Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – September 23, 2018
The Sharks face several choices with Joe Pavelski, speculation over the Avalanche and what it might take for the Stars to acquire William Nylander in your Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup.
WILL THE SHARKS RE-SIGN PAVELSKI?
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien wonders what the San Jose Sharks will do with captain Joe Pavelski, who’s eligible next July for unrestricted free agent status. Re-signing him is far from certain as he’ll be 35 when his new contract kicks in. Term could be the sticking point, as they already have several players in their late-twenties and thirties on expensive long-term deals and could add Erik Karlsson to that group. His agent noted there haven’t been any contract extension talks yet.
O’Brien believes the Sharks face three options with Pavelski. They could move him before the Feb.25, 2019 trade deadline rather than risk losing him for nothing to free agency, they can play out the season with him and see where the chips fall, or sign him to a substantial extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Sharks general manager Doug Wilson prefers the second option. He’s obviously all-in this season after acquiring Karlsson. Pavelski remains a big part of their Stanley Cup hopes this season. They’ll worry about the contract issue once the playoffs end.
WILL THE AVALANCHE MAKE A BIG MOVE THIS SEASON?
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: During their recent “31 Thoughts” podcast, Jeff Marek asked Elliotte Friedman what he thought the Colorado Avalanche might do to bolster their secondary scoring. While he heard the Avs and the Vegas Golden Knights were “kicking around” Ottawa Senators winger Mark Stone a little bit, Friedman feels they want to see what they’ve got in young forwards Alexander Kerfoot and Tyson Jost.
Friedman also noted Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has frequently surfaced in the trade rumor mill. “I hear it’s totally quiet, and Colorado has told everyone, ‘If you’re coming at us with a hockey deal,’ because I think he’s got two years left on his deal, ‘Mm, maybe. But other than that we feel no pressure to do anything,” said Friedman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Kerfoot and Jost blossom into reliable scorers the Avs won’t have any reason to pursue a deal for second-line offense. If those kids struggle, perhaps GM Joe Sakic will go shopping for help.
As for Barrie, it’ll have to be a reasonable offer to convince Sakic to move him. A package of draft picks and prospects won’t cut it. He’ll want a player who can make an immediate positive impact for longer than one season.
COULD THE STARS AFFORD NYLANDER?
THE ATHLETIC: During a recent mailbag segment, Sean Shapiro was asked what was going on with the contract negotiations between the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander and if he felt the Stars had the assets to acquire a player of his caliber. Shapiro isn’t sure what’s happening with Toronto but he believes the Stars have the pieces needed (draft pick, prospect, player) to land Nylander if he’s put on the trade block.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind this is merely speculation. Shapiro isn’t saying the Stars are pursuing Nylander or that the Leafs are shopping the unsigned young forward. If (and that’s a big “if” at this point) they put Nylander on the trade block, the Stars might be interested. They were among the bidders for John Tavares and Erik Karlsson earlier this summer.