NHL Rumor Mill – February 15, 2019

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Oilers and Flyers discussing a Cam Talbot trade, plus the latest on the Senators, Jets, Flames, and Wild in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot could be on his way to Philadelphia (Photo via NHL Images).


TSN: Darren Dreger reports Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers have engaged in preliminary trade discussions regarding Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot. He pointed out Talbot has a modified no-trade clause but it’s believed he gave the Oilers permission to talk to the Flyers. It’s expected the Oilers would have to take back a goalie such as Anthony Stolarz or Mike McKenna. The Oilers would be making this move to free up salary-cap room for returning defenseman Andrej Sekera. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: John Boruk also reports the Oilers and Flyers are discussing a possible Talbot trade. He cites a source saying the Flyers want the Oilers to take back pending UFA goalie Brian Elliott. Adding Talbot would provide rookie netminder Carter Hart with an experienced backup and mentor. Boruk also noted Hart and Talbot have been friends for years. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talbot is a UFA this summer and no longer fits into the Oilers’ plans. They desperately want to get Sekera back into the lineup in hopes he’ll keep their flagging playoff hopes alive. The Oilers would probably prefer taking back a more affordable netminder like Stolarz ($761K) or McKenna ($700K) than Elliott and his $2.75 million salary-cap hit. It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out. 


TSN: Bob McKenzie believes the Ottawa Senators continue their push this week to re-sign pending unrestricted free agents Matt Duchene and Mark Stone. He expects it could take another day or three for the Sens to determine where they are. He also believes management is also exploring their trade options out of necessity. He reports general manager Pierre Dorion and his assistants are in Winnipeg to scout the Jets and their AHL affiliate. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jason Bell also reported on the presence of Dorion and his assistants in Winnipeg. He notes there’s plenty of speculation links Stone and/or Duchene with the Jets. Bell speculates “Jets forward Jack Roslovic, slick-skating Moose blue-liner Sami Niku and top goaltending prospect Eric Comrie” could be among the players they’re scouting. He also noted the Jets had scouts following last night’s Senators-Red Wings game in Detroit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the trade deadline drawing nearer, it’s widely assumed the Senators could reach a decision on the status of Duchene and Stone by the end of this week. If they cannot re-sign the duo it’s expected they’ll be shopped to the highest bidders before Feb. 25.

The Jets are reportedly seeking a top-six forward and their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft is said to be in play. The Sens will certainly want a first-rounder to replace the one they dealt away to the Colorado Avalanche last season. It’s said they’ll also want a top prospect and a good young player for Duchene or Stone.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff apparently doesn’t want to mortgage his club’s future for a quick fix and is said to be reluctant to part with Roslovic. It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll reconsider to land Duchene or Stone or look elsewhere for more affordable help. 


TSN: Bob McKenzie reports the recent struggles of goaltender David Rittich has sparked speculation over whether they’ll pursue another netminder before the trade deadline. He wondered if they’ll pursue a rental such as Detroit’s Jimmy Howard or a possible long-term solution such as Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick. While management still has faith in their goalie duo of Rittich and Mike Smith, McKenzie said all options remain on the table and this situation could bear monitoring leading up to the deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Howard is the best of the possible rentals but the Wings’ asking price is said to be a first-round draft pick. Having traded away their second-round pick in this year’s draft. Flames GM Brad Treliving could be leery about parting with his first-rounder. Going after Quick would be a significant and expensive move that would also probably cost the Flames their first-round pick as part of a package to Los Angeles.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has also featured prominently in this year’s rumor mill but Calgary might not be on his list of preferred destinations. Most of the speculation has tied him to the Florida Panthers. 

If the Oilers talks with the Flyers regarding Talbot fall through, one has to wonder if the Flames might look into his availability. Depends, of course, on their willingness to help their hated rival and Talbot’s willingness to waive his no-trade to go to Calgary.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun cites Mike Russo of The Athletic reporting Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton received permission from team owner Craig Leipold to do whatever is necessary to retool the roster, despite the fact they’re currently jockeying for a playoff berth in the Western Conference. While core players such as Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker, and Jonas Brodin could all potentially be in play, LeBrun believed pending UFA center Eric Staal could be worth watching. Staal wants to stay with the Wild and has a 10-team no-trade clause. ” It’s a 10-team list that we’re told is vastly populated with all the obvious contenders and I’m not convinced that he’d want to waive, we’ll see,” said LeBrun.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: What’s notable about this story is it came out around the same time Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was guaranteeing his club would clinch a playoff berth. Just because Fenton has permission to shake things up, even at the risk of jeopardizing his club’s playoff hopes this season, doesn’t mean he’s going to do it. I expect he’ll monitor his club’s performance over the next week to determine if they need to sell while monitoring trade offers from rival clubs.

Coyle and Brodin have frequently surfaced in the rumor mill over the last couple of years but Granlund and Zucker could fetch better returns. All four are also under contract beyond this season, which could make them more palatable to clubs seeking long-term depth. 


  1. Talbot for Elliot straight up?

    • The oiler would have to add a sweetener like a late round pick or prospect. Oilers HAVE to shed some salary. The flyers don’t have a need for another goalie. This move is strictly for the oiler to shed some cap space. Talbot plus a 3/4th pick would get it done

      • No, Talbot is the better goalie. The Fliers don’t have a dependable backup for their rookie goalie at the moment. Talbot would give them that.

    • There would have to be more salary going back Philly’s way. Those two straight up for each other doesn’t address the cap issues in EDM which is the key reason for wanting to trade Talbot.

      • The 2 straight up would give the Oilers the cap space to activate Sekera. I think the Oilers would prefer one of the cheeper goalies, but in the end I think they will need to settle on Elliott.

      • My bad, I thought Talbot’s cap hit was about a million less than it is.

    • How about bobrovsky to Calgary?

      • Bobrovsky has a full NMC. He would need to approve the trade to Calgary. Plus the Flames would have to pay the high asking price.

    • JETS

      Watching some of the interviews of the players ..it really seems as if the Jets locker room was sending a message to CHEVY and the brass that deleting Brian Little from the Roster would be a HUGE mistake especially if he was replaced by Duchene …need to read between the lines here ..it seemed pretty evident to me that was the take by Shieflie remarks ..incognito…The Jets are a very close net group ..they do not want to see and changes made by deleting active roster players…it may take prospects and draft picks to get the deal done.

      I like Stone as the best available all around quality player, good sniper, plus grit on loose pucks and plays a heavy game when needed and leadership ..top rate addition.

      OILERS / Talbot

      Oilers are looking for a quick fix to get cap space to fit in Sekera …I dont mind the Talbot for Elliot trade but the Oilers will need a smaller piece to make that deal weather it be a draft pick or entry level prospect but they may have to take it in the chin to free up that space ASAP !
      Good for both teams in the end.

      WILD..Just spit balling here so calm down :)!

      I could see a potential deal with Leafs and Wild ..involving Stall and Spurgeon for Gardiner and a piece …Gardiner is a Minnesota native and Wild need a puck mover.

      Spurgeon…is a right hand shot D man Leafs looking for
      ..Stall is purely a rental …but it could be worked out Stall would be a very good fit on the 4th line….great on draws as well still plays physical and scores ..maybe not for a full year but in a playoff series would be an asset worth the investment !!
      Leafs would have to add a mid level sweetner or high draft pick to the deal.


      If I was Treliving …and it cost me this years 1st rounder and a piece or pieces for Jonathan Quick who is locked in money and a top tendy …you have to make this deal if it is there to be had ….especially with the roster they have this is a no brainer for me and will make them a contender for the next 3 years with elite goaltending on that heavy D core team and scoring punch !!

      Have a good day

      • Kal El, not once have I heard Brian Little name being mentioned. Not saying it isn’t possible but never heard his name once.
        Jets been a tight group since the Evander Kane track suit days. However they also understand Chevy is trying to bring a cup to Winnipeg and will be on board with any move that brings them one step closer to achieving that goal.

      • Hey Kal El

        Not sure the Oil will need to add to trade Talbot for Elliot but I guess we’ll see. I’d expect them to ask the Flyers to retain some salary on Elliot if he’s the one coming back.

        The speculation for the Jets isn’t the Little will be dealt or removed. Rather it’s that he would move from 2nd to 3rd line centre.

        I’m not sure why the Wild would have any interest in Gardner at this point. Retooling usually doesn’t involve picking up pending UFAs you could just sign in the off season. The cost of the two players from the Wild would be higher than the Leafs would be comfortable paying. Stall currently has 17 goals and is going to be valued a lot higher thana 4th line centre by a lot of the contenders.

        Agree on the Flames, if they could get Quick at a price they can stomach they should.

      • Little isnt going to be deleted. They are comfortabke with him as number 2 centre combine that with struggeling RW Laine and it becomes clear why the jets switched position from wanting a 2nd line centre to a top 6 winger.

        If duchene is picked up he will be clearly rental and little will be pushed down to the 3rd line. Hardly a deletion.

      • Lost you @ B.Little & deletion.

        Whatchu talkin’ bout, sonny?

      • Yes, Quick would be just what the doctor ordered for the Flames.
        It is a real need. I am of the belief goalies are the only player in hockey that can single handily win or lose a game.
        Look at Nashville last couple of years. Rinne played great 2 years ago until the final round and he sh,t the bed, then last year against Winnipeg in game 7 once again he had a bad game that handed Winnipeg the win.
        I am always concerned about Quicks health. He seems like his groin is always on the verge of giving out at any time

    • Flyers would have to eat a bit of Elliot salary and include a mid round pick or equivalent asset but yeah

  2. Wings have an extra second rounder. If Calgary is leery about parting with the first rounder because of the lack of a second rounder Ken Holland could sweeten the pot by throwing that extra second rounder in with the deal.

  3. Matthews, Tavares, Kadri and Staal? That would be quite the collection of centermen.

    • There is no way they would bury Staal as a center if they trade for him. He would either play on the left side of Tavares’ or Matthews’line.

  4. Panarin is a very dangerous guy to sign, 28 years old at start of next year(October) and if you sign him for the 10 million plus for 8 years he will be 36 years old making 10 million. Eric Staal for example was a rare example of a guy at age 33 who had 42 goals but this year age 34 he’s pretty much done. Eating a cap hit of 10 million plus for a guy who after age 32 will probably be washed up is not a smart move. These players will continue to play and not retire even if they score 5 points on a season. With Panarin you will be lucky to have 4 seasons that are very good, that’s only half the contract. I would rather offer sheet a 21 year old guy and give up four first round picks.

    • @Matt, that Okposo deal really has you shook huh?

      • I’ve done a lot of research and forwards are usually done age 32 today. You don’t want to be paying anyone a huge cap hit past that age. Kopitar for example would you want him at age 35-36 at ten mill cap hit? There is a big difference with a guy in his prime scoring a point per game vs a guy who is just hanging on and getting 5 goals. Praise is signed until he’s 62 would any team want to pick up his deal?

    • $10M will look a bit different relative to the cap 8 years from now. Islanders would be a great spot for him.

  5. Staal would look good in Mtl, as would one of their young puck-moving blueliners. The trouble is pur best prospects are Centers which Bergevin would be crazy to part with given its taken 10 years + to have what looks like becoming decent depth at C. Also surprised there’s mot been much noise about Duchene and Mtl. If it was a trade and sign, then maybe one of those young C’s could be in play.

  6. Leafs connected to Eric Staal? Stay away form him, he is not a fourth line center and should not replace Kadri-so where would he play? Leafs need to avoid rentals like this.
    Winnipeg-avoid Duchene, go for Stone: much better at all around game and fits with the Jets approach. Leafs need to keep asking about Montour or Manson.

  7. Jets: avoid Duchene, go for Stone. Leafs-stay away from Eric Staal, focus on Montour or Manson?
    Staal won’t play as a fourth line center, cannot replace Kadri and will prove to be the same player he was with Rangers.

    • Yes Staal with limited TOI in Toronto would not work out. He could slot in on the 2nd line in Winnipeg and cost less than Kevin Hayes or the other options

      • Staal to Winnipeg would be a good move if Gabby Boudreau hadn’t made his prediction. I think Coach B has painted himself into a corner.

  8. Which contenders have their 2019 1st pick in play?
    NY Isles

  9. Pierre McGuire said on Ottawa radio that the whole Talbot thing may have come from good sources but just doesn’t make much sense.

    Also, the West is a huge illusion this year. Everyone is playing SO badly accept for a handful of teams everyone thinks they can make the play offs with a quick “re-tool” those bubble teams should be in sell mode.

    • Agree Dark G, it makes perfect sense from an Oiler perspective, and it could be a good fit in Philly for a year or 2.
      But why wouldn’t Philly just wait until the summer and not give up anything?
      I get that they have been hot lately, but a playoff spot still seems unlikely.

  10. A couple questions Lyle. Does Binnington need 28 games played, or started to avoid UFA status? What happens if he gets hurt and doesn’t reach that total?

      • I read he can become a group 6 free agent if he doesn’t reach 28 games because of age and professional experience. The number quoted matched up to games started, not played.

      • 28 NHL games of 30 minutes or greater for a goalie

  11. Leaf fans can you even say the word defenseman. Why are you even thinking of adding a forward.

  12. This is one Leaf fan that can say defenseman. But when you read what I write you may feel I don’t know what it means.

    I think the dislike/hate of Zietsev has been overdone. I don’t think he is great but I do think he is not a throw away. I was glad last night to see him played with a defensive left handed D man..Muzzin

    I have thought for a while that teaming him up with Gardiner was destroying Zaitsev. They are too much a like. I would trade Gardiner now, he is leaving anyway and get another D man.

    My goal would be Hamilton to play with Rielly….Muzzin left with Zaisev Hainsey with Dermott.

    I would pay for Hamilton some fair amount now that he is on the market and apparently undervalued by Carolina.

    I don’t now what I would give. Maybe Brown/Johansson plus 2020 1 st….+ 2019 3 rd. and maybe what I got for Gardiner

    Too much …too little tell me …I don’t know.

    • Agree on Zaitsev. IMHO he is a good defenceman who is used in a role that he isn’t best choice for. His first season showed him better suited to playing with a partner who holds the fort…not being that guy himself.Not a high enough skill level for top pair but otherwise a decent #4 if paired with a good 2 way guy.

  13. Wouldn’t touch zaitsev for free. He was okay year one since he played on the power play but defensively he’s BAD leaf fans will make whatever excuse they need to go move him, but that’s just a lie. He is just plain bad

  14. Trading for Talbot makes no sense. If the Flyers want Talbot (and who knows why they would) they can sign him as a UFA without losing any assets. Elliott and Neuvirth are both UFAs at seasons end and its highly doubtful Philly resigns either.

    Best for Philly to run with Hart and Stolarz and look to sign a UFA in the off season if they want a veteran backup.

    Trading for Talbot is making a trade just to make a trade, makes zero sense.

    • The purpose of bringing Talbot into the fold is to be a mentor for Hart.
      He’s better than the rest of the options and he and Hart are broskies.
      I know you don’t like it Ron, but I think its inevitable.
      Might even be more parts included.

      • There’s also the element of being able to try it for a few months after trading for Talbot, then committing to a contract if it works, rather than signing him in the off-season and hoping it works out. If the cost is Elliott and a 6th round pick or something, and it helps with Hart’s development then why not?

      • Youre right in that I dont like it. No need to trade assets away for something you can get for only dollars in 5 months. Id much prefer Stolarz over Talbot.

  15. Bruins in a tough situation losing their best goal scorer out for probably the rest of the regular season or close to it, they needed a scorer with size for the 2nd line now they need one for the 1st line too, being that they aren’t a cup contender to begin with they should pass on any trades and try to get a goal scorer with size in offseason…

    • Did something change. I heard two weeks.
      They are playing better lately and are looking more like a playoff team.
      If they add two decent forwards never know come playoff time.
      I don’t want to trade top prospects but if we could do smaller deals I would.
      Guys like Hayes,Zuccarello that can probably be had for a second and b level prospects.

      • Unfortunately, the report is that Pastrnak will be reevaluated in 2 weeks not that he will return in 2 weeks. The only prediction I’ve hear is that he will return sometime this season.

      • That clears it up DoubleMinor, I thought was strange that he could be back that quick after a surgery.

    • Stempy is in Providence getting ready for some big top 6 minutes in the coming weeks.
      We won’t even miss Pasta.

      • Big News shoreorrpark!
        That was easy, sit back and plan the parade.
        Karson Kuhlman got called up, perhaps he can carry the mail.
        Actually, while not a big scorer, does look like a useful player.

      • I only know what I’ve read and observed in 3 games of watching him.
        He has compete, and drive.
        Not an offensive dynamo for sure.
        General Lee is in Prov. so we can pull kids out for auditions in Bos, I’d assume.
        Ray, who would you like to bring in, if anyone?

      • Get the Duck Boats ready boys!
        Red Sox 👍
        Patriots 👍
        Bruins 🤞
        Celtics 🤞

      • I dunno.
        I am of the mind that need to go for it, all in either this year or next.
        I think Panarin is a perfect fit for this year, but the cost might be too high.
        I would like to see Carlo an McAvoy get another year of seasoning so they can ween themselves off Chara.
        But Bergy and Krecji will be another year older……
        Really tough call. If they break the bank, perhaps Duchene if they can sign him long term. Move Krecji in the summer for a scoring winger and solve the long term problem at C and keep it going for a bit.

  16. ANY thumb injury takes a while . Surgery will be more than 2 weeks.

    Puljularvi and Talbot for Myers and Stolarz

    • That’s probably what will happen.
      Good prediction.

  17. Re Jon McGill
    Is Manson or montour a right defense partner ..
    It’s a MUST
    Manson is more aggressive , might be a good fit
    Leafs need a heavy player or 2 or they will be bullied in the playoffs

  18. On Talbot, the oilers are in a position of weakness. Moving Talbot is a salary dump to make space for Sekera.

    The UFA status at year end weakens their position further.

    I think the Oilers would need to add a sweetener to move Talbot.

    There are few teams with cap space that want a middle of the road back up.

    Teams will use it to try to ply other pieces…

  19. If the leafs were to chase a player out of Minny…I would have an eye on Foligno. He has the sort of “jam” that would make his linemates better in the playoffs. No big contract. A guy who could annoy oponents or dig in the corners.

  20. I would be shocked to see Anaheim move a young dman….more likely just the older vets unless there is a young hotshot prospect coming back. Talking Leafs….for Montador there would be a huge price tag. Don’t see it.