NHL Rumor Mill – January 17, 2019
Check out the latest speculation about Matt Duchene, Wayne Simmonds, Micheal Ferland, Sergei Bobrovsky, Brayden Schenn, and other notable names from TSN’s updated “Trade Bait” board in today’s NHL rumor mill.
Uncertainty over the contract-extension negotiations between the Ottawa Senators and Matt Duchene puts the Senators center atop TSN’s updated NHL “Trade Bait” board. Frank Seravalli suggests the Senators will need an answer soon from Duchene regarding his plans. If he opts to test the market, general manager Pierre Dorion will need time to shop him before the deadline.
TSN has Simmonds sitting second on their trade-bait listing. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont noted the Bruins seek a scoring winger for David Krejci’s line. The Flyers could seek a first-round pick and a prospect or two, which would be “higher than any Bruins fan would want”. The Bruins gave up their first rounder in last year’s Rick Nash deal and could be reluctant to do it again.
The Carolina Hurricanes winger sits third on TSN’s list. Like Duchene and Simmonds, he’s a pending UFA. Elliotte Friedman indicates the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Vancouver Canucks are among the suitors.
The New York Rangers pending UFA winger sits fourth on TSN’s list. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman speculates the Edmonton Oilers, who are reportedly shopping for a forward, may have checked into Zuccarello’s availability. However, they prefer not to give up a significant asset for a rental player.
Oilers 2019 first-round pick and Puljujarvi
The pick sits fifth on the TSN board while Puljujarvi is 14th. Friedman believes that pick is “definitely in play” but there’s disagreement in the Oilers front office over moving Puljujarvi. They’ve also let it be known Ryan Spooner is available.
A pending UFA, the two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy is sixth on this list. Despite all the recent drama surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender, Darren Dreger believes the Jackets have “very little” appetite to move him because of where they are in the standings. He feels the only way that changes is if Bobrovsky demands a trade. Dreger still believes Bobrovsky wants to help the Jackets win this season.
Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard
These two Detroit Red Wings sit eighth and ninth respectively on this list. The Athletic’s Max Bultman recently listed the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, and Boston Bruins as possible destinations for Nyquist. MLive.com’s Ansar Khan reports the Wings could seek a first-round pick for Nyquist or Howard but haven’t ruled out re-signing them.
Schenn sits 10th on this list. NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty reports several sources claimed the Blues center is someone who interests the Bruins. He also wonders if the Bruins might aim higher for Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko. (SPECTOR’S NOTE: The asking price for Schenn will be much more affordable than that for Tarasenko).
The Florida Panthers forward is 18th on the trade bait list. The Athletic’s George Richards includes Bjugstad on his list of Panthers who could be available leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He has two years left on his contract with a $4.1 million annual average value. Richards believes it’ll take “a very nice offer” to pry him away from the Panthers.
Kaspari Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson
The two Toronto Maple Leafs forwards sit 22nd and 23rd respectively on this list. Both are restricted free agents. If the Leafs are to pursue a good defenseman, Bob McKenzie feels it could cost them Kapanen or Johnsson as part of the return. He also suggested the Leafs first-round pick in 2019 could also be in play.
The St. Louis Blues defenseman sits 30th on this list. Friedman noted he’s been playing better of late and has heard a few teams are watching him.
The Penguins center didn’t make TSN’s list, probably because it was compiled before word came earlier this week suggesting Brassard could be shopped. Friedman noted the Winnipeg Jets were interested in him last season. Brassard resisted but that won’t be a problem this season. Friedmans also suggested the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks as possible destinations.
The Score’s Sean O’Leary cites a report by The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline claiming the Blue Jackets and Penguins have had discussions about Brassard. (SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Penguins are getting a third-line center in return, they could be reluctant to move Brassard to a division rival that they could meet in the playoffs. Then again, maybe the Pens could move Brassard there for a different return that could be used in a deal with another club to add that third-line center.)