NHL Rumor Mill – August 18, 2018

by | Aug 18, 2018 | Rumors | 12 comments

An update on Colton Parayko plus the latest on the Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.


THE ATHLETIC: Jeremy Rutherford reports there was a lot of trade chatter this summer involving St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. While clubs may have inquired into the big blueliner, sources say Blues general manager Doug Armstrong “had no intentions” of trading him. An NHL executive said he hadn’t heard Parayko’s name surface in any management-level conversations.

Ignore the Colton Parayko trade rumors. The St. Louis Blues have no intention of moving him. (Photo via NHL Images)

One reason behind the Parayko rumors was the Blues’ need for depth at forward, while clubs with the assets to address that issue (such as Toronto and Edmonton) also need a defenseman like him. However, Armstrong already bolstered his depth up front by acquiring Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, David Perron and Pat Maroon via trade and free agency and never considered using Parayko as a trade chip.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most of that Parayko trade talk seemed to emanate from those NHL cities whose teams need help on defense. All of that speculation was wishful thinking. As Rutherford said, some teams may have inquired but Armstrong had no desire to move the skilled young blueliner. 


MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan recently profiled Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard as he enters the final season of his contract. He feels the 34-year-old could see a heavy workload of 50-plus games this season if he can stay healthy. Offseason acquisition Jonathan Bernier will push him for playing time.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Howard and Bernier could both stick around for another two or three seasons until the young goalies in the Wings system are ready for prime time. Howard’s UFA status next July makes his future hazy with the Wings, though Kulfan notes both sides “appear willing to keep the relationship going.

Kulfan also notes the Wings will begin introducing younger talent into their blueline line this season and will likely continue doing so for the foreseeable future. GM Ken Holland acknowledged his defense corps is old and his team must do a better job of drafting and developing young rearguards.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While these links aren’t trade rumors, they do suggest change could be coming between the pipes and on the blueline for the Red Wings over the next couple of years. They will be a team worth keeping watching in the rumor mill this season.

If Howard stays healthy and has a good season I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wings re-sign him to a two-year deal, though it could be for less than his current $5.29-million annual cap hit. Having Bernier there could make for a healthy level of competition between the two resulting in better goaltending for the Wings. But if Howard struggles and Bernier see the bulk of the action, the Wings could cut ties with their long-time starter and look for help via the trade or UFA market.

Holland may be sincere in his efforts to draft and develop young blueliners. However, I think he’ll also keep an eye on the trade and free-agent markets in hopes of landing someone a good defenseman in his mid-to-late twenties who can provide more immediate help. Hey, maybe he’ll call the Blues about Parayko…just kidding!



  1. Keep Parayko! However, I still wish the Blues/Army would explore trading Jake Allen–a fresh start/clean slate would be good for everyone involved. Maybe sign Lehtenen for the short term—Husso is getting close.

  2. Parayko is not moving anywhere.

    You have got to draft good defence because they are tough to find and expensive when you do.

  3. I think Trouba may end up in Det, nor am I saying Win is going to trade him there just that he is going to dictate he ends up there when he becomes a UFA in 2 years. I’d call it a hunch but not 1 I’d put money on. Ha-ha!

    • Honestly, I’d love to see Trouba in a Wings sweater. I just can’t see why any player right now, or the next 3-5 years, would want to come to Detroit due to the half hearted attempt at a rebuild. I am just holding out hope that in 2 years ownership decides to get serious again about rebuilding and updates the front office. And no, not one holding out that GM Yzerman returns (though I wouldn’t mind him coming back as President and running the whole show) rather new voices as I’ve no faith in the GM, asst. GM, and head of scouting.

  4. “Most of that Parayko trade talk seemed to emanate from those NHL cities whose teams need help on defense. All of that speculation was wishful thinking”(c)

    Exactly; you could just say instead: “emanate from Toronto”, exactly as Karlsson to Leafs, Trouba to Leafs etc rumours

    • so true the world begins and ends there lol

    • Yes, I wish Sportsnet and TSN would move out of Toronto to a place like Regina. We would get much more balanced and objective coverage of the whole league

      • For sure, hockey fans are not enamoured by the sun rises and sets in TO. It’s boring and repetitive. Frankly I rarely look at TSN web site any longer

      • Would the Toronto Sports Network (TSN) have to change it’s name? They are both so Toronto centric it’s sickening. One of the few options outside that is Oilers fanboy Mark Spector who gives Spectors a bad name.

      • Mark Spector is an Oiler fan boy? I have seen the opposite, and live just outside Edmonton in St Albert. No one has been more critical of the Oilers through their 10 years of futility.
        Or do you mean the time he got blocked by the team from doing Oilers broadcasts?
        The opposite is true Styxcanada. I don’t agree with everything he says but he calls it as he sees it and shows up the next day at the rink.

  5. Trouba would be really interesting as a Red Wing. He certainly fits what they are looking for for their blueline.

    Other, perhaps cheaper options could include Julius Honka from Dallas, Calgary’s Rasmus Andersson (please though, no), Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk, Minnesota’s Gustav Olofsson, or Blues’ prospects Jordan Schmaltz or Jake Walman.

  6. The Wings need defense and futures. To do so they will need to trade some forwards and like 2-3 of their D.

    I could see them trading Athanasiou in the right move. Helm, Vanek(if he waives his no trade clause), Nyquist, Ericcson, Kronwall(UFA at seasons end. TDL bait if healthy), and Howard.

    I can see them resigning Howard in the offseason.

    Franzen would be a hard move but shouldn’t be an issue for the Wings to keep for now.

    Clear space and room for the young players.