NHL Rumor Mill – June 19, 2019

by | Jun 19, 2019 | Rumors | 86 comments

Latest on Nikolaj Ehlers, Nikita Zaitsev, Patrick Marleau, Rasmus Ristolainen, Cody Ceci, and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

ZAITSEV, EHLERS RISE ON TSN TRADE BAIT LIST

TSN: With Jacob Trouba traded to the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel in limbo, Frank Seravalli updated his trade-bait list. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev tops the list. Despite the five years at $4.5 million remaining on Zaitsev’s contract, Seravalli claims there’s no shortage of teams expressing interest in the 27-year-old blueliner. “Cost certainty is a valuable commodity in the salary cap world,” he said. The Vancouver Canucks are among the clubs linked to Zaitsev.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cost certainty is a valuable commodity only if you’re getting your money’s worth out of that player. Zaitsev’s decline over the past two seasons could turn his contract into a potential salary-cap headache. 

Could the Winnipeg Jets ship Nikolaj Ehlers to the Carolina Hurricanes? (Photo via NHL Images)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers moves up to No. 5 on Seravalli’s list. It’s believed the Jets offered the 23-year-old to the Carolina Hurricanes for one of their right-shot defensemen. Ehlers is a three-time 20-goal scorer. However, he’s “coming off a down year and entering the second season of a seven-year, $42 million deal.”

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said his priority is adding a top-nine forward. Alexander wonders if it could be Ehlers.  Alexander also reports Waddell wants to re-sign pending UFA goaltenders Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek. However, that’s becoming problematic with the start of the UFA period (July 1) fast approaching.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes’ right-shot blueliners are Justin Faulk, Dougie Hamilton, Brett Pesce, and Trevor van Riemsdyk. All but van Riemsdyk surfaced in this season’s trade-rumor mill. To land Ehlers, they’ll likely have to part with either Faulk, Hamilton, or Pesce. Cap Friendly indicates Faulk has a modified no-trade while Hamilton and Pesce lack no-trade protection. The Hurricanes, however, could be reluctant to break up their blueline.

LIGHTNING, CANUCKS INTERESTED IN RISTOLAINEN?

THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun believes Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois could be interested in Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. He’s only 24 and has three years remaining on his contract with a $5.4-million annual salary-cap hit. “If I’m the Sabres, I don’t get into a serious discussion with Tampa unless Mikhail Sergachev is on the table,” said LeBrun

SN650 VANCOUVER’s Rick Dhaliwal took to Twitter reporting a source claims the Vancouver Canucks “seem to be talking with Buffalo about a defenseman. He’s not sure if it’s Ristolainen or Zach Bogosian. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ristolainen’s name frequently popped up in Sabres trade chatter earlier this spring. Should they decide to move him they could seek a top-six forward in return. I don’t believe the Bolts are willing to move Sergachev. Besides, they must shed salary to re-sign restricted free agent center Braydon Point. 

If the Canucks are interested in a Sabres defenseman it’s got to be Ristolainen. The oft-injured Bogosian won’t help their blueline. 

RANGERS NOT DONE DEALING?

LeBrun cited TSN colleague Darren Dreger saying the New York Rangers might not be done dealing after acquiring Jacob Trouba earlier this week. They could be willing to part with a forward like Chris Kreider, Vladislav Namestnikov, Pavel Buchnevich, and Jimmy Vesey. Kreider is a year away from UFA status. He’s also got a modified no-trade clause and his agent has submitted his 11-team no-trade list. LeBrun said the Sabres have been linked to Vesey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Kreider is shopped by this weekend if a contract extension isn’t worked out with the Rangers by then. As for Vesey, he rejected the Sabres when he signed with the Rangers as a UFA in 2016. He’ll be a UFA next summer and might not be worth the risk for the Sabres. 

MARLEAU WANTS TO RETURN TO THE SHARKS

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: cites Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos claiming Toronto Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau wants to return to the San Jose Sharks. However, a reunion won’t be so simple as the Sharks would be reluctant to take on his $6.25 million salary-cap hit next season. Kypreos suggests a third team might have to get involved, one that must reach the salary-cap minimum. They could then buy out Marleau’s contract and he could sign a lesser deal with the Sharks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marleau probably doesn’t fit into the Sharks plans. Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton are UFAs while restricted free agents Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc are due for pay raises. Cap Friendly indicates they’ve got over $66 million invested in 15 players. That’s not enough cap space to re-sign those guys and leave room for Marleau. 

SENATORS SHOPPING CECI?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion has held contract extension talks with RFA defenseman Cody Ceci. However, Dorion is also seriously exploring Ceci’s value in the trade market leading up to this weekend’s NHL Draft. Garrioch notes the return the Pittsburgh Penguins received (Dominik Kahun, fifth-round pick) from Chicago in exchange for blueliner Olli Maatta. If Ceci could fetch something comparable he could be changing clubs this weekend. 







86 Comments

  1. IF Dorion can find a trade partner for Ceci I wouldn’t mind seeing him consider another deal involving Zaitsev. Yeah, his offensive stats have declined since that 4g 32a 36 pts rookie season in 2016-17, but he was also a -22 that year. Over the past 2 seasons he’s been +8 and +2 on a team that many consider their D as being their Achilles Heel. Ceci, on the other hand, has been a consistent minus since his arrival. He’s overpaid now at $4.3 mil and, if past contract negotiations are any indication, this latest RFA hold-up he’ll be seeking close to $5. I’d rather have Zaitsev locked up at $4.5 for the next few years.

    • Zaitsev is so underrated, whoever gets him is getting a huge steal.

      In Toronto Zaitsev was given heavy D-zone starts against top competition and as soon as the puck left the D-zone Zaitsev was pulled off. This is why his stats are low and why he wants out.

      If you look at his numbers on team Russia the last two world cups you can see why the Russian media considers him elite!

      Play him in an O-zone role with some PP time and you’ll find he’s likely a .5 ppg player.

      • I agree Zaitsev is under-rated.He only has problems with playing with high risk partners. He was good when playing with Muzzin. His contract will be a steal in 2 years. Don Cherry gave him the bad name. I like Don but he doesn’t like Russians

      • Lol, “his numbers on team Russia”))))
        W.Nylander had pretty impressive numbers on the World Championship last month; it doesn’t mean he’s as good as Kucherov. And Russian media considers Schipachev to be elite too; he only played 3 NHL games though.

        Whoever gets Zaitsev – gets a third pairing D-man for 4.5m×5… which means that Kapanen is probably coming with him as a sweetener too

      • I remember when the boo-birds wanted Karl Gunarsson run out of TO on a rail. Look who just hoisted the Cup for St. Louis.

      • Agree Pasternak lol cherry hit the nail on the head with zaitsev 4.5 is way too much for a 3rd pairing guy and way too much term. Every time I would see zaitsev come on the ice I knew a quality scoring chance was coming

    • All I know is ..Dubais is so wrapped up , with the Marner situation and ignoring other possible opportunities …
      Leafs desperately need defense and another goaltender .

      Dubais panicked on Nylander .

      No one is going to jump at –
      rewarding Leafs with 4 first round draft picks and a second – to sign Marner to an offer sheet
      Kapanen, on the other hand would only cost a second round pick .
      I would be more worried about signing Kapanen and Johnsson .
      Marner can sit … in my opinion .
      As much, as everyone likes Marner , realistically , Leafs can not afford him in this new salary cap world .
      You would have 4 players making 40 million dollars and 42 million remaining to sign 16 more players .
      It’s impossible !!!
      Unless Leafs trade Nylander , in which is the logical case , than sign Marner ..
      Zaitsev is getting attention , will be dealt soon .
      Marleau is going to cost us an effective player , as part of the deal ..
      But removing these contracts are helpful for sure, but again , not part of the 40!million -4 player dilemma , the Leafs , are dealing with now .

      • Hi Ken

        Yes Dubas made a mistake with Nylander should have traded him …and Lou with Zaitsev contract Leafs also botched Mchilhenney and gave up home ice to Boston with Sparks decision as well.

        I understand where you are coming from a lot of what you have said is true near the bottom of your post ……but Marner is the Leafs best player both over all skill and in points for the last 2 seasons …a natural Center who plays wing now …he is literally one of the elite wingers in the game now and probably top 25 to 30 overall player in the NHL when you boil it all down …so I think Dubas’ priority here is where it needs to be.

        If I was the leafs Id sign Marner and give him the Captain ” C ” at the same time he has shown every aspect of deserving the – C – for the Leafs in my opinion more so than any other player !
        This is so crucial in my opinion for the Leafs to get done.

      • How would you compare Nylander to Jimmy Hayes? Age, position, etc. Their contracts are comparable.

      • @Ken: Or they could do the unthinkable and offer Marner to the Devils for the #1 pick overall straight up; assuming cap space needs as it applies to their team would work.
        Now if this happened, TML would have Tavares, Matthews, Hughes, Kadri and the Goat at centre giving them the space to decide what to do next; and thats assuming they chose the centre Hughes.

        A lot of jaws would hit the ground, a lot of fans would squawk, but it was also send a message league wide to all RFA’s about the cap world and its realities.

    • Wow!

      Everyone is drinking the Zaitsev Kool aid this AM , I can tell you he brings absolutely nothing special to the table other than that he can eat minutes in a serviceable roll.

      He has NO offensive smarts or quality shot for a power play what so ever so he is a liability there, he gets caught out of position on almost every play has a remedial first pass out of zone and has been inconsistent taking the body when ever he feels like raising the level of his game which he never has in 3 years, he just has not raised the level of his game in any way

      you guys can take him he is as I’ve said before a dime a dozen D men in the league any top pairing AHL player with decent size or skill at an entry level deal can do what this guy does at the same level of skill.

      At best he is a $2.5 million dollar # 4 D man ( at best )

    • George , not sure on Zaitsev to Sens but I am all in for moving Ceci , I have been beating that drum for the past 2 years. Ottawa needs a no frills veteran D man who can be paired with Chabot. Remember when Karlsson was in his prime playing with Methot? not saying Methot comes back but that is the type of stay at home player I am referring to.

      Chabot – NEW D man
      Branstrom – Demelo
      Boro – Jaros

      Wolanin , Englund @ 7&8

      Ceci, Harpur traded. Lajoie either in Belleville or moved, has some offensive upside but with Branstrom joining the roster there is no room now. Watching Ceci and Lajoie paired together last year was painful.

      • Sens should target Chiarot

  2. NYR needs a top center to take the weight off Z bad , could pkg some of the names mentioned + top pick & top prospect ,Teams in cape hell have draft now to soothe the lose from a cap casualty that is inevitable,Marleau ?
    who is gonna take him to buy him out ? so S J gets him cheap? whats S J gonna do for that deal …. NO way
    lots of teams are up against it & i hope theres an RFA signing or 2, lets face it the return is far to high for the risk
    4 #1 picks … NHL stifles its free trade with a deal like that
    fix the compensation structure & you will se moves

    • Rangers 2nd line center is the concern now… Strome is not the answer. Lias was the plan…

      Top 6 centers are not being given away…
      Do you sign Brassard to a 1 year deal?

      • Strome was the best player down the stretch in NY. Not saying he maintains it, but worth giving it a shot. Howden would be next in line way over Andersson and Chytil at this point.

        With Strome, they need to evaluate where he’s at and where he’s going before next year. I’m positive he’s the #2 to start the year, and Howden is the fallback #2.

      • Strome will do for this year. Unless they try to steal Pointe, they have 3 kids that will get chance this year at increased minutes. I’m curious if they’re serious about Panarin. If so, maybe they can work a deal with Devils for a swap of 1st and 2nd picks. Devils could have choice of Vesey,Names or Shattenkirk w/salary retention. Gives them a roster player plus Kakko. We get Hughes as 2C

      • Glad you both are pushing for Strome to be given another chance. Former #5 pick

        I also agree a winger makes more sense for NJ but no way they pass on Hughes

      • Honestly I’d prefer Kakko at this point.

      • Ranger fans already have Kakko coming in….. you are attached already
        whichever player falls to us is a happy dance day

      • I was attached 6-7 months ago

  3. It sounds like like Zaitsev is more thought of then you thought. Lol

    • The only 2 teams I’ve heard is edm,van lol 2 teams with as bad as dmen as the leafs! Rams might be interested in zaitsev but I think it’s more what asset they should get for taking that contract

      • * teams not rams

      • Just shows how brutal the Soilers and Canucks are when Zaitsev is an “upgrade” to your defence.

    • With their defensive lapses overall, Zaitsev (and Gardiner) became the convenient scapegoats when things went south – but a lot of their problems in that regard were also attributable to lack-luster back-checking by certain among their F and, at other (less) times, spotty goaltending, especially from the back-up. Some blame Smith (who allegedly had FULL responsibility for the defensive game), but Sid Seixeiro and Tim Macaliff put that in perspective in a recent show (Tim & Sid) with a sarcastic “yeah, like Babcock turned over FULL responsibility for a key component of their game to someone else … sure ….”

      • Bingo, George, it was the most noticeable difference between Toronto, Boston and TB – if the Leaf forwards backchecked like the Bruins and the Bolts, the defence would have looked a helluva lot better. Can’t stand the stretch pass myself especially if it’s the primary way to leave the zone.

      • Wrong George whether you want the eye test or analytics zaitsev constantly made mistakes that were solely on him

      • well, one way or another we’ll see soon enough Bigbadbruins as I’m sure he’s headed out of TO. If I’m right I’ll remind you – as I’m sure you’ll be reminding me if you’re right 🙂

        Enjoy draft day – by the way, does anyone cover day 2 on Saturday? if not TV then radio?

      • George will be surprised but I agree with him. And I guess we will find out about D.J. Smith

      • Lol not too many are right on here but we got both sides covered! I think sportsnet has day 2 aswell

  4. As we move toward the draft and suggestions about what moves might emerge, here are my dream deals. Nylander to the Hurricanes for Pesce; Marner to Arizona for OEK, a young forward and a draft number one? Just to remind him of how much he loved the Toronto dream job; Kadri and Zaitsev to Vancouver? Not sure who the Canucks could offer-is Edler a possible as a UFA for the Leafs?

    • Dream away…you over valued players bigtime. Marner for OEL plus….heh not a chance. GMJC and many other GMs rightfukky value dmen, especially ones like him much higher than forwards. Even then only a 200′ center would come close.

  5. Ristolainen was thrown into all situations very quickly on a bad team. No idea why he would be available as the Sabres should be building around that young D core with Montour, Dahlin,McCabe and Ristolainen

    • Exactly. Build from the net out with the middle being next.

  6. Buffalo interested in Vesey? They traded for his rights not long ago, and were played!( like the other teams that pursued him.)
    Tampa “interested” in Ristolainen? They are in cap hell trying to resign Braydon Point. This is absurd. Lebrun pls stop!

    • Why wouldn’t TB be interested in Ristolainen, they were at the deadline and how many D are they losing to free agency? Risto has 3 yrs left at 5.4 per which is reasonable and TB clears some cap in the process. It would probably be something like Miller or Johnson plus Callahan and a sweetener such as a prospect or maybe a 2nd rounder which the Sabres lack to take Callahan. The Sabres can then package the 31st, that 2nd 2nd and a prospect for a top 6 winger. We’ll find out the answer in a few short days but I think they can offer a better forward to Buffalo than Vancouver can.

  7. Ehlers was hurt a lot last season. Even in the playoffs. His previous seasons are more reflective of his capabilities and would be a good add to most teams. Could solve the money problems in Winterpeg Manasnowba

  8. Ehlers for Pesce would be a good way to somewhat fill the void left by Trouba. Pesce is on a cost controlled 5 year deal. Have a bad feeling for Chevy that one of Connor , Laine will be plucked or he is going to have to overpay to keep them. The other option is to keep Ehlers and trade Laine to Carolina for a bigger package including Pesce. As dynamic a scorer as Laine is he showed last year that he is streaky and one dimensional.

    • For a while there, the general consensus was that Laine was on the verge of becoming, perhaps, the most complete Finn to ever play in the NHL, surpassing even Teemu Selanne. But in the non too distant future, everyone will be looking at Kaapo Kakko as THE most dominant Finn in the NHL. If, as all the pundits seem to think, Hughes is still going 1st overall to NJ, then the NYR will be doing cartwheels down Broadway. Looking at highlights from the World Cup and the elite Finnish league, this kid is ready NOW.

      • Barkov is the most complete Fin

      • No argument there. Will be interesting to compare the two (Barkov and Kakko) in a couple of years, Two big, dominant Finns,

      • I think “rants” is a fin…just saying

      • I was going to bring him into the mix too 2001 lol

      • Thanks for that reminder 2001 – didn’t mean to overlook that monster either – sort of “out of sight – out of mind” as we don’t get too much Colorado coverage here in the east. Wow. Barkov, Rantanen and soon Kakko – unless Laine picks up his game (consistency mainly) he’ll soon be a Finnish afterthought. Any way you look at it, they’ll be putting together one helluva national team!

      • Aho is pretty good also. 83 points playing 1st line center, his first NHL season as a center. Also good enough defensively to play PK. Not bad for a 21 year old 2nd round pick.

      • no worries guys!… “patient” Joe S might be sitting out the contract frenzy out in these remote parts…lol

    • The rumor in Edmonton is Ehlers for Larsson as the principals. WPG gets a physical experienced d man and don’t have to overpay Myers as a UFA, also sheds some dollars in Ehlers. Oil fill a glaring hole.
      This creates another one for Edmonton, but they do have significant depth in D prospects, just not sure you want to throw these young guys into the fire in roles they should not be in, and if anyone should know that it is Edmonton.
      Jones is ready now, just not for big minutes. Bear is close but more one dimensional.

      • this makes sense

      • Ehler’s name keeps popping up in rumours but it is not clear why Winnipeg would let him go. On the upside he is highly skilled and with exceptional speed, will score 30+ regularly (or 20+ with any linemates in the league), is on a longer term reasonable 6m contract.

        Reasons to trade: 3 playoffs without a goal and he is a desirable young asset for other teams that will leverage a good return.

        The only reasons I see that the Jets may trade him is if they consider him a root to the rumoured dressing room rift, or, if the return is fantastic. Larson is not enough but Larson and Puljarvi increases interest.

  9. Neal and Brodie
    for Ceci.
    Cap dump for Calgary, helps Ottawa get to the cap floor.

    • S&W , a starting point but what is in it for Ottawa, one year of Brodie? Calgary would have to retain salary on Neal and take Boedker back, so not much cap relief year 1. Plus add a sweetner to take Neal’s 4 yr deal. Not to mention Brodie would have to approve Ottawa as the destination, I doubt they are on his approved list.

      • Fergy22: Agreed on all points.

    • That trade makes zero sense for Ottawa. Brodie is a year away from UFA and turns 30 next year. They would pick him up just to trade him at the deadline. More importantly, why would they want Neal and his horrid contract for another four years? Half to one year of Brodie isn’t worth that headache.

      I don’t see Ottawa taking any bad contracts longer than 2 years remaining as they’ll need the cap space for Chabot, Tkachuk, Batherson, etc. in 2 years plus Brannstrom, Formenton, Norris and others in 3 years. The Ryan contract ends at the perfect time. I definitely can see Ottawa picking up someone like Callahan or Clarkson, but not a Lucic/Neal type contract. Even Eriksson at another 3 years doesn’t make much sense.

      FYI – Ottawa is at US$48.5M already with 7 players to sign/promote. Gaborik and MacArthur still count as ~$9.5M of cap hit regardless of being on LTIR. 7 players will easily eat up ~US$15M of cap space to hit the cap floor.

      • I can’t see Ottawa taking any bad contracts. They don’t want to pay who they have.

  10. Flyers signed Hayes for 50 million lol, guy never had over 55 points. 7 mill a year

    • Fletchers blowing through cap space in record time. I wouldnt have gone fot than 5 yrs at 6 per season.
      Not enough offense for the $s he got.

      So far Im not impressed with Fletcher at all.

  11. Boogeybomb and Joey has interesting feedback to my earlier post ..
    BB – If Leafs sign Marner- Nylander has to GO
    Joey – I made a similar suggestion, 1 week ago
    Trade Marner to NewJersey , but make it a blockbuster .
    Marner is worth more than the lottery pick !
    Supposedly a Taylor Hall wants out ..
    He is a 6.5 mil.. perfect scenario
    Also grab their 1st and trade down and get the defenseman , they so desperately need !! At 3rd or 5th …
    Leafs could unload Zaitsev or Marleau in this deal and maybe include Kapanen as the sweetener ..
    I like Kapanen and of course MARNEzr, but I really like what is
    coming back …
    Better still .. Give New Jersey -Nylander instead of Kapanen ..
    Salary cap problems -SOLVED!!!

    • @ Ken: Never saw your original post a week ago. Agree that Marner is worth more than the #1 first overall pick but in this scenario, Dubas again is not in a position of strength at all.

      Marner has made it clear what he wants and why; If there is no movement on this position on Marner’s part, he’s going to have to consider moving him at some point ;and as many a poster have stated, nobody is going to do the Leafs a favor unless that team believes they are coming out on top.

      I look forward to watching this mess unfold for sure.

  12. Man some days the comment section takes stupidity to a whole new level. The worse part of this site for sure.

    • Quit posting Ron and the intelligence will really increase

      • Lol 😂 vinnie

      • Cut it out Vinnie … I’m starting to warm up to you after our previous acidic exchanges.

  13. All of these signings are making Zaitsev look more than full value for 4.5 million….keep him …..get him away from any Gardiner like….tell if he wants out ….play your way out….you are going no where at a discount..so work to increase your trade value….don’t let the monkey’s run the zoo

    If any one offer sheets Kapanen if the return is a 2 nd….match…..the other guy 9 the Swede RFA is so overrated it is phenomenal)…let him go unmatched or trade him now…

    Don’t be afraid of a Marner trade if it is reasonable value…play Kadri a wing if Marner goes..let the rest of the league and the media overrate Marner…don’t react to the hyperbolic TO media and the voices of fans from other teams….

  14. George, I think we don’t always agree. Thought that’s what this site was about. Differing opinions is good for the soul. I may be opinionated, can’t see that changing

    • I’ll start it. Perry will sign in Toronto.

      • Vinnie, if he does, it won’t happen for a while – lots of higher prioities for Dubas right now.

    • Philly..2 yr @ 3 mill per.

    • Why would Anaheim do this? Are they gearing up for a long cup run and UFAs this coming year?

      Next year (would have been his final anyway) his buy out cap hit is 6.63 million! A whopping 2 million in cap space savings!!! This year they save 6 million. But add 2 million in dead space the final 2 years?

      Absolutely terrible imo. Makes absolutely no sense at all.

      From what I see, they had 7 million plus to sign 3 defenders and a backup goalie. This is the solution?

      • was thinking the same thing NYR4L, +6 million as next year’s buyout hit is brutal. They have to be counting on Steel, Jones, Comtois to be playing top 9 minutes on ELC’s. Kesler on LTIR this year will help some once the season starts, he may be a candidate for LTIR over the term of his contract. Perhaps a couple more deals in the works…Henrique’s name has been floating out there and there are lots of teams who would gladly sit down and talk about their top3 D men.

      • According to cap friendly the buyout in cash is 8 million. 2 mill per for 4 years. His salary if kept on board was over 16 million. So in REAL CASH the owners save 8 million. Think that is why NYR4Life, if I read cap friendly numbers correctly. Less of an issue for cap hit as I think the internal budget owners want to free cash spent…less worried about cap space being used.

      • IHC , I was had not heard that Anaheim ownership had a n internal budget , if that is the case your explanation makes $ense , as a cap move it is a head scratcher.

    • @DoubleMinor: Ya, that could work nicely if the contract is a one year, bonus laden contract.

  15. Get Kreider to the B’s …Sweeney

    • Rangers would want Carlo…… lol

  16. Jesse P in Edmonton has officially asked for a trade

    • I’ll trade Vesey for Jesse P

      • I think Namestnikov would be a good fit. More likely to re sign than Vesey. Both ufa’s after next season.

    • Well BBB, I don’t know your thoughts on JP, but, IMO he can ask away. JP needs to realize that he needs to earn a 3rd line spot and play responsibly. If he proves he can play at an NHL level for a season, he will get opportunities in the top 6.
      Time to grow up, look in the mirror and work on your game.
      I will be surprised if the Oil get much in return or an offer sheet so let him go to Europe and play and work. He either grows up or he doesn’t, that would be up to him.
      It may turn out to be the best thing that happens to him as a professional hockey player.

      • Since he asked for a trade edm won’t let him go near the other players at camp or anything like that so he’s gone at the draft or later in the summer, I think he could get a mid to late 2nd rd draft pick! You’re right he needs to grow up but he’s got all the skills to play in the nhl as a top 6

    • Ehlers-Roslovic for JP & Adam Larsson+edms 1st next year

      • Watch Ehlers soar to the moon with McDavid & RNH!
        Roslo could grow into 3rd line Center, or RWman for Draisaitl.
        Wpeg could further muddle into irrelevance and be a 2020 draft Lotto player again.
        Matching getting rid of Trouba for “peanuts”. Yucka-yucka

  17. Pujularvi will be part of a package. Not much on his own I am afraid.

  18. Marleau’s contract can’t be bought out by the Leafs, the Sharks or anyone eslse. It’s a +35 contract – I am surprised that came up as a suggestion.

    • Marleau’s contract can be bought out. However, because it’s a 35-plus, the team doesn’t get any cap relief.