NHL Rumor Mill – February 6, 2019
Latest on Mitch Marner, Artemi Panarin, Jonathan Quick, Sergei Bobrovsky, Wayne Simmonds, Brent Seabrook, and many more in today’s NHL rumor mill.
TSN: cites a report in the Toronto Star in which agent Darren Ferris, who represents Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, claims the club has so far made low-ball contract offers to his client. “Nobody else is taking a discount. And now you’re asking (Marner) to take one again? It’s nonsense,” Ferris said, per the Toronto Star report. “Mitch already did them a favor on the entry-level deal.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Marner camp indicated their client won’t discuss a new contract during the season. They were likely waiting to see what Auston Matthews got. Considering how much the Leafs have ponied up for Matthews (five years, $58.15-million) and William Nylander (six-year, $45-million), there’s no way Marner, the Leafs’ leading scorer (63 points in 52 games) is taking a “hometown discount”. Figure it’ll cost them around $11 million annually to keep him in the fold.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports there’s plenty of interest in Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin but those clubs indicate they haven’t received permission to speak with him about a contract extension. Panarin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has told the Blue Jackets he’s not interested in talking contract during the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe one of the clubs on Panarin’s rumored wish list might take a chance if they feel they have a good shot at re-signing him after a trade. He’s been linked to the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports trade talks regarding the Los Angeles Kings have cooled of late. While calls have been made about Quick, who has four years remaining on his contract, Dreger feels if he gets traded it’ll happen at the draft than the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick lacks no-trade protection on his contract so he can be traded anywhere without his permission. If the Kings go that route, however, they’ll likely try to move him somewhere he’d prefer to go.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Florida Panthers are believed to have reached out to the Columbus Blue Jackets regarding goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky but the asking price is currently too high to get into trade discussions. The Panthers could circle back closer to deadline day but if the price hasn’t dropped they’ll wait until July 1 to pursue Bobrovsky via free agency.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Philadelphia Flyers’ recent surge in the standings likely won’t prevent them from trading winger Wayne Simmonds if they get the right offer before the trade deadline. Simmonds is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports a source said the Chicago Blackhawks had a conversation about six weeks ago with defenseman Brent Seabrook and his agent regarding his future. With the Blackhawks suddenly back in the playoff picture that may have changed. “What is true is the Blackhawks have checked the market to see what opportunities might be out there, they currently do not have permission to trade him, and Seabrook loves Chicago. If somewhere in all of that, something I said was in error, that is totally my fault.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seabrook denied Friedman’s Saturday report saying he was approached about waiving his no-movement clause.
THE ATHLETIC: Joe Smith reports Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan has been informed he’s now the club’s 13th forward. He has one year remaining on his contract with a $5.8-million annual salary-cap hit and a 15-team trade list. He wants to stay in Tampa Bay and hasn’t been approached about a trade but Smith feels this season could be his last with the Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Callahan’s long injury history, his cap hit, and his modified no-trade clause are significant stumbling blocks in attempts to trade him. The Bolts might have to consider buying him out in June.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion said goaltender Craig Anderson won’t be moved before the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Anderson has one year remaining on his contract.
WGR 550: Paul Hamilton reports Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville is not looking to be traded. Pominville was responded to a report over the weekend by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggesting the veteran forward might be available. “I know I can help this team and be a part of the solution, but it was probably said because I wasn’t playing, then all of a sudden you start making rumors and throwing stuff out there and that’s probably what the case was.”
TRADE RUMOR TIDBITS FROM FRIEDMAN’S LATEST “31 THOUGHTS”
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is looking at some forward depth, pointing out that he recently scouted the Anaheim Ducks in Winnipeg and Toronto. Bergevin isn’t willing to part with future assets. He might also have checked out Dallas’ Brett Ritchie.
Winger Mike Hoffman could another Florida Panther to be traded.
Los Angeles Kings winger Carl Hagelin could be a good fit as a rental player with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Calgary Flames are among the teams that have checked out New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello. Friedman also believes it’ll take a lot to pry winger Chris Kreider away from the Rangers.
The Nashville Predators are being asked about their willingness to part with promising winger Eeli Tolvanen. With Austin Watson currently sidelined indefinitely, they could be in the market for two forwards.
Friedman can see the Detroit Red Wings trading goaltender Jimmy Howard at the trade deadline and then signing him as a free agent this summer. They could also just as easily keep him. They’re also attempting to re-sign pending UFA defenseman Nick Jensen.
The Athletic’s Arthur Staple reported the New York Islanders could have interest in New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle.
The Dallas Stars could have room to add a player if Martin Hanzal is declared out for the rest of the season.
If the Coyotes fall off the playoff pace or get enough healthy bodies back, UFA-to-be Richard Panik is the most likely trade chip, with teams already inquiring. His recent play could end up being a showcase for a trade. https://t.co/VvEy1swvSJ
— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) February 5, 2019