NHL Rumor Mill – January 15, 2019
Latest on the Ducks, Oilers, and Senators in today’s NHL rumor mill.
MORE MOVES COMING FOR THE DUCKS?
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, Elliotte Friedman discussed the possibility of more trades coming for the Anaheim Ducks after they shipped veteran winger Andrew Cogliano yesterday to the Dallas Stars for center Devin Shore. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Jakob Silfverberg was shopped, noting the Pittsburgh Penguins had interest in the winger earlier in the season. Silfverberg is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
THE SCORE: Josh Gold-Smith cited a report from the Ducks website indicating general manager Bob Murray intends to keep trying to re-sign Silfverberg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Silfverberg’s asking price and the Ducks position in the standings between now and the Feb. 25 trade deadline could determine if he’s next to hit the trade block as some sources suggest. Right now, I think Murray’s a buyer. His club sits just outside a wild-card berth and the Ducks GM could be in the market for a player who can help them right now. But if the tailspin continues, Murray could go into sell mode.
OILERS SHOPPING FOR A FORWARD?
TSN: Ryan Rishaug reports the Edmonton Oilers are making a “full-court press” to add a forward. While the Oilers are pressed for salary-cap space, he speculates their first-round pick in 2019, a goaltender or “maybe a young developing forward” could be in play.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples is concerned such a move could result in the Oilers giving up a big chunk of their future to address this year’s needs. Regarding Rishaug’s report, he speculates either Cam Talbot or Mikko Koskinen, and prospects such as Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Benson, Cameron Hebig or even Jesse Puljujarvi could be in play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rishaug’s report is already generating plenty of wild speculation, including a false report claiming Talbot and Puljujarvi were heading to Philadelphia in exchange for Wayne Simmonds.
With the Oilers jockeying for a wild-card berth in the Western Conference, GM Peter Chiarelli is probably feeling pressure from his bosses to swing a deal that clinches a playoff spot. If he can land a quality scoring forward who can help the Oilers now and beyond this season it could be a worthwhile move. Trading away young assets for a rental player like Simmonds, however, doesn’t make sense.
COULD THE SENATORS SHOP CECI?
TSN: Bob McKenzie considers the notion of the Ottawa Senators trading defenseman Cody Ceci to be “within the realm of possibility.” He said he wouldn’t be surprised if they were getting calls about Ceci and wouldn’t be surprised if they were open to the idea of moving the blueliner. Ceci is on a one-year, $4.3-million contract and is slated once again to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As McKenzie noted, the Senators aren’t under pressure to re-sign or move Ceci as they are with pending UFAs Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. While they could move him for the right offer, they could also hang onto him for the rest of this season and try to hammer out a new contract. They could also wait until June to see if the trade offers improve, especially if Ceci opts to go the arbitration route.