NHL Rumor Mill – June 18, 2018

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An update on Erik Karlsson plus the latest on the Canadiens, Rangers, Bruins, Blues and Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly expressed interest in Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (Photo via NHL Images)

OILERS INTEREST IN KARLSSON?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Edmonton Oilers have contacted the Ottawa Senators about defenseman Erik Karlsson, even though it seems improbable they can fit him within their limited salary-cap payroll. He feels any suggestion of a straight-up swap of Karlsson for forward Leon Draisaitl makes no sense for the Senators’ tightwad ownership. Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion will seek multiple pieces, including a defenseman such as Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse.

Matheson feels the Vegas Golden Knights seems more likely destination as they have the cap room and especially if they’re willing to part with youngsters such as winger Alex Tuch and defenseman Shea Theodore.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matheson goes into greater detail analysing a possible Karlsson-to-Edmonton scenario, but he doesn’t mention the defenseman’s modified no-trade clause. As per Cap Friendly, Karlsson provides a 10-team no-trade list. If the Oilers are on it, the Senators would have to ask him if he’d agree to the trade. I think Karlsson prefers going to a contender in an American-based market. The fact the Golden Knights tried to acquire Karlsson at this year’s trade deadline is likely an idicator of where he’d prefer to go.

CANADIENS UPDATE

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan reports Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is willing to listen to offers for his first-round pick (third overall) in the upcoming NHL Draft.  “I’ve told teams if they want to make me an offer, I’ll look at it. But again, sometimes teams don’t want to move up. As much as a team wants to move back or move up, if there’s no takers or buyers then you just sit where you’re at.”

Bergevin also doesn’t intend to buy out any of his club’s current player contracts.

LA PRESSE:Richard Labbe reports there’s mutual interest between the Canadiens and former Habs center Tomas Plekanec regarding his possible return to their lineup next season. A pending UFA on July 1, the Canadiens dealt Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs in late-February.

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergevin will listen to offers, but unless he’s getting a skilled scoring center as the centerpiece of the return, he won’t move that pick. Perhaps the Sabres are interested in moving O’Reilly, but I think they’ll want more than just the third-overall pick in the deal. As for Plekanec, I think he’ll return to Montreal on a one-year deal worth between $2.5 – $3 million.

LATEST RANGERS SPECULATION

NEW YORK POST:Larry Brooks reports “multiple sources” claim there’s significant interest around the league in New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes, who’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. If they decide to make a significant move heading into the opening round of the 2018 NHL draft, it’ll likely involve Hayes, who could command up to $4.75-million annually on a five-year deal. Center Ryan Spooner has also attracted some attention but Hayes has the most value.

If the Rangers move Hayes, Brooks suggests he could be the centerpiece of a deal to land a right-handed defenseman. He speculates perhaps they could target Calgary Flames prospect Adam Fox.

Brooks also reports Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton is believed to have talked to the Edmonton Oilers about left wing Milan Lucic, provided forward Leon Draisaitl were also included. However, there’s no evidence the Oilers will make that move, even if it involved young defenseman Brady Skjei.

Ilya Kovalchuk hasn’t eliminated the Rangers from his list of destinations, but only if they acquire a player or two to turn them into contenders. Brooks doubts that’s going to happens. The Rangers also spoke  to the Carolina Hurricanes regarding the second-overall pick but that move seems unlikely.

Brooks said the Rangers have the cap space to take on another team’s problem contract but have no intention of becoming “a depository for faded veterans”. However, if the Penguins were to offer up Carl Hagelin along with a sweetener, they might consider it. Same goes for Lightning right wing and former Ranger Ryan Callahan, provided they’re not on his no-trade list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the Rangers could move Hayes if they can move up in the draft or perhaps get a good young player in return. He might not be the type of player the Flames are looking for and I doubt they’ll give up one of their top prospects to get him. Lucic plus Draisaitl for a package including Skjei? Dream on! Hagelin to the Rangers? Maybe, but the Pens might prefer sending him outside their division. I don’t see Callahan returning to the Blueshirts.

COULD THE BRUINS MOVE KRUG?

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty wonders if the Boston Bruins’ re-signing defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year contract extension perhaps signals a bigger blueline move to come. “If the Bruins were to dangle Torey Krug, for instance, in trade discussions next week in Dallas amid greater efforts to bring a big, left shot D-man like Noah Hanifin or Oskar Klefbom back in return, they would already want to have Grzelcyk locked up ahead of any such hockey wheeling and dealing. 

BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy also wonders if the Bruins will swing a trade for a bigger, left-shot defenseman who can make the team better. Noting their interest in Carolina’s Noah Hanifin, Conroy mused over if they would part with Krug as part of the deal and if the Hurricanes could live without winger Jake DeBrusk (“seemingly everyone’s ask”) being part of the package. He also wondered if they’ll re-sign Rick Nash or ink Ilya Kovalchuk and if they can get backup goalie Anton Khudobin re-signed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bruins GM Don Sweeney recently told NHL.com he’s not actively shopping Krug, saying he values what the blueliner brings to the team and pointing out the difficulty in replacing a 60-point guy. Of course, one should never say never as Krug’s name has been floating around a lot this spring in the rumor mill. If Sweeney gets the right offer (and if it’s someone such as Hanifin), he could got for it.

BLUES REACH OUT TO KOVALCHUK

NHL.COM: On Friday, St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his club reached out to Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent to express interest in the unrestricted free agent left wing. No visit by Kovalchuk to St. Louis has been planned but Armstrong asked the winger’s agent to consider the opportunity.

UPDATE ON THE RED WINGS

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports free agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk is at the top of the Detroit Red Wings’ wish list. A source said they’re willing to sign him to a two-year contract at a high salary. Noting Kovalchuk’s stated desire to win a Stanley Cup, Khan doubts he’ll be joining the Red Wings. They’re also interested in bringing back winger Thomas Vanek on a one-year deal.

The Wings also hope to re-sign defenseman Mike Green, offering him a one-year deal at $6 million or two years at $5 million per season. They’re also eyeing St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton and Boston Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin. There’s no truth to speculation they’d like to trade veteran starter Jimmy Howard.

They’re also debating if they’ll re-sign RFA forward Martin Frk. Former Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma is mulling an offer to join the Wings staff as an assistant coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalchuk won’t be joining the Wings. He wants to play for a contender and the Wings aren’t there yet. I could see Vanek returning to Detroit for the right price, say a one-year deal worth $3 million annually.

It’ll be interesting to see what Green does, if he’ll stay put or try his luck on the open market. He might not get better offers than those from the Wings. Hutton or Khudobin would be significant upgrades in the backup position, with perhaps an eye on eventually replacing Howard.

 








86 Comments

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      • Not being a smart-alec. I just wrote a rather long comment a few minutes ago, but got a message that I am “commenting too quickly – slow down” and the comment did not post….strange.

  1. Lyle, any intel on other possible centers of interest to the Habs?

    • So far most of the chatter links them to Ryan O’Reilly in the trade market. I’ve also heard Florida’s Nick Bjugstad as a possible option.

      • I have heard of Mtl interest in Charlie Coyle…..

      • I read that too Lyle. I never read this, and am simply gossiping but what about a package starting with the 3rd pick for RNH.

        RNH wont work as a 6 million dollar 3rd line center in Edmonton, they have started to pump his tires with CMD ( lets be honest even tye Rattie, with no dis respect to him, had good numbers on his wing.

        This would allow Edmonton to draft Zadina who is the triggerman they need for that line.

        I’m not sure on Value and moving parts but Montreal has several 2nd round picks also, plus cap room to facilitate this kind of trade.

        I think RNH would be money in the east, as its almost a different brand of hockey over there.

        Thoughts?

      • Nuge and 10 for 3 and Gallagher

      • @chrisms that wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense for the oilers. If the oilers were going to gift the Habs with a young top 6 center (with skill and draft pedigree) they would want the 3rd and a couple 2nds id guess to restock their cupboards.

        Thered be no point on essentially trading RNH for Gallagher at the expense of trading a second and moving up a couple stops to draft whalstrom instead of Zadina.

        Maybe Montreal trades down and hopes on landing a Center. No one is gifting the Habs a center or the leafs a dman…

      • I’ve read that Finn C Jesperi Kotkaniemi has moved up the list considerably and may well fit into the Top 5. Would Montreal use the 3rd pick to take this kid or are they looking for IMMEDIATE C help in the draft?

      • centers are at a premium but rnh for the third straight up is to much. he hasnt shown he can be a solid number 1 center yet… more of a good number 2 seems his ceiling.

      • RNH will play the wing on McDavid’s line next season as he did at the worlds and the end of 18 season. Great insurance for C when you need as well, or just want to change it up.
        Agree the Oil need another top 6 winger, RW specifically, just not trading Nuge to get one.
        I will go out on a limb and predict Nuge gets 75 points this year if he spends most of it play with McD. Maybe more

      • I think Mtl. will keep their pick , but move down to maybe #5 swapping with Arz. and draft the Finnish centerman Kotkaniemi whose stock has risen dramatically , and they will more than likely receive an additional pick in doing so; O’Reilly is probably better suited for a team like LA or Columbus who need a big minute 2nd line C

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  3. Was in withdrawal there for a day Lyle..was getting shakes… great read

    Skinner’s concussion problems seem to have been forgotten by all after 1 bounce back year..

    Debrusk isn’t moving and Karlsson I think will end up in…….Philly….hunch

    • My fathers day coffee without a good read of Lyle’s page was not the same

    • That’s because Skinner’s concussion problems were a long time ago. Here are his games played sequentially working from 2017-18 backwards, 82, 79, 82, 77, 71, 42; lockout season. That’s 25 games missed in his last 6 seasons.

      • Skinner’s a kid who should come home but probably won’t.

      • There are only 39 forwards that have played more NHL games than Skinner during his career, which started in 2010. Only one player in Skinner’s draft class has played more games than he has. Throughout Skinner’s career he has been the most targeted Carolina player. He had to mature and adjust his game to survive the NHL. In addition, the hits he took early in his career are now considered suspensions.
        For some reason a few fans, that seldom see Skinner play, remember him for the games he missed.

  4. Lets for a moment consider the possibility of the Sens trading Karlsson and not being able to move Hoffman…

  5. Lyle, what do you hear about possible Max Pacioretty trades?

    • DC: Nothing really out there yet but I think he’s in play. Trading Galchenyuk did nothing to address the Habs need for scoring centers. Pacioretty might be their best trade chip to address that issue.

      • what about Gabe Vilardi and the kings first or second for Patches.

        Vilardi won’t do any heavy lifting this year, but I could see something like that materializing.

      • I don’t see LA moving Vilardi & a pick for Patches. I think They’ll bid for Kovalchuk as it costs them nothing more than cash.

        LA has been making room for youth & I think Valardi will be playing by the All-Star break if not sooner. Amadio & Brodzinski are both NHL ready & Brodzinski needs to clear waivers to be sent down this year, he stays, gets traded or will be lost on waivers.

        Could Patches end up in LA? Not certain how LA makes that contract work long term with Doughty tagged for about 10.5. Starting in 2019-20.

      • LA is on record of saying that Vilardi is untouchable. Word is he will be given every opportunity to succeed and is slotted early on as replacing Iafallo on the top line with Kopitar and Brown.

        Zero chance he is traded especially for a 1 year rental.

  6. Wow, Brooks gets better and better every day!

    • Brooks is insane. Not only on the Drasaitl thing. But the Lucic thing, Callahan thing…. pretty much anything , and Everything!

      Ny couldn’t wait to escort Callahan to the door because of his asking price. Now he’s coming back and wearing the c? Lol

      Hagelin I could see because of the term and their cap space. But again, yet another guy Sather rushed out the door over his 4.5 asking price to be a 3rd liner /PK guy. But at least it’s feasible with some sort of sweetener added.

      • And no ihatecrosby, I wouldn’t take Lucic for both Smith and Staal!

      • One of the all time worst Brooks columns…
        Rangers can sign Grabner for 2/3 of Hagelin’s $ and not give up an asset. Leon could work in NYC as the Oilers need forward depth and speed.

        What do the Habs do to get ROR? the 3rd is way over payment and the 35th wont be enough?

      • All this talk about Hagelin is nonsense. He is a valuable player and was absolutely great the second half of last year. He plays very well with Malkin and is a key to their speed game. Yeah, he’s overpaid by maybe a 750K to a million, but he’s on the last year and despite of noise, the Pens are in excellent cap shape. If they need to trade a forward to make a move, it’ll be Sheary.

      • Great? He had a great January. Up until January he had 6 points. February- end of season 14 points. Total 31 points in 81 games. I like the guy, but great isn’t a word use to describe him.

        DS, all the talk surrounding Hagelin has basically been salary dump. NY wouldn’t be giving up an asset to acquire him, more likely gaining some sort of asset for him. Pick , or prospect.

      • You’re going to have to explain to me how Pit is in excellent cap shape. Few teams if any, LA, Was, possibly Chi who has to juggle Hossa’s cap hit until he can be placed on LTIR.

        According to Capfriendly Pit has $4,782,500 with RFA’s Kuhnhackl, Rust, Simon, Sheahan & Oleksiak to sign & Rowney a UFA at today’s 75 mil cap. If the cap hits 80 to 82 that gives Pit 9,782,500 to 11,782,500 to sign those 5 RFA’s & add another Damn of some nature.

        Can that be done? Maybe but it’s going to be tight & leave very little wiggle room to cover for short injuries. I assume something has to give to flush out Pit’s 23 man starting roster come opening day.

        Pit is praying the NHLPA approves the full 5% escalator. We’ll know soon enough.

      • Pens won’t get a ton for hags but they won’t have to sweeten any deal.

      • Haglen is the logical choice to move because of his expiring contract. Rebuilding teams like to collect these types of contracts so they can flip them at the TDL for picks. It helps expedite the rebuilding process. The Penguins have too many wingers as it is and at least one, likely 2 have to move on so they dont have to demote someone and lose them on waivers. I don’t think the return on Haglen will be lucrative by any means but the major organizational need is a third pairing right shot dman. The Pens have one of the best forward groups in the league and they are content with their top 5 D and goaltending. Their RFA group should not cost more than 10 mill to re-sign completely. Moving out Haglen and one of the younger waiver eligible players should leave them with about 4 mill in cap space and no organizational needs. That means they are actually in great shape.

      • But they have to move Hagelin to be in great shape. I think that’s everyone’s point here.

        Hagelin is a hard sell. He’s been a career mid 20s point 3rd line/ pk player making 4 million in actually salary and a 4 million cap hit. I don’t see teams lining up to help Pittsburgh out here.

        Hagelin doesn’t have positive value. No sweetener, (salary retention, a pick, or a prospect ) is the only way I see him moving .

      • hag has positive value… he just makes about 1 million per year on his cap hit. he has played more playoff gsames than any other player since 2011. teams like that “playoff experience.” he would easily be moved to another team for a middling asset. teams wouldnt be lining up to help the pens they would be lining up to help their team with a monetarily expensive guy but a cheap one to acquire.

      • Chrism, in all due respect… haven’t I heard you absolutely slaughter pk specialists in the past? Again, I’ve always liked the guy, but he was and is a frustrating player to watch. All that speed, sucks on the power play ( ask torts) cannot finish and isn’t exactly a very good playmaker either. I’d prefer a younger cheaper version, even less than 3 per for that role.

        Even if the return is middling asset will cost Pittsburgh a prospect, pick or retention.

        All that being said, I can’t see most playoff teams interested prior to the deadline. And I’m scratching my head trying to think of what teams would have that interest.

        Rick Nash has probably as many playoff games as Hagelin. Yet that guy gets slaughtered here for his absence in scoring come playoff time.

        I can’t see teams lining up for how many games he played in the playoffs. 47 points in 121 playoff games isn’t exactly eye popping. And only hit double digits twice.

      • With only 3.666 in actual salary due to Hagelin, he could be moved without having to eat salary if Pit accepts virtually nothing in return. Anything less than a 3rd is essentially nothing. Even a 3rd’s odds of ever seeing the NHL are slim to non-existent.

        Hagelin has been a fixture with Malkin almost since arriving. He plays as Malkin’s defensive safety net. If moved Malkin may become even less effective defensively.

        I still think finding someone to take Sheary makes more sense but Sheary has only scored playing with Crosby & not consistently enough to stay on that line. Moving him shouldn’t be hard but they may have to settle for something like a 2nd round pick & a B grade prospect which would be unfortunate as he may just need more time to fully blossom. He only has 184 NHL regular season games so his best should still be to come.

        Just an odd situation as he has played himself down the line up not up. Does another team want to hope so at 3 mil for 2 more years?

      • My bad, he is only 3.66. But that’s pretty close to 4. When NY traded him as a rfa along with a 2nd and 6th rounder the return was Etem and a 2nd. If that puts things into perspective.

      • Any player can play the P.K. it’s the job requiring the least amount of talent. But I never pointed out hags as a pk guy. He is fast and can help drive the play down the ice. His salary is 3.66 but cap is 4 I believe. Your falling into the trap most posters fall into ny. Sure the pens should have to move an asset to drop hags contract as it helps the team reallocate resources. But they won’t have to. Why? Because the nhl is run by concrete thinking old men that DO believe in pk specialists and playoff experience and previous cups won.

        And striker. Picks in all rounds are valuable. The increasing talent pool you keep talking about makes the later rounds more and more valuable

      • Brooks brought Draisaitl into deal as the sweetener for taking Lucic. He’s off his meds. I’d bring Grabner back before trading for Hags. Hell no on Cally..can’t see Canes passing on Svechnikov…The only real news was about Smith spending summer working out with trainer. Curious to see what happens with him

      • Without question Hagelin is a pk guy. He’s definitely not driving offense with a career 27 point average.

        To me his biggest value was always on the pk. For some reason he instilled fear in PP’s because of that blazing speed. I say for some reason because the guy could have 14 breakaways in a game and never score. Horrible finisher!

        And again, I like the guy. When NY traded him, I said they would miss that skill terribly and that Etem at best was a poor mans Hagelin.

        And sure enough they did. Until they snatched Grabner with the same speed , but ability to finish. But at nowhere near the cost. While I respect pk guys, I do believe they should come cheaper than 4per. Unless their guys that put up better numbers and can play pp, etc.

        We argued endlessly about Stepans value for 2 years and still jokingly reference it. So I have to ask, if Hagelin is worth 3 per to pk and throw in 27 points….. How is Stepan not worth 6.5 to play a shut down center, pp, pk and throw up 55 points?

        As I mentioned above, Voth Grabner and Fast played the same roll, at a combined cost of less than Hagelin. And both guys put up better numbers in the process.

      • They’re, not their! And both not Voth! Lol

      • Your missing the point ny. It’s not what a player should be worth. It’s what nhl gms will do. How many gms do you have faith in to avoid hags pk skill his cup experience his speed etc etc. ironically as the cap goes up Stepan looks better and better. But he is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. His inflated contract brought back a top 10 pick! I was stunned. But I learned nhl gms can’t help themselves. And I doubt they can help themselves with hags.

      • I just don’t see it prior to the deadline. When his cap hit is a little more palatable. Most teams that are contenders already, aren’t going to have an enourmous amount of cap space right now. And those fringe teams won’t be seeing Hagelin as the guy to put them over the top.

        Not to mention guys like Perron, JVR, Vanek, Neal, Maroon, Nash, Grabner etc hitting the open market and others like Pacioretty and numerous others supposedly available…. 4 per is an awful lot for Hagelin June-February.

    • I just ignore everything he writes, pay it no attention. Sensationalism at it’s best, well that or stupidity.

      • “NY wouldn’t be giving up an asset to acquire him, more likely gaining some sort of asset for him. Pick , or prospect.”

        Not you too. Brooks never said that the Rangers would give up and asset to get him. It was the other way around. The Pens give the asset for the rangers to take him. Is reading really that hard? You don’t understand the word “sweetener?”

        Yes, Hagelin was great the second half of the year. You must one of those people whose knowledge comes from reading statistics. Ask any Pens fan who actually watches him play. There isn’t a Pens fan who would take Sheary, with his 40 5/5 goals in the last two years over Hagelin ,who is one of the most disruptive forecheckers in hockey and plays perfectly with Malkin.

      • Pens fan here. I’d take sheary over hags. Don’t pretend to speak for any other pens fans.

      • Notitall , perhaps you may want to read my comment again, then re-read it then maybe one more time.

        I just said…. which you copy and pasted NY WOULD’NT be giving up an asset….. emphasis on WOULDN’T Lmao…. reading…… ” Sweetner ” gaining an asset or pick”

        Boy oh boy! The fact that you read that, then copy and pasted it ….. no words!

        And no, Hagelin has never been great…. ever! Nor will he be. He is at the very least a cap casualty. To put it nicely. And Brooks didn’t start the Hagelin being moved rumor, it’s been out there a year+.

        Not only has it been out there a long time. I’ve seen a lot of Pens fans on this very page eager to ship him out the door…. other than the month of January….

        To say a 3rd line checker putting up 31 points with one year remaining on his contract is “great ” is beyond reaching.

      • Hey, Fast had 33 points in 71 games, primarily in the same role Hagelin has. He is greater! Or the greatest ever? Yay!
        Jesper Fast, greatest 3rd line plugger with speed on the market!

        Not to mention he’s less than half the cost of Hagelin!!!!

        Fast and a 4th for Doughty?

      • Noitall.. i agree hags is soo valuable…

  7. Krug and Carlo for Faulk and Hanifin.

    • ” ds on June 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      One of the all time worst Brooks columns…
      Rangers can sign Grabner for 2/3 of Hagelin’s $ and not give up an asset. Leon could work in NYC as the Oilers need forward depth and speed.”

      Why don’t you try reading what Brooks actually said before spouting off. He said the the Pens would be dumping Hagelin and adding value for the Rangers to take. He didn’t say that the Rangers would give up anything for him.

      Anyway, Brooks is delusion. The Pens value Hagelin greatly and they certainly are going to add an asset just to trade him.

      • Dude why do you bother? you borderline ruin the enjoyment of this all. the pens send the rangers hagelin and an asset for nothing-nice one bro’. do you take notes while reading trade rumors and have a spreadsheet handy?

  8. Lyle,

    Like Sam— I was in withdrawl– thanks for fixing

    • So correcting peoples’ misreading and rants about the media ruins the enjoyment? To quote the classic lie, “I guess you can’t handle the truth.”

  9. Re: Ottw ….If EK moving— is it still mandatory (by Ottw) to move Ryan with same trade? If so– and VGK the destination— don’t they have to move more assets to fit in both BR and EK (long term)?

    If BR a must in the trade—IMO VGK should balk.

    • I think the concept for Ryan and EK being in the same deal is ridiculous. IF the sens trade EK, they better get a massive payment, Bobby Ryan is negative value in that trade – there is no way they can get minimum for EK and explain that to the fans.

      • I agree. The issue in Ottawa is going to be that perception matters a lot in order to repair the relationship with the fans, so even if they get the correct value in a deal that involves both players, the chance of hurting the perceived return for Karlsson by adding a negative value going the other way is just too risky. If Dorion is going to sell the fans on a rebuild, I think he needs to make sure you move Karlsson alone, and maximize value even if it’s largely for appearances sake.

        Same could be said about giving up this years pick. I don’t see a lot of Scenarios where much can be expected of Ottawa next year, but asking fans to be patient through a bad season with no 1st next year is asking a lot.

      • Just spit balling here but should Ottawa approach Colorado?

        Colorado gets EK + other stuff
        Ottawa gets Barrie + sens first rounder back and other stuff

      • I don’t think Col is going to risk passing up a shot at Jack Quinn to get a Dman 1 year from UFA status. Even if signed & traded I don’t see Col. Jack Quinn is a generational talent. Has been compared to Patrick Kane with McDavid’s skating ability.

      • i think the avs just stand pat for the most part…barrie is mak k’s buddy and had a decent year himself….sakic has maintained
        the avs want to get younger and even faster…imop they could use a 2nd liner and
        a 3-5 dman …time will tell sakic has learned on the job but has developed great
        patience and stays quiet

  10. This report is exactly why Wings fans expressed no belief in Holland. Vanek? Why? What’s he going to do other than take a spot that a younger guy should get and teach younger players in the organization that you don’t need to play a 200 ft game. I hope you’re right on Ilya not wanting to go to Wings. Again, get these young guys some minutes. Holland should be fired retroactively.

    • Fired retroactively – great line. not sure why but Phil Mickelson came to mind.
      Anyway, Ken Holland will be in Seattle soon and his coach will be another guy from the Okanagan.

      • Just saw that Barry Trotz stepped down as Head Coach of the Stanley Cup Capitals.
        Islanders? Seattle? Hmmmm.

  11. Re: Kovalchuk— West Coast has reached out and it looks like St L reaching out; and Boston possibly. If he is only looking at “contenders” , outside of serious cap maneuvers needed, has there been any showing (however minimal) of interest from Winn, VGK, Nsh, TBay, Pens, Wsh?

    • I don’t understand how Vegas after 1 year is considered a top team. They had an incredible run, but they rode s hot goalie and most of the key players are either rfa, UFA or have 1 year left before FA.how are they getting every guy mentioned here? Panthers went to finals early in their existence…95-96.. they’ve won 6 playoff games in over 20 years since. They lost in 1st rd the year after going to finals and didn’t qualify again until 3 years later where they got swept in 1st rd

      • Good young resignable players. Tons of picks to either trade or stock up talent… cap space to give a little extra cheddar. Nice place to live.

      • Vegas HAD tons of picks. This year they have 1 pick(61st) in 1st 3 rounds. Young resignable players? Karlson is a rfa. Curious to see what he gets. Had a breakout year but kind of the poster boy of team as far as how sustainable is their success. He shot something like 23%. As I said, they have a ton of guys that need new contracts in the next year. If you look at roster not counting ufa’s, they’re average. MAF has a year left. Will they extend him? Cap space will disappear real quick

  12. It was a frustrating weekend. Didn’t have anything to read at breakfast. Nor when I was grilling my burgers. Nor when I was 🚽. Thank goodness I can 🚽 now in peace.

  13. I assume Kovalchuk will take the money then tell us he believes said team is a contender & it may well be if LA or SJ.

    I think had Carter not missed 55 games last season LA would have won the Pacific handily & this roster is fully intact for next season before doing anything this summer & that youth that has been added will be getting better.

    If Kovalchuk signs in LA, Iafallo can move to the 3rd line LW spot & Kovy can line up with Kopitar & Brown. If not Kovy then Skinner. LA’s in a good position to bid for Skinner, Patches or Hoffman if they lose out on Kovy for nothing more than cash. I would like them in that order to.

    That would make for a very formidable top 3 scoring lines & solid 4th checking line.

    Kovy/Skinner/Patches/Hoffman, Kopitar, Brown.
    Pearson, Carter, Tiffoli.
    Iafallo, Kempe, Vilardi.
    Rieder, Thompson?, Lewis.
    Spare Clifford.

    Vilardi may have to be sent down initially unless LA makes a trade this summer as Brodsinksi is NHL ready & needs to be waived to be sent back to the NHL, he wouldn’t clear waivers. Lweis could move back to C on the 4th lone or continue as the #3 RW.

    This solid roster & for me they are back to cup contender status & I assume they will make 2 moves this summer signing Kovy or trading for 1 of the LW’s available & 1 of the Dman, Muzzin, Martinez or Phaneuf should be moved as Ladue & Fattenberg are ready to start their NHL careers & like Brodzinksi need to clear waivers, they wouldn’t either.

    • I still think NY will sign Kovy. They’ll add someone else as well. Funny, with all of Brooksie’s speculation, no mention of Tavares. Been real quiet in NY. Only a week until teams can start talking to him.

      • Barring trades
        Kovy/Tavares or Stastny /Zucharello.
        Kreider/Zib/Buchnevich
        Vesey/Hayes/Spooner
        Chytil/Anderson/Fast

        Shatty/Skjei
        Pionk/ Lindgren
        DeAngelo/Staal

  14. It’s hard to believe Skinner just turned 26 in May. He has 8 full NHL seasons under his belt. Someone is getting a 30 goal winger. Peters did not like this player for some reason but they will love him where ever he lands & I think it unlikely considering how he’s been handled he would sign an extension in Carolina but with a clean house in Carolina although a gong show who knows.

    • Striker:
      What would the leafs need to add to this equation

      Nylander + ?

      For

      Faulk + Skinner

      • I have no idea. These types of trades don’t really make sense to me so hard for me to fill in the blank.

        Not saying they couldn’t happen but moving Faulk & Skinner in the same deal seems incredibly unlikely to me.

      • If rumours are to be believed the new owner in Carolina has been low balling everyone, GM’s, coaches, players, etc. Nylander is going to want a big raise & I don’t see Carolina wanting to pay it if these rumours are true.

    • Since 2010 only 9 players have scored more even strength goals than Skinner. The players are Ovechkin, Stamkos, Perry, Patrick Kane, Tavares, Marchand, Kessel, Seguin and Nash. Yet Carolina, a team that has trouble scoring, is actively trying to trade him. If Skinner gets to play with a top 10 NHL center, and gets more power play time, a 40 goal season would not surprise me.

  15. welcome back , i too was in a panick with no daily read, its part of my daily routine…btw any word on any flyer rumors??

  16. Lyle, according to Bob Mckenzie, Torotono is preparing a video presentation for JT which may include some roster players to lure him to Toronto if JT hits the open Market.
    It appears they have a different opinion whether they need JT or not.

    • Agree that T.O. needs help on the blue line and it should be their #1 priority.
      But, if they sign JT, they can trade Kadri to do just that. Kadri will bring back a very nice return.
      Upgrade the C position and the blue line considerably in one off season. Sounds like a good plan to me.

  17. Hayes and 26 th for 3rd overall

    • Hayes and the top pick don’t move you up to 3rd overall

  18. i don’t see stastny to rangers. they don’t need a center they need a goal scorer and a dman. why trade the assets for him now? For once Rangers can use their cap space. Perhaps they take on a salary to get a pick or in a package. Ottawa and Oilers will dump salary perhaps. Black Hawks would like to dump Hossa $ but that is likely a bridge too far for rangers. Look for a package up to 5 -7 in draft and then again from 26 to 18 or so. It will be very creative. No way they hold on to all those picks.