Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – December 16, 2018

by | Dec 16, 2018 | Rumors | 53 comments

Latest on Vladimir Tarasenko, Torey Krug, Andre Burakovsky, and Jeff Carter in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

Some teams are believed showing interest in St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko (Photo via NHL Images)


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.”


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. 



  1. Sure would love to add Taransenko in Boston.
    Really don’t think moving Debrusk or Mcavoy worth it though.
    Debrusk actually has more goals this season.
    Krug plus plus plus sounds good to me.
    Boston really needs another top 6 forward.

    • Wouldn’t Zuccarello be a more affordable trade option? Having to give up less?

      I could not imagine how they can fit Rask, Bergeron, Pasternak, Krejci, Marchand and now Tarasenko’s salary under the cap.

      • Sure his 3 goals this year wouldn’t cost much.
        Also a rental.
        Maybe a fourth rounder.
        Only 1 games this year has he been hurt?

      • Stop! 4th rounder?

      • With 11 points in only 18 games Zuccarello would be 7th in scoring on the bruins today!

        And after watching what Boston gave up for Nash last year…. I guess Zuccarello would probably fetch 4-1st rounders , DeBrusk , McAvoy and Carlo…..

        Because of how many games Carlo and McAvoy have missed this year, Boston may have to add a prospect or 2……

    • @ Dave

      I agree ..

      giving up on a heart and soul guy like Debrusk who puts up numbers …and a solid # 1 – 2 D man in a few years is a tough one for Tarasenko …no doubt he is a legit sniper but not sure at this time its in the best interest of the Bruins …I like the depth they have shown from all the call ups …and Heinen has unreal hands …I would not do that deal if I was Boston….things have gone well and when you get Chara and Bergy back things will be in top form.

      Id try and move a guy like Krejci and Krug though and maybe a Carlo …

  2. Ihatecrosby…Zucharello more likely to actually get traded as well.

    • As a Ranger fan I rather keep him but I was thinking from a BOS perspective of obtaining him over Tarasenko bc of what they would have to give up.

      • Ihatecrosby…I think 99.9% chance Zuc gets dealt. Fits direction they’re heading. I’m hoping they can dump Shatty and Smith as well. I’d be very surprised if St Louis trades Tarasenko

  3. Have to feel sorry for chuck fletcher, hextall left that team in a mess the jvr contract is already an anchor and never even tried to improve the weak defense or the weaker goaltending

    • What’s the matter w the jvr contract? 30 goal scorer.. slow start this yr w the injury, but you get a 30 goal scorer for free and only 5 yrs. why would you do that?

      However, I agree that I would have prefered to address the pk and ultimately a defensive dman and a goalie not held together w duck tape.

      • JVR has been invisible.

      • @ Ron Jull

        JVR has been hurt since almost the start of the season ….

        If he is invisible now where was the rest of the team when he wasnt there …LOL

        I think of all players he needs some slack…he just got back !

      • With the Blues getting blown out again at home 7-2 to Calgary trades are a coming in St.louis and soon..

      • Never sign a 30 year old forward to a long contract, it’s proven that forwards are done usually at age 31-32. He won’t be worth 7 million at age 33-34.

    • At the start of the season I thought Philly would do okay, the defense didnt progress and the goaltending hasn’t been good, maybe they see what they have in Hart or make a pitch for Samsonov

    • I agree….Hextall was served a with having to rebuild from the minor league system out!

      He has rebuilt this D core with AMAZING prospects ..Provorov Sanhiem and Meyers ..he has a future high quality Goalie prospect up and coming and needed one more year to look at moving out a core veteran that would not be an easy thing to do for teh fan base ..

      Unfortunately PHILLY has sat on there hands with Simmonds and they could really use to move on from that ASAP…and in regards to sub-par Goaltending

      as we all read here daily ..HALF THE LEAGUE is looking for a number 1 goalie ..but no one is giving up anyone because most of the back ups are worse and the #1 can not be replaced …not his fault really

      Giroux and Cutourier were both coming off Career years as well…now they most likely will need to trade one or both those guys and tear it down from the wood IMO !

      Not GO FOR IT …that ship has sailed ..they need to move on from a few guys ASAP !

      Nolan Patrick
      Dale Weise

      Start there and than move out Cutorier after the XMAS break and go from there !

      • @ Ron Jull

        Nothing is on Hextall…most of the veterans on this team were before Hextall got there

        You can not give a ROOKIE the net next year an RUIN him too…that just does not happen anymore !

        Yea it can get a lot worse you can ruin your BEST Goalie prospect ..hes NOT READY to be a #1 …he is having a very poor Rookie season in the minors and that is the reason he has not been called up yet !

        He is not ready or anywhere near being ready to be a #1…only way you do that is with a solid Veteran behind him…

      • The problem is, the Flyers lack motivation and are a fragile team. They have the talent and skill but jumbling lines is destroying possible chemistry. The Flyers lack a good veteran dman, which in my opinion, they should go after Alec Martinez from the kings. A solid blue liner and a pk wizard. But if the flyers free fall through the rest of the season, they ought as well sit the aging players who don’t produce, and play the young guns. What do they have to lose? And as far as Goaltending, they shouldn’t even consider signing Bob. He doesn’t show up in clutch moments in the post season, and will have to be signed to a 3 year deal at least, forcing Hart to be a backup, or stay in the AHL longer. We don’t need to pay for an aging goalie with a bright future in Hart.

      • Hexy did a great job th flyers need a goalie and a coach. Flyers have talent coming in frost ratcliffe farabee etc. Plus myers and hart and alot more coming. Why on earth would a team rebuilding trade away two centers one thats is 20 and another who is in his prime on a sweet contract. Hope coach Q get job

      • @ ADAM

        You just DO NOT do that to a Rookie Goalie anymore !

        Those days are gone …If you stick the kid in there and say what do we have to loose …its the player himself can loose …especially a goalie …its not like on any given night like a winger you can disappear …Carter Hart is not better than ANY of the goalies they have right now and they are still getting smoked

        Hart is unproven …having a hard time at the AHL level DO NOT DO THAT to a goalie !

      • Kal el hextall was there long enough and did nothing to improve the flyers even their d prospects aren’t looking near as good as they were touted, they didn’t need offense and he goes out signs jvr to a bad contract the doesn’t even know where his own end is

    • BigBadBruins

      Gotta agree with your sentiment on Phillys goaltending and horrid defence. That is on Hextall for sure. He did however leave behind a very good prospect pool, lots of draft picks and a pile of cap space. My only hope Fletcher doesnt give it all away trying to make a playoff push. This season is lost for the Flyers. Laid down in Winnipeg and Edmonton, folded in Calgary and offered up zero resistance to the feeble Canucks.

      Team needs a heart transplant more than anything.

      Fire Hakstol, hire Quennville. Do not resign Elliott or Neuvirth. Get rid of Andy McDonald. Trade Simmonds at the deadline for whatever he can get. Call up Carter Hart next season and give him the net. He can be any worse than what theyre using now. Overall this season has been a huge disappointment.

    • I don’t know if you can blame all the Flyers issues
      On goaltending. When they played Flames recently it was a wild 6-5 victory for the flames but if it wasn’t for Stolarz the Flames could have scored 9 or 10 goals. He made some spectacular saves and was solid all night.
      I don’t deny Fletcher has a lot of work to do.
      It’s hard to figure out because philly has some really good pieces to build from

      • FlameFan,

        I agree, Stolarz was hung out to dry in that game. Especially the last 5 minutes. Flyers just laying down and taking beating after beating. Last night was the worst. Curb stomped by the featherweight Canucks with zero resistance. Most of the Fly Guys didnt even need a shower postgame cause they didnt sweat.

        brutal, just brutal.

  4. Lightning are facing roster issues as they get healthy. Probable Koekoek and Martel available for draft picks/junior talent…if they can’t make a deal they are likely to have to waive someone. Hard to deal with someone in-conference at this time of year, though.

    • @ Richard Ilfeld

      Boy am I envious of Brayden Point man hes great ! In all areas !

      It will be an interesting off season for you …he will not be cheap and could be a hold out but you will have to move out a significant piece or 2 to keep him….such as a Johnson or JT Miller you will have Coburn and Stralman off the books but will still need the room….as Kucherov kicks in ..Callahan at one more year could be interesting for a team as well…will be interesting to see who goes.

  5. If Boston scouting Calgary as per KPD, there is no trade there, as Boston doesn’t need a dman. However maybe Edmonton needs a dman and the Bruins could supply.
    Tarasenko would be a good fit in Boston but no MacAvoy, Carlo, Debrusk. The rest have at it.
    I know some wouldn’t mind giving up Carlo, not me, 6’5″ who only weighs 212lbs (some filling out to do) that is mobile and developing a bit of a nasty streak and only 181 games played, so he hasn’t reached Striker 400 game threshold to full development. Carlo could very well be a top 2 dman with size, stay the course, it’s a move that could be regretted.

    • Agree Krug is the guy to move for a forward. The money will work.
      With Mcavoy and Carlo being RFA looking for raises.
      Chara can be not resigned after this year his 5 million can go there.
      Edmonton needs defense now maybe Krug and one of Clifton,Lauzon,Zboril or Kampfer for Puljujarvi,Kassian and a first.

  6. Philly can’t find a goaltender. Maybe time for the bruins to capitalize on a Halak trade.

    • @ Caper


      Halak has been your saving grace at times when Bergy and Chara have been out ..along with half the roster is from teh AHL …man do not want them to do that …for what a 3rd line depth guy or a second round pick ….sorry… but I dont trust Rask…

      I think you should thank your lucky stars you have him right now …its not worth the risk for essentially a bag of pucks !

      I think the Bs might be after TJ Brodie …
      I could see that as the move …IMO …Right had shot and a solid 2nd pairing guy with great experience !

      • Kal El, if its for a bag of pucks then no. Depend on what Philly is willing to give up. Halak is a backup goaltender in Boston, he will not displace Rask and if Philly is willing to overpaid, I be all over it.
        No I don’t trust Rask in the big game but it doesn’t matter because he is going to play regardless.

      • T.J. Brodie is actually a left hand shot, but plays the right side way better as he is more comfortable there. He is having a fantastic season so far back with Giordano and there is no way the Flames are trading him.

        We have until the trade deadline to let James Neal wake up. Until then, the Flames offence has been just fine. It isn’t two players running everything, like with the Avalanche. Gaudreau, Monahan, Lindholm, Tkachuk, Giordano all having career years there. When Backlund and Frolik return, and with guys like Bennett, Jankowski, Neal, Czarnik, maybe Alan Quine all capable of putting up a depth player 20-40 points, I can’t see the Flames giving up one of their top D-men for the foreseeable future.

      • @ Caper

        It would be the biggest mistake to trade Halak this season ..IMO

        Back ups are a HUGE Premium right now ..
        You have 2 #1 Goalies …if you want a serious run which you will have this year …you will need both those guys…a la Fleury Murray tandem …

        If I had to put money right now on a the Stanley Cup its the Bruins for sure …they have everything and the depth has stepped up and they look like when healthy they will be the team to beat …IMO

      • Boston is not in Tampa’s league right now, Tampa Washington Calgary and Nashville have the offense and defense to go far in the playoffs

    • Should pitch for Anderson in OTT and offer of Neuvirth/Elliott and a pick. Anderson is a viable option for the next few years as a cost controlled option. H also has had a fairly healthy career. Andersson and Hart would be a nice tandem going forward.

      Then offer up Nolan Patrick, Wayne Simmonds and a 1st for Duchene or Stone.

      IF Stone comes your way move Giroux to Center. IF Duchene comes your way then put JVR and Konecny on his wing

    • Noooooooooooo!!!!

      The Flyers have already had a 30 year run of posers pretenders and wannabees!!!

      No Halak.

      • I agree Ron, that’s why I think Boston should reach out. Desperate teams do desperate things.

      • @ Caper

        Big mistake if they traded Halak…sorry.

      • Kal el not a mistake at all we are not contenders this year and philly might overpay for halak like caper said

  7. Good young D men are impossible to find and Charlie is going nowhere and I don’t see Carlo moved either. Chara is getting closer to retirement Miller plays hard tuff minutes and is hurt often and Griz and Krug are small. Bruins need to move young forwards and prospects and picks to upgrade if they feel it’s necessary. Boston played Toronto and Pittsburgh with depleted roster and competed just fine they need to get healthy.

  8. Wouldn’t the cap recapture of Carter’s contract be given to the Flyers since they signed him to that contract?

    • No. Though the Flyers signed him to that contract, he was traded to the Blue Jackets days before the deal went into effect. The Kings get hit with a $2.75 million per season cap recapture penalty over the remainder of the contract. The Blue Jackets get tagged for over $180K per season.

  9. Hakstol will not make the Xmas Break. Not sure if the player rule applies to coaches but I doubt it. So that is by next Wednesday. “Do not buy any green bananas “.

    I think a player or two off the roster will go with him . Konecny ,Voracek, Ghost and Simmonds. Probably not before the break unless it has already been vetted. Patrick for me is a none starter even though he has underperformed to expecatations

    • @ Silver seven

      At this point thus far …I am seeing Nolan Patrick as a BUST …he is a Daigel re incarnate !

      He does not fit the mould of ANY Flyer team or the sum of its parts …he looks out of place most games and would be my first Roster player to trade in a deal ..if not you are looking at a Dylan Strome situation 3 years removed …IMO

      Move him NOW while you can he is just not fitting in …get the return ASAP!

      He also has a really bad injury past also …Cody Hodgson type player !

      Id check in with the Caps and see about Burakovsky as he is on the outs …

      try to put a package together for him and Samsonov

  10. The only defensemen I could see the flames trading would be Stone. Unfortunately when Sweeney was rumoured to be watching the Flames – oilers, Stone was out of the lineup with a blood clot in his arm. Stone has a cap number of 3.5 million.

    The flames have some fantastic young defensemen playing really well in Anderson and Kylington, but the best young defensemen by far though is Valimaki who is also injured.
    Valamaki and Anderson will be a top pair eventually. I don’t think they would trade any of their top 4 which are Giordano, Brody, hamonick, and Hanifan. They are all signed for nice team friendly contracts.
    I also don’t really see what Boston has that the Flames need to make a deal.
    If there was a deal it wouldn’t be for any of the teams better players.

    • FlameFan, are you watching the Blues game right now? Damn we look good.

      I agree with your take on our defence, with everyone healthy I think we have the best overall corp of 6 in the NHL, and as the young guys get more experience it will be truly scary.

      • Augustus
        Yes, I agree we are all over them.
        Another person who I like is Bill Peters. After watching how the flames played last year under Gulitzan and watching them play this year it is night and day.

        Great balance from top to bottom with this team

  11. Is it Calgary that good or are the Blues just horrible and quit on Season?

    • No Calgary is that good! Good on offense and defense

  12. Both Calgary good and St. Louis awful. Tarasenko has disappeared . Your top salary guys need to step up even if the team results are not there. Folded !
    Trade him and start over with the forward group. Do not move Pietrangelo or Parayko

    • SilverSeven, sounds like you advocate a more robust re-tooling or rebuild of the Blues roster! Build around Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou, keep Schwartz in the mix maybe. I will say, I think if you are going to be willing to trade Tarasenko, then Pietrangelo, entering his later prime and now beginning to suffer injuries, should be traded too. And Patrick Maroon, Brayden Schenn, David Perron, Alex Steen, Robert Bortuzzo, Jay Bouwmeester.. keep Parayko and see if a new coach and new direction revives him after a poor showing this season. One off year when the team is having one is no reason to give up on a supposed stud defender.

    • I am also becoming convinced that this NHL version of a pure chemistry balancing equation does mean something:

      Sabres way better without O’Reilly = Blues way worse with O’Reilly