NHL Rumor Mill – January 23, 2019
Latest on the Leafs and Bruins plus updates on Micheal Ferland, Derick Brassard, and Andre Burakovsky in today’s NHL rumor mill.
SUGGESTED TRADE TARGETS FOR THE MAPLE LEAFS AND BRUINS.
SPORTSNET: Michael Hoad lists Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues, Dougie Hamilton of the Carolina Hurricanes, Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Chris Tanev of the Vancouver Canucks as five right-shot defense trade targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the Blues’ struggles this season they’re still within range of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Even if they fall out of the chase by the Feb. 25 trade deadline, I doubt Pietrangelo and Parayko will be available. Besides, the asking price for either guy will be expensive, probably a first-round pick and a good young player like Kaspari Kapanen. The Leafs could part with the pick but are reportedly unwilling to move Kapanen.
The Hurricanes could shop Hamilton but they want a scoring forward, preferably a center, in return. Maybe the Leafs could offer up Nazem Kadri, who’s been relegated to third-line duty this season.
Gudas and Tanev would be affordable rental options but the former is now seeing third-pairing minutes while the latter has an injury history and a modified no-trade clause.
BOSTON HERALD: Marisa Ingemi believes there are some realistic and appealing trade options for the Bruins. They included the Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds, St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, Carolina Hurricanes’ winger Micheal Ferland, and Ottawa Senators’ winger Mark Stone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most of the players on Ingemi’s list have been linked to the Bruins at one point or another in this season’s rumor mill. GM Don Sweeney is expected to swing a deal to bolster his club’s secondary scoring depth, probably by pursuing a winger for David Krejci’s line. He has a number of promising young assets to offer up as trade bait.
Simmonds and Ferland seem the best options. I still think the Senators can re-sign Stone, who’s publicly expressed his willingness to stay in Ottawa. The Blues’ recent improvement could make them reluctant to part with Schenn, who’s signed through 2019-20.
FERLAND, BRASSARD, AND BURAKOVSKY
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Pittsburgh Penguins are believed to have inquired about Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland, who’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. The Penguins would have to shed salary and LeBrun suggested moving center Derick Brassard. The Hurricanes will want a first-round pick for Ferland but LeBrun wondered if they could acquire Brassard and flip him to another club for a first rounder. He also speculated the Calgary Flames might look at reacquiring Ferland, who they shipped to the Hurricanes in a multi-player deal last summer.
Darren Dreger believes Brassard, who’s also a UFA this summer, would be fine with accepting a trade to a playoff club. For whatever reason, things haven’t worked out for him in Pittsburgh. The Winnipeg Jets are thought to have expressed some interest in Brassard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dreger also noted the Penguins will need a third-line center if they move Brassard. Ferland wouldn’t fit that role as he’s a top-six winger. Acquiring Brassard and subsequently attempting to move him is a possibility for the Hurricanes but could become too complicated to pull off. A more likely scenario is the Penguins shipping Brassard to a Western Conference playoff club like the Jets and then bundling the return into an offer for Ferland. That’s assuming another club doesn’t make the Hurricanes a better offer.
THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): LeBrun speculates the Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche, and Dallas Stars are among the clubs believed to have contacted the Washington Capitals regarding winger Andre Burakovsky. The 23-year-old has 12 points in 43 games and was a healthy scratch six times. His annual salary-cap hit is $3 million ($3.25 million in actual salary this season) and he’s slated to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer.
LeBrun’s colleague Sean Shapiro recently tweeted the Stars and Capitals were scouting each other heavily, with Burakovsky on the Stars’ list of trade option.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burakovsky has promising offensive skills but he’s struggled to break through with the Capitals. LeBrun also noted his qualifying offer this summer would be $3.25 million, which could scare off some suitors. It’s believed the Capitals aren’t interested in draft picks or prospects but instead want a roster player for Burakovsky.