NHL Rumor Mill (Part Two) – June 22, 2018
Latest on Craig Anderson and Cam Ward plus an update on the Calgary Flames and more in your latest NHL rumor mill.
SENATORS’ ANDERSON REPORTEDLY REQUESTS A TRADE
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Bruce Garrioch reports there’s talk Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has requested a trade. While a deal could happen this summer, Garrioch believes there’s isn’t a huge market for a 37-year-old goalie coming off a bad season. Anderson’s agent declined to confirm if his client wants out of Ottawa and denied Senators general manager Pierre Dorion asked him to help facilitate a trade.
THE ATHLETIC: Chris Stevenson believes Anderson’s agent is working on trying to find a deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I blame Anderson if he wants a change of scenery. Things are getting ugly with the Senators and it appears a roster tear-down is in effect. As Garrioch observes, however, moving him won’t be easy.
As per Cap Friendly, Anderson is entering a two-year, $9.5-million contract with a 10-team no-trade list. Not saying he can’t be dealt, just pointing out that his age, last season’s struggles, his injury history and contract could be sticking points.
LATEST FLAMES CHATTER
CALGARY SUN: Kristen Anderson reports the Flames need a right winger and any type of depth scoring. Their assets include blueliners, “likely not named Mark Giordano and Travis Hamonic”. Flames GM Brad Treliving scoffed at a recent rumor suggesting defenseman Dougie Hamilton was available.
“No,” said the Flames GM. “There’s lots of stuff that’s reported at this time. We don’t comment on that stuff. When I hear about that stuff, it usually comes out late at night when people have been into the red wine … We’re not going to talk about what we may or may not do, but we’re not shopping people.” Calgary lacks a first-round selection in this year’s draft. Treliving doesn’t seem optimistic he’ll find a deal to move up into that round.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers aren’t interested in Hamilton. The Flames are “believed not to have made Adam Fox available but sure sounds like Travis Hamonic could be had.”
FRS HOCKEY: Chris Nichols cites Elliotte Friedman’s appearance this morning on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 wonders if the Ottawa Senators might consider taking a run at Flames blueliner Michael Stone, the brother of Senators winger Mark Stone. He believes the Senators want to re-sign Mark and suggests perhaps acquiring Michael could make him happy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, anyone can be had for the right price, including Hamilton or Hamonic. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if those two remain with the Flames. It’ll take a significant offer to pry one of those guys away. As for Michael Stone, if the Senators want him (and Friedman’s not saying they do (he’s just spit-balling here), the Flames could seek a young forward in return.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LEBRUN’S NOTEBOOK
THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun reports a source this morning told him the agent for free-agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk has meetings planned today with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights. If the Kings strike out on Kovalchuk, they could turn to the trade market (Carolina’s Jeff Skinner? Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel? Montreal’s Max Pacioretty) for a scoring winger.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues expressed interest in Skinner. The Blues also called about Buffalo center Ryan O’Reilly and would love to make a pitch for New York Islanders pending UFA center John Tavares.
LeBrun advises keeping an eye on the Anaheim Ducks. GM Bob Murray would like to shake up his roster with a tangible move if it makes sense. Teams are calling about 24-year-old Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour but LeBrun doesn’t think they want to part with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After the Ducks were swept from the opening round by the San Jose Sharks, Murray admitted his roster had to get younger and faster, especially up front. Worth keeping that in mind if they start to surface more often in the rumor mill.
Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon’s in the market for “maybe a little more stability on the back end and also a third- or fourth-line energy guy.”
Former Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec could return to the Habs. There’s mutual interest but it could depend upon how things shake out with other things in play in the coming days.
WARD’S TENURE WITH HURRICANES AT AN END?
Cam Ward’s agent says while Ward’s preference is to stay with the Canes, it now appears likely Ward will be a UFA on July 1. Says some teams have shown interest in the goalie.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) June 22, 2018