NHL Rumor Mill – February 13, 2019

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Latest on the Bruins, Rangers, Panthers, Jets and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Joe McDonald reports Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney’s trade plans won’t change with high-scoring winger David Pastrnak sidelined at least two weeks with an injured left thumb. Sweeney is believed seeking a second-line winger or a third-line center.

McDonald recently noted speculation linked the Bruins to Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin. Other options could include Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg, Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle, St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, Ottawa Senators forwards Matt Duchene or Mark Stone, and Los Angeles Kings winger Carl Hagelin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panarin, Duchene or Stone would be a very expensive rental acquisition, as each could depart this summer via free agency. The Ducks are reportedly still trying to re-sign Silfverberg. With the Blues surging in the standings they might not be sellers anymore, taking Schenn off the market. The Wild could become sellers if they don’t soon snap out of their slump. Hagelin would be an affordable pickup but probably won’t address the Bruins’ need for scoring depth. Surprised to see Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds didn’t make McDonald’s list. Perhaps Sweeney isn’t as keen to acquire him as some in the Boston media. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing yesterday on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650, Elliotte Friedman was asked if the Florida Panthers might use Jonathan Huberdeau and/or Mike Hoffman in an effort to clear cap space to pursue Columbus Blue Jackets pending UFAs Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky this summer.

Friedman believes Hoffman’s available as someone is always looking for scoring. He’s got a year left on his contract with an annual average value of $5.5 million. He said he’s received mixed messages on Huberdeau, with some saying he’s not available and some saying the Panthers are at least considering it. Friedman believes it’ll take an unbelievable offer to pry Huberdeau away from the Panthers. 

THE ATHLETIC: George Richards reports Huberdeau isn’t surprised to hear his name popping up in the rumor mill, especially after Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann were recently shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He insists he wants to stay in Florida and is focused on helping the Panthers reach the playoffs. While the Panthers are listening to all offers, Richards said they’re reluctant to part with a core player like Huberdeau. If the Panthers become sellers, Richards expects pending UFAs such as Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan, and Troy Brouwer could be shopped. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be a helluva gamble by Florida GM Dale Tallon to trade Huberdeau or Hoffman in a package deal for a pending UFA like Panarin if he doesn’t have assurances that player will re-sign with the Panthers. 

Mats Zuccarello’s days with the New York Rangers may be numbered. (Photo via NHL Images)


NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Rangers GM Jeff Gorton hasn’t engaged in contract extension talks with pending UFA forwards Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes, leading Brooks to conclude both will be moved by the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He expects both could soon be pulled from the lineup to avoid a deal-wrecking injury.

Brooks notes the Winnipeg Jets could have interest in either player. Zuccarello’s improved play has given rise to speculation they could trade him at the deadline and bring him back via free agency this summer. Under league rules, however, Gorton is prevented from discussing that possibility with Zuccarello or his agent. 

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Darren Dreger also speculated the Jets could be interested in Zuccarello. Asked if the Toronto Maple Leafs might be looking at Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid, Dreger said he couldn’t say that they wouldn’t consider it, noting McQuaid’s reputation as a character player. He also wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers trade McQuaid and attempted to bring him back as a free agent this summer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Zuccarello and Hayes are goners before the deadline. The Jets could be in on one of them. So could the Bruins, Calgary Flames or Nashville Predators.  


TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Winnipeg Jets could be okay with Bryan Little as their second-line center, adding their top priority is a top-six winger. He suggested Ottawa’s Mark Stone would be a good fit, though Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn’t want to mortgage his club’s future. Pierre LeBrun also suggested the Vegas Golden Knights and Calgary Flames could also target Stone if the Senators put him on the trade block. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators reportedly could seek a first-round pick, a top prospect and a player for Stone or Duchene if they hit the trade block. The Jets’ first-round pick is reportedly in play but Cheveldayoff could be reluctant to part with much more. The Golden Knights and Flames could also prefer paying a lower price. 

LeBrun reports several clubs have called the Blue Jackets about Panarin and they continue to evaluate offers and possible scenarios. Given the Jackets remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, they’re considered buyers and sellers. He believes their best offer for Panarin has to outweigh the cost of replacing him. He noted the Jackets have interest in Senators center Matt Duchene. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, it can’t be Panarin for Duchene straight up. It has to be a return that helps the Jackets now and in the future. I would assume if they acquired a pending UFA like Duchene they’ll want to know they can re-sign him instead of losing him for nothing to free agency, even if they got a first-round pick and top prospect in the deal. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing yesterday on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Pierre LeBrun reported the Colorado Avalanche have “kicked tires” on Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky. Noting Burakovsky’s fallen out of favor in Washington and been on the trade block for a bit now, LeBrun suggested he’d be a good addition because he’s also a restricted free agent. LeBrun said he didn’t know how far the Avs interest in Burakovsky has gotten. 


  1. Seems like it could be a buyers market. Lots of rentals. The high prices of stone Panarin etc might have to be tempered slightly

  2. gotta give the Blues credit, they were patient and are on a roll now. They have limited cap to be buyers and really can’t see them selling as long as they are in the hunt for a playoff spot but they could make a couple of hockey moves. Binnington has been a nice surprise.

  3. Agreed I think binnington has brought some confidence to the team

    • Amazing what solid goaltending can do for a team. So why are goalies not paid more?

      • I just wonder if any team would take on Jake Allen and his remaining contract? I would love for a veteran to come in and work with Binnington. Ottawa? Edmonton? Craig Anderson or Cam Talbot could help for a couple years. An Allen/Hitchcock reunion in Edm. would probably drive them both out of hockey!?

  4. Maybe Boston best option look into Brassard, Hoffman package.

  5. Caper,
    What about Boston taking a run at Marcus Johansson from NJD?

    • Francois, personally I don’t think he adds much to what Boston need, which is a goal scorer.

  6. It’s the trade season so whatever. I’m wondering if Edmonton and Pittsburgh can make an under the radar trade that could help both teams. Khaira, Petrovic and Spooner for Pearson and Birks. That would make Garret Wilson redundant and Petrovic is a right shot and brings some toughness but he can still play. And Khaira is a tough kid but he can still play. Spooner might be a better fit with the Pens like McCann has been. This team needs some grit but not just some useless goons.

    • Dee….BlacknGold here I agree with you the Penguins do need some useful grit.

      We also need another defense-man even with Schultz about to comeback. Now with the Olli Matta injury (out long term) that means slow foot J.J must play more.. Brandon Montour Anaheim if we are looking for a top 4 guy would fit. Guys like Adam Mc Quaid or Jodie Been for third pairing purposes we can’t win with this defense..period

      • Hi Deee and BlackNGold

        Late again to post and I first went on morning coffee…. did a lengthy spout response to Deee wrt Maata loss …. I hadn’t realized it was separated shoulder (thanks Deee for the bad news… LOL)

        All aside…. yep Pens certainly can use some grit…. but right now is a truly desperate time….. JJ going to get more ice time AND Ruhweedel going to play….. this is absolutely worst case scenario for Pens

        Pens already on the bubble …. IMO playing more than one or two games with both JJ and Ruhweedel ; just might push Pens below the bubble

        GMJR needs to make a move on a D IMO

        Montour of corse would be a coup; but I agree Deee ; even with Petrovic not performing very well….. he is leaps and bounds better than Ruhweedel

        I’m almost at the level of belief that Dumo, Letang; Petterson and Riikola with using two wingers as D (for a handful of minutes a game) is better than a game that has JJ and Ruhweedel as a pair

        Why not Prow?

        Tonight could be cataclysmic


      • I wish we had a time machine and could go back and grab Mike Sullivan from 2016 because the current version has lost his mind. Matt Cullen is no longer an NHL caliber player period and he has him playing 20 mins a game as the 2C?!?!? That is ridiculous. Garret Wilson took SIXTY GAMES to score his FIRST NHL goal!!!!!! That is not the kind of player you play over a kid in Blueger that has been incredible in first 5 games. That’s a kid I want in the lineup. A 4th line of Khaira Blueger ZAR is light years better than anything they have trotted out this year so far.
        Unfortunately Montour is not happening without giving up a Guentzel to get him and that’s just not worth it. The Ducks are going to make major changes but Montour, Manson, Lindholm, Fowler, and Gibson are pretty much not going anywhere unless another team overpays for them. Petrovic is a right shot and is very physical and in a 6/7 role he could bring back some of the physicality they lost when they stupidly traded Oleksiak for the pick they traded him for. That would almost make sense except Oleksiak was a much better player going back to Dallas as he was when he was picked up. He is a true NHL level player now and before he was an inbetween guy. Something has to give, these are the last years that Crosby, Malkin, Letang are going to be elite players.

      • Deee

        As a Canadian …. I think I can speak on behalf of more than 50 % of Americans … if they had a time machine that could boot them back to change something in 2016…..LOL

        That aside…. multi-player deals are harder to get done …. if it’s just Petrovic …. what’s the trade cost?

        McQuaid would be a massive improvement over Ruhweedel… cos for McQ?

        Heck …. any UFA DMan out there is better than Ruhweedel

        I’ll circle back to the guy I know your not keen on whatsoever …. but Pens are desperate

        Bieksa , I’m one leg , with a broken jaw and the flu ; is better than Ruhweedel

        Something must be done

        If Pens lose tonight (and don’t be surprised) and both JJ and Ruhweedel go -2 or worse …. GMJR HAS to aquite a new D or bring up Prow

      • I really don’t have the issues with Ruhwedal that you do. He’s tiny but he can skate. As a number 8 depth guy he’s fine. Bieksa was bad his last 4 years with the Ducks. He is somewhere between Orpik and Scuderi on the sucks metre. I want Khaira as much as Petrovic and I was just taking Spooner to even out the salaries with Pearson and that’s why I threw in Birks who is the Pens highest paid non roster dman. Money in is about the same as what is going out. Looks like this
        Guentzel Crosby Rust
        Bjugstad Malkin Kessel
        Spooner McCann Hornqvist
        Khaira Blueger ZAR
        Dumo Letang
        Riiko Shultz
        Petterson Petrovic
        Johnson Ruhwedal
        I just find that to be much better and tougher across the board. Too bad Sully has his head so far up Cullens rectum.

      • Who(s) are the Pens giving up for Montour

      • Hi Deee

        I’m with you in any move that doesn’t have both JJ and Ruhweedel

        Your right we’llnot see eye to eye on Bieksa and Ruhweedel

        I’m not against Ruhweedel’s size or his technical skills; my issue is that he is (just like JJ) consistently out of position … his gap in effective D play IMO ; is between the ears

        Yep , Bieksa older and slower ; but just from what I saw of him watching the Spengler games ….. he’s not lost his common sense and was not caught out of position like JJ and Ruhweedel

        What I believe we do agree on… something has to change …. Pens overall not there yet

        I suspect a change is coming…. and sooner rather than later

        To FD re Montour:

        I believe it may have been possible B4 the Maata injury ; for a 1st and Maata

        Outside of the Lefty/Righty; and offensive D vs Defensive D; it’s a swap of 24 year olds; Montour only one more year $3.4 M but An will have to cough up a hefty raise; vs Maata 3 more years at a much more reasonable (in 20/21 & 21/22) than what Anaheim would need to pay Montour

        The 1st in compensation on top of the swap ; I think; would have made it a reasonable deal for both sides

        That’s out the door now; and outside of a massive multi-player swap
        (And the 1st) ; I don’t see Pens getting Montour


        If it’s a simple deal for Petrovic (non multi-player)… what’s your thought on ask in return

        Finally …. what is collective thought here re McQuaid … UFA $2.75 RHD

  7. My opinion if Bruins make a trade find a second line right winger forget about a center use Studnicka next year. Watched game last night Kuraly looks to me like he could play on any line. I love him on fourth line but the kid has talent.

    • Agree Stone is the guy. Try to resign him also. Been waiting too long for a top 6 RW. Make a deal and if he signs add too it.

      • Would Stone’s contract have a Bergeron clause in it? Just askin’.

      • What is the Bergeron clause?

        I read this site all the time and have always been a huge bruins fan and I never understand why people are so down to trading a prospect not named Debrusk, Heinen, studniak or Vaakanainen. Granted those are likely the 4 guys that would get asked for and should be the only untouchables.

        Hoffman is by far my first choice and if I were trading for him I would offer up my 2nd rounder and if he signs an extension upgrade it to a first (not saying they would go for that) but that is what I would try.

        He is the most prototypical Bruin out of all the players out there, and having him with Debrusk would bring the best out of Krecji. They were willing to sign Taveras so there is for sure a plan in place to fit a guy like hoffman in the salary.

      • Dzingel would be a good add to the Krejci, Debrusk line. Left hand shot that can play both sides of the ice. Good wheels and can score. Cheap cap hit at 1.8 would which would leave the B’s some cap to make an additional move this year. Sens will ask for a 1st could be ok with Donato or JFK.

    • Agreed. In fact the Kuraly/Acciari/Wagner line is now widely considered the 3rd line. Plenty of bottom 6 depth, especially at center with Studnika, Frederic, JFK, Acciari, Lauko. A couple of those may become top 6. B’s should go for a proven scorer either with term or willing to sign a contract. Sweeney got Rick Nash knowing full well he had a chance to sign him to a reasonable contract.
      Can you imagine the current Bruins if concussions never happened?

  8. Would like to see a M Stone trade and sign but only way that can really happen is if Chara isn’t resigned, Bruins really don’t have that much salary coming off the books

    • I think that should be expected. Chara if he plays another season isn’t getting close to the 5 million he’s making this season. Carlo and Mcavoy need deals and will get decent money hopefully not over 5 million. Backes can be bought out or traded. If they were willing to sign Tavares I think they can figure out how to fit someone like Stone.

      • Offer sheet for Carlo and McAvoy? Hey, if it can happen to the leafs…why not the Bruins?

      • Shut up man lol you have no idea what you’re talking about

  9. Sullivan certainly sounded like an idiot the other night when responding to Malkins high sticking incident..

  10. Dee & Pengy—- Here are my thoughts and I have heard that Ottawa defense-man Codi Ceci 25 is available.

    Deal #1 Tyler Ennis 29, $650,000 Rfa..This guys is back healthy a 2 time 20 goal scorer is Carl Hagelin 2.0 but younger and cheaper with more scoring. a legit 3rd line center..

    With Ennis, Blueger, Mccann, Zack Ashton Reese coming back, Cullen we have a nice mix for the bottom six.

    Tyler Ennis, 29, $650,000 to Pittsburgh
    Tristan Jarry 24, $650,000 to Toronto

    Leafs need a reliable back -up Sparks is well uugghh..

    Deal #2
    Tanner Pearson 26, good young winger bottom 6 under control at $3.750,000 and a draft pick maybe 3rd or 1st if necessary we need help rounder to Ottawa.

    Codu Cecu 25, $4.100,000 a good young top 4 d-man to pair with Justin Schultz.

    these two deals are really possible and doable and we improve…

    • deal #2 is a good offer , Pearson and a 1st for Ceci …. but good luck re-signing him in the off season. His last negotiation with Ottawa was a ugly , he asked for 6, team countered @ 3 and arbitrator awarded 4.3…he is going to want a raise and the Pens don’t have much cap wiggle room for next season as it stands today .

      • Fergy well said…but we need a defenseman now.
        I’m not worried about next year he can move on!

        We will have Olli Matta back and Justin Schultz for a full season, plus the cap goes up $4 million, and I’m sure we can sign a few defenders in the offseason.

    • Blackngold between the two goalies I’d rather keep Sparks and Ennis. Jarry isn’t worth losing 2 players over and Ennis is a bargain right now

  11. Bob…. It seems like Sparks really struggles at times and the commentators aren’t high on his consistency…and Tyler Ennis doesn’t seem to be playing. I know he came back from that broken (foot or Ankle)

    I watched the game versus Colorado the other night never saw Tyler Ennis is he injured again?

    • Ennis has resumed full practice,should play soon.

      • Thanks bc ennis back soon good news jarry for ennis?

    • I don`t know how many games you`ve seen him play Blackngold , but he hasn`t really had much of a chance yet. When Andersen went down with his injure Sparks actually got to play and he started to get his rythym going and he started to play pretty good then he got injured (concusion). The commentators all agreed that Sparks played good enough to win against the Rangers. From the few times I`ve seen Jarry play he isn`t good enough for the Leafs to tradr Ennis and lose Sparks to waivers. Sparks was the best goalie in the AHL last year and through the playoffs

      • Sparks is a career backup, just isn’t good enough to start

      • Nobody’s saying that he’s going to be a good starter and really who cares what you think

      • That’s right no one cares what you think either

  12. Pittsburgh fans… would you take Lucic & Petrovic for Jack Johnson & someone to make the $$ work? Maybe Rust?

    pitts fans what say you?

    • No.

    • Pittsburgh is 31st in cap expenditures next year..just above Tampa and Toronto i believe?.so lucic is Edmonton’s for the foreseeable future and its not just his contract..but he doesn’t produce..the game has passed him by..even eating salary? Idk ..it would have to be a huge sweetener imho to move him..but some gm might take a first? Or Paajarvi (spelling?) Not sure but ridding them self’s of the dead wood(Lucic,Russell,Petrovic,Manning),..Stome?compiled should be a priority! Imho

      • A suggestion at TSN TODAY that Ottawa take on toxic contracts, along with picks and prospects, to accelerate their rebuild while reaching the cap floor.Hunter, some of your names were included. Food for thought.

      • I was also thinking NJ has cap room and looking for picks to rebuild so

        to NJ: Lucic and EDM 1st rd pick
        to EDM: prospects


        to OTT: Lucic & 1st
        to EDM: prospects

    • Im not big on jacj Johnsonbut he played well in a 3-1 win over the Oilers lucic is so slow and his contract goes 4 ever no thanks. Not giving up rust..