NHL Rumor Mill (Part Two) – February 22, 2019

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Latest on Matt Duchene, Chris Kreider, and Nick Jensen plus updates on the Oilers in Part Two of today’s NHL rumor mill. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Nashville Predators’ interest in Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene may have cooled, citing a well-connected source claiming the Predators were starting to look elsewhere. However, he doesn’t rule out the possibility that their interest in the Sens center could be resuscitated. Friedman also believes the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders could be among the suitors and speculates the Montreal Canadiens could have interest if they can re-sign the pending free agent.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie said he’s getting mixed signals on the Canadiens’ rumored interest in Duchene. Some sources tell him the Habs are 100 percent in on Duchene while others are dismissing the notion. 

Are the Montreal Canadiens interested in acquiring Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Predators general manager David Poile doesn’t have to pursue a big ticket like Duchene if he doesn’t want to. Sure, he’d like to bolster his roster and improve his club’s chances of winning the Stanley Cup this season, but he’s not desperate. If Duchene is too expensive, he could look at more affordable options like the New York Rangers’ Kevin Hayes or Mats Zuccarello or Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds.

As for the Canadiens’ supposed interest in Duchene, perhaps GM Marc Bergevin kicked the tires. However, the Senators’ asking price is said to be a first-round pick, a high-end prospect, and a good young player. That might mean parting with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and either Nick Suzuki or Ryan Poehling.

Bergevin’s said he’s not parting with his first-round pick or young players for rentals. Unless he can re-sign Duchene, I don’t think he makes this move. Even if he can sign Duchene, that asking price is probably still too high.

In his column for The Athletic, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun speculates Bergevin could be more interested in “a Joel Armia-esque opportunity to add a player in exchange for renting out his cap space.” That seems more likely than acquiring Duchene. 

**UPDATE** The Senators trade Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Follow this link for details and analysis 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes the Toronto Maple Leafs have been in contact with the New York Rangers. He thinks Chris Kreider would be a great fit with the Leafs.  Friedman said he knows teams have been asking about winger Chris Kreider but the Blueshirts have set a high asking price. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chris Kreider would be a great fit on any team. The Rangers, however, won’t move him unless someone is willing to overpay. My guess is the Rangers would want Kasperi Kapanen as part of the return. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: TSN’s Darren Dreger believes the Edmonton Oilers could get a second-round draft pick, a pretty decent prospect or maybe both if they decide to shop pending UFA winger Alex Chiasson. However, he doesn’t believe the Oilers have written off the idea of re-signing Chiasson. Dreger also thinks there’s a market for Zack Kassian, citing his speed and grit. He feels Kassian could be a highly motivated playoff performer. 

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen is garnering attention in the trade market. The Wings want to re-sign him but could move him for a second- or third-round pick if he’s not under contract before Monday’s trade deadline. 

**UPDATE** The Red Wings trade Jensen to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Madison Bowey and a second-round pick in 2020. 


  1. Kreider has finally become what this organization and fans had hoped for all along.

    He has grown nicely into a very solid guy, a very solid leader.I would think it would take more than Kapenen at this point to pry him away from NY.

    He is so valuable to NY today and going forward. He has become a mentor (and translator) to Chytl, and hopefully sticks around to do the same for Kravtov, Shestyorkin.

    Not a guy I would like to see go.

    • Steven,

      The Leafs don’t want to part with Kapanen because he has the potential to become a Kreider. Also the Leafs need defense. As a Rangers fan I could see why letting him go would be a big no-no.

      • Kreider is 6’3” and 230 pounds. Kapanen is 6’1” and 185.

        I like Kapanen, but unless he’s yet to hit his growth spurt, he’s not going to be Kreider with net presence.

        Very different players.

    • We will keep Kappy…….nothing against Krieds …

  2. Duchene just traded to blue jackets

  3. Duchene to Jackets

    for Vitaly Abroms and Jonatahan Davidson

    …not sure what else ??

    Mmmmmmm ?? OK …

    • a 1st round pick in 2019 and a 1st round pick in 2020 if Duchene signs with Columbus

      • @ George O

        Good trade ….needed to get that 1st back in the deal…..i was shocked at initial reports of the 1st roundr only being one and conditional …this is a way better haul…

    • I ….HIGHLY…. doubt Duchene signs in Columbus ….

      So in essence …

      Ottawa traded away Bowers, a first-round pick, Hammond, a third-round pick Turris to get

      A conditional 1 rounder
      Abramov & Davidsson

      And now have no …#1 Center ..

      and most likely will not get that #1 pick ..Duchene will hit the open market ..IMO

      • It’s a 1st rounder this year, and a conditional next year. This years is a lock.

        I don’t see a better return than 2 prospects, a definite 1st rounder and potentially 2 for Duchene.

        This deal makes a hell of a lot of sense on both sides of the deal imo.

      • And no #1 center seemed a bit inevitable, no?

        Again, better that return, than no return at all….

      • @ NYR4Life

        yepp ..

        Good trade ….needed to get that 1st back in the deal…..i was shocked at initial reports of the 1st rounder only being one and conditional …this is a way better haul…

      • If not traded and he walks no prospects and no 1st round draft picks at all? And still no #1 center next year if he leaves the Sens. Something>nothing?

      • If not traded and he walks no prospects and no 1st round draft picks at all? And still no #1 center next year if he leaves the Sens. Something>nothing?

      • Mark, the 1st round draft pick this year is a lock, next years 1st is conditional on Duchene re-signing in Columbus.

  4. Hearing that Sweeney and the Bruins might be done dealing which makes me wonder why would they even bother making the Coyle trade if it wasn’t part of a bigger plan to bring in a 1st or 2nd line goal scorer Coyle alone won’t get them close to TB even if they were able to get by the Leafs

    • Not too worried about getting by the leafs but tb is another story

      • Unfortunately I agree with you BBB..and if true that Ottawa offered Dutch 8×8?..I wouldn’t be totally surprised if he resigned there..Columbus i very much doubt once panarin and goalie bob leave?

    • @ Joe

      One thing at a time…you just improved your depth through 4 lines at Center ….and upgraded almost for nothing this is a gret move by the Bs …they kept all the necessities for future plans intact as well…..you have an aging team ..you can not give away peices you will need in 2 – 3 years time when Berggy Rask Chara and Kreiji are all gone …you need picks down the road to flourish for you …you made out well in comparison to the market and value of Coyle …he is a quality pick up and will really give your team a boost in the bottom half of your roster …Coyle is no slouch !

      • No hes not..Coyle is a good fit..he’ll be pumped to play for him home area’s team..imho

  5. I’m a leafs fan, and unfortunately they will not get past Boston again… doesn’t matter who they get in a trade. The reason is not the players it is the coaching. Babcock is out to lunch with his strategies and lines. Let’s turn a fast skilled team into a slow grinder dump and chase style of play. Nylander looks awesome? Perfect let’s put him on the 3rd line and keep an aging god awful marleau on the top line. Better yet? Johnsson had 5 pts in 2 games? Great, you are now on the 4th line and a pretty much useless Zach Hyman stays on the second…. there’s a reason it’s “top 6” leafs could be way better if coaching changed style of play and fixed the lineup

    • without listing a multitude of reasons why babcock does that…look at the winning record of either the leafs or babcock. A better stanley cup coach (ie tortz) would play even more defense and trade half the players because they can’t play defense for full 60 minutes.

      Leafs are fine. the sheer fact that so many now think boston will dominate (including me) just will make them win with so luck for a change. Babcock just needs an enforcer to kick the crap out of any bruin’s dirty tactics this year, like breaking JVR nose

      • Kassian would be cheap and can skate and would be a good playoff agitator… He’d be a little more imposing on the 4th line than Ennis…lol

  6. So Jensen gets a player a 2nd and 5th as a rental. Caps just upped their back end for the playoffs. Could see a rematch of last year’s Conf. Finals

    • agreed very nice move by the Caps

    • Misread the original, Jensen and a fifth for Bowery and a 2nd. Think it’s a good deal both sides

  7. Tampa could use a bit of Depth so would something like this work

    to TB: Dzingel, Ceci & Gaborik’s LTIR contract (since TB has $$)

    to OTT: Callahan, Foote & 1st this year.

    Ceci can resign in the summer since Girardi and Coburn, even Stralman may be gone.

    Ott gets a 1st and a D prospect and a non injured player to help stay above the floor.

    • How does Tampa have $$$? The money cleared by Girardi, Stralman and Coburn is gone. Kucherov, Mcdonagh Gourde kick in next year. Paquette , Erne RFA’s this year.

      Point ? What’s he getting? 6-7+? Vasilevskiy , Sergachev need to be dealt with next year….

      They have to re-sign or replace 3 dmen next year…..

      Even minus Callahan they can’t afford this trade….

      And Foote , because of the reasons listed above is not a guy they can afford to trade….

      Foote was a no go, non starter for Mcdonagh and Miller, they’re not parting ways with him for Dizingle, Ceci and Gaborik.

      Tampa doesn’t need to do anything that drastic. My guess is minor tweaks. Mcquaid? And a depth forward or 2.

      • Think you are conflating cap space and salary$$. My comment is merely reflecting TB ownership have $$$ and can afford to put a player on LTIR for the remainder of the contract.

        They will have Hedman and Mac on the back end along with Sergachev. Outside of that…their remaining 3 are young and adding a potential Ceci (right hand) would round out the top 4. TB will have to move other forwards in the off season, to create other room to afford Vasilevsky & Point anyway.

        Removing Caly’s 5.8 , yes will get eating up by Point but adding scoring depth for the playoffs is a reasonable move. If they like what Dzingel brings, they can move other players or trade his rights away. Scoring depth never hurt anyone.

      • Hedman-Girardi

        It has worked so far this season. Maybe Tampa trades a 2nd round pick for Radko Gudas, bring him back as insurance. Cernak is a big man, but inexperienced. Gudas would cost a lot less than Ceci. Also:


        I don’t see a need for Tampa to trade for someone like Dzingel. They are as deep as a Chicago pizza at center. Fine on left wing. So Dzingel doesn’t help Tampa any (he is a leftie shot).

        Also, Cal Foote could be the next Sergachev. The Lightning are wisely trying to follow the Sharks’ model, staying competitive and drafting well each year. Making the occasional genius trade (like acquiring Sergachev for the back end).