’d be swapping 2 guys and getting 1 of the top d men. They’d have to add, but have a surplus of picks and prospects.

      • Also, Zucharello only 1 year left on contract, even if Ottowa wasn’t interested, Rangers will probably move him somewhere in off season.

      • It’s like putting a bandaid on a pancreatic tumour. It might momentarily ease a couple of minds but it’s not actually fixing anything.

    • Have you been drinking?

      • Why? Even you have said you where surprised they started selling. Zucharello’s name was also tossed around at deadline. If possible, even if it takes a 3rd team, why wouldn’t Rangers look to acquire Karlsson? Even if it meant taking Ryan. Again, I premise this on dealing Shattenkirk.
        And no, I haven’t been drinking. But now I understand how others see you as condescending

      • What are you smoking? 🙃

  2. Green would have to accept around $4m and not sure of the term.

    I don’t think the Caps have what it would take land a big fish and are in trouble with signing Carlson.

    Adding Bobby Ryan to the mix will mess up any Karlsson trade and eliminate a lot of candidates

    • Yes it will but not all.

      • Karlsson and Bobby Ryan to DET for DeKeyser, Daley, Nyqvist, Helm and 2 1sts and 2 prospects not named larkin, mantra or Anthanasiou


      • That really doesn’t help either or those teams either. Detroit was the first modern team to place so much value on draft and development that they found a bunch of great players in very late rounds. They are not doing anything half fast. It takes their prospects years to make the big team. Detroit might move out some vets over the next few years but they are not trying any get rich quick schemes. And I say that with the Wings being my home town team and my subsequent deep hatred for the franchise and it’s fans.