NHL Rumor Mill – August 10, 2018
Latest Bruins speculation and an update on Mark Stone in your NHL rumor mill.
ARE THE BRUINS IN THE MARKET FOR A WINGER OR DEFENSEMAN?
CSNNE.COM: In his latest mailbag segment, Joe Haggerty was asked if there were any deals in the works by the Boston Bruins to add a winger for center David Krejci’s line or a second left defenseman. Bringing in a winger for Krejci might have to wait until all clubs have a chance to evaluate their rosters during preseason. The addition of John Moore this summer suggests there’s no urgency to bring in another left-shot blueliner.
Haggerty also said there’s an expectation the Bruins could move one of their eight rearguards. Torey Krug has been mentioned as a trade candidate if the Bruins can get a “blockbuster return” but Haggerty believes they’re reluctant to move him unless the deal is a win for them.
Regarding a possible sniper on the left side, Haggerty suggests Columbus’ Artemi Panarin is the only one who could be moved before the start of the regular season. However, the Jackets might not be as desperate to move Panarin this summer. There would be questions over his willingness to re-sign long-term plus the Jackets will want a significant return. Haggerty also thinks Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds would be a great fit if the trade price was right.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Months of speculation over Krug’s future with the Bruins has died down in recent weeks. While it’s possible he could be dealt for a scoring winger later this season it appears he’ll be staying in Boston for the time being.
I also think if the Bruins are looking to add a left winger they’ll prefer one under contract beyond the coming season, which could rule out costly acquisitions such as Panarin or Simmonds. I believe GM Don Sweeney will be patient and wait for an affordable deal, even if it means waiting until the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Given his club’s performance last season and their depth in skilled veterans and promising youngsters, Sweeney can afford to wait.
STONE UNCONCERNED OVER HIS FUTURE.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports forward Mark Stone says there’s plenty of time to work out a long-term contract extension with the Senators. Despite the negative reaction to his new one-year, $7.35-million contract, Stone said both sides were pleased to avoid arbitration and work out an agreement that buys time to work toward another deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because the Senators cannot open contract extension talks with Stone until Jan. 1, his one-year deal raised speculation suggesting he could be on his way out by next February’s trade deadline. While Stone’s not ruling out working out a new contract with the club next year, his name will likely keep surfacing in trade rumors this season, especially if the Senators have another horrible season as they did in 2017-18.