Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – July 22, 2018

by | Jul 22, 2018 | Rumors | 59 comments

Latest on Artemi Panarin plus updates on the San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.


BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont suggests Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin would be a dream fit on the Bruins’ second line alongside center David Krejci. He believes Panarin, who appears reluctant to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets, could return to Chicago or “or maybe LA or somewhere in the Ranger-Islander-Devil metro-NY area”, a big city with a “large, vibrant Russian population”. However, he points out Boston is “a world-class city with a perennial playoff contender” that can accommodate his salary.

Should the Boston Bruins pursue Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin? (Photo via NHL Images)

Dupont speculates the Blue Jackets will be forced to move Panarin before the February 2019 trade deadline for a player, a draft pick and a prospect, rather than lose him to free agency for nothing next summer. It’s also possible the Jackets will try to move the winger now and allow teams to negotiate a new contract. If the Bruins were to pursue Panarin, Dupont believes the asking price from Columbus would be “two young plug-in, ready-to play roster players” such as winger Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dupont is just engaging in spit-balling and isn’t saying the Bruins are getting into the bidding for Panarin. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney could be among the clubs that made inquiries. However, we don’t know that for certain, let alone if he’s willing to part with a couple of his promising youngsters.


NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien thinks the San Jose Sharks could still make a big move despite losing out to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the bidding for free-agent center John Tavares. While the Sharks have just over $4 million in salary-cap space, he believes they should “swing for the fences” while they still can.

O’Brien feels the Sharks’ championship window is closing. While they lack a first-round pick in 2019, they carry two second-rounders in 2019 that could perhaps be packaged for someone like Carolina’s Jeff Skinner or Montreal’s Max Pacioretty. He also points out the lack of talent remaining in this summer’s free agent pool. While Skinner and Pacioretty will be UFAs next summer, perhaps they would play well enough to earn a contract extension. One of them could also serve as a suitable replacement for Joe Pavelski if he departs via free agency next summer.

THE ATHLETIC: Kevin Kurz also weighed in the Sharks relatively quiet offseason since June. He feels their current roster is a good one but remains one or two pieces short of Stanley Cup contender status. He noted that Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he won’t make a move simply for the sake of doing so. However, Pacific Division rivals like the LA Kings, Calgary Flames, Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes made some significant and potentially roster-boosting moves in recent weeks. Perhaps that could prompt Wilson to keep shopping. 

Noting how much the St. Louis Blues gave up to acquire Ryan O’Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres (two veteran forwards, a promising young player and two draft picks), Kurz feels  the Sharks will have to give up something comparable to land someone like Panarin, Pacioretty, Skinner or Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson. He also noted the Sharks lack a first-round pick in the 2019 draft and it could also cost them promising Timo Meier to pursue one of those players. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson is probably keeping an eye on the trade market but he doesn’t have to pull the trigger this summer. He’s unafraid to make bold moves but tends to wait for a deal that will be more favorable to him. 

The Sharks’ current roster is a playoff contender, buying time for Wilson to wait and see how the trade market shakes out over the course of the season. If those aforementioned players are too expensive, he could wait and see if the price drops on one of them,. He could also look for other options to become available before the February trade deadline. 


NJ.COM: Chris Ryan believes there are still ways for New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero to improve his roster before the puck drops on the new season on Oct. 3. He suggested Shero could get involved as a third-party in a possible Erik Karlsson trade by taking one or two contracts from clubs hoping to acquire the Senators defenseman. Another option is pursuing a trade with the Minnesota Wild for a veteran forward (such as Jason Zucker or Nino Niederreiter) if GM Paul Fenton is in the mood to shake up his roster.

Ryan also suggested trading for Montreal’s Max Pacioretty or Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel, or perhaps signing a free agent such as winger Rick Nash (if he decides to return next season) or defenseman Dan Hamhuis.  

THE ATHLETIC: Corey Masisak recently suggested making professional tryout offers to free agent forwards such as Lee Stempniak, Drew Stafford, Jason Chimera, Jannik Hansen or Joel Ward, or defenseman like Paul Martin, Dan Hamhuis or Brooks Orpik. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Over the last two years, Shero’s proven willing to swing big trades to improve his lineup. Maybe he will become part of a three-play deal involving Karlsson if the return also benefits him. Targeting a team carrying a pending UFA is possible, provided he can re-sign that player to an extension.

I can see him going the professional tryout route, though those moves probably won’t significantly improve the Devils. I wouldn’t be surprised if Shero stays patient throughout this summer or waits for the season to begin to find the right deal. 



  1. I’d like to see Shero go for a top 4D & a top 6-9 winger. Either or both would deepen them adding to an already nice group.

    • Going through the cap and the Panarin situation an interesting concept would be to bring him to the Caps for Burakovsky.
      If it is a Russian connection Panarin is looking for that would be a great fit…they are both Left Wingers.
      OVI has 3 years left to make this appealing.

      If Bergevin deals Patches for Kessel he should be fired the next day !
      He needs multiple pieces in a Patches deal not a one for one.

      I think the most intriguing idea posted in a long while is the Karlsson to the Devils idea…I think this would be an amazing opportunity for both player and team right now the Devils have just over 18 million in cap ..but not much to offer the Sens …but if a deal can be made I think this would be a great fit !

      Ia m very interested to see what the BLUES possession numbers will be this year and see if they start with the puck more often having added two of the top face off guys in Bozak and O’Rielly… this should help the powerplay and get Tarasenko, Steen and Shwartz the puck more often in offensive situations.
      They also really beefed up on the wings which is crucial with Maroon Nolan Thorburn and and Perron …big upgrades for loose puck battles …they look good!

      • Stl has made significant upgrades & gets Fabbri back. Capfriendly currently shows StL with 15 forwards, 6 Dman & 2 G’s with Schmaltz & Edmundson still needing contracts. The only player out of those 25 that doesn’t need to clear waivers is the young Dman Dunn & unlikely he’s being sent down.

        That means 2 players are being sent down & Nolan & Thorburn are the most obvious, although 1 could stay up & Sundqvist could be waived. I would be surprised to see StL waived Shoshnikov, they had to convince him to stay as he had a KHL out.

        Schwartz, Schenn, Tarasenko.
        Fabbri, Stastny, Steen.
        Maroon, Bozak, Peron.
        Jaskin, Barbeshev, Shoshnikov.
        Spare. 1 of Sunqvist, Nolan or Thorburn.

        I agree with you that NJ would be a great spot for Karlsson but do you think he would be willing to go there?

      • Well I don’t beleive karlsson was ever rumoured to be going to NJ. NJ has just been viewed as a third team facilitator. NJ would also need to be an acceptable landing spot for Karlsson.

        Though if so would perhaps Ottawa could move Anderson in the deal as well and bring back Kinkaid and butcher.

        NJ is trending well but I don’t view them at the point where they will be willing to give up young players and solid prospects just yet.

  2. Let’s correct what Kevin Kurz said about “how much” STL gave up for O’Reilly…the 2 veteran forwards were a cap dump that STL had been trying to rid themselves of since last year and nothing more. STL gave up what should be a 2019 first rounder in the 20’s, 2021 2nd and what was their 4th rated prospect so basically STL got a hellava deal in that trade.

    • I agree, at first glance it looks like an overpay by the Blues but youre absolutely right. Salary dumps and a couple of picks. If O’Reilly plays anywhere near his usual level St Louis made a great deal.

    • I disagree nor have I ever read or heard anything about StL wanting to dump their salaries. Why would Sobotka or Berglund be salary dumps? Both are solid 3rd line players with decent contracts, strong faceoff skills, very strong 2-way games but lean more to defence than offence but can move up the line up if injuries dictate. Both have decent term & cap hits.

      The acquisition of these 2 players is going to help Buf ice an NHL quality roster for the 1st time in about 5 years. It provides some much-needed depth, leadership & skills that Buf’s line up was sorely missing.

      This was a great deal for Buf, they got solid NHL quantity in Berglund & Sobotka something they sorely needed & Thompson is going to be a very good #2 RW at a min in a few years, the picks are a bonus.

      It was also a good deal for StL as the could afford the loss of Berglund, Sobotka & with their prospect pipeline they didn’t need the interesting Thompson. Loved his exit interview. Put the screws to StL & interestingly enough I don’t see his role increasing in Buf even though he thinks it’s going to.

      • Your ST louis lines has Stastny in it, I think you mean O’Rielly?

      • Yes thank you. Brain glitch.

      • As a Sabres fan I wish Buffalo would pick up some speed on wings, trade Rhino the sloth

      • Yo genius, you have Stastny playing for the Blues. Nice lineup, in a fantasy league.

    • Did buffalo not pay 9 million in signing bonus and he only makes 1 million for the rest of the season. That needed to be compensated.

      • Agreed. Seemed like to going rate to me for a C with ROR’s abilities & contract. He may be nominally overpaid but there is a ton of security in that term.

        I really like the trade for both teams.

      • StL picked up the 7.5 mil signing bonus as part of that deal as well apparently as well.

      • Oh I though buffalo was forced to pay it as the trade happened after its due date.

    • Stastny plays for Vegas.

    • Great trade for both teams, if Buffalo hits on one draft pick I will be happy.

  3. For Devils, I’d rather see Santini/Mueller get time unless Shero trades for a top 4 D. No interest in Patches or Skinner. I wouldn’t mind taking on a Bobby Ryan contract if someone like JT Miller or Tyler Johnson (if it’s Bolts/Sens making the trade for EK)

  4. No on Panarin in Boston.
    Need to let the young guys develop.
    Carlo and Debrusk too much even if he signs long term.
    He will be looking for 8-9.5 million too much for Boston.
    Unless it could be done without Debrusk,Carlo or Donato.
    Krug, Heinen and a prospect

    • If Panarin is a sign & trade for say 6/8m then Debrusk/Krug is liveable IMO. Idk how CBJ feels about that but if Panarin won’t stay its a good deal for both teams. Thats my idea of a decent trade. Panarin makes the Bruins deep upfront for scoring. Krug is expendable. Losing of cap control for the B’s for Debrusk gives CBJ its need to make it work.

      Spitballin but pick it apart

    • We agree on no Panarin but I don’t want to see Krug or Heinen moved today. If Krug can’t be extended next summer at a reasonable, fair cap hit & term, then move him out. Krug is becoming an elite level offensive Dman & not a trainwreck defensively, his ability to transition the play & get the puck up ice significant in Bos both at 5 on 5 but his abilities are integral to Bos’s PP success, I don’t get this desire to jettison him.

      Baring a significant injury Krug is having his breakthrough season if besting the 59 points he scored last season can be considered a breakthrough, posting a career year & should challenge for the scoring lead among Dman next season just like he did this season. Krug has 398 games of NHL regular season experience & arrived late to the NHL having gone undrafted getting signed 3 years of college hockey as a UFA.

  5. Trouba announcement is no more then 2 hrs away. I’m guessing 6.2

    • 5.75

      • I say $5.5million

    • Is it 2 hours after the arbitration started or finished? Ha-ha! As it didn’t end until 2:30, 1 of the longest known according to TSN’s little blurb

      • Correct, I was thinking when it started. But fun to play the guessing game.

    • Ok for ships ‘n giggles ….$5.5M

  6. Yeah… DeBrusk or Carlo alone is a stretch. Though with the d jam in Boston Carlo could be a good base for a trade. But cbus is pretty good on d. If it was DeBrusk I think cbus would have to include a conditional pick based on his resigning … maybe a second.

    O’Reilly is a terrible comparison. He is signed. He is a center. And Columbus is pretty solid in bottom pairing forwards

    • Bottom pairing forwards?

      • Yeah… didn’t you know they only play 4 on 4 hockey in Ohio? Duh

      • I remember destroying teams from Ohio and Michigan in tournaments when I was a kid but they definitely played with the full compliment of dumb rich kids that couldn’t skate but all wanted to fight. It was Iike playing the team on the Res but the Res guys were like the 92 Penguins compared to the St Clair Shores select team or the Akron Ohio city team. We would win 15-0 but they would strut around like kings because none of us would bother fighting any of them. When you have a chance to pad your stat sheet why would you want to be in the box for 5 mins? Kind of a microcosm introduction into American thought processes. Never played a bottom pairing forward at any level though.

      • Then you haven’t lived!

  7. Bruins news of the week who’s going to replace Rene Rancourt. They have to many Dmen ( except one they really need a shutdown Dman ) and a big scoring winger ( which they have been looking for since ML left ) mic job Sweeney

  8. Sweeney was unsuccessful with both Kovalchuk and JT; the thing they both had in common was the cost was money and term. Not sure of how willing Sweeney is in dealing his young guys.
    Panarin next contract is going to what $9m for 7yrs? No doubt he be I nice addition to any team.
    No thanks if giving up Heinen, Bjork, Debrusk, Carlo, Donato for one year service. Which just means no thanks, because otherwise there is nothing for Columbus.
    Sweeney, should see wait on Nash and offer him a short term contract one or two years if he decides to play.

  9. PTO season is coming. The list seems a bit longer this year with players with careers at least.
    Lee Stempniak, Drew Stafford, Jason Chimera, Jannik Hansen or Joel Ward, Paul Martin, Dan Hamhuis or Brooks Orpik. I am sure there are a bunch others. Stajan Verbeek off the Flames another two.
    Are they done ? Might be except Orpik and Martin because they are defence.

    In most “hockey deal” trades you need to give quality to get quality.
    Not sure you can trade a player like Panarin at the trade deadline. Columbus would be a contender. Pacioretty and Skinner not so much and they can afford to be sat upon until then.

  10. I know I’ll get pummeled for this… if Auston Matthews chooses not to re-sign as a RFA in Toronto next year, Doug Wilson comes calling, stranger things have happened.

    • No reason you should get pummelled but just not happening. Matthews has zero leverage coming out of his ELC the market is set this signing should be a walk in the park & why wouldn’t he be happy in Tor?

      Yes, Babcock is demanding what NHL coach isn’t. Toronto’s a great place to be for what appears to be a very long time. Few teams have this kind of upside.

      • What if Mathews wants to go home to Phoenix? Or wants to be the alpha dog. Not all players love TO. ‘Yotes have good youngunsan aggressive GM , new stable ownership so giving up the 4 first rounders may be acceptable.

      • Careful there Dutchdog, that “Not all players love TO” could bring down the wrath of LeafsNation and have you branded a “Leafshater.”

    • dpf

      Can’t imagine him not signing …. however in case that miracle happens …. Arz offer sheet at max *7 more likely than a successful SJ offer IMO

    • I’ll one up you because I’m finding Toronto’s salary cap issues and current lack of D intriguing.

      To Arizona – Matthews, Gardiner
      To Toronto – OEL, Crouse, Dvorak and a 1st.

      NOW let the pummeling commence! Lol!

      • Hard to see where any one – even the MOST diehard Leafs fan – could find fault with that. They get an ace D, a young LW with some decent size who’s had two solid seasons under his belt, another even bigger LW who was a 1st round pick (but who has struggled cracking the NHL lineup), both of who are RFAs in 2019-20 coming off entry level deals – AND a 1st from a team that figures to be solidly in the lottery mix.

        Mind you, they’d have to be sure they could accommodate Ekman-Larsson’s long-term $8250,000 cap hit starting in 2019-20.

      • That offer wouldn’t come close…. remember that the final offer 20 minutes before he was drafted … included OEL … it was apparently OEL + Strome + 7th (which turned out to be Keller)… and Arz’s other owned 1st rounder(somewhere 20-24 I think)…., for the 1st over-all pick (AM) + Gauthier(at that time a longggg shot prospect)…. so basically a 4 for 1 including OEL

        …. this Before AM played a single game ; won Rookie of year; put up very high offensive numbers

        …. with that logic and history of offer/denial…I don’t think Leafs would throw in Gardner … the offer would have to be OEL +’Dvorak + Crouse + 1st (prob lottery protected ) for AM… just IMO

      • The only reason I include Gardiner is to help out a bit with the loss of OEL’s offence and to drop some salary.

        Neither Dvorak or Crouse are going to demand a huge salary increase and OEL’s $8.25 mill is prob $3 mill less than what Matthews is going to get.

        In this day and age, cap space is the most valuable commodity. And with Marner and Nylander looking at huge raises, Marleau making $6 mill, plus Taveras $11 mill, space is gonna be at a premium! I’d even look at moving Nylander at this point….if a trade like I mentioned were to happen.

        And for the record…I’m a Wings/Oilers fan! Lol! A Homer by no means!

  11. The only thing Bos really needs is a decent 3rd line C or if Backes were to be deployed as such a #3 RW/LW as Heinen appears to be able to play either side but might Forsbacka-Karlsson, Frederic, or Fitzgerald be NHL ready?

    Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak.
    Debrusk, Krejci, Donato.
    Bjork, Backes, Heinen.
    Nordstrom, Kuraly, Acciari.
    Spare. Wagner.

    Bos needs to trade a Dman ideally McQuad packaged with some form of a pick or prospect for a decent #3 C so Backes can play RW & Bjork can spend more time in the minors. Anisimov would be a great fit, or perhaps they bring back Soderberg. There are a few other possible scenarios but they are few. Brassard, can he be had & if so at what cost?

    • Strike could Studnicka be the next Bergeron he sure impressed at the rookie camp. The kid seems to really want it and seems prepared to fight for a roster spot.

      • I haven’t seen him play yet so can only rely on #’s & never a substitute for the eye test. Solid prospect, good pedigree, needs to add some muscle mass to that 6’1″ frame. I would assume he’s at least a year away most likely 2. He may get a game or 2 if injuries warrant this year, a cup of coffee in year 2 not exceeding the 25 games rookie threshold. Unless of course he just surprises & kicks the door down. There is always room at the top.

    • Your spare is Martin Bakos, he’ll be fighting for a roster spot. Also at some point both Zboril and Senyshyn will get a look this season.

      • Doesn’t make sense to have Barkos sitting as much as a 13th forward does. He’s better to go to the AHL & play regularly learning the smaller game & when injuries hit comes up to play as a regular unless he can play as the #3 C?

  12. In order for Boston to sign Panarin they would need to dump some salary so If this is indeed Chara,s last year than there’s 5 million. Backes or Krech could be moved as long as they don’t take more money back. Boston has a pile of young players ready to step up so the next couple years will be real interesting.

    • Ah, the magic bean math. Chara goes and his $5 million is available. Sure, if Boston wants to play with 5 defensemen. Other wise they are going to have to spend money to replace him. If may not be $5 million, a even a decent #5-6 cost several million these days.

      • Bruins have about 8 D men signed and a couple more in system close obviously they need to start 6. But if Chara retirees and McQuaid isn’t resigned their still in good shape numbers wise. That’s why I also stated they may need to move Krech or Backes because adding Panarin,s contract and raises for a couple more money will be tight. Boston has 3 million in cap room now and if it goes up some they may be able to make it work.

  13. I’ll be surprised if Shero doesn’t end up with one of Orpik, Martin or Hamhuis in Devil’s camp.

    I’d be less surprised if all 3 were there than if one was not. Still not sure how that team made the playoffs with such a bad D corps. Taylor Hall earned that Hart.

    • Agreed. Ideally, it would be a right-handed Dman or at least 1 that can play the right side comfortably to buy more time for Mueller & Santini. The left side with Greene, Vatanen & Butcher is covered but Vatanen may just continue to play the right side with Greene allowing better flexibility.

      • does NJ offer Severson, Zacha and 2 1sts for EK and bobby ryan?

  14. On the sharks and Canadiens. I dont know th sharks line up. Do they have a good left defenseman that could be included in a patches trade. Someone thatcould be packaged with a 2nd rnd pick for patches?

    • SJ’s ride side d is Burns, Braun, De Melo & Heed.

      Really SJ doesn’t need to do anything.

      Kane, Thornton, Pavelski.
      Hertl, Couture, Donskoi.
      Meir, Tierny, Lebanc.
      Sorensen, Suomela, Karlsson.
      Spare. Goodrow.

      Ryan, Burns.
      Vlasic, Braun.
      Dillon, Demelo.
      ?, Heed.

  15. Trouba comes In at 5.5m.

  16. What about adman happy Calgary sliding in for Karlsson . They could give up Hanifin and other pieces ….. thoughts ?