Updated NHL Rumor Mill – January 8, 2019

by | Jan 8, 2019 | Rumors | 41 comments

Latest on the Sharks, Canucks, and Canadiens in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


TSN: cited The Mercury New’s Paul Gackle citing the poor stats of San Jose Sharks goaltenders Martin Jones (.897 save percentage entering last night’s game against the LA Kings) and Aaron Dell (.890) and speculating they could get into the rental market for help. “Gackle points to Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth of the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils starter Keith Kinkaid and Carolina Hurricanes netminder Petr Mrazek as potential options for the Sharks.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks could be forced to stick with their current tandem or seek help from within their system. Howard is the best of the bunch but the asking price is reportedly a first-round pick, something the Sharks don’t have in this year’s draft or next year’s. Elliott and Neuvirth are frequently sidelined by injuries. Concerns over Cory Schneider’s health could make the Devils reluctant to part with Kinkaid. Mrazek’s done a good job backing up Curtis McElhinney and the Hurricanes could be reluctant to part with him. 

Will the Vancouver Canucks re-sign or trade defenseman Alex Edler? (Photo via NHL Images)


VANCOUVER SUN:  With the trade deadline on the horizon, Ben Kuzma reports the Canucks will have to make a decision on pending free agent defenseman Alex Edler. They could re-sign him or ask him to waive his no-trade clause, try to move him for “a considerable draft pick or prospect”, and then attempt to bring him back as a free agent this summer. Contract discussions between the two sides haven’t begun yet. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edler’s asking price could be the determining factor. The 32-year-old blueliner is in the final season of a six-year, $30-million contract. If he’s willing to accept a short-term deal for the same cap hit ($5 million per season) or a little less, they could re-sign him before the deadline to ensure an experienced veteran presence on their defense. 


SPORTSNET: Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin doesn’t intend to be busy in the rental market leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He said he won’t part with future assets for a short-term addition. “Again, if there’s a young player available and there’s assets that need to go [to acquire that player], I get it. But I don’t think I’ll be in the rental business, ” said Bergevin. He also didn’t rule out shipping out some veterans to bring in futures. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Canadiens jockeying for a wild-card berth this season there’s speculation Bergevin could be a buyer at the trade deadline. Maybe he’d be interested in someone with some term on his contract, like LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. However, if the asking price is a first-round pick or top prospect, it appears the Habs GM won’t be interested. 


Earlier today, I posted a summary of a piece by The Athletic’s Craig Custance listing 20 players who could be moved by the trade deadline. As always, I linked to the story, attempted to summarize his main points and provided my analysis. Unfortunately, some followers accused me of plagiarizing Custance or attempting to circumvent The Athletic’s paywall and provide their content to my readers for free. 

This was never my intention and I am sorry if that’s how it came across. I decided to remove the post and resubmit new material for today’s rumor roundup. I’ve also provided the link to Custance’s list if you wish to check it out. 

In my coverage of media-generated NHL trade speculation, I’ve always tried to be as accurate as possible. I cite the media source by name with a link to their work and a summary of their rumors followed by my own take. I have never attempted to pass off their work as my own and didn’t mean for my detailed summary of Custance’s list to be construed as bypassing a paywall.

If I make a mistake, even inadvertently, I feel it’s best to admit it and strive not to repeat it. My apologies to Custance, The Athletic, and its readers.  


  1. Rut wrow. You’re always the best Lyle. Anyone who has followed you for any amount of time knows you are a pillar of integrity (journalistically at least… I mean for all I know you’re a turd bucket otherwise).

    • That’s “Mr. Turd Bucket” to you, Chris! 😉 Cheers!

      • Read this site for 6 years daily best on the internet

    • Couldn’t agree more, this is my go to place for all things hockey, for the most part.

      Perhaps one could wonder Lyle if they were so quick to point out what you did inadvertently means that they read your site everyday and perhaps ‘borrow’ stories for themselves to use in their articles.

      Yes I think alot lol.

    • Screw em Lyle they hate ya cause they ain’t ya. I bet the guys running the athletic would trip over themselves to get you to work for them.

  2. Lyle

    I never once thought you were doing that. I love reading your take on what’s going around the NHL. Please keep doing what you are doing!

    Bergevin is taking the right approach. Even if we make the playoffs, and that’s a big IF, we will have to go through TAM, TOR, etc. This is not the year to go all in.

    I’d like to get rid of Shaw and Schlemko, but that might be too difficult to do without a sweetener.

    I also like Petry, but not at an AAV of $5.5M. Maybe see if there’s a market for him and try to replace him?

  3. Sir, I have followed you for years. I read this post every day. As an educator, I can assure you that you are plagiarizing. Keep on rolling.

    • *NOT* plagiarizing.

      • LOL, thanks, Clark. Appreciate the support, everyone!

  4. Lyle, I don’t see how anyone could’ve interpreted that you where stealing their material.
    Sound like the Athletic is a little to sensitive, they should be happy to have you promoting their material and maybe bringing them more subscribers.
    Great job Lyle, keep up the good worker and you don’t need the Athletic.

  5. I would think you’re actually promoting these other sites by providing links to them, it’s free advertising. Yet, I get the complaint, if your analysis was so indepth it negated the need to click the link.

    No ones perfect and sometimes admitting an error when none actually existd is best to nullify a disgruntled parties complaint.

    Keep up the good work Lyle.

    • Best to be on the safe side going forward with material behind a paywall. Doesn’t mean I won’t source it going forward, but I won’t provide as much detail. Also, The Athletic didn’t contact me about this but several of their readers expressed concern.

      • Supposedly their readers:)

        You may not be able to say that but I can.

      • It’s likely that Craig Custance and The Athletic are grateful for the publicity they’ve gained by being frequently mentioned on this site. It’s hard to say anything to the public any more without offending somebody. People so sensitive should be forced to live outside of their protective bubbles for a month, instead of being coddled. This is the Rumor Mill, and rumors don’t consist entirely of original thought.

  6. I’m with you that it was not a big deal and not your intentions.

    Still, way to own your ‘mistake’ this is how you do it. Respect +1

  7. Ok it was reported that Edmonton wants a player of the same pedigree as Puljujarvi if they were to trade him. My question is that pre-draft or post-draft? Pre-Draft that not happening you are not getting a 4th overall pick. Post draft I think you can get something a little better maybe someone like Nail Yakupov.

    Erik Karlsson has 22pts in his last 13 games is his value on the rise again? Is he getting $10m per in the offseason?

    • Hi Caper

      I think the issue with Puljujarvi is that in typical Oilers fashion they are not allowing him to develop at his own pace.

      I agree with your assessment. Trade value right now has to be post draft. But it’s gotta be more than a Yakupov type of player IMO.

      Karlsson is overrated IMO. I’m predicting 8 yrs at $9.5AAV if he resign with SJ or 7 yrs at $10M AAV if he signs somewhere else.

  8. I love your stuff been a faithful reader for more years than I’d like to admit but I can tell you the first thing I do in the morning is get my coffee, the second things is see what you have posted.
    I am a subscriber to the Athletic and personally I only wish I had the opportunity to read you’d take on Custance before it was taken down, my loss. I think the work you do is incredible and on point. Thank you.

  9. Lyle..your takes usually make sense and your logic and facts support your conclusions. An every day reader who seldom posts.

  10. Do you ever cover the rumors surrounding the Blues? Amazing. They are the talk of every other rumor site yet your site has NOTHING about Schenn, Parayko, Tarasenko, Petro or any other Blues player. You’re losing credibility.

    • What a strange thing to say, Jeff. I’ve regularly covered the Blues here throughout this season. On Sunday, in fact, I noted the rumors tying the Bruins to Schenn.

    • Jeff, you haven’t been paying attention. I recall replying to a post about the Blues the other day. They have to be a team to watch as the deadline approaches.

    • Do you ever read this site DAILY Jeff???

      Maybe instead of waisting comment space on stupid remarks and insulting Lyle you should spend the time reading this very credible site.

    • I can’t tell if this is sarcasm. If not it’s damn ironic that Schenn was a topic of the previous blog that had to be swapped out.

      On that note. I’m trying to think of why fans of the other site really cared about that. Three reasons I came up with. One. They were legitimately concerned the other site would raise a stink and were trying to warn Lyle. Two. They are big fans of the other sites work and legitimately felt it was being poached. Three. They were irritated that other people who weren’t paying could get similar material for free. My cynical side says it was likely number three.

      • I also posted yesterday about Pat Maroon facing the possibility of being moved by the deadline. But yeah, where’s all the Blues coverage?

    • Sorry Jeff but with that comment you are the one that lost credibility not Lyle.

  11. Lyle you’re top notch. And I read your column everyday to escape from reality at work 🙂

    Thanks for all that you do.

  12. No one who knows you and your work would ever question your integrity Kyle. This is one of the best sites out there.

  13. Thanks again for the kind words and the support, folks. You make my hard work worthwhile. Cheers!

  14. Lyle, i’ve been reading you almost on a daily basis for a few years now even though i now live all the way down in Lebanon and i got to tell you that your take on all things rumors is the most spot on and accurate there is out there. If you think a deal can be made, it almost surely does, and when you explain why it won’t, i know that it won’t. Keep up the good work man and don’t give a damn about anyone. Cheers from 7 hours in the future…

  15. The Canucks should resign Edler as soon as possible, ending the annual charade of pushing him off to another team for a few months, only to have him resign with Vancouver the next year. I find the whole thing to be disrespectful of the teams culture as well as the player himself.
    Edler is the team’s best defenceman without question, logging tons of minutes against opponent’s best offensive threats. He’s been a soldier these past few years, playing on a very uninspiring team, and this season, he’s been terrific. The guy’s a horse. Give him three more years and a raise!

    • Hey Strider

      I agree with you. Plus Edler actually wants to be in Vancouver.

      I would move Tanev and Grudbanson. Clear some cap space and possibly get a very decent return…

    • Strider are you Strikers evil twin? That one letter difference can’t be a coincidence.

  16. Lyle, first time commenting, long time Bruins fan since 1968 now living in Japan. Your site is a daily read for NHL rumors and comments by ‘real’ fans! Keep up the great work! Doomo!

  17. I think Edler would be a good add to the Leafs powerplay.

  18. Any word from Georgie? Always makes me nervous when one of the original sens stops posting for a bit…

  19. Did George play for the SilverSeven ?

  20. Thanks for another great column, Lyle. I read regularly (also subscribe to the Athletic) and did not feel your take on the Custance piece was inappropriate in the slightest.

  21. Lyle, the only thing that exceeds this fabulous site is your ethics.
    I try and read it everyday. One of the reasons I truly like reading your site is the balanced coverage you provide for all 31 teams.
    Keep up the good work!

  22. January 8th – known as the Lyle Love In. All complimentary posts were an excelent reflection on this fine site and Lyle himself. Next time you are in the Yarmouth area, I shall buy you a pint at Tusket Falls Brewery. Now gentlemen back to the rumours.

  23. Long-time reader, occasional commenter. I don’t get my NHL rumors anywhere else. Keep doing what you’re doing.