NHL Rumor Mill – September 6, 2018
Latest on David Krejci, Jordan Eberle, Carl Hagelin and Garret Sparks in your NHL rumor mill.
BRUINS’ BID FOR TAVARES RATTLED KREJCI
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty reports Bruins center David Krejci didn’t enjoy the speculation last June linking his club to then-pending free agent center John Tavares, who signed with Toronto on July 1. Had the Bruins landed Tavares, Haggerty wondered if Krejci would’ve been dropped to the third line or if the faint trade rumors that dogged him last season would’ve grown louder.
Krejci has a full no-trade clause but that didn’t stop him from wondering about his place on the roster after not hearing anything from the Bruins’ front office. He said he’s moved past it and acknowledged it’s simply part of the business of hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Krejci isn’t going anywhere this season but the trade rumors could spark up again if he has another injury-shortened 40-point campaign. He’s signed through 2020-21 but Cap Friendly indicates his no-movement clause will revert to a modified no-trade next July. If Krejci’s numbers fail to improve this season perhaps the Bruins look at shedding his $7.25-million annual cap hit.
EBERLE FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE WITH ISLANDERS
NEWSDAY: Andrew Gross reports New York Islanders winger Jordan Eberle is looking forward to proving himself to his new club’s new management and coaching staff. He’s eligible for unrestricted free agent status next July and could be on the move later this season if the Isles wish to avoid losing him for nothing as they did with John Tavares. Eberle said there’s been no contract discussions thus far. However, his chemistry alongside center Mathew Barzal could increase his value to the Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton doesn’t rule out the possibility of Eberle getting a contract extension. That, however, will depend upon his performance this season and his asking price. General manager Lou Lamoriello is taking a wait-and-see approach to this season as he evaluates this roster. If Eberle remains on Barzal’s line and flirts with 60 points again the Isles could be keen to retain him. He’s earned $6 million annually on his current deal and could seek a raise to $7 million per season. That could prove to be too rich for Lamoriello.
UPDATES ON HAGELIN AND SPARKS
TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie recently speculated over the future of Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin, who’s eligible next July for unrestricted free agent status. Hagelin could be re-signed or perhaps moved by the trade deadline but Bombulie thinks he’ll likely depart next summer via free agency. “Unless trading Hagelin’s salary is the last hurdle standing between the Penguins and the addition of the perfect difference-making scorer on the wing, they’d be better off keeping him for one last season.”
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports goaltender Garret Sparks faces an uncertain future with the Maple Leafs. He’ll have to clear waivers if Curtis McElhinney remains their backup for the coming season. Hornby suggests the Leafs could trade Sparks rather than risk losing him for nothing to the waiver wire.