NHL Afternoon Rumor Mill – June 20, 2019
Some tidbits on Corey Perry, Artemi Panarin, and Sergei Bobrovsky plus the latest on the Leafs and Hurricanes in this afternoon’s NHL rumor update.
COULD PERRY JOIN THE KINGS?
MAYOR’S MANOR: Los Angeles Kings insider John Hoven appeared on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 discussing the club’s plans heading into the 2019 NHL Draft weekend. During the discussion, Hoven “dropped a little nugget” linking the Kings for Corey Perry. The 34-year-old right winger was recently bought out by the Anaheim Ducks and is seeking a new home via free agency.
Hoven said we shouldn’t be surprised if there’s a bit of chatter in the coming days regarding Perry and the Kings. He believes there’s a fit there, suggesting the Kings could bring him in on an affordable, bonus-laden winger to mentor their younger players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hoven isn’t saying this is a done deal. Nevertheless, Perry joining the Kings would provide an additional measure of intrigue into the longstanding rivalry between the two clubs.
As Hoven points out, Perry’s spent his entire 14-year NHL career in Anaheim. Perhaps he’d be willing to accept a deal that keeps him in Southern California. Keep an eye on this situation in the coming days.
LEAFS LISTENING ON KAPANEN AND KADRI
TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Toronto Maple Leafs are telling teams they’re willing to entertain offers for forwards Nazem Kadri and Kasperi Kapanen. He believes the Leafs would need a defenseman back for Kapanen and a center for Kadri. He also claims there’s a “strong sense” Connor Brown could be moved as well.
Dreger adds Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas will meet with Mitch Marner’s agent in Vancouver during the upcoming draft weekend. It’s unknown if Dubas will formally table a contract offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Kadri carries an annual average value of $4.5 million through 2021-22. He also has a 10-team no-trade list. Brown has a year left on his contract with a $2.1 million salary-cap hit and lacks no-trade protection. Like Marner, Kapanen is a restricted free agent on July 1.
Dubas is also attempting to honor defenseman Nikita Zaitsev’s trade request and move winger Patrick Marleau to a club close to San Jose. His willingness to listen on Kadri and Kapanen suggests he’s having difficulty moving the other two. Dubas must free up cap space to re-sign Marner. If he’s looking for a defenseman or a center, he can’t take back too much salary.
Carolina is getting calls left and right on their right-shooting defencemen. Everyone wants Brett Pesce with his cost certainty and quality of play. They don’t want to move him. Enviable position of strength for GM Don Waddell to potentially deal from in Vancouver.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 20, 2019
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) June 20, 2019