NHL Rumor Mill – February 25, 2019
The 2019 NHL trade deadline is 3 pm ET today. Check out the latest on Mark Stone, Wayne Simmonds, Artemi Panarin, Jason Zucker, Jimmy Howard, and many more in the NHL rumor mill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No comments from me today as I’m busy writing other pieces on today’s deadline activity for Featurd and My NHL Trade Rumors. I’ll have a brief analysis of today’s noteworthy trades in the Soapbox following the deadline.
The trade tracker is also up and will be frequently updated as the deals go down.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the waiting game between the Senators and right wing Mark Stone could go down to today’s 3 pm ET trade deadline. Barring a last-minute contract agreement, Stone is expected to be traded today. As many as eight contenders, including the Winnipeg Jets, Vegas Golden Knights, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, and Nashville Predators, are said to have varying degrees of interest. Senators winger Mikkel Boedker and defenseman Cody Ceci are also rumored to be available.
THE ATHLETIC: (subscription required): Pierre LeBrun lists the Jets, Bruins, Flames, Predators among the Stone suitors, along (to a lesser degree) with the Golden Knights and New York Islanders. A source told LeBrun the Senators haven’t given any club permission to speak directly with Stone’s representatives.
NBC SPORTS: John Boruk reports every indication suggests the Philadelphia Flyers will trading pending free agent winger Wayne Simmonds today. He’s been linked to the Predators, Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Boruk also doesn’t rule out the Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, and Colorado Avalanche looking into Simmonds’ availability. Other Flyers who’ve also surfaced in trade rumors include defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and winger Michael Raffl.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher engaged in trade talks regarding Simmonds yesterday. He was waiting until the last minute to give his club time to claw their way back into the playoff race. Pierre LeBrun reports the Predators, Jets, and Lightning are among the possibilities.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: speculates the Bruins could also be among the clubs looking at Simmonds.
NHL.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed he’s received plenty of interest in pending UFA left wing Artemi Panarin but is downplaying the notion of trading him. Kekalainen insists Panarin remains a key part of their team. “And as I’ve said, it would take a lot not only in the long term but in the short term as well to make that kind of trade. We’re not trading Artemi Panarin for draft picks.”
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Michael Arace reports he believes the Blue Jackets are still shopping for a defenseman. He thinks a Panarin trade is “more likely than not”. He also thinks the Jackets could be interested in Florida Panthers center Derick Brassard.
GRANLUND AND ZUCKER
THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild might not be done dealing. Having already traded Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle, Russo thinks it’s possible Mikael Granlund or Jason Zucker could be moved. League sources claim Wild GM Paul Fenton has shopped both players heavily to gauge their market value. The Nashville Predators, Fenton’s old team), is said to be very interested in Granlund. Russo wonders if a swap involving Predators winger Kevin Fiala as part of the return might be possible.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Curtis Zupke reports Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk hasn’t definitively answered if he’ll waive his no-movement clause. He said he told Kings GM Rob Blake to do whatever was best for the team. He said he and his family love living in Los Angeles. Blake, meanwhile, isn’t commenting until after today’s deadline has passed.
MLIVE.COM: Unless the Detroit Red Wings are willing to accept a second-round pick for goaltender Jimmy Howard, Ansar Khan doesn’t expect he’ll be moved today. The Wings asking price is said to be a first-rounder, which seems unlikely given the weak goalie market.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports the Carolina Hurricanes must decide if they’ll trade or retain pending UFA winger Micheal Ferland. He insists he wants to stay but is open for anything today. The Hurricanes remain non-committal and team owner Tom Dundon said all options remain on the table.
EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson believes the Oilers are likely to retain winger Alex Chiasson and attempt to re-sign him. GM Keith Gretzky is said to have “no stomach for taking a draft pick or another team’s B or C prospect for his top-six winger.” The Oilers would be willing to eat part of the salary-cap hit for winger Tobias Rieder or defenseman Alex Petrovic for draft picks. There’s also been some interest in winger Zack Kassian.
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports it doesn’t sound like the Oilers have had any discussions with defenseman Kris Russell about waiving his no-movement clause.
TORONTO SUN: Barring an eleventh-hour deal, Terry Koshan believes the Maple Leafs roster is likely set. They’ve been linked to Wayne Simmonds, Micheal Ferland, Chris Kreider, and Adam McQuaid, but GM Kyle Dubas has little appetite to move a roster player. If he does make a move, it could be for a lesser light such as Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Jean-Francois Chaumont reports Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has no intention of sacrificing his top prospects or his first-round pick for a rental player.
THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Jeremy Rutherford reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong finds the cost of the returns for the remaining rental players on the trade market to be too expensive. He also cited a source claiming the Blues aren’t among the suitors for New Jersey Devils winger Marcus Johansson.