NHL Rumor Mill – December 12, 2018

by | Dec 12, 2018 | Rumors | 28 comments

Latest on the Flyers, Wild, and Blackhawks in your NHL rumor mill.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to be active in the trade market in search of a goaltending upgrade, speaking to half the teams in the league. He’d also like to add a veteran defenseman to his young blueline and a top-nine forward before the Dec. 19th holiday trade freeze. LeBrun said Fletcher won’t force a move if it’s not there, but he’d like to give his roster a shot of adrenaline to remain competitive this year.

Darren Dreger added someone will try to link the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Flyers because of ongoing speculation they need a power forward like Wayne Simmonds or the Carolina Hurricanes’ Micheal Ferland. Leafs management, however, appears more interested in finding a right-shot defenseman.

NBC SPORTS: John Boruk looked at potential free-agent options for Fletcher to target if the Flyers fail to sign Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky this summer. He suggests targets such as Ottawa Senators forwards Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

Boruk also suggests winger Michael Raffl could become a trade chip if Fletcher decides he doesn’t have a future with the Flyers beyond this season. Raffl is due to become an unrestricted free agent next July and could interest a club seeking bottom-six depth. He also has an affordable $2.35-million cap hit for this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers aren’t the only club believed seeking trades before the upcoming holiday freeze. The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues are also said to be shopping around. 

Pending UFAs such as Simmonds and Raffl could become trade candidates, though at this stage they will be considered playoff rental players.  Maybe Fletcher will consider swapping one of them for another pending UFA with the thought of re-signing the new addition if he helps improve the Flyers’ performance this season. 

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle continues to pop up in recent trade speculation (Photo via NHL Images)


TSN: Pierre LeBrun noted a recent report from The Athletic’s Michael Russo claiming Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton is shopping the likes of forward Charlie Coyle. LeBrun believes Fenton is making more calls to see what’s available in the trade market. He believes the Boston Bruins have “kicked tires” on Coyle. While he doesn’t know if anything’s imminent, LeBrun thinks Fenton might be finally ready to act.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since being hired back in May, Fenton has yet to swing a significant trade as he preferred to take some time to evaluate his roster before making a move. He’s now had over two months and could be ready to pull the trigger. 

Russo also said the Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and Montreal Canadiens were monitoring Coyle and noted Fenton would also consider moving winger Nino Niederreiter. Coyle or Niederreiter could attract interest from clubs like the Bruins, Senators, and Canadiens that are believed looking around for depth on their forward lines.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun doesn’t believe any of the Chicago Blackhawks core players are in play, in part because they all have no-move contracts. He doubts legacy players like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are going anywhere.

LeBrun believes defenseman Duncan Keith would still attract plenty of interest around the league if he became available in the trade market. So far, there’s no evidence to suggest he will be. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun suggested that’s an offseason conversation. If Keith, or any of the Blackhawks carrying full no-movement clauses, doesn’t want to be traded there’s nothing Hawks management can do about it. They can’t bury those players in the minors and won’t banish them to the press box or cut their playing time. 



  1. There is a price to pay for NMC.

  2. Would something like Jake Allen, Alex Steen and Robert Bortuzzo for Neuverth and Simmonds give a jolt to the Flyers/Blues?

      • Come on Lyle. Let’s give any option that rids our blue team of Jake Allen a fighting chance. I keep wondering how long the Blues will insist Allen is a #1 goaltender before they finally throw in the towel and move on.
        And we need some NHL COACHES!!! Craig Berube is not an NHL coach and Steve Ott??? I won’t even comment. Take a page from the Leafs and hire real NHL coaching.

      • We miss you Carter Hutton but we’re happy for your success as the #1 in Buffalo!

      • I think there was a little ambiguity there Lyle… can you clarify that rather rambling response?

    • What is Coyles worth in trade?

      • how about Simmonds and a conditional pick?

      • Anders Bjork

      • Riley Sheahan and Brian Rust!

    • Much rather have the Flyers ride Stolarz or Lyon the rest of the way and start next season with Carter Hart.

      Its going to suck if a Holmgren puppet ruins the depth Hextall built just to make an ill advised playoff run.

      • Might be a little early to be making Hart the starter.
        Great JR career and great prospect, but hasn’t even proven to be a good AHL starter let alone an NHL one. Give the kid a couple years before throwing him into that kind of situation.

    • At first at had Lyles reaction to this trade but the more times I read it the more I thought that if the Flyers added Gudas and Strome it was not the worst proposal I had ever heard.

  3. Here comes the raping of the Flyers prospect and draft pick pool.

    • I am standing up in an…………..tici………………..pation.

  4. we need to increase trades in the nhl and nhl should limit the waivers players number and ahl moving.

  5. Hey, Lyle, you and Chrisms could take your act on the road – broke me up.
    But, seriously folks, shouldn’t Doug Armstrong be getting the evil eye these days?

    • Yes. Yes, he should.

      • Information overload Lyle. We wanted objective analysis from an expert not an infomercial.

  6. Chrisms? Chrisms? Punch line?

    • Now I’m on the spot.

      Punch line….

      “The first time I got sick and the second time I blew my hat off!”

  7. WW and Zaitz for Sanheim , Myers and Simmonds please and thank-you

    • 2 reasons why I don’t sail.

  8. That better leafy?

  9. Pengy, instead of Simmonds, what about Boone Jenner for Toronto? He is that grinding, 20 goal potential guy they are looking for too, but younger and already mentioned in rumours as potentially in play.

    To Tor: D David Savard (right shot 27 years old), C/W Boone Jenner

    To Clb: D Nikita Zaitsev (right shot 27 years old), R Kasperi Kapanen

    • Augustus

      Not a bad trade at all 👍

      I’m hoping Leafs trade WW in a bigger deal …. if they don’t …. can’t see Leafs being able to sign Kappy … so he may be the one moved for a D

      With your trade Leafs get a much much better D at a smaller cap at the expense of giving up a very speedy and productive young forward for a bigger but slower forward that has had a 30 G campaign (15/16 I believe)

      I think this is fair for both sides

      Slight gamble for Leafs but it just might be worth the shot

      I’m not confident that Dubas would part with Kappy in-season so IMO very unlikely to happen but I do like your idea of gain (Leafs D; Clb Fwd) for both with a bit of gamble and/or pain for both (Clb takes the pain of Zaitz contract while Leafs gamble on an upswing back to 30 G’s for Boone

      Get me a deal that rids Pens of JJ and you just became my besty😂😂😂

  10. Young players and speed regular season
    Grit and physicality playoffs . There needs to be that mix in your lineup.

    • Just what the boys talked about in the Flames/Flyers intermission!