Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – September 2, 2018
Updates on the Bruins and Flyers in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
COULD THE BRUINS BRING BACK SEGUIN?
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty recently took note of center Tyler Seguin’s stalled contract negotiations with the Dallas Stars. Seguin, who began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins, can become an unrestricted free agent next July. If he hits the open market, Haggerty doubts the Bruins would try to bring Seguin back, citing the high cost of signing him along with questions over his playoff performance and his play against tough opponents. Still, Haggerty suggests we should never say never.
Haggerty also wondered how much longer defenseman Adam McQuaid will remain a Bruin. With eight defensemen on the roster, it’s possible they could shop him “given his salary cap hit and the focus on D-men of the puck-moving variety.” On the other hand, “there’s a real danger in shipping out McQuaid considering how the B’s were pushed around by Tampa Bay in the playoffs.” Haggerty also suggested perhaps playing fewer games wouldn’t be a bad idea for McQuaid, given his age and injury history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt we’ll see Seguin returning to the Bruins. Cap Friendly indicates they’ve got almost $63 million invested in 16 players. Assuming the salary cap climbs to $82 million for 2019-20, the Bruins will have roughly $19 million in cap space. A healthy chunk of that will be spent on re-signing restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato. While all will be coming off entry-level contracts and lack arbitration rights, their performances this coming season could still put them in line for healthy raises.
Meanwhile, McQuaid and Zdeno Chara will be unrestricted free agents. Barring a dramatic decline in Chara’s performance this season, he’ll be re-signed to another one-year contract. McQuaid could also be retained on an affordable short-term deal. Even if the Bruins part ways with those two, the cost of re-signing their key young RFAs means they won’t have sufficient cap space to pursue a high-ticket player such as Seguin.
LATEST FLYERS TIDBITS
CHERRY HILL COURIER-POST: During a recent Q&A with Dave Isaac, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall admitted he’s open to adding another player who was adept at penalty killing. “It would be a forward. We’d like to add a penalty-killing forward but to this point there’s been nothing there that’s made enough sense for us to move.” He suggested it would “probably be more of a lateral move on the market rather than a free agent.”
In a recent mailbag segment, Isaac was asked if there was any chance the Flyers might bring in a player on a professional tryout offer during training camp. “The Flyers explored that possibility but it sounds like they ultimately opted against it. At least for now.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Hextall will keep an eye on the trade market this season for a forward who can help them kill penalties. That move could come closer to the trade deadline when non-contenders are looking to either dump salary or get something for pending free agents they don’t intend to re-sign.