NHL Rumor Mill – June 24, 2019

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The latest on the Penguins, Predators, and Blackhawks plus updates on Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski, Tyler Myers, Jesse Puljujarvi and more in today’s NHL rumor mill.

ANOTHER TRADE COMING FOR THE PENGUINS?

TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie believes trading Phil Kessel remains the most logical off-season move for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He points out Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has a reputation for creative trades. “Navigating Kessel’s limited no-trade clause and getting a respectable return might be his most creative brushstroke yet,” writes Bombulie.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Jason Mackey also believes Rutherford isn’t done dealing but feels a lesser move could be in the cards. Moving defenseman Jack Johnson’s contract ($3.25-million annual average value) would provide some cap relief but that seems unlikely. Forwards Bryan Rust or Nick Bjugstad could be used as sweeteners in potential moves. Goaltender Tristan Jarry could also become a trade candidate.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Finding a suitable trade destination for Kessel won’t be easy. He used his no-trade clause to spike a deal with the Minnesota Wild. The remaining four years on Johnson’s contract is a deal breaker for most clubs. Rust’s name surfaced over the weekend as a possible trade option. 

POTENTIAL PREDATORS UFA TARGETS

THE TENNESSEAN: Paul Skrbina looks at several forwards the Nashville Predators could target in the upcoming NHL free-agent period. They include Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene, Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee, and Sharks forward Gustav Nyquist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After shipping defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, the Predators freed up $9 million in salary-cap space. It’s believed GM David Poile wants to bolster his scoring punch up front and is said to be interested in Duchene. 

The Colorado Avalanche are among the suitors for Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin (Photo via NHL Images).

AVALANCHE INTERESTED IN PANARIN

COLORADO HOCKEY NOW: Adrian Dater reported the Colorado Avalanche could meet with Artemi Panarin’s agent this week. The club officially won’t confirm or deny this but Dater said the Avs met with the winger’s agent on Sunday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Avs want to add a top-six scorer and would be willing to drop Gabriel Landeskog to the second line if they can sign Panarin. However, they’ll have competition for his services. He and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are in Florida and expected to meet with Panthers GM Dale Tallon this week. The New York Rangers are also expected to make a pitch for Panarin. 

COYOTES EYEING PAVELSKI

THE ATHLETIC: Craig Morgan reports a league source said the Arizona Coyotes met with agent Dan Plante, who represents Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. Morgan said it’s unclear how serious Pavelski’s interest in the Coyotes could be. It’s believed his first choice is re-signing with the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Sharks will re-sign Pavelski. Still, there’s no harm in the Coyotes inquiring about him. 

LATEST PULJUJARVI TRADE SPECULATION

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kurt Leavins reports there are several Eastern Conference teams with “considerable interest” in Jesse Puljujarvi. The 21-year-old right wing has asked the Oilers to trade him in hopes of getting his NHL career back on track. Leavins believes the Puljujarvi camp would prefer a quieter NHL market. He lists Carolina, Florida, or perhaps Pittsburgh as potential destinations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Puljujarvi could benefit playing in a less hockey-mad environment. He could also potentially thrive playing for a club like the Penguins where he wouldn’t be the focus of so much media and fan attention. We don’t know what GM Ken Holland’s asking price will be, let along if those clubs mentioned by Leavins have any serious interest in Puljujarvi.

UPDATE ON THE BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Jimmy Greenfield believes more trades are coming for the Blackhawks. Earlier this month, they shipped forward Dominik Kahun to Pittsburgh for defenseman Olli Maatta. He also expects the Hawks could pursue second-tier UFA forwards like Brett Connolly, Mats Zuccarello, and Micheal Ferland.

FLYERS SEEK A BACKUP GOALTENDER

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Sam Carchidi reports current Flyers goalies Cam Talbot and Brian Elliott are among the potential candidates to back up Carter Hart next season. However, they’re also exploring other options. GM Chuck Fletcher could pursue Carolina’s Curtis McElhinney via free agency or explore the trade market.

 







95 Comments

  1. A top line of Mack, Rants, and the Breadman?….one can only dream lol

  2. I expect the Canucks to offer Myers a 7 year, $6.75M AAV contract.

    • Kypreos claims the starting point for Gardiner is 7 years and 50 million. 7.14 per season.

      • Maybe, I think Gardner is worth it. While he is not Karlsson he is a pretty good imitation. If he would have had Marc Methot as a defensive partner to fix his mistakes. Maybe he would have even more points. Toronto is going to miss him. Having said that, why does anyone listen to kypreos. He is proof of what happens from concussion injuries

      • I don’t think gardner should get over 6.5 but if paired with the right guy like bcleaf recently said Shea Weber it would help Gardner a lot, it’s just those terrible plays in his own zone that hurts him the worst

      • Agree, I dont put much stock in anything Kypreos says. Half the stuff he claims are from “insiders” sounds like it came from a 10 yr old.

        Im not a Gardiner fan but I think hes going to get closer to 8.5 than 7.1.

      • See Vinnie, there’s another example where we agree and where I spoke positively of a Leaf, saying yesterday about he and Zaitsev that they have become convenient scapegoats for a general team malaise when it comes to back-checking on a consistent basis (witness St. Louis and Boston) and when that happens the team pays the price. I’ve said I’d take Zaitsev and his current cap hit and term over Ceci any day of the week, and while Gardiner has his own-zone and neutral-zone problems, they could be addressed with the right pairing of a responsible D-first mate. He is an offensive force – maybe not as good as Karlsson, but he’s certainly no worse defensively. And Karlsson is most effective when he has someone who can cover his gaffes.

        Whatever team lands him, if they have the right pairing, look out.

    • Expect a no thanks.

      • I agree too much money for Gardner being rumoured but I definitely agree that not much if anything of what Kypreos says is worth anything.

  3. Pavelski will likely sign a 3 year, $5M AAV with the Sharks.

  4. Oil should trade Puljularvi . He might be at a point of no return in Edmonton. Not give him away but add him as a sweetener to something.

    • I don’t see the point in adding him as a sweetener if there already is “considerable interest” in him as it is.

      • Well if that “considerable interest” can be translated into getting rid of a bad contract that would be a reason to use him as a sweetener.

        Sometimes, cap space is the best return a team can get.

      • Fair enough, but I’d imagine “considerable interest in a top-three pick who hasn’t panned out” and “considerable interest in a top-three pick who hasn’t panned out being paired with one of the very worst contracts in the entire league” are two very, very different things.

  5. Just spitballing here. Could Edmonton and the Rangers be a trade fit? Puljujarvi seems like the type of player that would benefit from Coach Quinn. Wonder if they’d have interest in someone like Shattenkirk, who is a great mentor for Skjei, despite others being critical of his production. I’m sure other parts would be involved. Thoughts?

    • Oilers don’t have the cap space to take on Shattenkirk. Plus with Lucic the Oilers can’t afford to take on another bad contract.

      • Kreider and Shattenkirk for Lucic, Puljujarvi and a 1st round pick

      • I would think the islanders would be a better fit if he doesn’t want a hockey mad city, but the oilers are going to take the best offer and shouldn’t care about where he wants to go since he doesn’t have a ntc

      • @ Bones,
        That would be adding $5.275 million to the Oilers cap, which would only leave 3.058 to add a backup goalie and another piece or two to the bottom 6. Plus adding the first round pick so the Rangers can dump 2 bad contract on the Oilers is a bit much.
        Besides, the Oilers don’t need anymore LWers, they need RWers. Also both Shattenkirk and Kreider both have some sort of NTC and NMC’s. Doubte they wave them to go to Edmonton. Especially considering Shattenkirk signed in NYR so he could be out east.

      • Kreider is a bad contract?
        No way NY is winning that deal, or making that deal. I’d take Kreider over Puljujarvi 11 times out of 10. And Shattenkirks 2 years over Lucics 4 everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

        I don’t see how this is a bad deal for Edmonton. But it’s beyond brutal for NY.

    • I’ve mentioned before Puljujarvi to Rangers for Namestikov. Edmonton probably part of Shattenkirk’s no Trade list. If Edmonton really wanted to shake things up: RNH and Puljujarvi to NYR for Namestikov, Howden, DeAngelo and Georgiev.
      Edmonton adds a young center who could slot into the 3c, A young D man and back up goalie. Namestikov played well on Tampa’s top line and could be a nice fit playing with either McD or Draisitl. Rangers get a solid 2C and a right shot forward in need of a fresh start. Bonus Kakko gets a fellow Finn. This to me would be a smarter move for Rangers than handing out 11-12 mil for Panarin.

      • if EDM sends RNH to NYR they will want Kreider as a starting point and probably Chytil too for Pujujarvi and a 1st. Now Gorgiev added to your proposal changes things a bit. Defintely a good starting conservation if the primaries are RNH and Krieder. I just don’t think that entire package alone would convince Holland to give up RNH by himself.

        Agreed on not giving Panarin 11mil.

        2nd line center is more important right now. I think Joe Pavs makes the most sense on a 3 yr deal.

    • Rangers are stuck with Shattenkirk, every team that has got rid of him has vastly improved. Blues & Caps both have won cups after losing him!😂 He is way overpaid and overrated plus aging.

      • So the Blues won a cup from being 2 years removed from Shattenkirk? Probably had nothing to do with all those offseason changes last year… O’Reilly , etc?

        Insert head shake here.

  6. I’m thinking the best course of action for Puljujarvi is to let him go over to Europe. There Oilers can keep an eye on his progress and he can raise his trade value and the.

    Am I right in thinking that the Oilers hold Puljujarvi NHL rights till he turns 25?

  7. Phil Kessel $6.8 million
    Patric Hornqvist $5.3 million
    Nick Bjugstad $4.1 million
    Bryan Rust $3.5 million

    The Pens have 4 right shot RW’s (Bjugstad’s best position is RW, not C) who all make over $3.5 million.

    And on top of that, Jared McCann or Dominik Simon could very well end up being the top line RW anyway.

    One of those 4 players needs to be traded.

    My preference was to try to entice someone to take Hornqvist…until I saw The Marleau Inflation.

    I can make a few arguments for trading Rust but trading the team’s fastest player seems like a bad idea.

    That leaves Kessel and Bjugstad.

    • Oilers are in need of RWers. Wonder if there is something that could be done between the 2 teams (not including Lucic). Would the Pens be in the need of a left shot RD, Russell? Or maybe the Pens could add a little something else for right hand shot RD Benning?

      • I don’t see a fit between the two teams. I thought of them as a possible landing spot for Hornqvist previously.

        I saw a report that Rutherford did ask about Puljujarvi, but the ask was Rust. No way.

        Puljujarvi only makes sense for the Pens as a lotto ticket if they trade Phil.

      • Pens don’t need d. A better third center or lw is what’s needed

    • Rust and Gudbranson for Sheary and Hunwick? Would save Pittsburgh $2.5m this year and $7.5m next year with Sheary and Hunwick on the last year of their deals. Pens are at least familiar with them and are heavy on RD and slim on LD. This would allow them to buyout JJ with less of a strain.

      • Jack Johnson is Ray Bourque in his prime next to Matt Hunwick.

        For all the hand wringing about some of his other moves, Hunwick is/was/and hopefully will be his worst acquisition.

        If only Sully and Cole could have gotten along.

    • KESSEL RUST ARE MOST LIKELY…. JUST FU×××××G move him to Arizona already…defenseman nickolas hjalarmarsson.. a top 4 cup winning defender…who can actually play defense which we need….

  8. I am not sure if the Rangers would even swap Lias Andersson for Puljujarvi at this point
    or the Sabres for Alexander Nylander.

    Rangers do not need more forward projects

    • DS. We don’t have many right shot forwards. The kid is big too. He’d be perfect for Ny. Especially with Kakko and Kravtsov coming in it would take a lot of pressure off this kid. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Rangers where one of the teams interested. As I mentioned above, I’d love a package of him and RNH

      • We don’t need Jesse Puljujarvi on the Rangers…no thanks

    • @Slick
      RNH would be good fit but overpaying for a former #4 who might never get 20 is a risk the Rangers do not need

      they have a handful of former 1st rounders that need to try to hit 20

      • DS. I don’t see it as overpaying. Only thing I would change is swapping AdA for Buchnevich. I’m looking from Edm point of view. They have over 8 mil in cap space but only 9 forwards under contract. This would give them 3 roster forwards for 1. Puljujarvi is still just a prospect. He’s only 21 and has as much a chance of becoming a productive winger as any of our guys. RNH just turned 26 and this will give us 2 legit centers.

  9. General thoughts on this trade?

    To Calgary – Phil Kessel
    To Pittsburgh – James Neal, Juuso Valimaki and/or Dillon Dube

    The Flames do need more secondary scoring and Kessel could be a good fit alongside Backlund and Tkachuk. Pittsburgh could be willing to take back Neal in hopes of him reviving his career by playing with former teammates Crosby/Malkin. Plus, Calgary would definitely have to include one or two good assets.

    • No.

      Neal’s contract is so bad, I wouldn’t even trade Hornqvist for him (again).

      Also, many within the Pens organization disliked Neal personally (he was reportedly rude to team employees, things like that). They would not bring him back.

      A deal for Phil would be more like Dube, Jankowski and a mid round pick.

      But, I’d bet good money that all 8 teams on Phils list he can be traded to are American teams.

      • There are reasons well beyond his salary that the Pens want rid of Phil Kessel. It’s why Boston, Toronto, and now Pitt all wanted him gone. No way the Flames give up a package like that for him. The Flames like guys that hustle….

    • James Neal to Pens again, not happening!! No do overs!!

    • Valamaki is untouchable and the Pens are looking to shed salary, not take on a hit like Neal’s …

    • Any trade involving Valimaki is a non starter

  10. With $12.8 m in cap space and McAvoy, Carlo and Heinen as RFA, it’s time for Sweeney to Move KK; Krejci and Krug. Both players shouldn’t be difficult to move and Krejci might have more value because he has 2yrs remaining at $7.25 and Krug with a year at $5.25.
    The Krejci move might have to wait until Duchene finds a new home because after that it’s slim pickings for UFA centermen. This could and should be the time to move him.
    Krug for anyone looking for puck moving defenceman and to QB their PP. Reportedly Vancouver, Edmonton and Detroit have shown interest.
    This would free up $12.5 m in cap space less what they bring back in return.
    As it stands right now Boston can only offer Carlo, McAvoy and Heinen bridge deals to fit them in under the cap and fill out the remainder of their roster.

    • Krug in Detroit but #19 does not usually overpay in a trade for a vet

    • Good point Caper, 12.8 seemed like enough last summer but is now tight.
      Heinen is the perfect bridge candidate, from both sides, but as a fan I would like to see the D locked up.
      Krug seems like the obvious one because of the blue line depth and that alone should be enough?
      NASH and CLB seem like good places to start to find a trade partner. Wherever Duchene doesn’t go.

  11. Montreal fans are so upset with Drouin, how’s this for a suggestion

    Drouin (5.5m/yr for next 4 yrs)
    3rd round pick in 2020 bumped to 2nd round if Brodie resigns

    for

    T.J. Brodie (4,650,400 1 yr left on contract)
    Jankowski (1,675,000, RFA next year)

    • Can Drouin play centre? The Flames already have Gaudreau and Tkachuk on the left side of their top 2 lines. If so than as an Oiler fan I don’t like it. lol

      • If Sakic could somehow get Drouin and link him again with McKinnon, he could get back his junior mojo in a hurry. Hell, you could probably hook Zach Smith up with McKinnon and he’d become a 30-goal scorer.

      • Ryan should be a 3rd line centre so Flames could definitely move Jankowski & Brodie in a deal like that. I see Flames & Canadiens a good trade fit if Montreal miss out on some of the other targets like Barrie or Faulk.

    • Habs fans are always upset with someone. I doubt Habs management is keen to give up on Druin – the french speaking thing is still an issue in Montreal.

      Besides, they have cap space to sign Gardiner without giving up a roster player.

    • Flames are looking for cap space, they would trade Brodie for draft picks not 5.5 million dollar players

  12. Puljarvi-1 russell-5.5=6.5
    For
    Brown-2.1 zaitsev-4.5=6.6

    • Russell is a $4 million cap hit. No thanks.
      Sekera is the %5.5 million cap hit. That would still be a no thanks.
      I think the Oilers could offer something for Brown without taking on Zaitsev.

    • if Holland can swing

      to TML: Sekera, Russel & Pujujarvi
      to EDM: Zaitsev & Brown

      GM of the year there.

      • Why!? How does that make the Oilers better? That does fix one hole but it creates a huge hole on defence!
        The best thing for the Oilers and Puljujarvi is for him to go to Europe and raise his trade value.
        Also you are taking Russell and Sekera out of the the Oilers top 4 and adding Zaitev to the Oilers bottom 2. That makes zero sense to for the Oilers to me.

      • Kev….I was being sarcastic.

      • Sorry, I missed that.

      • GM of the year works in Vancouver.

  13. Leafs or Oilers can’t take on much money. Leafs probably none . Benning at 1.9 Puljularvi and a pick for Zaitsev and Bracco and a lesser pick

  14. I don’t know Bracco, but why would the Oilers trade a good bottom pairing d-man with a $1.9 million cap hit for another bottom pairing d-man making making about 2.5 times that who is really no better and who are also in cap trouble themselves?

  15. to EDM: Kessel & JJ
    to Pitts: Puljujarvi, Sekera & Russell

    Pitts upgrades their D and gets a young scoring forward

    EDM gets a winger who can score and balance 2nd line with RNH

    gives EDM two scoring lines
    they have the depth on the backend to do it

    GM Ruth wants JJ out so bad he is willing to take Russell lol

    • That is a head scratcher. The 2 questions I have is would Kessell approve to be traded to Edmonton? He did already ax a trade to Minny. The second question is, this only openes $500k in cap space for the Pens, is that enough for Rutherford?

      • It really is trading positions of need. Not a good proposal by no means. But if I look at it seriously

        Kessel does not want to go to EDM though he skillset matches everything they NEED in EDM

        Pitts need to upgrade their D and not be stuck with long term contracts. Either Russell and/or Sekera are significant upgrades over JJ albeit more expensive.

        Leaves Gudbranson or Schutlz next out to make enough room

        key is for giving Kessel they remake their defense and get a young 1st rd pick who can easily find form with Malkin or Crosby. Everyone else seems to

        it was more a proposal based on needs and $ versus player talent for player talent.

        Kessel will net a top young prospect or a 1st rd pick.

      • I can’t see Edmonton trading for anyone over the age of 25 for a couple more years.
        JP will be going to Europe or waking up one morning and deciding he would prefer to play in the NHL over the next month or so.
        Once he realizes that the answer to his problems is the person he sees in the mirror, he will get to work and do what he has to do to be a top 6 player. That would be earning and the keeping the 3rd line RW job that is there for him if he earns it, or going to Europe to find his offensive confidence.
        There are 2 choices out their and both are JP’s.
        Why give up anything equal value for Zaitsev or Brown until the Leafs know they will be cap compliant? Low ball Dubas and see what happens.

    • Not bad

    • Those usually come out in August or September.

      • Ok thx

  16. Why would Edmonton with its culture issues take on Phil with his culture issues? Kessel is not exactly the ideal mentor for youngsters or a player who will help change the culture

  17. Kreider and Names for RNH and Puji. Does that work?

  18. Flyers resign Travis Sanheim.

    2 yrs 6.5 million (3.25 per season).

    Good signing both ways.

    • agreed Ron , I like that signing. Lock up Provorov and Konecny is critical. Not thinking there will be much $ left after those 2 are signed plus Hartman , Laughton and a back up tender.

      • I think Flyers have around 17 million left in cap space. Provorov will be the hard signing. Konecny around 3 per yr I think. Hartman around 2.5 perNo more than 3 on a backup goalie.

        Id like Provorov between 4.5 and 5 but I doubt its enough. probably more likely around 6 per.

        Doesnt leave much room to add a FA.

  19. I see a lot of conversation involving Edomonton moving Puljarvi. I’m a bit surprised. If he’s going to turn out to be a good player he’s going to be traded to the Islanders for something that doesn’t pan out. It’s tradition 🙂

  20. Pittsburgh : Jack Johnson (3 yrs at 3.25 per left on deal)
    Toronto : Nikolai Zaitsev (5 yrs at 4.5 per left on deal) and a 3rd rd pick.

    Saves Leafs 1.2 per season with 2 fewer years. Pens rid themselves of a mistake and get an extra draft pick.

    • 4 years left for jack. And unless zaitsev has salary held to lower the cost to below Jj’s then it makes no sense.

  21. Kreider & ADA to Buff

    Risto & Thompson ? or pick to NYR

    Kreider can play top LW slot if Skinner goes down

    ADA can slot 2nd pairing and 3rd pairing when Bogosian is back

    NYR gets another RD big body with Shatts as the 3rd pairing then Adam Fox takes over for Shatts when he is out.

    Allows Buff to spend the rest o f their cap at a #2 C rather than trying to decide between Panarin or Duchene. They can choose Panarin or Pavelski (whom I think the Rangers and Buff would dramatically benefit from him on their clubs) at 2C

  22. Why dont the Leafs sign a top winger FA and take an offer sheet, its clear to me Mitch was offer a fair deal at 10-11mil 8 year deal and thinks he can get abetter one. Pretty brutal even Nylander did not do this no matter what his deal is. Its a priveledge to wear a top 6 uniform and we still remember the names Clark, Gilmour,Sundin,Roberts etc. If you want to be remembered for life as a Leaf poor way of deal with it ,threatening to sign one.
    I cheer for the front of the jersey not the back ,great Leafs are remembered for life.

    • Millions of dollars more and the freedom a deal that lets you get to ufa quicker to get more millions to live your life and your family’s life more “full” is worth more than the front of any jersey. There are 30 other teams fronts that are as impressive to wear as the leaves.

    • Another Leaf lover thinking Marner should take less for the honor of playing for the team with the longest No Cup drought in the league.

      Why? Why would anyone except Its Not About the Money Tavares take less to play on a team that hasnt had even a sniff of a Cup since 1967 and is destined to be a lesser on ice product next year?

      Sittler: 0 Cups
      Clark: 0 Cups
      Sundin: 0 Cups
      Gilmour: 0 Cups
      Roberts : 0 Cups

      You know who is remembered? Dave Keon, Johnny Bower, Tim Horton, Turk Broda amongst othets, and why are they remembered?

      Because they won a Stanley Cup.

      Marner should be paid fair market value, period.

      • Lanny McDonald won a cup … had to go to Calgary to do it though. So have Bozak, Steen and Gunnarsson – in St. Louis and Kessel – in Pittsburgh.

      • Marner’s fair market value is……….?

  23. George…..you are generally less deceptive/emotional in your observations…..how about Ryan O’riely….Boumeister and others from recent Stanley Cup winners, Hainsey…..there are a number of them every year…..sometimes ex Leafs….sometimes ex from other
    teams….

    • See George I’m not the only one that notices. But I guess Chara use to be a senator got to the finals and didn’t win, so I guess deep down he’s still a senator. Lmao

  24. George….I apologize….the word “deceptive” is not the correct word in my note…..I knew just after I submitted it….I should have waited for a more accurate word…it is just that observation can be made of so many teams that have ex-players lift the Stanley Cup…..the Leafs for sure….but other teams as well….

    • He probably said because after St. Louis won the cup the leafs are now the longest running streak of no cups

      • Leafs have sucked for 50 years and still have won the second most cups. Trying to let Bruins , Rangers , Red Wings and Hawks catch up .

      • They haven’t won since the league expanded I don’t think they have even been in the finals? They haven’t won a playoff round in 16 years sorry vinnie I don’t know how far you want to look back but Ottawa has done more in the last decade than the leafs

    • There were a couple ex oilers on that Blues team as well.

      • There’s no denying the numbers Vinnie, but winning a cup when there were 6 teams in the entire league and you had to win 2 series and 8 games against just 3 others is vastly different than doing it today with a possible 28 games to play and needing 16 wins.

        THAT could be the poster comparison when defining the meaning of comparing apples and oranges.

    • And I too apologize for the misleading post Old Blue Dog and Vinnie. What I hoped it implied … and what I meant it to imply … was that the Leafs have had this habit over the years of sometimes getting rid of the wrong players. I can still see Carl Brewer, back in the day when TV brought in players from eliminated teams to add “color” to pre-game and between-period interviews, holding a microphone under Dickie Duff’s nose in the dressing room after the Habs won yet another cup and saying “well, Dickie, what’s it feel like playing for a real organization?” Of course, Duff had also played two seasons with NYR before joining the Habs so Brewer might have been referring to them. Even so, THAT didn’t go well with Leafs management/ownership and the next couple of seasons found Brewer in the IHL and Europe before re-surfacing with Detroit in 1969-70.

  25. I will say that I think the Bruins have been the most consistent team in the last 50years. Having said that they have a habit of getting there and not finishing.

  26. Bruins :1970, 1972, 2011 won Cup
    1977, 1978, 1988, 1990, 2013, 2019 lost in Finals

    9 trips to the Finals in 50 years is pretty decent.