NHL Rumor Mill – April 28, 2018

by | Apr 28, 2018 | Rumors | 6 comments

Rumored interest in suspended defenseman Slava Voynov plus updates on the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.

A report out of Russia claims defenseman Slava Voynov hopes to return to the NHL.


SPORT-EXPRESS.RU: A source claims defenseman Slava Voynov won’t be re-signing with SKA St. Petersburg and he’s hoping to return to the NHL. He returned to Russia in 2015 rather than face deportation after serving a 90-day jail sentence for domestic violence and receiving three years of probation.

Five teams – Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets – are rumored to be interested in Voynov.  The Los Angeles Kings, Voynov’s former team, still hold his NHL rights but reportedly aren’t interested in bringing him back. They terminated his contract following his departure to Russia. He was also suspended indefinitely by the NHL.





SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though the Kings terminated Voynov’s contract, they hold his rights until July 1, 2019. Before he can return the NHL must first lift his suspension. That will require a hearing with league commissioner Gary Bettman. Any NHL club interested in Voynov must trade for his rights.

No word from the Panthers on this, though we shouldn’t assume their silence as confirmation that they’re looking at acquiring his rights. Judging by the denials of the other clubs linked to Voynov, it doesn’t sound as though anyone’s really keen to bring him back. 


AZCENTRAL.COM: Richard Morin reports Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka said he’ll “definitely be active” attempting to make trades during the NHL Draft weekend (June 22-23) in Dallas. ” I think that’s an opportunity to make some moves and it’s an opportunity for us to improve our group. … Ultimately, you need someone to say ‘yes.” He said he and his staff will be busy preparing for possible scenarios. “We know we’re going to be picking in the top 10 — but at the same time, you can move up, you can move down. … It becomes my job to make sure we’re getting the best player we can and moving up or down and making sure that we zero in on that guy.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can’t help but wonder if any of those scenarios involve moving an active player on his roster. It won’t be Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who has expressed a willingness to sign a contract extension. Maybe he’ll consider packaging one of his young players (other than Calder Trophy nominee Clayton Keller) with his own first-round pick in hopes of landing the first-overall pick. 


THE ATHLETIC: Allan Mitchell recently examined possible backup goaltending options for the Edmonton Oilers. Though they acquired Al Montoya late in the season, he might be unable to handle the workload expected of the Oilers’ No. 2 next season. Carter Hutton, Anton Khudobin and Jonathan Bernier are possible free-agent options, but the Oilers could look toward European goaltenders such as SKA St. Petersburg’s Mikko Koskinen or former NHL goalie Jhonas Enroth. They could also look toward the AHL for someone such as Michael Hutchinson of the Manitoba Moose.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoever the Oilers bring in must be able to spell off overworked starter Cam Talbot on a regular basis. Perhaps they’ll also look at someone capable of pushing Talbot a little. 


MLIVE.COM: In a recent mailbag segment, Ansar Khan was asked if the Detroit Red Wings might sign some useful veterans to one-year contracts and then flip them at the 2019 trade deadline for draft picks. Though the Wings did so with Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott in 2016, Khan doesn’t see them going that route again this year. He also expects they’ll sign a free-agent goaltender to either compete with starter Jimmy Howard or serve as their backup next season. They would also like to re-sign defenseman Mike Green.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Free-agent goalie options include St. Louis’ Carter Hutton, Boston’s Anton Khudobin or Colorado’s Jonathan Bernier. As for Green, they could have a difficult time re-signing him as he could get interest from playoff contenders (Toronto, perhaps?) seeking an experienced top-four blueliner. 



  1. Tons of teams will take Voyonov happily if the NHL reinstates him & I assume LA as well, this is a solid world class defensemen who just turned 28.

    The reason no 1’s commenting or denying interest is that would be tampering. You aren’t allowed to comment about a player whose rights are held by another team, the fines for such are extreme.

    Voyonov made a horrendous mistake. He’s paid his dues he will be back. If players like Bertuzzi can get reinstated so will Voyonov. Not a question of if but when.

    • Like Ray Rice? No WAY does he get a 2nd chance in the states….

      Comparing Bertuzzi and this guy is comparing apples to battleships! Bertuzzi didn’t kick the crap out of a woman!

      What dues did he pay? An airline ticket home ?…. to avoid jail time and deportation? Wow! Poor guy!

      Once a filthy woman beater , always a filthy woman beater! ” sorry hunny, I only kick the crap out of you because I love you”! It won’t happen again…. unless dinner is cold, you come home late, talk to another man, text someone , have a male friend on social media…..

      Give it a rest! There is NO cure for these type of abusive piece of trash, and certainly no place in pro sports for it.

      Don’t you have a daughter? Some man kicks the crap out of your daughter will he be at the table on thanksgiving getting a second chance?

      If it was my daughter, I don’t think he’d get a second chance at life…. nevermind carrying out a career!

    • Striker, Voynov is not under contract therefore tampering isn’t an issue. He’s essentially an RFA but not subject to the compensation rules.

    • I’m really nor sure Voynov will get as much interest as you think. Part of the reason is the #MeToo movement. Bettman might have also have expressed a true sentiment that he will absolutely not sign off on Voynov’s return. The NFL is huge enough to have absorbed the whole “New Felons League” debacle, not sure that would be true of the NHL.

      What I can say is that the Habs should have ZERO interest in him. Montreal was where the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre where young women were 14 women were killed with another 28 injured. They were killed, as the perpetrators suicide indicated, because they were women. I, along with many others in Montreal, remember that night. Jack Layton, who became a prominent politician in Canada, started the white ribbon campaign to speak out about violence against women. The PR nightmare Voynov would bring to Montreal and to Voynov in particular would be intense, even by Montreal standards. People might not like MB but no way is he stupid enough to risk bring Voynov into this kind of hostile environment.

      That said, I get why you think there might be someone else might bite. Here’s hoping Betteman does the right thing, and if not, LA at least will refuse to trade him or let him play for them.

  2. I think Chayka is looking for more immediate help than looking to move up in the draft. No 1 is trading up for the 1st overall pick, whoever wins the lottery will retain it & draft Dahlin.

    It’s time for Arizona to step up & start winning. That goal was partly implemented last summer with the acquisitions of Stepan, Raanta & Hjalmarsson who happens to be 1 of OEL’s best friends!

    Arizona got off to a terrible start but following the All-Star break, it started to finally come together. Numerous new players, a young roster, significant injuries & a new coach. That’s a ton of change to adjust to but the future looks very bright for this team moving forward. They aren’t a playoff team yet really but as Col & NJ showed this season in the new NHL the quality of players coming in the draft now, moving to youth & speed can change a team’s fortunes quickly.

    I see Arz bringing in a solid veteran scoring winger at forward with a reasonable term. If Hoffman is actually available he would be a solid fit. Not sure who it will be but I really like what Maloney had built & Chayka’s tinkering so far has fit perfectly for the long term.

    Domi, Stepan, Keller.
    Perlini, Dvorak, Fisher.
    Crouse, Strome, Panik.
    Martinook, Cousins, Merkley.
    Spare. Archibald.

    OEL, Hjalmarsson.
    Goligoski, Demers.
    Chychurn, ?.

    Raanta, Kuemper.

    This is a solid young roster. Merkley, Strome, Crouse, Dvorak, Perlini, Keller & Fisher are all still waiver exempt although only 2 at best from that group are ever going back to the minors but that speaks to how young & little NHL experience this solid group of young forwards has.

    With expansion looming probably 2 possibly 3 summers out decisions need to be made soon so as they all need to start playing NHL games. Moving out Merkley or Crouse possibly with their 1st overall pick should yield a solid return from a team with cap issues or wanting to get younger.

    • AZ has room to sign JVR and force some of the bottom 6 guys back down into their spots.

      Think they need to work on their D…also
      Perhaps looking at a Orpik from WSH for 1 yr to slot with OEL and pair Hjalmarsson with Chychurn.
      Oprik is not as fast but certainly can solidify the defensive side of the back end and makes really smart decisions with the puck. I think Orpik can slide over and play right side or OEL can…. it gives them options with a reliable defender…which they need.

      Plus WSH will need to clear cap to sign Carlson.

      Or Domi plus to ANA for Montour plus. another option