NHL Rumor Mill – January 6, 2019

by | Jan 6, 2019 | Rumors | 41 comments

Latest on the Senators, Bruins reportedly interested in Brayden Schenn, and updates on Sergei Bobrovsky and Dougie Hamilton in today’s Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup. 


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline is looming over the Senators. General manager Pierre Dorion and his staff will soon be holding their pro scout meetings and will map out a strategy for potential deals. The Senators lack a first-round pick in this year’s draft and Garrioch believes there’s a chance they could trade for one. Contract talks with pending unrestricted free agents Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel are expected to intensify soon, with Stone and Duchene the priorities. 

SPORTSNET:  Chris Johnston reports talks between the Senators and Duchene appear to have cooled off, adding there haven’t been any substantive discussions in recent weeks and nothing immediately scheduled in the coming weeks. Dorion hasn’t placed a deadline on when he needs an answer from Duchene. However, the closer the trade deadline gets, he’ll be considered a potential trade candidate. So far, Johnston isn’t getting a sense of urgency on the part of the Duchene camp. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Larkin recently speculated Duchene and Stone could fetch “first-round picks, high-end prospects and/or useful young roster players” if shopped by the trade deadline. He believes losing Duchene and Stone to free agency and watching the Colorado Avalanche (who now own Ottawa’s first-round pick this year) select top prospect Jack Hughes as a “nightmare scenario” for the Senators. Landing futures for Duchene and Stone could help negate part of that sting.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect to hear a lot about Duchene and Stone in the coming weeks leading up to Feb. 25. Of the two, Stone appears the keenest to re-sign, though Duchene hasn’t dismissed the possibility. I can see a scenario where Stone is re-signed and Duchene peddle for the best possible return, which would have to include a first-round pick, preferably as high as possible in the draft order. 

The Boston Bruins are rumored to be interested in St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn. (Photo via NHL Images)


CLNS MEDIA NETWORK: Jimmy Murphy cites two NHL source told him the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues were involved in trade discussions regarding Blues center Brayden Schenn. Despite the 27-year-old Schenn’s offensive struggles this season, his age, history, versatility and contract ($5.125-million cap hit through 2019-20) could make him worth parting with some of the Bruins prospects and even a roster player if necessary. “Think the likes of Danton Heinen or Matt Grzelcyk as far as roster players go, or maybe Peter Cehlarik in Providence.”

NBC SPORTS: Joe Haggerty weighed in on Murphy’s report, calling Schenn “an intriguing possibility” for the Bruins. He also cited several sources telling him during the Winter Classic weekend that Schenn was on the Bruins’ radar. “Could the Blues be interested in getting former captain David Backes back for a similar cap number to Schenn, or be looking to bring home Bruins center prospect and St. Louis native Trent Frederic?” Haggerty also listed the Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle, Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds, and New Jersey Devils’ Miles Wood as possible trade options for the Bruins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t the first time this season Schenn has surfaced as a possible Blues trade candidate but those occasional reports were often buried by the rampant speculation over better-known teammates such as Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko. Schenn, however, seems a more likely trade candidate for all the reasons cited by Murphy.

Maybe he’ll end up with the Bruins or another playoff contender seeking forward depth by the trade deadline. I don’t see Backes as a fit for the Blues, as his best days are behind him and he’s still carrying a $6-million annual cap hit through 2020-21. If the Bruins want Schenn, it could cost them a good young forward and either a quality prospect or a decent draft pick. 


THE ATHLETIC: George Richards reports it appears likely the Florida Panthers will pursue a starting goaltender at the trade deadline or this summer via free agency. He believes Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky will be their No. 1 target. Bobrovsky owns a condo in Miami. He and teammate (and fellow pending UFA) Artemi Panarin are both rumored to be interested in playing in Florida going forward, either with the Panthers or Tampa Bay Lightning.

Panthers current starter Roberto Luongo will turn 40 next season. With three years left on his contract, he’s given no indication he’ll retire. The Panthers have no problem with that, as Luongo could slide into the backup role if the club brings in a new starter. As for current backup James Reimer, who has two years remaining on his contract, the Panthers will have to trade him or buy him out if Luongo doesn’t retire.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Assuming the Panthers can shed Reimer’s $3.4 million annual salary-cap hit, they’ll have over $59 million invested in 13 players. That’ll be enough to go after Bobrovsky, who could seek over $10 million per season on a long-term deal. With all of their core players under contract for next season, and the salary cap projected to reach $83 million, that would still leave plenty of room to bring in Bobrovsky and fill out the remainder of the roster with affordable depth. Could be worth keeping an eye on the Panthers if Bobrovsky tests the open market in July. 


SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports he’s curious about Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamiton. “They have four right-shot defencemen, they’ve been asked about Hamilton. If you’re willing to come back to them with a score I think that they would consider doing it,” he said.  Friedman also said he’s heard the Hurricanes aren’t close to a new contract with pending UFA winger Micheal Ferland. He noted the Hurricanes don’t intend to let their UFAs depart for nothing and he believes that’s the reason why trade talks have heated up of late around Ferland. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hamilton and Ferland were both acquired in a multi-player deal with the Calgary Flames that sent Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin to the Stampede City. Trading both of those guys less than a season after acquiring them doesn’t say much about the competence of the Hurricanes’ front office, especially if they don’t get reasonable returns that provide immediate help now and in the future.  


  1. Haven’t posted in a few days… Happy New Year to all

    Was very sad to see my future son-in-law reward a Ranger’s heckler with a signed stick yet he still has yet to send my wife and I a Christmas card. 🙁

    Re Schenn to Bruins …. as a Leafs and Pens fan ….. no thanks. However for Bruins …. I do see that as a smart move (depending on how costly the price is of course)

    Not a chance StL would want Backes in the deal…. they would have to get youth back

    Concur re: Carolina recently making some very strange moves and trading Hamilton so soon after the big trade acquiring him screams panic… Hamilton a Leaf?????

    Bobo in FLA I can see in off-season but not at $10 M…. great goalie but the $10M gamble for a goalie anywhere now ; IMO; is too expensive. I think Market-wise $9M is possible out there and since Florida (along with Nev , Texas, and Tenn) has such unbelievable tax advantages …. a long term $8.5 M for Bobo with Panthers is not out of the realm . This as stated above, could potentially motivate Panarin to join Panther’s as well…. adding both as free agents and not giving up any players/pics to acquire would definitely strengthen them tremendously

    Otto would be insane to lose that Troika of prominent free agents….they need to sign Stone NOW !!!

    Pirri sent back down???? Ahhhh!

    He gets League min and is producing fantastically …. I get the 10 game waiver crap … but Vegas is doing him a deservice

    Isn’t there 30 other teams that have at least one player on the roster making League min and doing absolutely nothing …. trade him

    Want a depth D for same price ? Ruhweedel has been “on the roster” for a couple of months without playing a game ….. swap?

    Of course that would be idiotic for the Knights to make that trade …. but there are other teams out there

    I would even trade ZAR and Ruhweedel for Pirri and a 4th…. net $925K (annual) in cap space and increase production ….. VGK gets young asset …. please and thank-you.

    Bos want depth scoring …. call Vegas re cost to acquire Pirri

    • Sabres may step in and offer the Blues their 2019 (or 2020) first round pick back for Schenn and a prospect.

    • Be careful what you wish for, Pirri is hot garbage. He can score some streaky goals, but that’s about where he starts and stops!

      I couldn’t wait for his time in NY to be over!

    • I’m definitely not giving up Aston Reese for Pirri. ZAR can play on any line and in any situation. He’s really becoming a good PK guy and he has no fear to go to the net or dig the puck out of the corners. Pirri is a streaky scorer and that’s all he brings to the table. He’ll get the Sprong treatment 10 fold.

    • since its a gate driven league how do the panthers or where do the panthers pay there players from I think Bettman has his hands on this one

    • panarin to the panthers???their highly knowledgeable fan base will likely link him to Panera bread.canes can’t part with Hamilton. he’s part of that post game victory silliness that the “new” nhl seems to find so appealing.

    • Hey Pengy

      Good to have you back!

      As much as I hate the Leafs (being a MTL fan 😉 ) I do enjoy watching them. What a team. So please don’t get Dougie Hamilton. He has been in 3 different dressing rooms so far and he has disrupted all 3 of them.

      He’s talented but he his a cancer in every dressing room. You guys have a good thing going on; if you can get a top 4 d to pair with reilly, better watch out!!!

      I’d try to pry Josh Manson out of ANA… i somehow see him as the perferct fit with Reilly…

      • What makes you say Hamilton is a cancer in the dressing room?
        While in Boston he was never considered a cancer or a concern. In fact players came to his defense. Not sure if we will ever find out why he really wanted out of Boston. Some said was because Boston wouldn’t sign his brother Freddy or said he felt alone because most of the players were out of age bracket. It wasn’t Boston wanting to trade Hamilton but Hamilton wanting out of Boston.

      • Caper,

        Attached is an article talking about why Calgary traded Hamilton.


        I don’t believe we should speculate or make judgments about what goes on in a locker room. What is very visible on the ice is that Hamilton needs to stay focused and keep his intensity level up for 60 minutes. He has the talent of a number 1 D but has played himself into to a bottom pair. The good news is that he has the ability to change that.

      • Was there not a team building issue with Hamilton? The guys would do stuff together and he would rather be off by himself at a museum type deal. I could be wrong

      • We don’t know what Hamilton is like in the room or as a team mate.
        What we do know is that a guy with every physical tool and attribute you would want in a NHL D man has been traded twice already in his young career.
        That does seem strange.

      • I don’t remember anyone sticking up for Dougie .he didn’t have any friends here in Boston and asked management to trade for his garbage brother when bruins brass said no he asked to be traded and actually took less to play in cal who traded for his brother. No players liked him he was a loner who kept to himself. Glad he’s gone

  2. Schenn is one heck of a player, and not just a rental. He should be part of the core for the Blues, but if they decide to trade him, the price will be high. He will be a great addition for any contender.

    • As an Islander fan I covet Brayden Schenn. I think he’d be a perfect fit for them. LL could
      D easily swing a deal. Send St. L Brock Nelson who’s at a great place in his career. Salary should work out the same- with Schenn having a year left on his deal. An easy sign after an off year,Nelly can get his deal done in St. Louis. Throw in the 1st rounder the Isles have, we have a surplus of high picks in the AHL. Heck, if they would prefer Eberle – bye!

  3. It’s fair to question the competence of Carolina’s front office only in the overall context of possible meddling by the team’s new owner.
    Tom Dundon, who made the bulk of his fortune with a string of golf driving ranges, has no apparent previous experience with hockey.
    As the owner of the Hurricanes, he’s made it clear he’s a hands-on owner who’s not shy about publicly sharing his opinions. It’s safe to assume he feels free to the same with GM Don Waddell, who has a lot more experience in his position with the ‘Canes than Dundon does in his.

    • Yes the owner is a problem but Don Waddell couldn’t find the sofa if he were standing in the living room …

    • Don Waddell’s track record and history speaks for itself. When you add Dundon in the mix it only makes it worse.

      That being said we frequently talk about the two bad trades and seldom mention the good moves. The free agent signings (Mrazek, De Haan) and waiver pick up (McElhinney) have been very good moves by Waddell/Dundon.

    • LOL. Calling Top Golf a “string of golf driving ranges” is like calling Uber a “bunch of taxi cabs”.

  4. I think the Panthers may make some drastic moves after what will be an unacceptable disappointing season, again.

    Bobrovsky, Panarin, and a solid defensive dman to the Panthers with Quenneville as the new coach.

    On the outs: Lu possibly retires/Reimer traded or bought out. Bjugstad traded as mostly salary dump. McCann gone, Vatrano gone. UFAs gone.

    Borgstrom, Hawryluk, Tippet, Heponiemi, will be up.

    • If they sign Bob for 10 million as we have heard he is asking for… buyout Reimer, Lou’s cap hit still stays if he retires and they will need a backup. That’s quite alot of coin doled out for your goalie tandem.

  5. Schenn to Boston for Backes, yes, yes and yes. What a joke. Until I heard it from a more reliable source that be Schenn to Boston I give it no credibility. Boston needs a RW for then they need a C. Preferably someone with term.

    • Yeah, sounds like a pipe dream to me.
      #2 RW and #3 C are the areas for concern presently. I still think Rick Nash will be back in the spoked B by playoffs.

  6. I don’t think Boston should give up on their prospects unless a super star is coming back. Laine,McDavid,Panarin or Tarasenko would be the top 6 guy needed. Then I would unload the pool. Otherwise let the kids play and develop. I would take Schenn for a deal around a lower prospect and a second rounder. Not giving up a first rounder and any top prospects like Donato,Vaakanainen Studnicka,JFK, or Bjork. Maybe Heinen,Senyshyn,Zboril or Frederick.

  7. Hey Caper

    I have had the chance to play Major Junior with a few current NHL players and we do keep in touch here and there. My source for the Hamilton comment came from an NHL player, who was just put on waiver by CHI.

    You are correct re: Hamilton and his brother… It was the same in CGY. You are also correct when saying that he felt alone in dressing rooms. The reason why I say that he his a cancer is that I’ve heard from current and past NHL players that he his very selfish and when he doesn’t get his way he becomes a problem within the room.

    By the way, my source also confirmed that the main problem in Edmonton is in the dressing room. There’s a rift between Nurse and Draisaitl. A situation happened 2 years between the two. Same situation that happened in CGY years ago between Phaneuf and Conroy.

    My source played for Edmonton during that time. Anyway, just thought I’d mention it…

    • This reminds a lot of that commercial where the girl is talking about “it has to be real, I read it on the internet “

      Then she says “I have to get ready for my date, I met him online… he’s a French model”

      Then a fat scruffy American guy walks in and looks around and says “bon jour”

    • Yeah your full of it . Your saying your source is Brandon Davidson . Not that hard to figure out but really your source was a rumour that never made any sense two years ago and less today

      • He can know Brandon Davidson , sure , close enough to get details from an incident that supposedly took place in a bar , which apparently confiscates phones and cameras at the door ? Highly unlikely . And even if they were best friends , that was a rumour that never made any sense , game was on Monday , when he took the Trouba hit that caused the injury. As reported and not by some extension two years later From Brandon Davidson

    • Le French09 let’s say I take what you said at face value. My point was he wasn’t a cancer in Boston as it was well reported Boston didn’t want to trade Hamilton. Maybe immature but never a cancer.

      • The way I hear it, is that he is just a strange dude.
        He won the scholastic award as a junior, so not an idiot. Just “different”.

      • Why can’t someone know Brandon Davidson? I am older so the 2 guys I know, one well, (Islanders) one more through coaching minor hockey that I still run into once in a while (Flames), have been out of the league for some time.
        Not all that unusual.

      • I don’t think anyone’s even questioning that… but guys you used to know call you from time to time to gossip about locker room cancers and who doesn’t get along with who?

        Seems highly of unlikely. If you can’t put your name to it … and verify who you are. If you can’t put a source name to it without playing riddles …. just stick to “imo”.

        Otherwise it s pretty worthless hearsay…..”imo” its way too easy to say things like this to give yourself a leg up in a debate….! But really it doesn’t! Lmao

      • Fair enough NYR, no they don’t call me to gossip. But I have to admit I did ask about a specific rumor (after beer 4 or 5) not unlike the one being mentioned by Le french regarding other players from another time. And he did tell me what actually happened.
        I don’t ever bring it up on here though, nor would I in the future. so I agree on that front.

  8. All I will say. Is it’s tough being a Sens fan these days.

    • Jeff, you haven’t turned into a Jets fan yet?

      They should trade their Ufa and resign them in the off season. But I think Stone might cost to much for Ottawa to resign.

  9. Schenn plays all 3 forward positions with a scoring touch young enough and cost effective enough And can play physical . Sounds like a guy you could win with St. Louis As a result , won’t come cheap. 3 assets mimimum that more than likely include a first

  10. if Schenn is traded for Backes then StL should be getting Heinan or Donanto and a ‘B’ prospect in the deal. Sweeney should jump at the opportunity to rid the organization of that contract, getting Schenn makes the deal even sweeter.

  11. When the flames traded for Dougie Hamilton, it was only weeks later they traded for Freddie.
    What was odd about that was Freddie never really made it to the NHL he was a minor leaguer. As soon as he came to Calgary he was on the flames roster immediately. I always thought there was something fishy because Freddie played sparingly but was never sent down. They would be moving players up and down but no matter how little or how bad Freddie played he never got sent down. Finally after 2.5 years of taking up a roster spot he was put on waivers and was picked up by Arizona.
    In hind sight Treliving probably had enough of the Hamilton’s, because after Freddie left Dougie was traded.
    There were some sports reporters in Calgary said after Freddie left Dougie pouted so bad he became a distraction to the team.
    No player with the talent that Doug has gets traded 4 times in his prime unless there are serious off ice issues.
    Once again buyer beware

  12. Let’s think even bigger:

    Schenn+Jake Allen for Halak+Donato. Thoughts?

  13. You know what? I just thought I bring something else to the table by stating something that was told to me. If you guys are gonna rip me for it so be it. Most of the people who post on here are ignorant donkeys anyway.

    I like reading post from pengy, caper, nyr4life (sometimes ;)).

    I rarely post but when I do it’s because I know there’s some bones to it.

    And lastly I DO NOT HAVE TO DEFEND who I know at the NHL level, ex player or not. If I choose to disclose something that was told to me I DO NOT HAVE to reveal who I know or who I am. You don’t like my post? I respect that.

    But don’t go in a rant because of it.

    If I offended anybody I apologize.


    • You’re not offending anyone. I’m just saying something rumored , and being told as truth is only as good as the name attached to it.
      If you can’t provide a name, why bother even expressing it?

      Anyone here could use this type of tactic to get a point across.

      I know for a fact Hamilton is a good guy.

      Doug Hamilton

  14. Nyr4life

    I respect your point. However most insiders will divulge something their sources told them but asked to remain nameless.

    That’s all I was doing. If a player asked to remain nameless then I won’t say the name.

    Also I never said that Dougie was a bad person. Just stated that inside of dressing rooms he is not well like.

    That’s all.


    Brandon Davidson