NHL Rumor Mill – January 30, 2019
Latest on Micheal Ferland and Artemi Panarin plus updates on the Senators, Red Wings, and Oilers in today’s NHL rumor mill.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun speculates the Carolina Hurricanes could move winger Micheal Ferland within the next couple of weeks if someone is willing to meet their asking price. He doesn’t think they want to wait until the Feb. 25 trade deadline and risk seeing his trade value drop if he gets injured. LeBrun believes they’re talking to teams like the Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
THE ATHLETIC: LeBrun thinks Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell will keep going to the Western Conference contenders with Ferland in hopes of driving up the asking price. Waddell seeks a first-round pick for Ferland and preferably a first plus a prospect. LeBrun loves the idea of the Calgary Flames reacquiring Ferland, who was traded to the Hurricanes last summer in a multi-player deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ferland’s recent injury history (including a concussion) could hamper Waddell’s efforts to get the biggest return possible. Nevertheless, if he remains healthy the Hurricanes winger should still attract plenty of suitors. His fate, however, could be determined by where the Philadelphia Flyers ship Wayne Simmonds, as he’s the top power forward in this year’s trade market. Clubs that lose out on Simmonds could turn their focus to Ferland.
TSN: With Artemi Panarin unwilling to talk contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets until season’s end, Pierre LeBrun thinks they could trade him but at the level they want in terms of return. Panarin would have a significant impact upon contenders like Nashville and Boston.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Toronto’s TSN 1050 yesterday, Darren Dreger speculated the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, and New York Rangers could be among the clubs to take a run at landing Panarin via free agency. Dreger believes Panarin would love to play alongside Islanders center Mathew Barzal. He noted the Flyers apparently came very close to acquiring Panarin at last year’s draft. He also wondered about the Florida Panthers and Western Conference clubs like the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings as possible destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen acknowledged his club faces hard decisions with Panarin and his fellow unrestricted free agent Sergei Bobrovsky. He feels it would be difficult to land immediate help if they move Panarin before the trade deadline. If such an offer is made, Kekalainen could jump on it. Still, his club’s chances of a deep playoff run are better with Panarin in the lineup. A lot could depend upon the Jackets’ performance over the next two-three weeks.
TSN: Darren Dreger speculates Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci could be in play if they could get the same type of return the Los Angeles Kings got from the Toronto Maple Leafs for blueliner Jake Muzzin. The Kings received a first-round pick and two prospects. Pierre LeBrun suggests they could face competition in the trade market from other clubs, pointing out the Carolina Hurricanes could shop one of their top-four defensemen for a forward.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, Elliotte Friedman believes there’s a decent market for Senators winger Ryan Dzingel, who could reach 30 goals this season. Friedman pointed out Michael Grabner was moved at last year’s trade deadline for a second-rounder and a prospect.
Appearing on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, Darren Dreger suggested the possibility of the Senators re-signing Dzingel, who’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. While re-signing Matt Duchene and Mark Stone are the priorities, Dzingel would be more affordable to retain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion will likely keep an eye on the trade market to see what Ceci can fetch, but he won’t trade him simply for the sake of doing so. Ceci’s a restricted free agent this summer with arbitration rights. The combined cost of re-signing Duchene and Stone could result in Dzingel being traded, but they could keep him if forced to move Duchene and/or Stone before the trade deadline.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings could stand pat rather than become sellers at the trade deadline. Instead of moving pending UFAs such as goaltender Jimmy Howard and winger Gustav Nyquist, GM Ken Holland could attempt to re-sign them. The asking price for Howard and Nyquist is a first-round pick, while defenseman Nick Jensen will be close to that.
TSN: cited a recent interview Holland had with The Athletic where he indicated he was open to the notion of target offers as a possible way to add a player from a team with salary-cap issues.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings have over $65 million invested in 15 players for 2019-20. Re-signing Howard, Nyquist, and Jensen could eat up a good chunk of their cap space, which won’t leave much to pursue a big-ticket RFA via offer sheet.
EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson recently explored the rental market for the Edmonton Oilers, listing the Senators’ Ryan Dzingel, the New York Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello, the Hurricanes’ Micheal Ferland, the Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds, and the Penguins’ Derick Brassard as possible trade options. He believes the market for those players is a second-round pick plus a B-level prospect, suggesting the Oilers pitch their second-rounder and perhaps defenseman Ethan Bear.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The market for Ferland is reportedly a first-round pick and maybe a prospect, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Flyers seek a similar return. The rest, however, might be obtainable for a second and a prospect.