NHL Rumor Mill – April 2, 2019
In today’s NHL rumor mill, we have the latest on Kyle Turris and Chris Kreider plus the Hurricanes could shop prospect Adam Fox.
TURRIS FACING MURKY FUTURE IN NASHVILLE?
THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): In his latest mailbag segment, Adam Vingan was asked if the Nashville Predators might trade someone like center Kyle Turris to make room to pursue Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene via free agency in July.
Turris, who’s in the first season of a six-year, $36-million contract, is struggling this season and he’s seeing reduced playing time. With the Predators’ salary-cap situation about to get tight, Turris could be a prime candidate for a cost-cutting move but his poor play this season and expensive contract would make him difficult to move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Predators have over $76.8 million invested in 22 players next season with all their core players under contract. If general manager David Poile intends on being a player in this summer’s free-agent market he’ll have to shed salary to do so. That could depend upon the Predators’ performance in the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.
Turris was also limited to 52 games by injury this season. He lacks no-trade protection but his play this season and his $6-million annual cap hit would certainly hinder efforts to move him. He turns 30 in August and that could also dampen his trade value.
UPDATE ON KREIDER
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks recently included winger Chris Kreider among the Rangers whose stock is down going forward. While injuries took a toll on Kreider this season, Brooks believes management won’t overlook the decline in his production since early-February. That could factor into their decision over whether to re-sign him to a contract extension this summer or trade him as part of a package for “a legit match-up righty defenseman.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kreider is signed through 2019-20 with an annual salary-cap hit of $4.625 million and an 11-team no-trade list. I expect the Rangers will meet with his representatives before June to determine what he’s seeking in his next contract. If they feel it’s too expensive they could put him on the trade block leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in late-June.
HURRICANES TO SHOP PROSPECT FOX
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes defense prospect Adam Fox is balking at signing a contract with the club. Team owner Tom Dundon said they’ll attempt to trade him. The Hurricanes acquired Fox from the Calgary Flames as part of last June’s multi-player deal that also brought them defenseman Dougie Hamilton and winger Micheal Ferland.
Should Fox return to Harvard to complete his senior year, he’ll be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. However, there’s a belief he could turn pro if the Hurricanes trade him to a team he likes. Fox is considered by some observers to be NHL-ready, leading Alexander to wonder if the Hurricanes could get a first- or second-round pick for him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun believes the New York Rangers could be atop Fox’s list of preferred destinations. Though he lacks NHL experience he’s a righthanded shot, which could make him enticing to the Blueshirts. LeBrun doubts the Rangers will part with a first-round pick to get him.