Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – September 9, 2018
An update on Matt Duchene and the latest Stars speculation in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
WILL DUCHENE RE-SIGN WITH THE SENATORS?
TSN: In a recent interview with Frank Seravalli, Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene said he’s open to signing a contract extension but understands why John Tavares hit the open market this summer. “It’s the first time you have that ultimate power as a player and you have to do what’s best for you,” Duchene said. Regarding his contract situation, he noted there’s other issues currently taking priority for Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, such as re-signing team captain Erik Karlsson and right wing Mark Stone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duchene’s willingness to re-sign with the Senators seems sincere, as does his belief that the club can bounce back from last season’s disappointing performance. Ultimately, he’s going to do what’s best for himself.
If the Senators flounder again this season and Karlsson and Stone appear on their way out of town, Duchene’s future in Ottawa will become the topic of speculation. He turns 28 in January and has spent most of his career playing for non-contenders. He’s at the stage in his career where he could prefer playing for a club that has a chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
LATEST ON THE STARS
THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Sean Shapiro was asked if Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill was biding his time on signing Tyler Seguin to a contract extension to potentially swing a major trade for someone such as Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin. He doubted that’s the case, saying Nill is “treating the Seguin negotiations the same whether he’s made a big trade or not.”
Regarding Seguin, Shapiro also believes there’s a better chance of the Stars losing him to free agency than trading him. However, he believes the chances of re-signing the center are still greater than losing him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since Shapiro’s mailbag was published on Sept. 6, reports emerged claiming negotiations have picked up between the Stars and the Seguin camp. That’s given rise to anticipation a contract extension could be in place before the start of this season.
Shapiro also shot down the notion of the Stars perhaps trying to acquire promising defenseman Rasmus Dahlin from the Buffalo Sabres. “The Sabres are’t going to trade Dahlin for anything.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t disagree with that assessment.
Shapiro also thinks the Stars could pursue secondary scoring depth if that’s an issue by the trade deadline. When asked if a deal to land Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is dead, Shapiro had a one-word response: “Nope.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a while since those early-July reports linking the Stars to Karlsson. At one point, they were considered the front-runners for his services. Most observers still consider them a serious suitor for the Senators captain.
So far, there’s been no details as to what the Stars could offer up for Karlsson. There were reports claiming the Senators asking for top prospect Miro Heiskanen as part of the return was the biggest sticking point.
To date, there’s no indication the two sides are any closer to a deal. Shapiro’s response, however, indicates the Stars still remain interested in Karlsson.