NHL Rumor Mill – May 10, 2018

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Latest on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers in your NHL rumor mill.


PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: Jason Mackey and Jonathan Bombulie report Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford believes his club still has to nucleus to win another Stanley Cup. However, he’s open to making some roster changes. “I can’t give you a definite answer on who that’s going to be right now and exactly the positions, but we’re a good team, and we will be a good team going forward.”

Rutherford intends to have promising winger Daniel Sprong in the lineup next season. With young forwards  Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon having cracked the roster this season, Bombulie feels they have a surplus of wingers. He speculated Rutherford could draw from that depth to perhaps bolster the Penguins defense.

Could the Pittsburgh Penguins shop Carl Hagelin for a defenseman this summer? (Photo via NHL Images)

Mackey proposed possibly shopping winger Carl Hagelin, who’s a year away from unrestricted free agency. “He could trade Kris Letang or Phil Kessel, though neither of those options seem terribly likely at the moment, especially not the first one.” Mackey also suggested little-used defenseman Matt Hunwick could be moved, while young goaltender Tristan Jarry could interest clubs seeking depth between the pipes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the Penguins have over $70 million invested in 17 players next season. Riley Sheahan, Bryan Rust, Tom Kuhnhackel, Dominik Simon and Jamie Oleksiak are restricted free agents with arbitration rights while Chad Ruhwedel is their sole unrestricted free agent. Should the salary cap reach $80 million they have sufficient space to perhaps re-sign all of those players, but not enough to add via free agency or trade without shedding salary first.

A trade or buyout of Hunwick appears certain. Hagelin, who turns 30 in August, has a $4-million salary-cap hit and could prove difficult to move unless the Pens absorb part of his annual average salary. They could try to move Brassard, who also has a year left on his deal ($3 million cap hit) but I think Rutherford might prefer retaining him for next season in hopes he improves. They aren’t trading Letang and I’ll be very surprised if they ship out Kessel. If they peddle a winger it could be someone like Rust or Kuhnhackel. 


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the odds are high that the Edmonton Oilers trade their first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft. He feels whatever defenseman is available at that spot is two or three years away from reaching the NHL and the Oilers don’t want to risk wasting any more of captain Connor McDavid’s prime years. Matheson notes the Oilers need “immediate offensive punch for a defence that had 29 goals last year.” He rules out pursuing Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson as the cost would be too high.

Matheson feels they’ll move the pick for a right-shot rearguard. “Do they trade the 10th overall pick for a young offensive defenceman on the cusp of being an NHL regular, package the 10th and a young player for someone better or try for a straight-up swap with winger Jesse Puljujarvi, the most marketable target, or left-shot defenceman Oscar Klefbom because they’ve got too many lefties on the blue-line in Darnell Nurse, Andrej Sekera and Kris Russell?”

Matheson’s proposed trade targets include Carolina’s Justin Faulk, St. Louis Colton Parayko (acknowledging he could be a pipe dream), Colorado’s Tyson Barrie, Vegas’ Colin Miller or Anaheim’s Brandon Montour (a long shot). 


SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Oilers will trade that pick for a right-shot defenseman, likely packaged with a good young prospect or player. Given the Hurricanes blueline depth and recent management changes, they could be the most likely trade target, though I think their preference is swapping a d-man for a scoring center. I’ll be very surprised if the Blues move Parayko or the Avs part with Barrie. I don’t see Montour going anywhere.

Vegas lacks a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Given their stunning success this season, the emergence of William Karlsson, Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore and their plethora of extra picks in this year’s draft and the next two, maybe they’re not keen to part with Miller. 



  1. So how will the lines work next year? They are going to have to trade a couple of wingers or lose them for nothing on waivers.
    Guentzel Crosby Sprong
    Sheary Malkin Hornqvist
    ZAR Brassard Kessel
    Rust Sheahan Simon

    Trade bait Kuhnhackle, Haglen, Sheary, Blueger, DiPauli

    Dumoulin Letang
    Maatta Shultz
    Oleksiak. ?

    Trade bait- Hunwick, Pedan, Taylor, Prow, Corrado

    Outside chance of making team out of camp- Bellrive, Angello, Blueger, Johnson, Millitic, all 5 of those guys can play centre or wing.

  2. Sheary did not play much in the play offs. His ice time was often one of the lowest and only limited PP .Move him for depth on defence. Maybe package for a TJ Brodie. Not sure why Letang is a no go. Salary yes is a deterrent but…
    Oilers 10 over all would be of interest. Maybe that to Carolina in a package for a defenceman. Keep Puljuarvi . I seen signs of confidence last year and I think he only gets better

  3. Pens should see if there are takers for hunwick with a tad salary held. Hunwick at 2.5 is bad. Hunwick at 1.5 better. I doubt pens have to hold salary on hags with the cap going up. They won’t get a huge return but there will be a few teams with space looking for wing depth. Hell that team could flip him at the deadline for a decent pick if they are out of the race.

    Does letang allow himself to be traded to the knights? They have some decent young top 4 options that could come back.

    I see sheary being shopped over rust and Kuhnhackl isn’t bringing anything back.

    • There is zero reason to trade Letang. He is one of maybe 15-20 actual franchise number one dmen in the world. There is no way to replace him. Letang has 50 points this year on a supposed off year that’s pretty good. Even his contract will look like a huge bargain when Carlson, Karlson, Doughty, and OEL get their new deals. You could argue they are all better than he is but not 4-5 million better. Yeah Hunwick has to go no question at all. But how? Unless Toronto wants him back and is willing to take that salary. The Pens are not taking Hainsy back under any circumstances. Yeah Sheary and his 3 mill cap hit would be preferable over Rust and his RFA, no arbitration rights, salary tbd. Rust will get 3*2.5 and be valuable at that rate. They can easily get a third for Kuhnhackel and that is better than losing him to waivers. Brodie, who is from my hometown and my niece and nephews cousin, would be great but unaffordable. The player I would target from the Flames is Rasmus Anderson. He’s a 21 year old, right shot dman with 2 years AHL experience. If Sam Bennet is also available I would try and make a deal for both of them. Bennet can play left wing in the middle 6 and is a huge upgrade over Rowney as a 5C. Let’s all just get used to the fact tha Crosby, Malkin. Kessel, Letang, Brassard, Guentzel, Murray, Dumoulin, Maatta, Shultz, Sheahan, Oleksiak, Jarry, Hornqvist are not going anywhere in the next 12 months.

      • I’m not sure they should look to move letang at all. But Rutherford wouldn’t surprise me by doing it though. I would actually be somewhat surprised if gmjr doesn’t make a splashy move with letang or kessel.

        In what fantasy world does a guy who arguably isn’t even a good 4th liner get a third!?!?

      • Crosby 30, Melkin 31, Kessel 30, and Hörnqvist 31 all on long term deals. Would not surprise me if one of Hörnqvist or Kessel are traded this fall for a young prospect plus. Although they do have a NTC in one way or another so it will not be easy.

      • Hornqvist was just signed for another 5 years at $5.3M/year. That is going to be a bad contract (think Backes) very soon and Pittsburgh should have let him walk vs. paying that price. Kessel definitely has significant trade value, but I would avoid Hornqvist like the plague with that extension.

    • Hunwick is probably tradable if about half of his salary is retained. $1.1-$1.2M for an experienced 6-8 defenceman isn’t terrible value. Plus, if I’m Pittsburgh, I’d rather have 2 years of dead cap space than four given the only year the cap savings would be significantly different is next season with $458k on a buyout vs. $1.125M on a 50% retained trade. Every other year is worse from a cap management perspective if Hunwick is bought out.

  4. Maybe Edmonton targets John Carlson, no assets lost, shoots right. I think his cap hit keeps going up with every Washington win. he is going to hit pay dirt.

  5. Torey Krug to Edmonton doesn’t make sense from a Boston perspective, Krug finished 9th among defense in the regular season, the bruins don’t have anyone to replace them numbers. I do not believe Krug is on the trade market.

  6. If the Bruins signed Carlsson than I could see them moving Krug to Edmonton. Chara realistically has two more years in him and Charlie and Carlo will need a pretty big raise. Matt is way better than he gets credit for and can play the power play.

  7. Off topic but Alex Lyon had a 94 save game last night…..gave up one goal on 95 shots, 79 straight saves. Insane

    • Ooops, looks like Lyle already covered this in the news section

  8. Pit had better hope the cap comes in at closer to 82 than 80. Getting all 5 RFA’s signed under 10 mil will be tight leaving very little wiggle room. Those 5 only get 22 so 1 more player needs to be added & Rutherford has said Sprong plays next season so there is your 23 man roster barring trades. That leaves them with 15 forwards from the current mix. If a wingers moving out possibly 2 which 2 & what are they returning if anything? Does Kuhnackl have trade value? Is ZAR being sent down as he doesn’t need to clear waivers until a solution is found or does Sproing stay down until 1 is found?

    I assume Hunwick will be bought out & potentially replaced with a player making at or near the league min to play as the 7/8 Dman.

    Does Hagelin have value in trade with 1 year remaining making 3.66 & a cap hit of 4 & if so what is it? He has been married to Malkin for years now.

    • That’s not in the least bit accurate.

      • Which part there were 4 ?’s in there.

    • A team like Buffalo or Arizona could pick up Hagelin cheaply now (4th or 5th round pick) and possibly get a 2nd round pick at the deadline assuming they’ll miss the playoffs yet again. I don’t think Hagelin would be hard to trade without retaining salary given he only has one year left on his deal. If he plays well next year and the new team is in the playoff race, even better.

      • Well I don’t see Arz taking Hagelin they haven’t got the room for all their young players & recently moved out Rieder & Martinook who are very similar players to Hagelin.

        Its possible Pit could get a 2nd at next seasons deadline, Kane just moved for a 2nd; unless resigned, Maroon a 3rd, Grabner a 2nd, etc..

    • Inaccurate because Haglen has not been “married” to Malkin. Remember HBK? Haglen played with Bonino the last 2 years. Haglen absolutely has trade value to any rebuilding team looking to get expiring contracts and sell them at the TDL. Hunwick will only be bought out as a last option. The cap savings from the buyout are not worth the cap implications. Kuhnhackel also has value as a low cost defensive forward with tons of playoff experience. Just because he doesn’t put up a ton of points doesn’t mean he’s worthless. If Archibald returned the puck they used to get Oleksiak then Kuhnhackle has value. Kuhnhackle is also a Sullivan favourite so he might not be going anywhere. I would guess Haglen to a team like Detroit or the Rags and Sheary to Calgary for a dman that is not one of their current top 6. Sprong and Aston Reese are now NHL players unless one has a bad camp. I like Blueger to be the 13th forward and I think Jordie Bellerive will make it very hard for them to send him back to junior. That kid has improved immensely in one year.

  9. Edm has about 15 solid years with McDavid so I wouldn’t be too concerned about his prime years, McDavid just turned 21 so won’t even be in his prime for 3 or 4 more years depending upon your perception of such.

    Carolina isn’t giving up Faulk for the 10th overall pick & a prospect forward unless that prospect forward is Puljujarvi or Yamamoto & even then I wouldn’t do that deal if Carolina but we are talking about Don Waddell here.

    Carolina is closer to being rebuilt than Edm, they are loaded with prospects both at D & forward.

    Mattheson is living in a dream world as usual. It Faulk is moving it will be as Necas isn’t ready to play a 2nd line C role & Faulk could be moved to secure a C & the only 1 Edm could move as McDavid & Draisaitl aren’t going anywhere would be RNH.

    These 2 teams don’t have a good fit or make good dance partners. Carolina before ownership change was right on the cusp of taking a serious step up. I have no idea how all this change is going to affect them moving forward but based on other teams that have constantly messed with management & coaching, Arz, Edm, Buf, etc. I assume not well. Although none of those teams had this blend of players especially at D. If not for Darling Carolina was a playoff team this season.

    • 15 years of solid prime, drinking a little early today r u Striker, your saying at 36 he’ll still be in his prime. McDavid would be the first.

      • He didn’t say that at all caper . He said they have 15 solid years and he hasn’t entered prime yet for another few years . Not to worry about prime years because they will get all of his prime years in this scenario .
        Yamamoto isn’t being traded yet , puljujarvi , I can only hope is in the same category. No way rnh is moved unless a gm is willing to go crazy for him , possible but unlikely . The 10 pick should be in play imo but None of mcdavid draisaitl nuge Yamamoto puljujarvi Klefbom Larrson nurse or bear should be included . That is my hope .

      • I never said 15 years of solid prime. I said Edm has 15 solid years of McDavid & he will be entering his prime in 3 to 4 years depending on your perception of such.

        Take the time to actually read it Caper, it will save you some time.

  10. I don’t know how they get rid of Hunwick, but Conor Sheary will be traded to Buffalo, Arizona or NJ for a 3rd or 4th round pick. No way you can have both him and Sprong in a lineup that already includes Kessel.


    Caps’ Wilson ‘a bit confused’ on suspension

    Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson returned to the top line in practice on Wednesday ahead of the Eastern Conference Final, but said he’s still not sure why he was suspended three games for his hit in Game 3 that left Pittsburgh forward Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and a concussion.”

    I’ll clear up your confusion, Moron…

    Because what you did is cowardly, dirty and illegal.

    I understand you are confused because you do cowardly, dirty and illegal stuff ALL THE TIME and never get punished so you are confused as to why it happened this time but yeah, hitting the guy in the head and concussing him while breaking his jaw is why you were suspended, Coward Dunce.

  11. Klefbom and the 10th pick for Tyson Barrie/3rd round pick? Fair deal

    • Why would Edm trade Klefbom? He played through a shoulder injury till finally getting shut down when the season was lost. Klefbom is still years from being fully developed & has an awesome contract. He is & will be Edm’s #1 or 2 Dman for years, at least the 5 remaining on his contract. He’ll be 25 in July with 255 regular season games of experience. This is a young stud Dman who has yet to show his top end & he showed 12 goals & 38 points the season before last. Klefbom has 15 goals to 50 point potential yet to be realised simply do to youth & inexperience.

      • Be careful striker! You said hall, Weber, subban, and Mcdonagh would never be traded…. not too long ago “Mcdonagh won’t be traded, he’ll re-sign in ny for 6-8 years…..NY’s not rebuilding… yada, yada yada!
        You argued all year…. ny wasn’t going there, and I argued that’s where they need to be……. how’d that work out?

  12. I think that’s in the range give or take if I were guessing . I hope Klefbom gets another year and Pete doesn’t go this route , I don’t think it would be a good move to trade him . He should be 100% healthy next year and would be nice to see what he can do if he can stay that way . With Larrson or nurse

  13. I think Edmonton will either trade #10 or trade down.
    I see Edmonton been busiest n creative teams before or during draft
    Lucic, klefbom, 10th pick
    I think they will try package draft picks along with Lucic for B prospect or 3rd pick free up salary
    Would Oilers do a long shot trade offer w Buffalo
    To Buffalo drisital to Edmonton O’really, ristolainen

    • I can only hope that’s a hard no on everything except the 10 pick . I hope Leon stays , I don’t want o Reilly on my team even though he’s a good player . Draisaitl had a down year and put up 70 pts , 56.9 faveoff % and spent almost half the year with no help or chemistry on his wings , as heavily reported and the pp was terrible . I don’t know if buffalo does that either but i don’t like it , wouldn’t mind risto but not in this scenario

      • would love Leon … Shey & picks & prospects
        instead of RNH deal of outlined below

    • I could see Leon to the Rangers(or another) for one of these 1st round picks and a 2 young roster forwards.
      Three players were good in Edmonton in they all play center- none should be a 3rd line center-one should go for speed on the wings.
      RNH over ROR all day at their ages.

      • Rnh played extremely well on mcdavid wing , helps him defensively , they have great chemistry being showcased again at the worlds . While also providing insurance for Leon mcdavid for small windows at center . And he’s a great teammate by all accounts . I wouldn’t do rnh straight up for O Reilly personally. Mcdavid made a late push to win the heart and that push happens to coincide with rnh joining his line , unless you Think rattie was the big change ..

  14. Win the art Ross * the nhl fell for the cute story, all of which ended in the first chapter

  15. As a NYR fan with 5 pt plann to fix all and be back on top next season

    one main move is trade Brady Skjey for RNH from
    oilers , maybe staright up but if we need to sweeten pot we have picks & prospects out the Kazoo

    • Brady is the best defenseman on the team…. He needs to be on the ice 24 minutes a game. they do not need another center who is not a #1

      Brady and Kreider are two of the type of players Edm does need

    • And then the Rangers are left with lh dmen other than m Staal over the age of 20-21? Brilliant! Lmao! Trade away your #1 for a 2 center!


  16. Pittsburg should look at Bozak as a UFA then move Brassard. Him and Kessell have chemistry and history. They should then try to move Letang and sign Carlson. Send Letang to the Habs for Weber.

    That still leaves Haglin and Hunwick plus one of the young goaltenders. These moves would free up some cap space plus bring some assets.

    Edmonton should look at Krug, Ellis, Gardner, Tanev and Letang. They should be able to get anyone of them with the first round pick plus get another prospect or pick back. None of them are #1s but they move the puck and are decent defensively.

    • Yeah the Penguins should trade good players for older and worse players because that’s a good way to win.