NHL Rumor Mill – December 15, 2018

by | Dec 15, 2018 | Rumors | 53 comments

A review of TSN’s updated trade-bait board (which includes such notables as Colton Parayko, Jeff Carter, Kevin Hayes, and Jimmy Howard) in today’s NHL rumor mill.

TSN: St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, Los Angeles Kings blueliner Jake Muzzin, New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes, Carolina Hurricanes rearguard Brett Pesce, and Kings center Jeff Carter top Frank Seravalli’s updated trade-bait board.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko tops TSN’s recently updated NHL trade-bait board. (Photo via NHL Images)

While there’s a lot of attention lately on the futures of Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo, Seravalli claims there are teams willing to line up to land Parayko, who could fetch the Blues a significant return. He suggests the Edmonton Oilers consider pursuing the 25-year-old d-man.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seravalli’s colleague Bob McKenzie made the observation that if Blues general manager Doug Armstrong could be listening to offers for “just about everybody” (including Tarasenko), it doesn’t mean he’s trading he’s trading everybody. Still, that hasn’t stopped the growing speculation over the futures of some of the Blues best players, including Pietrangelo.

Sportsnet’s Josh Beneteau listed the Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vegas Golden Knights as five clubs that could make a trade for Pietrangelo.

The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford, meanwhile, reports the Blues aren’t believed actively shopping anyone and echoes McKenzie’s opinion that just because they’re willing to consider a big move doesn’t mean they’re going to do it. While there’s a belief the Leafs and Blues had a casual chat about Pietrangelo, Rutherford cites another source saying that speculation probably generated from the Leafs need for a top defenseman and Pietrangelo would make a lot of sense if available.

What’s interesting is that Parayko hasn’t generated nearly as much chatter in the rumor mill as Pietrangelo and Tarasenko, even though he’d probably be the most likely of that trio to move if the Blues opt to swing a major deal. He’s a little younger (25) than the other two, lack no-trade protection and carries a reasonable annual average value ($5.5 million) through 2021-22.

Maybe Parayko’s struggles this season have dampened his trade value, or maybe it’s a case where a guy who doesn’t garner as much media attention ends up being the one who gets traded. If the Oilers take Seravalli’s advice, I expect the asking price could be Darnell Nurse or a package including winger Jesse Puljujarvi. 

Turning to the Kings, Seravalli suggests Muzzin and perhaps currently sidelined defenseman Alec Martinez are prime candidates to become part of a shake-up trade. So could Carter, who lacks a no-trade clause but could use the threat of retirement as a means of picking his next destination. If he were to retire, the Kings would be hit with a salary-cap recapture penalty.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings need younger talent so I can certainly see any one of those three being shopped if the return includes a promising young NHL player. The Athletic’s Craig Custance also suggested Tyler Toffoli and Jonathan Quick as possible trade options if they were to follow the blueprint the Boston Bruins used in trading Milan Lucic, a move that allowed to Bruins to quickly restock with young talent. 

As for Carter, Custance’s colleague Fluto Shinzawa suggested Carter could be a good short-term fit for the Bruins to bolster their depth at center. Young Bruins such as Ryan Donato and Anders Bjork could be part of the Kings’ asking price. 

It seems to be only speculation at this point that Carter would use the retirement threat as a measure of no-trade protection. If he were to retire, Cap Friendly yesterday informed me that the Kings would get tagged with a $2.75- million cap hit per season for the remaining three seasons of his contract, with the Columbus Blue Jackets (Carter’s former team) getting tagged for over $180K over the same period.

The Philadelphia Flyers, the team that signed Carter to his current contract, traded him before the deal went into effect. I’m guessing that’s why they won’t also get hit with a cap recapture penalty.

Turning to Hayes, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggests the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Winnipeg Jets could target him as a depth option at center. He also thinks the Nashville Predators could pursue Hayes’ teammate Mats Zuccarello, who (like Hayes) is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July. 

Seravalli also feels Pesce or Justin Faulk could be peddled by the Hurricanes for a scoring forward, suggesting Leafs winger Kaspari Kapanen could be among their trade targets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs could be reluctant to move Kapanen, preferring to retain their embarrassment of riches up front for the remainder of this season. 

Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle, Detroit Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist, Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland, Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, and Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene round out the top 10.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent reports claim Coyle could be available, linking him to the Bruins, Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Trade speculation over the futures of Nyquist and Howard has died down with the Wings staying in playoff contention, though they might pick up if they fall out of the postseason chase before the Feb. 25, 2019 trade deadline.

Seravalli believes Ferland could be dealt because he’s on a pace this season that could put him in line for a Tom Wilson-type contract (six years, $31 million) and that’s rich for the Hurricanes. However, there’s no certainty he will remain on that pace. Let’s see how things shake out with him between now and the trade deadline.

As for Duchene, there’s been some optimistic talk of late suggesting he and the Senators could be working toward a contract extension. Those discussions are expected to resume in January. 

Zuccarello, Blues forward Alex Steen, Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg, Faulk, Philadephia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, Martinez, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, Wild winger Nino Niederreiter, Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov, and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky fill positions 11 to 20 on Seravalli’s list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen has a full no-trade clause and could be unwilling to leave St. Louis. Silfverberg is due for UFA status in July but the Ducks could hang onto him if they remain in the playoff race. Simmonds is also a pending UFA and has frequently surfaced in the rumor mill. If the Flyers fail to gain ground in the standings, he could be a goner by the trade deadline.

I don’t see any market for the aging, banged-up Bouwmeester. Niederreiter, like Coyle, is thought to be someone Wild GM Paul Fenton might be willing to move but Fenton appears to be staying patient with both players.

Namestnikov surfaced earlier this season as a trade candidate but his improved play since then has largely quieted that talk. The 25-year-old is under contract through 2019-20 at $4 million annually. As long as the Blue Jackets remain in playoff contention, Bobrovsky’s not going anywhere this season. 

Kapanen and fellow Leaf forward Andreas Johnsson, Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, Senators defenseman Cody Ceci, Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin, Vancouver Canucks blueliner Michael Del Zotto, Florida Panthers rearguard Alex Petrovic, Chicago Blackhawks defender Brandon Manning, Canucks center Sam Gagner, and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel fill positions 21-30.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs seek a top-pairing defenseman, Kapanen and Johnsson could be part of the asking price. The recent improvement of Talbot and the Oilers quieted any suggestions that he could become available. Ceci’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer, which likely explains his placement on his list. Like Bobrovsky, Panarin’s going nowhere this season as long as the Jackets are a playoff club. 

The Athletic’s George Richards recently reported Petrovic felt like he’s been pushed aside in Florida. He could be on the move before the trade deadline. He’s a UFA at season’s end. Kessel’s name recently popped up in the rumor mill. Unless an interested club is willing to part with a hefty return, don’t expect to see him moving this season. 



  1. Leafs … please don’t be rash and move Kappy

    This next deadline is only a short term freeze and panic moves don’t need to happen now

    This time of year the trades are usually “tweaks” so trades of Pietroangelo , Parayko , Duchene type of players (off of TSN 30 list) IMO not happening in next week

    Pens made a great tweak trade last year in getting Jamie (The Big Rig) Oleksiak .

    Great addition . He had a poorer than average game last night and maybe one other as bad this season but generally that tweak trade was excellent for Pens. It didn’t make up for the bone-head acquisition of JJ …. but what can I say . JJ was only out of position maybe 10 times last night … LOL…. I digress

    There has been more talk this year re trade freeze trades so there is a possibility of a little upswing but I’d be very surprised if there was anything substantive.

    Outside of any minor league flips I’m throwing out the over/under at 3 Minor/medium “tweaks” by next Friday

    I’m holding my breath for something for Leafs a tad more than a tweak like aquiring Muzzin …. but for a reasonable give that for sure does NOT include Kappy

    • Pengy, Muzzin is arguably having his best year in the NHL, is signed up at a great cap hit for another couple years, has won a Stanley Cup and has proven to be a top Pairing dman.

      Please tell me what’s a reasonable price for him if Kapanen is overpaying (which is ridiculous imo)

      • Its simple Canadian King, Kapanen by himself will not get Toronto Jake Muzzin.

      • King and caper are right, most of the hype for kapenan come from the Toronto media and fans as usual over valuing players

      • Hi Canadian King

        Sorry if I inferred that Kappy for Muzzin was not fair.

        I just don’t want to lose Kappy.

        The WW deal has thrown a huge wrench in to next year’s cap nightmare …. a deal with WW involved a few weeks ago would have resulted in a good D … and Leaf’s were absolutely fine offensively w/o him

        I’m hoping they trade WW July 2nd or after and keep Kappy

        Kappy for Muzzin is IMO a fair deal … you’ve pointed out the great qualities of Muzzin and I believe Kings would be getting back a speedy top 6 winger on the rise

        Again I don’t want to lose Kappy and covet Muzzin so it’s going to have to be another mix for me to like a deal for Muzzin

        …. Brown + Zaitz + 3rd … in out on a limb spitballing here (while waiting outside mall entrance for my wife)

    • I would honestly look at what Kadri can get you. The guy isn’t a 3rd line center (17 points, -9)and should on his own bring TO a top 4D.

      • Habs FTW, I’ll repeat – the Leafs look good at the center position but the organizational depth is minimal at best. Leafs need to keep Kadri and, if necessary, trade a winger not named Marner.

  2. Kind of confused as to why Namestikov made list, but not Smith or Shattenkirk. With Toronto fans, swinging for fences, why not a minor tweak as Pengy puts it. Smith to Leafs for a 4 th round pick. Rangers retain 1.3mil. Gives Toronto some grit on back end, and some depth after this season should they decide to let Gardner and Hainsey walk. Also helps with future cap space as they’ll only be on the hook for 3mil per for next 2 years. Babcock would be getting a player he’s familiar with from Detroit days and he’s actually had a pretty good history of performing well in playoffs. (+9 career)

  3. Lucic is now 4 th line and not looking like any improvement over last season. An official shift.
    What would his buyout cost? From what I have seen it might be worth it to give the Oil some flexibility

    To get quality you have to give quality . Why would Muzzin get any less than than a Kapanen type player ? Not even sure that is enough considering positions. Let Kapanen’s ice time and his results since the Nylander return

    • Unfortunately for Edmonton, Lucic has a lot of signing bonuses on the last few years of his deal. A buyout saves them next to nothing over the last few years plus they’d add four years of dead cap space. Edmonton is stuck with that deal for likely 2+ years and after the signing bonus is paid whatever year they trade him.

    • Looch is playing a different role now
      He a proving to be an asset.

  4. I have to laugh at the shoddy reporting by hockey pundits and how they play to the Toronto market. Every year every possible player that is rumoured to be on the trade market the writers always try and connect him to Toronto. I never thought I would say this but fake news is alive and well in the hockey media. To bad we could not get some honest and realistic reporting verses the constant dribble about how every player is rumoured to be traded to Toronto

    • If you want to get good reporting then the rumor section of this site is not the place. They are rumors and we debate them and be armchair GM’s.
      If you want Lyle’s actual opinion on something other than speculative rumors, than try the news or soapbox sections.

      • Ray
        I am not talking about this site I am talking about the main stream hockey media in Canada specifically TSN and Sportsnet.
        This site is an excellent site to talk hockey and poke the leaf fans who think the salary cap is 1 billion dollars

      • Didn’t think you were Flamesfan, not my intend, I didn’t word it well.
        It is simply click bait, and we are the fish.
        How’s that?

    • You want a laugh and see fake news watch hockey central at noon! I have never seen such a panel of leaf posers in my life!you would think your watching the view lol

  5. Hey Lyle, this is way off topic but why is the time stamp on the posts not in any of the North America time zones?

    • @FlameFan it’s maritime math

    • It’s the closest setting we could get to Atlantic time, which is where I’m based. Cheers!

      • Thanks Lyle
        I was just curious
        You have a great site!

  6. Chicago lost again last night Johnathan Toews 2g and 1a for 3pts now has 16g 30pts in 34 games.
    I know he is an icon, in Chicago but if there was ever a time to trade him and if he would accept a trade; the blackhawks could restock in a hurry.
    Last week I suggested Carolina, now with them on the outside and just looking around playoff teams.
    I wouldn’t like this trade but how about Montreal? They have the cap space and with Drouin and his $5.5m being part of the package along with a 1st round pick and what else Mete?

    • I doubt he returns anything that impressive unless Chicago retains a decent amount of salary

    • Nope. Montreal doesn’t want to become older. They’re in a rebuilt/reset mode. Drouin isn’t
      going anywhere unless a left defenceman 27 or younger is coming back their way.
      The only important lineup players likely to move in Montreal (considering salaries and roster) are Lehkonen, Petry, Mete (even though he’s in Laval) and Shaw

  7. My NY Rangers Trades based on article, what they did last year, and who I believe could be moved or could be return in trades.
    Lias Anderson to Minny for Coyle and a 2nd round pick.
    Zuc and 2nd from Minny to Nash for Tolvainen
    Hayes and McQuaid to Boston for Carlo.
    Shattenkirk to Tampa for Raddish, Coburn and 4th rounder
    Smith to Toronto for a 5th round pick( Rangers retain 1.3mil)

    • Slick62 stop picking on us. signed Bruins fan

      • Caper. Lmao. Not picking on you. Forget about Nash deal! This one I base on most likely landing spot for Hayes, based on needs by Boston and NY.

    • Why would the Rangers trade Lias Anderssson? why would they want to trade him? Shatenkirk to Tampa Bay? why would they want him? The Rangers are seriously re-tooling. Tolvainen would be a nioce add to the re-tool, but wishful thinking. Doubt Boston trades Carlo. Smith to Toronto, possible. Sorry slick, I just don’t see most of this happening.

      • Doc… Anderson I agree would probably be least likely. I’m just not high on him and I think Coyle would be a fit in NY with young coach. Change of scenery type deal and experience down the middle of Rangers are dealing Hayes.
        Shattenkirk I think can happen. Based on teams have history from last years deadline. Tampa has been heavily rumored to want Karlsson. Should he hit FA, I don’t think they can fit him. Shatty would be a cheaper option, with less term They’re in a win now mode. Stralman and Girardi are both ufa at end of season and Foote not ready to move up. They’re loaded on left side.

      • Dov. Not Doc

  8. Kessel for Kapanen!!!!
    Done deal, lets do it!!!


    • pens4ever

      As a Pens and Leafs fan I have to call that deal “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor”

      As a side note ….. and as I’ve posted before …. I believe Kessel will be on S downward slope and rapidly starting next year ; ultimate time to trade him would have been in early July.

      I wouldn’t want him back in Leafs

      Still high at PPG this year so his trade value still reasonable …. but finding willing trade partners that have space; want him AND have what Pens need AND are on his list …. will be hard … might be only 1 or 2 teams with those limitations AND the trade can’t cripple Pens in production … Pens would need to net a younger winger with not substantially less production…. who is there???

      If there is a Kessel deal this year I would think it would have to be a multi-player; multi-team deal

      If there was a multi-player and multi-team deal that ended up with PK in StL ; WW a Pen ; and Parayko a Leaf …. I could live with that…. but your talking several more players and picks moving; making sure NTCs are adhered to and Cap issues are met …. oh and ya … Hell freezing over 😂😂

  9. Patrik Burglund for a bag of practice pucks.
    Any takers???
    Sabres fans are asking pleeeeease???

    • ny rangers will trade ya Belesky and smith for berglund…

      • IHC

        Take back 25% ($1.1M) and we’ll give you JJ

        Pain for pain …$ equal …. you just have an extra 2 years of pain

        …. can we shake on it?

      • no….
        no plans to hold salary…

  10. Does anyone else find it unusual that a team that’s rarely discussed here( except when talking player suspensions) is the defending SC champs? They’re right against cap and have a few pending rfa and ufa players. Seems like when discussing top contenders in east, it’s always Tampa, Leafs and Boston

  11. I am on board with Pengy, and not to trade Kapanen, for Muzzin.

    I would however, trade Nylander, in which Dubais should of entertained to begin with.

    Parayko is in the same age range, Muzzin is going on 30…. A Muzzin trade would be a bad trade for the Leafs.
    I much prefer Parayko, but I feel Kapanen is an untouchable, this is just opinion. He plays both ends of the rink, can kill penalties, and has more upside than Nylander.
    If we have to trade Nylander, plus a prospect, or a pick, or both, I am in on Parayko !!!!

    • Ken

      ….I’m in …. where do I sign?

      Can’t happen in year now with the WW 10.3 M Cap hit this year; w/o more players moving…. come July 2nd … B-Bye WW

  12. I think Muzzin is a perfect fit @29
    This year and next at 4m hit then UFA
    Cut him loose or resign or trade at 2020 TD
    Add a second or third round pick for age difference . He would be extremely valuable in this year’s playoff run if they expect to get out of that division.

    • SilverSeven

      Muzzin on the team …. yes great add

      Do I think the addition of Muzzin gets Leafs past Bos; TBay ; Metro winner and WC champ …. no

      So if that is the move and effectively we get Muzzin for a reasonable chance at a cup in ’20 and the “take it or leave it ” deal includes Kappy …. I have to be GMKD to absolutely say no

      I would be OK with Brown+ Zaitz plus mid-rounder for Muzzin; not sure LA would bite on that though even though it’s a 3 for 1 and they get younger as hey’ be taking in the “ouch” contract of Zaitz

      • Pengy, I think it’s hilarious that you never mention Caps as a team to get by. You came close with “metro winner”.. they’re the one team nobody got by last season! That said, I don’t see Leafs giving up any key roster players in a big move for a d man. Of all the contenders in East, they’re the only ones who added a star player. Tavares alone improved their chances of going further. I can see Leafs possibly making a depth move at deadline, but it will be for a prospect or pick.

      • Slick62

        Good catch …. was trying to be coy and sneak that “winner of Metro” by all …. purposely written that way by me ..,, don’t want to jinx my other fav team …. LOL 🤞

      • Pengy, you’re too funny. Tell me, Pitt vs Leafs. Who you rooting for?

  13. Ceci cant be worth much at this point, can he? I hoped and hoped and hoped he’d finnaly reach what he was hyped to be but it’s been long enough. If he has any value Dorion should jump on a deal.

  14. OK … I give in….
    Muzzin , it is …..
    Just not for Kapananen… It will “haunt” us for years to come !!!!

    Package up something else….. Nylander is away too much money, for what he is ….
    Good Riddance !!!

    • Ken

      Brown + Zaitz + mid now for Muzzin;

      Extend Kappy

      Sign MM and AM before July 1 (avoiding potentially painful offer sheets)

      then on Jul 2nd …, WW+ Oz + Holl + 1st for Parayko + Kyrou

      …. Leafs next year then have the offence they had pre WW signing 2 weeks ago with a flip of Kyrou for Brown

      On D …. Top 4 …. (note Gardner gone as a cap casualty) … Reilly, Parayko, Muzzin Dermott

      Bottom pairing and 7th and depth D are from (in no particular order):

      Off season UFA pick-up

      …. now IMO …. that is a team that has a chance for multiple deep runs over a 5-7 year period…. great chance of 1 cup over that time … good chance at more than one over that span

      Will this happen as above …. again no … as it is my dream ☹️☹️

      • Linjgren ufa pick up? Isn’t he in Leafs system?

  15. team should not trade to many players to the greats teams because they will be unreachable.

    • Testify brother Fan!
      No one should help the Leafs, Lightning, Penguins, Capitals or the Preds.

      • shoreorrpark

        You are precisely 60 % correct

      • Flip out Pens and Leafs for any 2 other teams and you get 100% 👍

  16. Pengy knows his game plan …
    Dubais should perhaps tune in. , on this site …
    pengys recent post is do able !
    At the same time , significant !!!
    Put the Leafs over the TOP !!!

    • If Dubas tuned into this site he`d kill himself laughing.