NHL Rumor Mill – October 6, 2018

by | Oct 6, 2018 | Rumors | 4 comments

Latest on the Flames and Oilers in your NHL rumor mill.


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: cites NHL insider Elliotte Friedman discussing Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett with Calgary’s Sportsnet 960. While Bennett’s career hasn’t taken off as hoped with the Flames, Friedman doubts general manager Brad Treliving will give the forward away via trade anytime soon.  “I think your GM is well-aware about the potential, and I think he’s got a very long-term vision in the sense that if anyone is calling him about Bennett, I think the price is pretty high,” said Friedman.

The Calgary Flames may be reluctant to trade Sam Bennett. (Photo via NHL Images)

Bennett was the Flames’ first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. While he might benefit from a change of scenery, Friedman doubts that’s a trade the Flames want to make right now as he might blossom elsewhere.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the 22-year-old Bennett will one day start to play up to expectations. The case can also be made that what we see is what we get with Bennett. The Flames might be willing to stick with him for now but that patience isn’t limitless.

Cap Friendly indicates Bennett’s in the final season of a two-year, $3.9-million contract and becomes a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer. Another disappointing performance could see him hit the trade block by the Feb. 25, 2019 trade deadline or once the playoffs end next spring.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples recently weighed in on the Oilers signing Jason Garrison earlier this week to a one-year contract. He noted TSN’s Ryan Rishaug is painting a bleak picture of the club’s blueline woes, “so much so that Rishaug has talked about the notion of trading Kailer Yamamoto or Jesse Puljujarvi and a pick in a big trade for a d-man.”

Staples isn’t in that camp, noting such a move for a top-four defenseman would also mean the Oilers would have to trade Matt Benning or Darnell Nurse or Oscar Klefbom to free up salary cap room for that newcomer’s contract. “That Oilers player would be a big part of the package, meaning you wouldn’t have to include a top winger prospect. If you’re trading for a bottom-pairing d-man, well, why on earth would you give up Yamamoto or Puljujarvi for a bottom-pairing d-man?”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staples feels the Oilers should remain patient with their defense and see how things unfold. Perhaps one of their younger blueliners (Evan Bouchard or Ethan Bear) could fill that bottom-six spot. If not, then explore the trade market to see what’s available without having to deal away a promising winger. 



  1. Agree with Staples …. stick with the current D … no panic moves… evaluate in a few weeks

    • Pengy

      I disagree, in as sense. Bear or Bouchard have 9 games to make a case. Might be enough, might not be. Oilers have been sucking for years and screwed up royaly with a few years of first-overal picks.

      The time is now I would say for the Oilers to get the “D” together. If looking for bottom six option, Tampa Bay might some options (Koeckek? totally mispelling the name).

      Anaheim in need of forwards and have depth in D. Maybe something can be work out there?

      • Hi Jensen Ferguson Richardson

        I’d just not want them to loose too much to make the acquisition … Koekkoek is good might be expensive to aquire

        They didn’t look good today on D

        If I’m GMPC I’d call Dotchkin’s agent and see if he’s dropped the added weight …. if so ..,, sign him for league Min …. I don’t think he’s had a response yet re his action against TBay

        He would be a great add (if at proper weight)

  2. “Oilers have been sucking for years and screwed up royaly with a few years of first-overal picks”

    No they didn’t. Every year they picked the consensus #1, the same player everyone else would have picked. The players may not have worked out as expected, but that was bad luck, not screwing up.