NHL Rumor Mill – March 9, 2019

by | Mar 9, 2019 | Rumors | 15 comments

Latest on Taylor Hall and Artemi Panarin in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Pierre LeBrun reported New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said there was never any consideration of moving left wing Taylor Hall at the trade deadline. Hall is a year away from eligibility for unrestricted free agency. Shero said he was asked about trading Hall by someone in the media two weeks before the deadline, adding there was “zero percent” chance of that happening. He also told LeBrun he hasn’t started contract negotiations yet with the Hall camp, suggesting those talks could start this summer. 

Taylor Hall’s future with the New Jersey Devils could become a hot topic in this summer’s rumor mill (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall, winner of the 2018 Hart Trophy, would be among the biggest names in the 2020 UFA market. The reason his name popped up before the trade deadline was based on the assumption Shero might consider shopping him if he felt there was little chance of the winger re-signing with the Devils. 

Once the initial frenzy of signings in this summer’s free-agent market has passed, we’ll likely hear growing speculation over Hall’s future in New Jersey. The longer he goes without a contract extension after this July, the more he’ll feature prominently in the rumor mill. 


LeBrun also reported New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton seeks a player who will help his club’s rebuild, rather than restrict it. He said he’s not going to promise any big signings to speed things up but admitted if such a player became available he’d look into it.

LeBrun believes someone like Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin would fit the bill, though he acknowledged Gorton will never say it. It’s believed the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers are among Panarin’s list of preferred destinations. At 27, Panarin is the right age to provide immediate help as well as over the long term. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panarin will be the best forward available in this summer’s UFA market and won’t lack for suitors. With over $61 million invested in 17 players, the Rangers have the cap space to make a competitive bid for the latest left winger. So do the Kings, Islanders, and Panthers. There could be quite a bidding war for his services leading up to July 1. 


  1. Hi Lyle you have has were you meant to have hasn’t started (Hall)

    • Glwa?

    • Fixed, thanks, Caper

  2. Looking for sunshine in a tunnel:

    Well, so far, anyway, the newest Senators are running ahead of the 3 main principals in those trade-deadline deals:

    Matt Duchene – 1g 2a 3 pts -3 in 8gp
    Ryan Dzingel – 0g 2a 2 pts E in 6gp
    Mark Stone – 0g 2a 2 pts +4 in 6gp
    Totals – 1g 6a 6 pts – 20gp

    Anthony Duclair – 2g 2a 4 pts -1 in 7gp
    Brian Gibbons – 2g 3a 5 pts +1 in 6gp
    Oscar Lindberg – 3g 0a 3 pts +1in 6gp
    Totals – 7g 5a 12 pts – 19gp

    Any ray of sunshine in a wall-to-wall storm! 🙂

    • Oops – that’s 7 points for those ex-Senators, not 6

      • I would have also mentioned that Tierney, DeMelo and Balcers have 63 points compared to 45 for Karlsson – but that’d be unfair as he deal with his latest medical problem.

    • I think NYR will go after Duchene more so than Panarin.

  3. Funny how Donato & Fiala have injected new life into the sagging Wild, while all of the new Blue Jackets seem lifeless.

    • Do you mean funny as in odd? Or funny as in, point and laugh? 😉

  4. George….sometimes I think we forget that NHL ers are probably the best 400 players in the world…while there are differences in their abilities….each of them is a superior athlete ….we underestimate how similar they are in abilities when we talk trades or signings….just a slow day opinion

    • Too true. Great argument for why expansion is not going to dilute the talent pool

  5. You can’t change 20% of of your team without creating a chemistry upheaval . Don’t think everyone is playing for each other. Columbus might run out of time and out of the playoffs before they gel. Too bad I liked the approach . Apparently didn’t work (so far)

    • If they do implode it will certainly call into question the presence of Duchene on a team, especially after joining a team that was a double-OT goal away from the finals the year before he joined them, only to see them tumble to the bottom last season, and again this season. I’m not inferring anything here – but we can’t discount optics.

  6. I certainly hope the NYR do no go for Duchene. I am even skeptical of a Panarin, though he would do wonders working with a Chytil and Buchnevich and assist their creative side of the game. That would be a fun line.

    If the NYR can rid of Smith and Shatts then I am all for spending the cap space on Panarin.

    But definitely NOT Duchene. Not sure he is the right locker room fit for these young blueshirts.

  7. The difference between basketball and hockey – clicking back and forth I watched almost 16 minutes of a hockey game while Seton Hall and Villanova took 24 minutes for 2 minutes of actual playing time. Ridiculous. No wonder their quarters are 12 minutes.