NHL Rumor Mill – September 20, 2018
Updates on Mark Stone, Artemi Panarin and Erik Karlsson in your NHL rumor mill.
STONE DENIES WANTING OUT OF OTTAWA
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Senators winger Mark Stone dismissed speculation over his future in Ottawa after TVA Sports’ Louis Jean said he was told Stone was frustrated over the club’s rebuilding approach and would welcome a move. “What I’ve been told is Mark Stone does not want to be in Ottawa anymore,” said Jean. ” “He does not want to play in Ottawa anymore. He is frustrated because he sees the direction the club is going. The team is not able to retain their good players.”
Stone said he’d never heard of Jean before and had no idea where he was getting his information. He insisted he loved it in Ottawa and hopes to continue playing with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jean subsequently took to Twitter saying his remarks were taken out of context. “I said IF the team doesn’t sort things out on and off the ice, he will leave. Also said, he is a key cog and someone they want to build around and that may be enough to keep him.”
As this season unfolds, we can expect Stone (and teammate Matt Duchene, who’s also a pending UFA) to frequently pop up in this season’s rumor mill. As Brennan points out, this will continue until they’re traded or re-signed.
PANARIN AND KARLSSON
TSN: During last night’s “Insider Trading” segment, Darren Dreger reports Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen continues for field calls from clubs interested in acquiring left wing Artemi Panarin. Kekalainen has “no interest in trading him and his principle point of interest is trying to convince him to re-sign, likewise for Sergei Bobrovsky.” However, it doesn’t sound as though Panarin has changed his mood about a market change.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay Kekalainen probably hasn’t been impressive by the trade proposals. Earlier in the summer, it was reported the offers contained draft picks and prospects. They’ll have to be much better than that to sway Kekalainen. As long as the Jackets are a playoff contender, I doubt Panarin (or Bobrovsky) are going anywhere this season.
If the San Jose Sharks and Erik Karlsson hope to agree to an eight-year contract extension, Pierre LeBrun said they’ll have to wait a while. He cites a little-known rule in the CBA stipulating players traded during the final year of their contracts have to wait until after the trade deadline to re-sign an eight-year deal with their new team. This year’s deadline is Feb. 25, 2019.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize this isn’t a rumor but felt it was worth posting this here. There’s bound to be speculation over the course of this season over how much and for how long the Sharks are willing to invest in keeping Karlsson in San Jose beyond this season. If that extra year isn’t an issue for Karlsson or the Sharks, they can agree to seven years or less at any time.