NHL Rumor Mill – July 10, 2018
Suggested trade targets for the Bruins, an update on Erik Karlsson plus the latest on Patrick Maroon in your NHL rumor mill.
SUGGESTED TRADE TARGETS FOR THE BRUINS
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty recently took note of the Toronto Maple Leafs signing John Tavares and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s efforts to acquire Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and wondered what the Bruins will do in response. He advocates against making a panic move by trying to match those moves, especially if the cost is young players such as Jake DeBrusk or Charlie McAvoy.
Earlier, however, Haggerty noted the Bruins’ need for a high-impact scoring winger, suggesting Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, Columbus’ Artemi Panarin, Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds, Edmonton’s Milan Lucic or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Minnesota’s Jason Zucker and Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan as possible trade targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Haggerty frequently proposes the Bruins dangle puck-moving defenseman Torey Krug as trade bait, but it could cost DeBrusk or McAvoy as part of the deal to acquire one of those players on his list.
Skinner has a full no-movement clause and it’s possible the Bruins aren’t on his list. The Flyers’ recent signing of James van Riemsdyk suggests he could be an eventual replacement for Simmonds, who’s a year away from unrestricted free agency. Lucic would probably agree to waive his no-movement clause to return to Boston but the Bruins might not be keen to take on his $6-million annual cap hit.
Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has repeatedly said Nugent-Hopkins won’t be traded. Zucker has filed for arbitration and perhaps could be available if he and the Wild fail to work out a long-term deal. Ryan’s fat $7.25-million contract and declining production are likely deal breakers for the Bruins.
UPDATES ON KARLSSON AND MAROON
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports talks between the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning over a possible Erik Karlsson trade have subsided. If the Senators trade Karlsson, Brooks said the Dallas Stars have re-emerged as the potential destination for the two-time Norris Trophy winner.
Brooks also claims the New York Rangers still have some interest in bringing back former Rangers winger Ryan Callahan if the Lightning seek to shed salary. Callahan is signed through 2019-20 with an annual average value of $5.8 million, but the Rangers would want a draft sweetener included in the return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning’s limited salary-cap space ($4.4 million) for 2018-19 is among the significant stumbling blocks hampering their efforts to acquire Karlsson from the Senators. Hence the talk of the Rangers’ willingness to take Callahan off their hands if the Bolts include a quality draft pick or a high-end prospect in the deal.
As per Cap Friendly, the Stars have over $10 million in cap space, more than enough room to take on Karlsson’s $6.5-million cap hit for 2018-19. The Senators, however, reportedly insisted on getting top prospect Miro Heiskanen as part of the return, which the Stars were apparently reluctant to do.
STLTODAY.COM: Jim Thomas speculates a recent change in player agents could account for delaying unrestricted free agent winger Patrick Maroon’s decision on where he’ll sign by perhaps a few days. Maroon replaced his former agent, Allain Roy, with Ben Hankinson, who recently suggested his new client could soon sign with the St. Louis Blues but his camp is also entertaining options from other clubs.
The Blues have around $5 million in cap space but must also re-sign defenseman Joel Edmundson, whose arbitration hearing is set for July 25. They reportedly offered a one-year, $1.7-million contract to the St. Louis native but the Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes and the New Jersey Devils (Maroon’s former team) are also believed interested.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maroon could be interested in signing with his hometown team, but if another club is pitching a more lucrative offer he could sign elsewhere if the Blues won’t budge from their original pitch.