NHL Rumor Mill – December 10, 2018
Will the Flyers pursue Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky? Are the Bruins planning to make a trade? Find out in today’s edition of the NHL rumor mill.
LATEST BOBROVSKY SPECULATION
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports there are “whispers’ the Philadelphia Flyers could take a run at bringing back Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky via next summer’s unrestricted free agent market. Bobrovsky began his NHL career with the Flyers, who traded him to the Jackets in 2012. Since his departure there’s been a revolving door of goalies in the Flyers’ crease, with none capable of providing stability between the pipes.
NBC SPORTS: Tom Dougherty offers up his take on Johnston’s reports. He points out reports from this summer claiming Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, could seek a contract comparable to the eight-year, $84-million deal of Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price.
Bobrovsky would certainly address the Flyers’ immediate need for a quality starter, and they have the cap space and drive to pursue him, but Dougherty believes term would be an issue. He suggests a five-year deal would be suitable, as it wouldn’t block the development of promising Carter Hart.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring another opening-round playoff meltdown by Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets will probably keep trying to re-sign him up to July 1. If he hits the open market I expect the Flyers will pursue him, but they won’t be the only ones. If they’re unwilling to go beyond five years and $10 million per season, Bobrovsky could look elsewhere.
UPDATES ON THE BRUINS
BOSTON GLOBE: Matt Porter recently reported injuries to several key players (including Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Kevan Miller) explains why team president Cam Neely isn’t itching to make a roster-changing move at this time. They could use a top-six winger and an experienced third-line center. For now, they’ll continue looking for solutions from within until the roster becomes healthier.
NBC SPORTS: During a recent mailbag segment, Joe Haggerty was asked if Columbus Blue Jackets winger Boone Jenner would address the Bruins need for “a big, strong, mean power forward”. While acknowledging Jenner could be good with the Bruins, Haggerty still believes Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds would be a better fit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Haggerty really wants to see Simmonds in a Bruins jersey. The Flyers’ winger will become a UFA in July and there’s no certainty he’ll be re-signed. So far, there’s no indication the Bruins are interested in Simmonds, who will prove attractive for playoff contenders in need of some additional toughness and two-way skill up front.