NHL Rumor Mill – September 3, 2018
Should the Stars pursue Artemi Panarin? Should the Bruins pursue Tyler Seguin? How will the Golden Knights adjust to Nate Schmidt’s absence? Read on for the latest in your NHL rumor mill.
PANARIN TO THE STARS?
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien considers it unlikely the Dallas Stars will land Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin but feels it would be glorious fun if they did. The Stars are supposedly on Panarin’s short list of preferred trade destinations but O’Brien notes that doesn’t mean he’ll land in Dallas. Still, he feels it would be interesting if the Stars acquired the skilled left winger, in part because he’d be a good fit with an exciting core of skilled players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As O’Brien points out, there’s no indication the Stars have inquired into Panarin’s availability. Still, a Panarin-to-Dallas might not be that far-fetched. We know the Stars are among a handful of teams that expressed interest in Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. If they’re willing to kick tires on Karlsson, why not on Panarin?
That being said, Panarin would be expensive to acquire and to re-sign, especially when the Stars are negotiating a new contract with Tyler Seguin. If the Blue Jackets fall out of playoff contention by the trade deadline perhaps the Stars might consider Panarin a postseason rental. That will of course depend upon where they are in the playoff chase and if they have a real need for more offense at left wing.
SHOULD THE BRUINS BRING BACK SEGUIN?
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy took note of recent reports claiming contract talks have stalled between the Dallas Stars and center Tyler Seguin. If Seguin, who began his career with the Boston Bruins, should hit next summer’s free-agent market, Conroy doesn’t believe it’s a good idea for the Bruins to pursue him, largely because he could become the NHL’s next $10 million-plus player. However, he thinks it would be a good idea to look at acquiring the winger if he became available at the trade deadline as a playoff rental.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring a significant shift in the Bruins roster they won’t be bringing back Seguin on a long-term deal. A playoff rental is possible though it could cost them a promising young forward such as Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen or Ryan Donato as part of the return. Still, I don’t think Boston fans should dust off their old Seguin Bruin jerseys anytime soon.
HOW WILL THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS REPLACE SCHMIDT?
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien recently looked at the possible options for the Vegas Golden Knights to replace defenseman Nate Schmidt, who recently received a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy. Schmidt’s minutes could be dispersed among Colin Miller, Deryk Engelland, Shea Theodore and Brayden McNabb.
Still, O’Brien wondered if general manager George McPhee might dip into the shallow free-agent pool for help, suggesting Cody Franson could be “a low-risk, OK-reward signing, one who could make sense as a bottom-pairing guy or injury insurance even after Schmidt’s suspension ends.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If McPhee decides to bring in a short-term replacement for Schmidt he could consider going the professional tryout route. Maybe they bring back Luca Sbisa or consider someone else like Franson. Or maybe McPhee will look to within his system by assessing his blueline during training camp and preseason.