Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – August 26, 2018
Updates on the Flames and Wild plus a new Erik Karlsson rumor for the final Sunday of August 2018 in your NHL rumor mill.
FLAMES GM TRELIVING FACING MOMENT OF TRUTH?
THE ATHLETIC: Kent Wilson recently suggested the coming season could be Brad Treliving’s last as GM of the Calgary Flames if the club fails to significantly improve. While Wilson acknowledges Treliving’s good work in re-signing players and improved drafting, he’s dealt away part of the club’s future for “dubious present-day benefits” such as Travis Hamonic, Mike Smith, Michael Stone and Curtis Lazar. Wilson considers Treliving’s inability to resolve the Flames’ shaky goaltending “the biggest blight on his resume to date.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not a certainty Treliving could lose his job if the Flames miss the playoffs next spring but he’ll certainly be on shaky ground. He made several significant moves this summer, shipping Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland to Carolina for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm, hired former Hurricanes coach Bill Peters as the Flames’ new bench boss and brought in veteran leadership and right-wing depth by signing James Neal.
The goaltending, however, remains their biggest question mark. If Smith can stay healthy throughout this season the Flames should reach the playoffs. If not, it could be a struggle to stay in contention. I think Treliving will keep a close eye on his netminders and on available goalie options in the trade market.
WHY NO MAJOR WILD MOVES THIS SUMMER?
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Rand explains why the Minnesota didn’t make any significant trades during this offseason, their first under new general manager Paul Fenton. Though he suggested he’d consider all options to improve his club, including big trades, Fenton did little to shake up his roster.
When asked why at a recent Wild fan festival, he explained there haven’t been any good deals to make because his rivals were trying to take advantage of a team in transition. Rand believes the February trade deadline could be Fenton’s best chance to swing a blockbuster move after he’s had most of the season to evaluate his roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much of the trade chatter focused on defenseman Matt Dumba and forwards Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter. Dumba and Zucker were re-signed to long-term contracts while the trade chatter about Coyle and Niederreiter faded throughout the summer. I concur with Rand’s take that Fenton will take most of the coming season to assess his roster’s strengths and weaknesses before deciding if a big trade is necessary.
KARLSSON TO THE DEVILS?
PUCKS AND PITCHFORKS: Nick Villano examines a rumor kicking around claiming the New Jersey Devils are offering up an attractive offer to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Erik Karlsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Villano does a good job dissecting this one. Sure, anything’s possible, but I doubt we’ll see Karlsson landing in New Jersey via trade.