NHL Rumor Mill – September 10, 2018
What will the Sharks do to counter the Golden Knights’ acquisition of Max Pacioretty? How will the Flyers address the absence of Andrew MacDonald? Read on for the latest in your NHL rumor mill.
HOW WILL THE SHARKS ADDRESS PACIORETTY TRADE?
NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: Marcus White observes the Vegas Golden Knights’ acquisition of left wing Max Pacioretty last night from the Montreal Canadiens is bad news for the San Jose Sharks.
While the Sharks mostly stood pat after losing out to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the John Tavares free-agent sweepstakes, division rivals such as the Golden Knights (Pacioretty and Paul Stastny), Los Angeles Kings (Ilya Kovalchuk) and Arizona Coyotes (Alex Galchenyuk) made significant additions.
White wonders if the Sharks can keep up in the Pacific Division arms race without making a significant addition.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Sharks general manager Doug Wilson makes a major move at some point this season. My guess is he waits to see how this season unfolds before pulling the trigger, probably near the trade deadline.
Rumors linked the Sharks to Pacioretty earlier this year while Wilson attempted to sign Tavares and Kovalchuk earlier this summer. He’s also reportedly inquired into the availability of Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.
HOW WILL THE FLYERS REPLACE MACDONALD?
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Tom Dougherty reports the six-week absence of defenseman Andrew MacDonald (lower-body injury) opens the door for a promising young blueliner to crack the roster for the start of the season. Philippe Myers seems the likely candidate, though Dougherty points out Flyers development coach Kjell Samuelsson expressed doubt back in July that Myers would be ready for the NHL this season.
With Samuel Morin out until February with a knee injury, other options include T.J. Brennan, Reece Willcox and Mark Friedman. Dougherty also doesn’t rule out the possibility of the Flyers bringing in a veteran rearguard on a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, expect Flyers GM Ron Hextall to evaluate his current roster over the course of training camp and preseason before deciding if he needs to make any outside additions.
If the Flyers go the UFA route the pickings are slim, with Kevin Bieksa, Johnny Oduya, Luca Sbisa and Paul Martin the most notable still available. They could also sign a blueliner currently on a PTO with another clubs, such as Jason Garrison, Brandon Davidson or Dennis Seidenberg.
A trade is also possible but with MacDonald likely to return by late-October that move might not be necessary.