NHL Rumor Mill – November 13, 2018
The latest on the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers in your NHL rumor mill.
ARE THE BRUINS AND KINGS A TRADE FIT?
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing yesterday on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Darren Dreger reported the Boston Bruins are seeking “an established player” to bolster their secondary scoring. He noted they’ve got the salary-cap space and depth in young players to make this move happen. He doesn’t believe they’ll shop winger Jake DeBrusk but they could part with a young player like Anders Bjork or Danton Heinen.
Dreger also noted some talk out of Boston linking Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy to Toronto’s William Nylander but felt it was merely speculation. He thinks the Los Angeles Kings could be a fit for the Bruins and wondered about the availability of veteran center Jeff Carter.
SPORTSNET: John Shannon recently reported the Bruins believe they have too many of the same type of player among their secondary scorers. A trade involving one of their redundant forwards could be made to bring in a young scorer.
Shannon also believes more changes are coming for the Kings in the wake of their recent coaching change. However, he said the club is going to wait until the value of some of their trade candidates improves. Those who’ve come up in the rumor mill of late include forwards Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins trade one of their young players it won’t be DeBrusk or McAvoy. Heinen or Bjork appears the more likely trade candidates. Regarding the Nylander talk, Dreger was referring to the Boston’s Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont, but Dupont was merely pointing out how much it might cost the Bruins to land the Leafs winger.
A Bruins-Kings swap might be possible. The Kings need to get younger and faster and Carter could be an intriguing option for the Bruins. Cap Friendly indicates he lacks no-trade protection but his $5.275-million annual average value through 2021-22 would take up a big chunk of the Bruins’ cap space. They might prefer a more affordable short-term option. The Kings could also be reluctant to move Carter, preferring instead to move someone like Pearson.
COULD KREIDER BE AVAILABLE?
TORONTO SUN: Michael Traikos recently included New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider among his list of five NHL players who could be moved. Toronto’s William Nylander, Ottawa’s Matt Duchene, Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, and Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli were the others on his list. Regarding Kreider, Traikos noted he has a year left on his contract, “but with the Rangers in rebuild mode now might be the time to move him for a younger prospect.” He believes Kreider could attract a lot of takers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ve already seen plenty of speculation about the others listed by Traikos but not as much about Kreider. Most of the Rangers’ trade speculation is focused on pending unrestricted free agents Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello.
If the Blueshirts were mired at the bottom of the standings, perhaps they might give some consideration to moving Kreider for a promising youngster. However, the Rangers are red-hot of late, unbeaten in their last seven games (6-0-1) and sit second in the Metropolitan Division, with Kreider their leading goal scorer (eight in 18 games) and sitting second in points with 13.
If the Rangers remain in playoff contention leading up to the trade deadline in February, they’ll probably retain Kreider and perhaps attempt to re-sign him next summer.