Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – December 16, 2018
Latest on Vladimir Tarasenko, Torey Krug, Andre Burakovsky, and Jeff Carter in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
TARASENKO DRAWING INTEREST
SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reports a lot of teams are watching the struggling St. Louis Blues as general manager Doug Armstrong is looking to change the makeup of his dressing room. Winger Vladimir Tarasenko is an interesting topic of discussion. He has four years remaining on his contract worth $7.5-million annually and his no-trade clause kicks in on July 1.
With goal-scoring at a premium, Kypreos notes a club like the Carolina Hurricanes is in the market for a scorer. Kypreos said a lot of teams view Tarasenko as “a Phil Kessel type of guy that can come in and be a great supporting cast.”
NBC SPORTS: Joe Haggerty suggests the Boston Bruins should make a bold move and pursue Tarasenko, who’s in his playing prime with four 30-plus goal seasons on his resume. He envisions Tarasenko as a good fit skating at right wing on the David Krejci line.
Haggerty feels it would take a return of winger Jake DeBrusk “and perhaps Torey Krug along with the appropriate treasure trove of draft picks and prospects” to land the Blues winger, or perhaps their asking price would be DeBrusk and defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Moving Tarasenko would be a major move by the Blues. Deals of that magnitude tend to occur in the offseason. It’ll take a sizeable offer to entice Armstrong into parting with him.
Acquiring Taransenko would be an audacious trade by Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Krug might have to be part of it to get it done. The Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy also suggests Krug could be a good trade chip for the Bruins, though he proposes using the blueliner to pursue Taranseko’s teammate Brayden Schenn or Philadelphia Flyers winger Travis Konecny.
Sweeney, however, could have more affordable moves in mind. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont observed the Bruins GM was recently in Edmonton taking in the Oilers-Calgary Flames game. It’s believed the cap-strapped Flames are looking to move a defenseman “and might need to move for scoring help in February if they believe they’re in the hunt.”
CANUCKS INTERESTED IN BURAKOVSKY?
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky has fallen a little out of favor, seeing reduced ice time and of late becoming a healthy scratch. The Vancouver Canucks have expressed interest in Burakovsky. Elliotte Friedman said the Capitals would want an immediate return rather than futures.
THE ATHLETIC: Jason Botchford finds the timing of the Canucks’ rumored interest in Burakovsky noteworthy because there’s speculation they recently fielded offers for defenseman Ben Hutton. He thinks the Capitals could use a defenseman with Christian Djoos sidelined indefinitely after thigh surgery.
Botchford feels Burakovsky’s speed and puckhandling abilities could make him a good fit for the Canucks, especially if they’re growing disenchanted with Nikolay Goldobin. Burakovsky, 23, is due to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hutton would provide that “immediate return” Friedman said the Capitals would be seeking, but are the Canucks be willing to part with him for Burakovsky? They could prefer offering up Chris Tanev instead. Even then, there’s no certainty the Canucks can pry Burakovsky away from the Capitals, who’ll try to sell clubs on the winger’s upside despite his struggles this season.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes teams with interest in Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter are being told they’ll have to work with him to ensure he’d be happy with the situation. He reminds us that things didn’t work out when Carter was dealt in 2011 to the Columbus Blue Jackets by the Philadelphia Flyers. “I don’t think his family wants to leave California, so anyone who is interested is going to have to work with him and make sure he’s happy with the fit to make sure it’s going to work.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Carter and his family don’t want to leave California that should kill the notion of trading him. He lacks no-trade protection but there’s talk he would retire rather than accept a trade someplace he’s not happy. That would see the Kings slapped with an annual $2.75-million salary-cap recapture penalty over the remaining three years of his contract. I don’t see the other two California clubs (Anaheim and San Jose) pursuing him.