NHL Rumor Mill – September 7, 2018
Latest on Erik Karlsson plus updates on the Predators and Oilers in your NHL rumor mill.
A LOOK AT ONE OFFER FOR KARLSSON
TSN 1050 (VIA NICHOLS ON HOCKEY): Darren Dreger reports he knows one of the teams that expressed interest in Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson made “a pretty substantial offer”. Dreger said he was told there were “six elements” to it.
“So you’re talking about at least a couple of roster players, at least a couple of prospects, and at least a couple of draft picks,” said Dreger. “Now, some of that is conditional on whether Erik Karlsson would sign with that team.” He believes “the reality of the situation” is the Senators won’t win this trade because Karlsson is the best player involved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: True, the Senators won’t get the best player in the deal, but that return sounds pretty good if you can get at least one promising roster player, a high draft pick and a top prospect out of it. I don’t see the Senators getting more than six assets back. My guess is the quality of those assets in that trade proposal weren’t that good. It’s also possible Karlsson won’t commit to a new contract with that particular club.
LATEST PREDATORS SPECULATION
THE ATHLETIC: In his latest mailbag segment, Adam Vingan was asked if the Nashville Predators would attempt to move goaltender Pekka Rinne at the trade deadline if he appears to be slowing down by that point. He points out Rinne is the only Predator with no-trade protection, carrying a 10-team list of trade destinations. While the 36-year-old Rinne could regress, Vingan doesn’t see the Predators moving him this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. If Juuse Saros should take over the starter’s job, they’ll still keep Rinne as insurance for the playoffs. Better to have that depth between the pipes.
Vingan was also asked if the Predators have the available assets to make a major addition at the trade deadline. He notes their farm system isn’t brimming with impact prospects right now. Having traded away their 2018 first- and second-round picks, he believes they’ll be less inclined to do that again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vingan doesn’t rule out the Predators perhaps putting together a package for a deadline addition but it’ll depend on how the season plays out. Remember, the San Jose Sharks got Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres last year for a conditional draft pick.
WILL THE OILERS ADD ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kurt Leavins proposes one reason behind the potential holdup in the Oilers re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Darnell Nurse is general manager Peter Chiarelli isn’t done shaping the roster. He points out the Oilers still lack “right-shot D-man ready-and-able to run a power play,” suggesting Chiarelli’s best shot of addressing that need is near the end of training camp. Given the Oilers’ limited cap space, using most of it to re-sign Nurse could affect efforts to bring in another blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting theory from Leavins which could explain the delay in getting Nurse under contract. We’ll find out soon enough.