NHL Rumor Mill (Part Two) – February 20, 2019

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Latest on Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Eric Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, Jesse Puljujarvi, Marcus Johansson, and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

For the latest rumors on Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel, and Cody Ceci, check out the Senators Trade Watch

PANARIN AND BOBROVSKY

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers have the best shot at signing Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin to a long-term contract. He feels the Islanders make the most sense to take a shot at him as a rental. The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars could also pursue him as a playoff rental. 

Friedman also believes the Blue Jackets recently attempted to re-sign goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a contract extension but things don’t sound optimistic. Bobrovsky sounds willing to consider certain trade destinations but hasn’t committed those to write them down as that would make them binding.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The asking price for Panarin will have to include a player who can offset his departure to keep the Jackets in playoff contention this season plus a first-round pick and a high-end prospect. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone’s willing to pony up that much or more by deadline day.

As for Bobrovsky, I’m not expecting him to be traded unless the Florida Panthers are willing to make a pitch. Rumor has it they looked into it but found the Jackets’ price too high. 

COULD THE RANGER SIT HAYES, ZUCCARELLO, AND MCQUAID BEFORE DEADLINE DAY?

THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Rick Carpiniello wonders if we’ve seen the last of Kevin Hayes, Adam McQuaid, and Mats Zuccarello in Rangers uniforms. The Rangers have three games leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline and those three could become healthy scratches in case the Blueshirts decide to move either guy.

The recent improvement in Mats Zuccarello’s play could improve his trade value (Photo via NHL Images)

Carpiniello links Zuccarello to the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and perhaps the Calgary Flames, while the Dallas Stars are said to be very interested in the winger. The Jets, Bruins, Nashville Predators, and Columbus Blue Jackets could be looking at Hayes. Carpiniello suggests McQuaid could help a playoff contender like the Tampa Bay Lightning or Toronto Maple Leafs. 

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes the Dallas Stars may have looked at Zuccarello. He suggested Hayes could be a fallback for the Columbus Blue Jackets if they don’t land Ottawa’s Matt Duchene. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect all three could be on the move before Monday’s trade deadline.  It’s assumed Zuccarello could fetch the Rangers a second-round pick, though his improved play of late could have Blueshirts GM Jeff Gorton seeking a prospect as well.

I expect Gorton will try to acquire a first-round pick or a promising young player for Hayes. McQuaid will probably land a fourth-round pick, though a desperate club might be willing to part with a third. 

LATEST ON THE WILD

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on the NHL Network, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman speculated over the possibility of the Minnesota Wild becoming sellers at the trade deadline. He thinks Jason Zucker could start getting mentioned more frequently in the coming days and believes the Bruins and Lightning are among the teams showing interest in Charlie Coyle. Veteran center Eric Staal is a free agent this summer but he controls his fate with a 10-team no-trade list and won’t make it easy to be moved. 

THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Michael Russo reports Staal’s agent Rick Curran said his client wants to stay in Minnesota and finish his career with the Wild. However, he acknowledged that’s up to the Wild front office and GM Paul Fenton. If Fenton approaches them about a move to a team on Staal’s no-trade list, Curran said he’ll talk to his client about it but if Staal had his way that doesn’t happen. 

SPORTSNET: With the Wild in free-fall, Elliotte Friedman wonders if the San Jose Sharks might attempt to bring back forward Eric Fehr, who fit in well for them during the 2018 playoffs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like Staal is very keen to become a playoff rental player again. Maybe Fenton attempts to force the issue by telling the center he has no intention of re-signing him. 

JOHANSSON DRAWING INTEREST

THE ATHLETIC (SUBSCRIPTION REQ’D): Pierre LeBrun believes New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson could be a sneaky trade-deadline acquisition. He’s healthy and producing well of late. LeBrun said his five-team no-trade list won’t be an issue if the Devils wish to move him. However, GM Ray Shero could retain Johansson and attempt to re-sign him this summer if no one meets his asking price. 

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman lists the Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and possibly the Washington Capitals among those who may have checked in on Johansson. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word on what Shero’s asking price might be. Perhaps he’ll seek a second-rounder and a young roster player or prospect. Johansson’s injury history, however, will affect his value in the trade market.

BURAKOVSKY LINKED TO CANUCKS AND CANADIENS

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the Vancouver Canucks looked into the availability of Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky.

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Montreal’s TSN 690, Darren Dreger said the Montreal Canadiens had some discussions a while back with the Capitals regarding Burakovsky. However, things fell through when the Capitals asked for Artturi Lehkonen. Still, Dreger doesn’t rule out the possibility of the two clubs reconnecting regarding Burakovsky. 

ELSEWHERE IN THE RUMOR MILL…

In his latest “31 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman said the Edmonton Oilers are rejecting low-ball offers for winger Jesse Puljujarvi. They know they’ve got an unhappy player on their hands. 

The Buffalo Sabres looked into Los Angeles Kings winger Carl Hagelin. 

The Colorado Avalanche are looking to move winger Sven Andrighetto. He also suggested defenseman Patrik Nemeth could be a good depth acquisition for the Flames. 







53 Comments

  1. The Bruins reacquiring McQuaid for depth, and acquiring Zuccarello seems like an easy match…can’t imagine another hayes working out in Boston… I imagine both parties would be reluctant to such a trade…

    • doubtful Quaider returning….$ being the reason….especially based on what the B’s are rumored to be looking at forward wise

      • “Quaider”???

    • Does anybody see how ell the Bruins are playing…and without Pasternak….. They are going to be a tough match up for anybody…

      BlacknGold

    • I think everyone here would agree that Jimmy and Kevin Hayes are completely different players….

      • Nah. Wayne and Keith Gretzky both made it big. All in the genes.

  2. Good morning

    I want to start off my post by admitting that I was completely wrong in my evaluation about Carter Hart this kid deserves a huge amount of credit being thrown in there and going on a wicked little run and giving the Flyers a fighting chance …I had written that I was really worried about ruining this kids future in the past when they called him up …but he has done a remarkable job and I am happy for the kid ….sometimes you need that chance and he has taken it and done well…great for the Flyers fans and nice to see in the league !
    Risky move that paid off…
    kudos to Binnington as well.

    DALLAS STARS

    Persoanly I think that the Dallas Stars may be a team to watch out for come this week.

    They want to make significant changes more than any other team in the league and have the assets to do so.

    There has been very little in the rumour mil about them but they are willing to swing a major deal and with Polak and Spezza on the way out next year it gives them over $10 million to play with and if the send out one of Benn or Seguin it gives them almost $20 million to play with and make a significant trade and take back a quality player with a hefty contract as well.
    Just a gut feeling on this one ….

    Panthers / Oilers

    If Hoffman is available as it has been reported …the Oilers really need to inquire and make a deal for him if there is a trade to be had …I also think the Oilers should reach out to the Sabres about Skinner …As we all know the Oilers need a complimentary player to play with
    Mc david who can skate and has skill and a natural nose for the net and can keep up with the play ..both those guys fit the bill nicely.

    Boston ? Leafs

    I think Boston is the team on the hot seat here to make a move in the East ..as a Leaf fan and from what Ive been seeing the Leafs don’t have the PLAYOFF style game to beat the Bruins or the Bolts or Caps but the Bruins have the better chance of the 2 teams to beat the Bolts along with the Caps ….
    The Caps dont need much help but the Bruins need to pick up a goal scorer for the second line …and could use a bigger body on the 3rd line this would give them better depth …if they can do this they can stretch out a series and give them the best chance at the juggernaut that is the Bolts …..
    WOW….THEY ARE SOOOOOOO GOOD ! Crazy good!

    Enjoy guys…

    Cheers 🙂

    • As an Oiler fan I would love the Oilers to acquire Hoffman. This issue is the price. Would Florida excepte a combination of picks and young non defenceman prospects? That is all the the Oilers can afford to give.

      Again I would also like to see the Oilers sign Skinner. The issue there is cap space. If they have it then yeah go hard, but don’t over pay which usually happens with UFA’s at Skinner’s level. Would be tough.

      • The problem is Skinner wants to play close to home which means there`s really only about 5 teams that he`ll sign with and that was the reason Carolina got so little for him this past summer, Detroit Buffalo Toronto then Ottawa Montreal and maybe Columbus

    • I’m wondering if the psychotic fiancée/girlfriend discount is still in play on Hoffman. Does he still get moved for less than he appears to be worth?

    • AS a Bolts fan I’m thrilled. This is an interesting team, in that they are in a sense one of those 20 guys-pulling together-work-hard-every-night-bury -your- ego-for-the-team groups (like, say, Arizona) except that about half a dozen of the players have star talent.

      But the best thing may be that there have been some guys taking less than max contracts for a few years now, so that, while there will be a squeeze, it shouldn’t be like Chicago where you had to pick a few core guys and rebuild around them each year (which they did a heck of a job with…I’d love for my group to win one cup, let alone three). Hopeful for this year, and looking forward to the window to be open for years to come. But We’re also walking on eggshells, and almost hoping they have at least a little slump before the playoffs start….they’ll probably win the president’s trophy and that has been a nit of a curse tho it wasn’t in 2004.
      The great chemistry makes a move unlikely if any roster players leave.

      • Richard, relax, what could possibly go wrong?
        Just kidding – all the best.

  3. I think LA would be a good trade partner with the Blue Jackets. Quick plus (don’t really know what, but they do have 2 first round picks this year) for Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky is three years younger and not a proven playoff performer, and LA just wants to make the playoffs. Quick is cheaper, three years older, proven playoff performer, and lacks a NTC of any kind.
    Makes sense… doesn’t it?

    • Uh, no it doesn’t make sense Kev. Goalie Bob isn’t signed to an extension, wants huge money on a long term deal, and seems a little pouty right now. If I’m the Kings, and I don’t have a lot of cap room on an old team, I’m not moving Quick (one of my better assets) unless I’m getting back something to really help my rebuild.

    • Sorry Kev, doesn’t make any sense for LA. LA doesn’t want to just make the playoffs, they have already stated that they are focusing on bringing in young talent to the roster. There game plan moving forward is to have a top 5 pick in the next two drafts and then shoot to be a playoff team for the following season.

      This is why your seeing them trade players who are ufa’s, and guys with 1-2 years left on their contract (see Muzzin).

      Blake is focusing on adding young players and picks not trading them away. Quick will be traded this summer, but it won’t be for another aging goaltender.

  4. How long until McDavid decides he has had enough and wants out!!

    • Well considering every hater has posted this same comment let me just say that he has 7 more years on his contract and he is only 22 years old.

  5. As a Habs fan, I hope that Marc Bergevin will take advantage of what we have under the salary cap, to pull another Joel Armia out of his hat (we took Steve Mason’s contract out of Winnipeg’s hands, and got him for basically free).
    Even with Victor Mete’s progression, we sure could use a lefty Dman, to play with Shea Weber.
    Cam Fowler ?
    The Ducks sure would like to get rid of a few contracts…

    • They already traded Pettersson to the Pens. I don’t think the Ducks trade one of their top 4 d-men (Fowler, Lindholm, Manson, Montour) unless it’s an offer to good to refuse.

    • Yep. Get another Drouin for a future Norris trophy winner. Whatayagot?

  6. Would like to see McQuaid come back for depth …..last two years the Bruins D in the playoffs took a beating Chara and Krug being the targets ….. a forward trade is a tough one if it’s just for a rental I would pass just because whoever they bring in won’t get them past TB if they even get that far

  7. If all agree to sign extensions. Panarin, Bob and Milano to Florida, Reimer back to Colombus.
    Florida’s 1st rd pick, 2-4th rounders, Tippett and Denisenko to Ott. Duchene, Boedker and 2020 2nd rd pick from Ott. to Blue Jackets

    • Hi Slick62

      I always love the multi-player multi-team trades

      Outside of the low probability of the multi-player multi team deal happening….. I think the fairness in trade you proposed is pretty close

      Ottawa gets a 1st, 2 * 4ths , Tippet and Denisenko for Duchene, Boedker and 2nd (‘20)… fairly close deal IMO

      Clb (who should by now already conclude they are losing Panarin and Bobo anway) get Duch , Boedker and 2nd for Bobo and Panarin…. again close to fair

      Florida gets Bobo; Panarin, Milano for Reimer ; Tippett ; Denisenko; *1st, 2 4ths … a little steep but not too too much

      *The first would need to be lottery protected

      The main issue (as I responded below to Fergy 22) is that Panarin is going to sign in July anyway (he’s shopping around) and IMO Panthers should already be one of his top five choices plus they have tax advantages…. so much better than average chance at getting him w/o giving up any assets… big risk to move now

      I realize you said based on all three extending; I just don’t know how a deal could be struck with those assets and those conditions (conditional on successful extensions)

      If as you said, the signings (extensions) were done …. that deal seems pretty close to fair for all 3 teams… minor tweaks for balance and 3 teams should be happy

      I’m still suggesting that Panthers should stay the course

      • Ooops should have read

        Clb (who should by now…….for Bobo and Panarin , AND Milano ….I forgot Milano

      • Yeah. Not likely. But only way I think Colombus can get back roster players may be by 3 way. Something like the Duchene trade last year. Ottowa, Nashville and Colorado

  8. if I am Florida I am not trading anything to get Panarin and Bobrovsky when they can be signed in the summer as UFA’s. It’s not like the Panthers are making a push for the playoffs. In trading for their rights the players then have the advantage in negotiating because Florida has something to loose in whatever they gave up if they are not signed. Bob and Panarin also have the same agent which leads me to believe a package signing is going to happen.
    Panarin is an elite player and should get paid, Bobrovsky will be 31 next season and if he somehow gets an 8 year deal and huge money then that could be the demise of the Panthers. You would have thought they learned their lesson in taking on Lou’s contract.

    • Fergy22,

      With you re Panarin and Panthers…. posted a lengthy diatribe on that yesterday.

      All indications are that he’s waiting until July to sign …. all they get by trading for him now is the extra time to negotiate… he’ll still test the waters

      If we believe the media (and it does sound reasonable as a consideration)…. one of his top considerations is big city with large Russian population…. the greater Miami metro has a large Russian population and > 6 Million people ; and downtown Miami is 45 minutes from the arena (per google maps).

      Other contending franchises in large cities (or close to) with large Russian communities …. LA, Anaheim, NYR, NYI, NJ

      In desire of cup/success …. IMO Florida further down the curve to success than LA, Anaheim, NJ and possibly NYR

      NYI is doing very well this year

      What Panthers then offer that NYI can’t even come close to is the massive tax advantage ( only shared by Nsh , TBay [both no room next year to sign Panarin] , VGK [smaller market limited Russian community], and Dallas [which is a bigger metro than Miami but with a smaller Russian community])

      Panthers also have a core locked up for the next few years

      In summary … they have a better than average (IMO) chance at signing him UFA in July.

      If they are not getting him in July regardless of where he plays next week … then why throw assets at him only to still finish out of playoffs and higher up the bottom 15 so less chance at lottery…. no sense to go after him now

      Tallon …. stay the course

      • Pengy….what do you think about Tristan Jarry to Detroit for defenseman Nick jensen. We dont have a second or A third which i believe detroit wants.. Detroits farm system is bare with goalie prospects..wings want to resign howatd jarry is a nice young back up.. salaries for jenson jarry super close..

      • Hi BlackNGold

        Jansen would be a good add…. Pens should keep Jarry …. we’d be selling him low… I truly believe he’ll come around…. need him in June of ‘21 when Pens could potentially lose DeSmith to Seattle in the expansion draft

        Now that Anaheim is under even more pressure … Cap room to extend Silfverberg …. GMJR should call Murray and ask what on top of the 1st is needed to get Montour

        If TSN is reporting that Pens might ante up the 1st… it HAS to be a player with term…. why not shot for Montour then if they are giving up their firsrt … he has 2 more years and is still RFA then

        Letang Pettersson

        Shultz Dumo

        Montour Riikola

        Prow (in case of injury)

        JJ (permanently in press box PLEASE AND THANK YOU …. dang near cost the game last night …. ahhhhh)

        BTW …. I want to point out that I’ve recently dumped on Ruhweedel …. last night’s game was absolutely the BEST I’ve ever seen him play … and not because of the goal… he played well.

        ZAR … who I’ve also lacked heaping praise on…. also played very very well

        JJ on the other hand ….😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

        Phil also had a crappy game

      • Pengy,

        Selling low? For a 3rd string goaltender who will have to sign a new contract between now and expansion, will be 26 years old and waiver eligible?

        Yikers! You might want to look at what goaltenders are fetching these days. If you can get a d-man that can play in your top 6 for a 3rd string goaltender . Not only do you take it, you take it , get those papers through the NHL front office signed , sealed , delivered and RUN with it!!!!

        Worry about expansion when expansion comes! Even if it’s for a rental top 6 d-man!!!!

        Goaltenders just don’t land top 6 d-men…. ever! And certainly not a guy buried in the Ahl at the moment.

      • Hi NY4Life

        You are absolutely right re the here and now

        Jarry as at now is 3rd string and entrenched in the AHL… no question AND is playing below his potential ( that’s what I meant by selling him low) ; I wasn’t comparing him to Jansen in those terms … sorry if I inferred that)

        I am not familiar with Jensen… I think I’ve seen him play only a handful of games… nothing of a sample to go on and I dint remember anything spectacular negative or positive …, so my valuation of Jensen can’t be counted upon one way or the other

        With TSN floating Jensen as possibly being picked up for a 3rd…. I still like to keep Jarry

        My thoughts would be different if I felt that with a Jensen acquisition that they would sit JJ…a dream of mine….That won’t be happening …. contrary to absolute common sense

        So basically it is Jansen replacing Ruhweedel (who up until last night I was not impressed with at all; but he played the best game I,ever ever seen him play last night). If Ruhweedel has somewhat turned the corner then Jensen swap for him …. I would still keep Jarry

        If there is an itch by GMJR to move the first…. make a pitch with Murray for Montour …. see what else it takes… Murray needs cap space

        Again sorry if I inferred undervaluing Jensen…. it was more …. keep an asset that I believe will turn around next year… that’s just my gut feeling

        Jensen via another route … next year’s 3rd … all good!

        Cheers

      • Pengy,

        I’m just saying that even more capable backs ups don’t command that type of return. Jarry is a piece the pens themselves have pretty much written off by signing Desmith to an extension.

        If they were so high on him, wouldn’t it have been easier keeping him and trading Desmith or letting him walk? He’s younger , cheaper and the numbers are about the same …. and it would have been much more cap friendly to do so….

        I think Jarry is being a little overrated here generally. I can’t even find the guy on any list top 40-50 for goalie prospects.

        However I’ve found 3 in the top 35 that belong to NY. And the day a gm is willing to pay top 6 dmen and nhl ready forwards for one, I’ll trade any one of them not named Shestyorkin!

  9. Anybody here think that a playoff team may take a runner at Smith-Pelley now that he’s on waivers?

    He’s been underperforming and not being played much and is UFA with something to prove and a big chip on his shoulder

    Grit and size and not that far north of league min!

    Playoff teams with space and already using under-performing 4th line wingers, should at least consider it

    Thoughts?

    • Remember when Smith Pelly and Etem were considered “untouchable “ ?

      I’ll tell you who remembers… Pepperidge farms remembers……

      Once again proving why prospects are prospects and 1st and 2nd round draft picks should all come with a “we’ll see” label rather than an “untouchable “ one!

      • NY4Life

        Yep I remember … and BTW I loved Pepperage Farms… we did get them here in T.O. … LOL

        I think some teams just may be mulling him over…. low cost for a guy with a chip on his shoulder that has to prove himself and has grit and. Size …. if a team already has a 4th liner with similar numbers and making say $700 K – $800 K but is much smaller and with much less grit… maybe acquiring DSP for a net cap hit increase (22 games) of between $60 – $70 K , just might be worth the acquisition … I was just throwing it out there

    • Pengy…i’m sorry Jarry is a capable NHL goalie and a back up at the very least. You look at some of the horrific goal-tending in the league (NY4life) says no one could use him i disagree….

      Maybe we add to the trade for Jensen with a fourth, fifth or 6th. Detroit needs goal tending badly Howard is 35 ,a UFA, and will be in demand and there farm system is bare with goalies.
      Jarry has shown he can step in and step up! Like against the rangers a couple years ago in the playoffs when Fluery and Murray where both hurt he was good.

      Detroit needs a goalie and Carolina both goalies are inconsistent and UFA;s. I agree we may have to add but Jarry is a valuable trade chip.

      Also i saw on HF boards. trade proposal this one got me thinking.

      Phil Kessel who has been slumping for sure and is a moody bitch, super talented, makes $6.8 Toronto picks up the rest until 2022 he is 31

      Victor Radulov Dallas 32, makes $6.25 million until 2022, big power forward has good chemistry with Malkin and less of a defensive liability and he plays with passion.

      Apparently Dallas loves Kessel and they need goal scoring we could use a talented passionate power forward…thoughts of that one for one…i love Phil but man hes been non existent and he sucked last night…Radulov plays with an edge…

      Malkin and Phil like both -15 -16!! thought not my proposal but not a bad one either now may be the time to trade Phil we got two cups out of him…

      • I never really stated that nobody wants him, I stated that goaltenders never command a roster player, let alone a top 6 d-man.

        You’re mistaken Jarry for stepping up in the playoffs. He doesn’t have ONE single playoff game in the NHL. And his sample size regular season, granted… small sample…but it isn’t exactly jump off the page amazing.
        29 games, 14-8-4 record with a 2.84 gaa and .906 sv% .

        Unless Jarry is somehow convincing a gm to give up more for him than any other goaltender in that position with those numbers have in recent history. He’s not going to be landing an nhl roster player.

        Talbot, Raanta, Darling, Etc. It’s no slight to Jarry or Pittsburgh….!its the reality of the market.

        Goaltenders don’t land nhl players.

      • Says Jarry is valuable trade chip then says “Victor Radulov…” next…

        Gtfoh

  10. Pengy……quick follow up to Radulov vs Kessel..

    Radulov:

    2017 27 goals 45 assist 72 points +6
    2018 15 goals 31 assists 46 points +11

    Kessel:
    2017 34 goals 58 assists 92 points + 4
    2018 21 goals 41 assist 62 points -16

    Kessel is a defensive liability and plays with 0 grit…

    thoughts..

    • Hi BlackNGold

      I posted probably 20 times last June and into July that the time to trade Phil was then…. He was at his peak and most valuable in trade then. I have watched him in well over 300 games as a Leaf and all but maybe a half dozen as a Pen…. 600 games minimum…. I’ve seen his decline in fitness

      I’m not going to call myself an expert on him …. but I am well versed in his play

      No ifs and or buts… he is talented

      Motivated… hmmmmph…. sometimes.

      Moody … yep yep yep…. if he’s thrown onto a line he doesn’t like … he gives up and pouts

      Gritty …. not in any single game EVER have I seen him be gritty…. his Ironman streak is a testament to his avoiding contact at all costs… no contact… no potential injury …. no need to miss a game

      Speed … lightning …. when he has the puck or is streaking from his floating position to get a stretch pass…. he glides and does wide circles when the puck is no where near him

      Covering in his own end ….. if he,s in the mood

      After he does his 15 second bursts he’s unbelievably winded

      Pens just absolutely canNOT have him come expansion draft as he’d have to be protected …. over a younger player…. and at the time of that expansion draft he’s coming up 34… and IMO brutal by then

      I was pushing heavily in my posts in June/July for a multi-player swap in which key players were Phil and Colton Parayko

      So yes… I think Phil needs to be moved…. but moving him now is problematic…. fewer trade partners and….

      In addition…. he does have chemistry with the team and making a big flip of key players now; just as the new acquisitions from FLA are trying to blend in; could very likely backfire in the team chemistry…. from what I have garnered via media… he is well liked by his team mates… they all think he’s a “funny guy”

      So…. do I think the trade is fair …. yep

      Would I make the move now….. no

      Hopefully that trade is available in the summer…. Phil will get more points this year than Radulov ; but after that…. Phill will decline

      • Pengy..maybe that is a summertime mo e radulov for kessel you could b right.

    • Who is Victor Radulov?

  11. Kessel helps penguins to win games.
    give up a 1st rounder again ?
    no. thank you.

    • Henrik no 1st rounder for phil straight up for xvictor radulov.. salaries identical same age 32 31 both contracts up 2022.

      • So who is Victor Radulov, you wrote that 3 times now- tell us about him.

        Simar style as Victor (Koz)lov?

  12. The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for forward Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

    • Interesting. I guess Minnesota is pulling the plug? Seems a bit premature with the west wide open but….

  13. Boudreau is going to be sour, no playoffs means no job next year.
    Good deal for the B’s , Coyle will fit in nicely the the 2nd line .

    • no he doesn’t

  14. & if Fenton is selling Bergevin should check in on the price for Brodin.

  15. BRUINS JUST STOLE CHARLIE COYLE..WOW WHATS MINNESOTA DOING..

  16. Radulov is as much of a whiner if not more than Phil. In the playoffs Phil’s game will go up several notches ever Radulov. He will backcheck. He will even blobk shots. I never though we would get out of the scuderi contract, but somehow we did amazingly, so maybe we can do it again w jj. McQuaid would be good for us with no Matta. I wouldn’t mind getting haglin back for a playoff run either, but not at the expense of playing him and sitting the younger guys over cullen. Radulov for Phil would be highway robbery for Dallas. I would take radulov and say a 2nd and prospect maybe.

    • Lord B…..Just a proposal i saw on HF boards passing it along…I love Phil too but he gets lazy at times….but our best pure goal scorer..

      your deal sounds better than the one on hf boards