NHL Rumor Mill – February 19, 2019

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The latest on Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel, plus updates on the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Aaron Portzline believes Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin is better than 50-50 to be moved by next Monday’s NHL trade deadline while goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is less than 50-50. He believes there are too many hurdles to clear in order to move Bobrovsky, including a soft goalie market and getting him to waive his no-movement clause.

It will take a significant offer to pry Artemi Panarin away from the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo via NHL Images).

If they trade Panarin, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen would have to make a subsequent trade for a return that keeps his club in the playoff race. Portzline believes it’ll take “some staggering offers” to pry Panarin away. He notes the Jackets have reportedly contacted the Ottawa Senators regarding center Matt Duchene. The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets are said to be interested in Panarin and Portzline thinks the New York Islanders could also kick the tires. 

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Montreal’s TSN 690, Bob McKenzie talked about the rumors linking Panarin and Bobrovsky to the Florida Panthers. While he doesn’t know if the Panthers can get them via trade or free agency, he notes there’s certainly a desire on their part to do so. It would involve clearing some salary-cap space as they’re a budget team and not a cap team, which explains the recent rumors involving Panthers forwards like Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bobrovsky’s shaky performance this season also adversely affects his trade value. If the Jackets trade him away they’ll also have to find a suitable replacement to act as a backup for Joonas Korpisalo and that could prove difficult to do.

I don’t doubt there’s plenty of interest in Panarin and the asking price will be high. It could take time, however, for that to happen, potentially complicating Kekalainen’s efforts to swing a subsequent deal. Not saying he can’t pull it off but he could run out of time if he waits too long for a suitable offer for Panarin.

As for the Panthers, there are rumblings they contacted the Jackets about Bobrovsky and Panarin but the Jackets denied those rumors. If they hope to acquire Panarin via trade, someone like Huberdeau or Hoffman would have to be part of the return. Such a deal, however, could be too complicated to pull off before the trade deadline. 


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators are hoping to learn within the next 48 hours if pending free agent winger Mark Stone will re-sign with them or if they’ll have to trade him. Fellow UFA Matt Duchene is expected to be moved before the deadline, possibly in a sign-and-trade scenario. Garrioch believes the asking price for either guy could be a first-round pick, a top prospect plus another piece.

The Senators have had talks with winger Ryan Dzingel’s agents but it’s unknown if he’s received an offer. Garrioch claims the asking price for Dzingel is a first-round pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A first-round pick will be a crucial part of the return for any of those players. The Senators dealt away their pick in this year’s draft to the Colorado Avalanche in the trade that brought Duchene to Ottawa. As Garrioch reports, whatever happens with Stone will determine the Senators’ next moves. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Darren Dreger said he expects the Boston Bruins “are in it to win it” and expects they’ll make a significant move before the deadline. He notes they’ve got the assets in draft picks and promising young players to make it happen.

Dreger speculated the Bruins may have had their sights on Los Angeles Kings’ forward Tyler Toffoli at one point but no longer believes he’s their main target anymore. He also thinks they’ll have interest in Ottawa’s Ryan Dzingel if he hits the trade block. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how much the Bruins gave up last year to land Rick Nash, GM Don Sweeney might be reluctant to repeat that experience. While there’s lots of speculation suggesting the Bruins should be in on big names like Artemi Panarin or Mark Stone, Dreger’s comments suggest Sweeney could be looking at more affordable options. 

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to weigh his options leading up to the trade deadline. Holland would like to re-sign goaltender Jimmy Howard, winger Gustav Nyquist, and defenseman Nick Jensen and all three wish to stay but a deal must be equitable for both sides. Holland could trade them and attempt to sign them this summer via free agency but there’s no guarantee they’ll return.

Khan considers Howard as almost certain to re-sign with the Wings, though the Calgary Flames are among the clubs rumored to be interested in him. Other possible trade chips include defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Luke Glendening. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me if the deadline passes with Howard, Nyquist, and Jensen still with the Wings. The asking price for each is said to be a first-round draft pick. 


THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Kevin Kurz wonders if it’s time for the San Jose Sharks to address their sub-par goaltending, pointing out they have the worst even-strength save percentage (.896). Their 6-5 loss to Boston raises more questions over the tandem of Martin Jones and Aaron Dell.

Kurz suggested perhaps they should consider giving Detroit’s Jimmy Howard or Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott a look. Ultimately, however, he expects they’ll stick with Jones over the remainder of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there were better options in the goalie market, perhaps Sharks GM Doug Wilson would consider it. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Bob McKenzie speculated the New York Rangers could move defenseman Adam McQuaid if they believe they can get a fourth- and a seventh-round pick or anything better than that. They gave up a fourth and a seventh, along with Steve Kampfer, to acquire McQuaid.  


THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington believes there’s a good chance Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will be playing elsewhere by next Monday afternoon. Beaulieu has been a frequent healthy scratch and remains frustrated over his lack of playing time. Last month, his agent request a trade. 


  1. Sweeney has to be hesitant about making trades his track record is less than stellar ….around 14 trades made l…best ones were Soderbergh, Lucia & M Jones,Stafford the rest to me were below average trades..Hamilton,Ronaldo,Jimmy Hayes,Stempniak,Michael Liles,Holden,trading Vatrano,Rick Nash,Wingels,trading Mcquaid

    • Joe, I’m going to stick to my guns here. I think Boston should be talking to Florida for Hoffman, Brassard package. This would stabilize the lines and with their defensive structure would give them a solid boost.

      Pastrnak Bergeron Marchand
      Hoffman Krecji Debrusk
      Heinen Brassard Ceharlik
      Wagner Kuraly Nordstrom/Backes

      As Ray Bark has pointed out numerous time the core is getting older and the window is closing. Trades need to be made to give them an opportunity. Of course if a deal can be made to bring Stone and Duchene then the cupboards would be getting empty, but it’s the risk you take.

      • Would be cheap and potentially high reward deal for the Bruins…one stop shopping might help the deal…as a Leaf fan I don’t like but I think it is very credible.

        Also would add as I watch the Leafs and Bruins lately I don’t think the Leafs have the beating of Boston in them. Not because of intimidation, size etc, but because are not a well balanced well constructed team.

        Too much of their talent upfront and management can’t or won’t make the changes. I think Dubas likes his choices and decisions too much.


      Does anyone here see Dallas as a shocker team in making a serious trade with high end players

      …ie Benn or Seguin Nishuchkin Klingberg ???

      They seemed to pretty vocal on saying that everyone is available on the team this past week if the deal was right !!

      I can see them being a black sheep deal maker…

      • At this point Nichushkin would be a sweetener. Benn might be traded in the off-season if they fail to make the playoffs. Maybe to his home Vancouver before the draft? IMO Klingberg and Seguin are untouchable. Stars will trade picks and prospects for some upgrade on offense. Just don’t have enough to get a Panarin, Duchene, or Stone. Maybe a Zuccarello or Simmons’s. This is a make or break for the GM as well so it could be desperation time in Dallas.

    • Actually, Sweeney did well on the McQuaid trade, getting “a fourth and a seventh, along with Steve Kampfer”. As much as I hated to see McQuaid leave, he does have a bad injury history and Kampfer has played well for the Bruins whenever needed. As far as Vatrano goes. he’s okay, but nothing special. Bye bye and so long to Wingels, as Chris Wagner more than fills his shoes. Wagner, by the way, was an excellent pickup by Sweeney.

  2. If McQuaid can be got for a 4th and 7th…. Pens need to be in on that… Ruhweedel has to go the other way (roster spot and Cap)

    Re Sens

    Dorion… tell Melnyk to stick it and give Stone what he wants… you then have your 26 yr old Captain to re-build around

    Once Stone off the market … the competition for Duchene will ratchet up his trade return… not only do both Nsh and Winn want him; neither can afford the other getting him…. massive bidding war; and Clb waiting in the wings to potentially nab him if the move the breadman… should be very good return

    Move Duchene and Dzingel for 2 firsts; one good roster player; 2 prospects … that’s 5 assets along with the new captain and a good young core and current Ottw prospects (coming along)… and that’s a good start to the rebuild

    In addition since there will be a ton of Cap room next year; can acquire cap heavy back-diving contracts from teams trying to unload them; for more futures

    Then hold a flame to Melnyk and insist he fulfills his promise to spen near Cap in a couple of years(he’ll have some extra dough from Seattle )

    George … will that plan work?

    • There is now talk NY could be interested in keeping Mcquaid.

      There is also talk of Zuccarellos camp negotiating a new deal with Gorton to stay put.

      We’ll see soon enough. My guess is Mcquaid is a goner.

      • I’ll throw in JJ

    • I doubt it Pengy. Stone stays politically correct when microphones are shoved in his face but, despite what Dorion might offer him, I sincerely doubt he wants to remain in Ottawa as he frequently has said when reporters are around. He wants out and if he doesn’t like where he’s traded, he’ll do his best for that team down the stretch and into the playoffs, fend off questions about signing there by saying he’ll deal with that when the season’s over … yadda yadda … and then fully test the UFA market in the summer.

      Of course, it goes without saying that, if he does like his new destination, there could be an immediate signing with all the hoopla that goes along with it and corresponding orgasms by the fan base.

      Duchene and Dzingel will go to whatever teams offer the highest 1st round pick as part of the return package. Whether they re-up in those locations then becomes of no concern to Dorion. In fact, I doubt he cares whether the trade destinations for all 3 are in the west or east. He’ll take the best offers.

      • Well I hope you are wrong re Stone

        I think he is the right player to captain the re-build

    • @ Pengy ….Shoreorpark and NYR4life

      RANGERS / Panarin – Mcquaid

      If the Rangers know that they are one of the top 2 teams and have had backdoor conversations with Panarins people …than you have to keep Zuccarello …as he would be a complimentary player to play with Panarin….but I still think he will go UFA and come back to re sign and do that for the franchise….the Zuccs situation is all for future assembling of contracts and what it will take to have certian players in a fold if Panarin signs with NY.

      Mcqyuaid is fat that the Rangers will need to trim to be a serious player in UFA signings and it seems as if thats where they are looking right now as oppose to a slower DRAFT STYLE rebuild !
      Mcquaid is a risky option …he is ALWAYS hurt!

      I think the Panthers would make a HUGE mistake by trading for any UFAs …that they will have to negotiate with up to July 1st …giving up on Hoffman and or Huberdeau to simply just have an inside track is very risky and not a position the Panthers are in. Gicving up Hoffman is a terrible idea ..he carried this team in goals when Trochek went down ..and is a very valuable asset and has way more value in a separate deal with a players who is under contract …EVERY team is looking for a scoring winger and thats all this guy does everywhere he has been ..if any team should be after this guy it should be the OILERS …I hesitate that the Panthers give him up for a UFA that they do not know they can resign….loss of asset and value.

      OTTAWA / Preds and Jets

      I think the whole thing here is weather the SENS can get Tolvanen in the deal they want …they also need a projected Center …but overall …I think Dorion is trying his best to sell Duchene and Stone as a package for a slew of players not just a big fish ….but more like the Karlsson trade !
      The jets have more and better prospects to offer than the Preds…..IMO ….its going to take more than just the first round pick being the center piece.

      • -Mark Stone and Duchene for Laine and its a done deal. The senators have time to develop Laine and the jets win cup now done deal, no more speculation

      • @Brad.
        Did you hear this, or you speculating?
        Asking cause I heard this on Sunday and kind of dismissed it as fodder.
        Interesting deal nonetheless.

      • Hi KalEl

        With you wrt Panthers

        Absolutely no need to throw assets at UFAs now

        From the Panarin camp comes (repeated times )that he will be testing the UFA market

        So if that’s true … why give up assets that may completely go for not

        If, as I suspect (and has been reported) , one of the criteria for where Panera will eventually sign , is location (large city and large Russian population….

        Then it fits with his desire to go the UFA route. After his last game this year he can put away all the data and research and media reporting in various cities (and their Russian communities) and actually visit and see these actual communities up close. Get a true “feel” for thrm so to speak

        With his personal research done ; he can then give his agent the thumbs up on a few cities that he would sign to

        Then the negotiations can start

        If I’m right about my assumptions above; trading for Panarin now gives your team no greater leverage to sign him now (pre 1/7)… he’s going to test Free Agency anyway.

        Now if Im wrong in my assumption ; and he is willing to sign before 1/7 …. then sure …. give it a shot …, your team will have sole negotiating power for 4+ months

        I believe I’m right tho … he will test Free Agency

        My suggestion to Panthers…. if need be and fits long term plans; make trades of current roster spots for players with term; and don’t trade just to free up cap space (that you may not need to use if you aren’t successful in signing the UFAs you are targeting)

        Definitely do not move either Huberdeau or Hoffmann right now

        If it is Panarin and/or Bobo that is the end game …. they’ll sign in Sunrise in July if they truly want to… don’t take the gamble

        Panthers have 4 things that would be an encouragement for either Panarin or Bobo (1) good core already locked up; (2) in the summer they can sign either/both with a team that has not lost any future assets in trades (should actually be richer in futures than right now) ; and has the space to do so; (3) Downtown Miami (note: Greater Metro Miami has > 6 Million people and a large Russian community) is 45 minutes from the arena (per google maps) ; and (4) if $’s is the be all and end all for Panera or Bobo ; Panthers have massive tax advantages over competing franchises in NY or LA ; and only equaled by TBay (smaller market; much smaller Russian community) ; Nashville and VGK (smaller on both counts) ; and Dallas (larger Metro but smaller Russian community)

        Tallon …. stay the course ; get whatever picks and prospects you can for Brass, Sheahan , Brower ; McGinn ; and do some magic in the summer

        Just sayin’

    • I’m not that McQuaid, he doesn’t fit the Pens system at all. Nick Jensen however, depending on the cost of acquisition, would be absolutely the perfect target to shore up the right side of the Pens D.
      Petterson Letang
      Dumoulin Shultz
      Rikko Jensen
      Johnson Ruhwedal
      Maatta would move up the lineup when/if he returns this year.
      Jensen’s advances metrics this year have been pretty good considering how bad the wings are. If they can pick up Nyqvist in the deal then that gives them the middle 6 LW they need as well. I wonder if they could trick the Wings into taking Pearson, who still has term, back in the deal? Obviously there would be a lot more involved. Jensen is averaging almost 21 mins a game this year and is a plus 1 on a really bad team. CF% could be better but he’s been deployed in a shut down role on, again, a bad team.

      • Hi Deee

        I’ll take your word on Jensen…. I’m not as familiar with his work

        I realize that McQuaid’s style is somewhat dissimilar to Pens modus operandi…. but a RHD is absolutely needed.

        You mentioned in a previous post that Ruhweedel is being played instead of Riikola only due to the fact that Ruhweedel is RHD…. all the more reason then to get ANY RHD in a trade…. because Icant think of a single RHD available that is worse than Ruhweedel… he doesn’t exist!!!!

        Putting aside style or team mindset ….., McQuaid is BY FAR a better player than Ruhweedel ; and if you are right that Jansen is better still; then GMJR has to make a call to Michigan

        I’ve posted before (and again yesterday in response to Black N Gold); a fantastic target would be Montour (Anaheim)… that’s going to cost a first and assets (plural) but IMO well well worth it …. 24 , quick, great hockey IQ; definitely plays in the Pens style; 2 more years at comfortable $3.4M and at that time still RFA

        A multi player swap (that I suggested to B& G) bringing in Silfverberg and Ritchie as well of course as I pointed out; is too complicated to fly

        An at Cap ceiling as well and would need a D coming back plus just to make deal even

        Of course GMJR will insanely hold in to JJ…. to my greatest dismay

        I asked before ; does anybody here know if the CBA allows for a player on LTIR to be traded (if both teams agree)…

        If so ….. Maata (also 24 but LHD; $4.1 M for 3 more years) and 1st and Ruhweedel (50 % retained)


        Montour and Brian Gibbons (Gibbons only to make Cap equal … Pens to waive him immediately after the trade)

        Pens D this year and for next 2 :

        *Letang Petterson

        *Shultz Dumo

        *Montour Riikola

        Prow (in case of injury)

        JJ (press box EVERY GAME until end of contract; recording stats)

        *3 puck moving, offensive minded RHDs each paired with a defensive first LHD

        Something MUST change on D …. Ruhweedel AND JJ playing nightly impair chances of making playoffs ; assure 100 % no chance at cup ; and severely impair (if Pens do make playoffs with playing both of them) progression in playoffs

        Pray for a quick healing Maata or a trade

        Deee, what’s your take on cost of Jansen?

    • Pengy…Nick jenson would be a nice fit plays second pairing in Detroit only $612,000 affordable.if we cant get mcquaid..

      • Wtf is a Brian Gibbons?

      • The greatest winger sid ever had! Duh.

    • Prngy your boy rudwhedel big goal penguins 4-3 win at new New Jersey..71 points 3rd in metropolitan two behind Washington two ahead of Columbus three ahead of Carolina..what a race. Minnesotaist again owner told gm its ok to sell they are sinkinv… still think eric stahl ro Pittsburgh for pearson and our number one.. then maybe a future number 2 or 3 for nick Jensen..we would be set

  3. With only 8 points separation in the west from the dead last kings(52 points) to the last wc spot ( Minnesota 60 points) 3 teams Chicago, Colorado, And Vancouver lurking at 59 points and Arizona at 57 points it could lead to a wild tdl.

    It will be interesting to see if all of these hovering teams make a final push.

  4. Flames should be in on McQuaid for that price.
    If Zuccarello moves I predict the prize of the TD

    Should be an active Feb25. Maybe a record in transactions . Not sure what that number is 45 deals ?

    • Mcquaid will stay in the East.
      He’s probably headed up to Boston with Kreider and Hayse.
      (The good one)

      • That I would enjoy

      • Shoreorpark,

        If you think the Nash deal was gut wrenching, wait until you see the return it would take to land Kreider, Hayes, and Mcquaid.

        I can’t see any deal between these 2 teams that makes it worth it for NY. And makes it not a killer for Boston.

      • I’m just fooling around.
        I really don’t think its gonna be that busy, outside of the usual suspects.
        I’d like Sweeney to gut the Panthers roster for a return of prospects and picks personally, but Talon doesn’t lose deals very often so that would probably cost more than is palatable.

      • Perhaps the secret plan of the Rangers is to lose for Lafrenière next season.

      • Unfortunately DS, Ny seems to be once again stuck in the middle. I have to say, I hate this philosophy.

        Gorton pretty much wants to compete while rebuilding. Nothing he has said looks like this team will not at least try to compete during this process. Which is making it pretty painful!

        I think I could live to be 150 and never see NY pick in the top 3.

    • I wish for the record # of deals (don’t we all?), but I have a hunch it’s going to be the opposite:

      Simply too many teams can still make the playoffs, meaning the number of sellers is very low. I expect 3-4 sellers to make a bunch of deals (ANA, OTT, NYR…) and CBJ will trade one of their stars, but most other teams to stay out of the mix as they’re all either Buyers or Hold.

      Let’s hope you’re right, SilverSeven! 🙂

      • Going to be a interesting week leading up to trade deadline….teams gave to make a decision to jump in or bail

  5. I actually wonder if the buyers market might limit deals. So many top 6 and top 9 forwards available that prices might stay low… low enough to make teams hesitate to move them. Could also see teams get kaned/vaneked.

    Boston fans may have not liked the Nash deal but at least the team went for it. How bad did it really hurt them? They should be going for another home run. Even if they do they will still remain competitive for years to come.

    • Chrisms, certainly agree with that. I also think that Toronto should go for it as well. We’ve seen over the course of the season how teams have winning, and losing, streaks – Philly and St Louis are prime examples at the moment – and, in the playoffs, good teams with solid goaltending can get hot and go deep.
      Tampa Bay are definitely the best team in the east, probably in the entire league, but a lot can happen between now and June.
      Besides, I’d like to watch a trade deadline day show that’s worth spending the time. Trade ’em all, boys!

      • I don’t think its a stretch to say that Tampa is easily the best team in the league

      • …but Toronto IS going for it, well trying to.

        Theyve had some pisspoor games recently, shutout in Arizona etc

        Another good season for them, when the “real/true season” starts: they will be out 1st or 2nd round.

        They aren’t built for Playoff success. Need to roll 4 lines on consistent basis, no D

  6. Re: Sens

    Ultimately, I think so amount of resigning is happening and I think it is Stone. You cannot just give up 3 of your top 4 guys, move to Teirney as your top centre and back to Bobby Ryan as your best winger while waiting for the young guns to develop.

    Duchene wants out, it sucks but it’s the truth. Dzingel has been an after thought. Dorion will have to wake Melnyk up! Keeping Tkachuk-White-Stone together is important for ththe future of this franchise.

    I do think they can do well on a return for Duchene, enough teams want him and if you can get a good return for Dzingel than explore it. Batherson, Brown, Balcers, Forementon, Paul, & Norris give you a great future on forward.

    We’ve got Bernard-Docker on the D pipeline. But keeping Stone, getting the best for Duchene and Dzingel and focusing on defense and goaltending is what needs to happen in Ottawa.

    • JJB agreed on all your points expect for Nick Paul , I can’t see him on the Senators moving forward. Once the dust settles as you noted Dorion needs to focus on shoring up the back end in the off season. Ceci needs to move on and they must get a solid vet dman to play with Lajoie. While Lajoie has some offensive flare his defensive play is weak. Playing him with Ceci just makes matters worse.

      • Agree – Nick Paul is Colin Greening 2 – just not nearly as fast. He refuses to play like his size and has shot his bolt with Ottawa and is now well down the pecking order on their list of F depth

      • And Fergy, the way things stack up now, and while I agree that the returns for Stone, Duchene and Dzingle should hopefully include a solid, established D-man (not a top level 1/2 pairing type – no one’s giving that up), I think the current crop will benefit down the line from a “learning-on-the-job” experience when it comes to actual defensive abilities that are normally achieved at the AHL level.

        Right now, the D they’d playing more or less regularly include 6 that, combined, average 75 NHL games played, and that includes Chabot (114) and Goloubef (131)! 4 of them are essentially rookies. With rare exception, it takes a lot longer for the average D-man to learn the defensive facets of the game than it does forwards to settle in.

      • not disagreeing George re: experience on D but watching Lajoie and Ceci together is like , coining a Feherty phrase , ‘like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff’.
        5-6 years back EK was also tough to watch defensively but at least he had Methot to bail him out.
        Will be interesting to see the progress Jaros and Harpur and can make, big boys with some skill. I also think Wolanin will make the jump full time next year.

      • Fully agree Fergy that Ceci needs a new home – his learning curve has long since leveled off and what you see is essentially what you get – i.e., inconsistency and always at the worst possible times. Add to that the fact that contract negotiations with he and his agent always seem to be agonizing. Maybe include him in whatever deal is cooked up involving Dzingel, and get that D replacement in either the Stone or Duchene trades.

    • JJB, any solid goaltending prospects for the Sens? They can’t rely on Anderson for much longer. Plenty of other good young players though. Big week for the Sens future.

      • Their biggest hopes for G future lies with Gustavsson who they got from Pittsburgh in the Brassard deal (3.42 gaa & 0.886 save % over 50 gp), now sharing the goaltending duties in Belleville with Marcus Hogberg (2.34 gaa & 0.916 save % over 20 gp). A sleeper in the system is Cape Breton goalie In the Q) Kevin Mandelese who has a 2.75 gaa and 0.897 save %, pretty good for a goalie in that high-scoring league.

      • In wouldn’t give up on Gus yet. He’s only 20 years old and it was still with the Penguins organization he would be playing in Sweden this year and would still be a year or 2 away from even the AHL. Goalies take so long to develop and teams have to very carefull developing them or they ruin them. He would probably be 5th or 6th on the Pens depth chart right now because of how young he is.

      • Oh, I’m not giving up on Gustavsson – while Hogberg may boast better stats, those are accrued over less than half the games played by Gustavsson (50) and let’s face it, there isn’t much in the way of D n Belleville. He’s on his own most nights. I’ve seen a few Belleville games on TV against the Laval Rocket and Toronto Marlies where he’s looked very very good while facing a LOT of shots.

  7. This may be to simplistic, but I would offer Bobrovsky and Panarin to Florida for Huberdeau. Better than losing both for nothing, Florida clears budget space to afford both, CBJ get about even replacement for Panarin.

    I would then seriously pursue Jonathan Quick from LA to replace Bob. He has been rumored to be available. Good stop gap for a couple years. Seems like making a bad situation pretty decent for CBJ and not really that crazy.

    • Why the fk would they trade Huberdeau for 2 UFA’s???

      His contract is a steal

      What is 1 good reason to do such a trade?

  8. Toronto & Boston appear locked in to playing each other, with he winner taking on Tampa. Hard for either to sacrfice much future facing a 50-50 first round loss, and likely a very tough second. Expect sellers in the east, and buyers in the west, where a round or two for team finances, if not a real cup chance, looks within the reach of many.

    • @ …RIchard Ilfeld

      I agree …100% ..I dont see anything that either Boston or the Leafs could do right now that would put them in any more position of strength to beat out the Bolts …and not have to give up significant pieces just to compete….and not mortgaging out the future.

      I am not saying give up and lay down and not play quality or hockey or at least try to improve ..but I do agree with not making that stupid mistake of giving up assets …it really has to make sense in a long term plan as well.

      • Problem with the Bruins there are no Bergeron, Chara,Krejci Rask or Marchand in the pipeline their window is closing fast

    • Boston and Toronto facing each other is why I think the Leafs are looking at McQuaid. If the ask is a 4th and a 7th rounder, Leafs have 2 of each for this years draft, Blues 4th, and Dallas 7th in addition to their own. A small price to pay for a depth player with grit, even if he only plays in the first round against Boston. Extra D for a playoff run is always helpful, especially if one of the Leafs D get “back spasms”, all of a sudden.

    • Richard and KalEl

      I completely concur with you and have felt that way for a long time

      Miracles happen …. yes.,, but this absolutely would be a miracle of all miracles for either Leafs or Bruins (after what I expect to be a very tough series) to then beat (what I expect to be) an invigorated and rested (short first round series) Bolts team

      The prize (between Leafs and Bruins) IMO , is the extra guaranteed 2 home games; and if lucky ; 3 home games…..

      So what future assets are worth it right now for what (as at now) is moving towards a toss up to gain 2 or maybe 3 extra home games?

      Teams in the Metro are less constrained in their gamble (IMO) as they won’t see TBay until round 3 ; unless they finish in final EWC spot…. so Metro moves should be to (1) make playoffs but avoid 8th spot in East ; and then (2) rationalize acquisitions to get past other Metro teams with severely guarded acquisitions attempting for SC this year

      In summary … Metro teams should only be in on UFAs as “tweaks” received in trade for late round Picks. All else should be for players with term

      Leafs already parted with a first for Muzzin (great add in needed D and with term). If Boston is moving it’s first (currently has a pick in every round) … IMO; it should be for a player with term

      Montreal should strategize like the Metro teams; but has the great advantage of tons of cap room and 10
      Picks still available …. loads of flex and nowhere near the pressure hanging on Leafs/Bruins.

      All strategies for Mon should be with long term in mind and short term to make playoffs and in the 7th slot (2nd and 3rd in Atl Div not realistic as at now IMO; and MUST avoid TBay match-up)

      TBay….their 1st or 2nd is conditionally given ; but they have their 3rd, 4th; 6th and 2 7ths just to tweak an already stellar line-up…. depth D???? TBay IMO , truly needs only to concern themselves with three teams that stand in their way to the Cup …, no offence to Cgy meant; but my guess right now is that one of Winn, Nsh, or SJ will be playing for the SC

      Dominoes to fall after concrete decision from Stone camp

      GO PENS GO

      • The Leafs are nowhere near Cup contenders.

        Phx shut them out, f.f.s

        Every year- same old song & dance, with Leaf fans.

        Blow their wad in season, limp for Playoffs.

        Will Nylander even go near a corner this year?

        Much different game, that playoff hockey.

        Leafs got no D(Rielly is it)

      • Leafs are closer Cup Contenders than a lot of other teams. After the past 50 years I’ll take what I can get…

        I think Gardiner will be gone. Moving him now and getting another D back as part of a package deal will save face for both Dubas and Jake when The Leafs don’t give him a real offer after July…

        Prices seem high to me though – Nick Jensen costing a 1st round pick? I had to look up who he was…

  9. I don’t see the Jackets trading either BoB or the Breadman.
    Bob’s value isn’t what he thinks it is. Panarin just try to sign him July 1. I see no sense is trading Panarin for Duchene He’ll be a UFA too. The only way that would come close to working is if Duchene signs here at the trade.

  10. Pengy.
    If we can get mcquaid for a 4th or a 7th as someone said jere great..but alot of teams will want him to..which is why you deal earlier..
    Also ni k je son 28 Detroit redwings playong seco d pairing making $615,000 is affordable would fit well..

    • Hi BlackNGold

      Deee also pointed to Jenson.

      I’m not as familiar with his play

      Dee says he’s better than McQ …, so 10 times better than Ruhweedel…. what’s the cost?

      GMJR …, time to make LD call to Michigan

      I would also at least inquire as to what Murray is asking for Montour …. it’s just a call away to find out the asking ?

      No harm no foul in asking!

      • Pengy im hearing a second or third for jensen neither of which we have…unless we offer a future pick… we will see we need another d big win in new Jersey…tonight 4-3..

  11. Duchene sitting out tonight, Panarin as well, could be clues……

    • Duchene’s not the only one sitting out tonight for the Sens – so is the rest of the roster since they don’t play again until Thursday in NJ

      • Ha!

  12. McDavid is out with illness along with Panarin don’t think either is being moved tonight. A lot of colds floating around that are nasty