NHL Rumor Mill – June 4, 2019

by | Jun 4, 2019 | Rumors | 37 comments

Updates on Patrik Laine, Jacob Trouba, Taylor Hall, and William Karlsson in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ken Wiebe and Mike McIntyre responded to a rumor from The Fourth Period claiming Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine will consider all his options if his contract demands aren’t met. That could include requesting a trade.

The report claimed Laine, a restricted free agent, would seek around $10 million per season. Wiebe and McIntyre dismissed the notion that the winger wants out of Winnipeg. They also point out the Jets hold his rights for at least the next four seasons, depending on the length of his next contract. 

Could Patrik Laine request a trade from the Winnipeg Jets? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine’s coming off his entry-level contract so he has no little leverage. He could ask to be traded, but as we saw with Jacob Trouba in 2016, that ploy doesn’t work on Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. 

Laine could sign an offer sheet from a rival club. The Jets, however, have over $58 million invested in their salary-cap payroll for 2019-20 and can afford to match any offer. Cheveldayoff undoubtedly prefers getting Laine re-signed before July 1.

Laine could also threaten not to report to the club if he doesn’t have a contract in place when training camp opens in September. That tactic, however, rarely works and hurts the player’s performance upon his return. 

For now, we don’t know what the Laine camp intends to do. Regardless, I expect he’ll be in the Jets lineup next season. 

McIntyre also weighed in on the status of Jacob Trouba. The 25-year-old Jets defenseman is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights and a contentious contract negotiation history with the Jets.

Trade rumors about Trouba are starting to heat up. Unless the blueliner is willing to sign a long-term deal, McIntyre feels the time to trade him is now. With Trouba a year away from UFA status, it would be pointless to ink him to a one-year contract and lose him for nothing next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I believe the Jets will trade Trouba before the upcoming NHL Draft. They could seek a first-round pick as part of the return to replace the one they traded to the New York Rangers for Kevin Hayes. 


NEW YORK POST: Joseph Staszewski cited a report from The Fourth Period claiming Taylor Hall isn’t interested in signing a contract extension with the New Jersey Devils. The 27-year-old left wing is eligible next summer to become an unrestricted free agent. The Devils can re-sign him to an extension on July 1.

Staszewski speculates Hall could be waiting to see how the Devils rebuild this summer. They hold the first-overall pick in this year’s draft and could select prospect Jack Hughes, who skates with Hall in the summers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Before Devils fans start freaking out, the report also claimed Hall “as of now” isn’t interested in an extension. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun (writing for The Athletic) recently reported of “healthy communication” between Hall’s agent and Devils GM Ray Shero but contract negotiation hasn’t started yet. He believes Hall is contemplating his future and will meet with his agent to decide how they’ll proceed.

Hall could be taking a “wait-and-see” approach. He’s getting to the point in his career where he’ll want assurances the Devils are heading in the right direction. He won’t want to commit long-term to a marginal playoff contender. He could decide to see how next season plays out before deciding if he’ll re-sign or test next summer’s UFA market. 


LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: David Schoen considers William Karlsson a prime candidate for an offer sheet. Over the past two seasons, he tallied 67 goals and 134 points. The 26-year-old would be an intriguing target for clubs seeking a top-six center. If a club with lots of salary-cap space (Carolina? Ottawa?) signed Karlsson to a long-term deal worth $7.5 – $8 million annually, the Golden Knights could have a difficult time matching it. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Karlsson might not be as attractive a target as Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine or Toronto’s Mitch Marner, he could be the easiest to sign away. Cap Friendly indicates the Golden Knights have over $83 million invested in 19 players for next season. If they don’t shed some significant salary before July 1, they can’t afford to match an offer sheet for Karlsson. 


  1. Sitting out worked well for nylander. I anticipate that nylander May set a precedent. I think what’s happening in baseball is gonna give young professional athletes the impetus to play hard ball while they still hold good cards.

    • It worked against a rookie gm remember, that wouldn’t have happened with some of the senior gm’s

      • Maybe maybe not. This offseason will be telling if it’s a trend or not. And gms … are damned if they do damned if they don’t (Dubas gets creamed for not signing him by as many people who are giving him grief now)

      • I think most expected him to sit out or be moved, nylander did nothing to help the leafs last year

    • Because winning the lottery every year of your career is such a hardship…must sit out and screw up my teams vap situation.

      • Glwa?

    • What would be the compensation for signing karlsson to.such an offer sheet?

  2. Trouba and K Hayes on my wishlist for the Bruins ….I know I’m dreaming

    • Lemieux and a first for Hayes … the Rangers Jeff Gorton robbed Cheveldayoff, Hayes was the invisible man for the Jets … first is low but it’s a deep draft … and Lemieux is top 9 for sure. Not a Hayes fan or a Rangers fan but I like what the Rangers are doing unless they sign Erik Karlsson.

      • Lemieux is a plug, he will hurt a team more than help maybe 3rd line more than likely career 4th

      • The world needs 3rd and 4th line plugs. Having 3-4 lines of 60-80 point guys is never happening.

        Is he going to be a goal scoring walking highlight reel? Probably not. From what little I saw this year, I liked a lot. He brings energy and a physical edge to a team that young with little grit. I don’t think he’s hurting NY in any way.

      • Nyr you watch the bad penalties he takes, I saw it in junior,ahl and with the jets you will see

  3. Hard to tell what Karlsson’s production really is going to be moving forward. Is he a player that is going to put up 50+ point or is he going to put up closer to 80 points per season? If it’s the latter, getting him for $7.5 mil per and only giving up a 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder for him is a pretty good deal, but if he’s only going to put up around 50 points, you’ll probably end up regretting that.

    • You’re absolutely right easy e. He is still an enigma that calls for some caution when forking over, not only a cap hit in excess of $7 mil, but a 1st, 2nd and 3rd pick as well

      In Anaheim & AHL
      2013-14 – Anaheim – 18gp 2 1 3 +1
      2013-14 & 2014-15 – 61gp 10 23 33 +1

      In Columbus
      2015-16 – 81gp 9 11 20 +9
      2016-17 – 81gp 6 19 25 +10

      In Vegas
      2017-18 – 82gp 43 35 78 +49
      2018-19 – 82gp 24 32 56 +1

      He made little impact in his Anaheim/AHL stint, and while that first year in Vegas raised a lot of eyebrows, looking back he might have been caught up in the euphoria of their upstart season while logging many more minutes per game playing alongside far better line-mates than he had seen elsewhere.

      I don’t think he’s a ppg player as that first year in Vegas might suggest, but even if he does settle in as a 50 – 55 pts-per-season kind of C the question remains, is he worth that kind of money in an offer sheet not to mention the clutch of draft picks a team would have to give up. I certainly don’t see Dorion going down that path.

      • George, remember too that first year in Vegas, Karlsson had a ridiculously high shooting percentage…. over 20%. Hard to keep that up

      • Oh yeah, for sureSlick62. That was all part of the above-mentioned euphoria that seemed to permeate the entire roster. Even james Neal enjoyed a 25g 44pt season (71 gp) – which was about average for his career except for that one season in 2011-12 when he had a 40g 41a 81pt year playing a lot with a guy named Crosby – and he parlayed that into a 5 year $5,750,000 contract with Calgary – and then gave them 7g 12a 19 pts in 63gp.

      • I see Karlsson as cut from the same cloth as Nylander …but a more aggressive player.

        Nylander is much softer in the all around game …but skill wise very much the same and the enigma title is built for both as well….one should expect a Nylander type AAV in the way of a number for a contract.
        or at least that’s how I would see it for a comparable.
        Not sure the front loaded aspect of the contract would be the same though.

      • Well many wanted to give turris 6.5 millon. I think W. Karlsson is degress better. What is the low end in dollar value for a 1rst line centre?

        Or is the argument that he is not a 1rst line centre?

        As far as the 3 pucks go. That would depend on how much he can help bump Ottawa along on the rebuild. If we stay at the bottom of the league. The price of those 3 picks is to much. If we beckme a playoff bubble team than it isnt to much.

        Though an argument can be made to play the long game. Dont sign an ok centre and improve in the standings to quickly. Draft one who is better, truly elite and ckme out in the end wven better.

  4. Hayes traded to the Flyers for a fifth. Doesn’t guarantee anything but they have his ear for a month. A good fit if they agree on dollars and term

    Flames will need to move Brodie who was developed as opposed to Hamonic who they gave a first and 2 seconds (I believe)
    Should tread carefully young players can have a fall back year. Anderson Valimaki and Kylington projections might not be as good as last season. Giordano wants to play until his 40 but you can’t expect a repeat of last year and. Norris candidate

    Trouba is gone. Detroit is my guess but for what no idea. Laine will sign but I hope a bridge based on last year rather than his rookie year

    • be nice if DET forget Trouba and offers up some 1st rounders for Laine. See what WPG wants for him besides Larkin. That will certainly build more excitement than bringing in a Trouba.

    • Flames trade Hamonic and Jankowski to the Jets for Kyle Conner.
      Hamonic gets to go home and replaces Trouba who the Jets will trade. Jankowski is a centerman that is developing nicely and the Jets need.

      • Bwahahahahahahaha. Throw in Johnny Gaudreau and you’ve got a deal.

  5. If Hayes enjoyed playing for Alain Vigneault, he could sign with Philly which would be a great pickup for the Flyers. They aren’t that far away and Hayes would really help.

    • Safe to assume Nolan Patrick is on his way to bust town or way too early to tell?

      • Think this move is to keep Couturier as 1 C, slot Hayes as 2 C and Patrick 3C to get better matchups and more time to develop. Hayes is trusted by AV after all this time. Giroux moves back to wing and allow him to focus more offensively with Hayes carrying the D-load.

        Good move if they can get reasonable term on him.

      • Interesting that this would give Philly 3 centres wanting top 6 minutes, not even including Patrick. Would Giroux move back to the wing or is this the first step towards a bigger trade?

      • Sometimes the skill aspect of the game gets you so far if he doesn’t start imposing his will more often than the bust title is on its way….depending on how they do through the first part of the season he may be a deadline move or draft move next year.

    • Cant go wrong with a 5th rounder for the opportunity for a guy with his size and skill for a second line roll, with a familiar coach ..Iam sure Alain had something to do with that through and through .

  6. I’ll bet Hall is as good as gone ASAP. Happen to get to know an ex-Devil who “coud noy wait to move out of NJ” — maybe that was just him and his family — but it was clear that getting out of NJ was a big part of it.

  7. George O,

    What do you think of the possibility of Karlsson signing again with the Sens?

    Wouldn’t that be a nice turn of events for a team that has had some bad luck lately!

    I read Eric Engels article today, I was surprised at the glowing praise he heaps on Karlsson’s ability and is not worried about his injury’s

    • @FlamesFan: EK To Ottawa? Possible But Not At The Original 8 year at $10 million per season offer from the Sens.

      More like 5 years at $7.5 -8.5/ 9 Million tops. Somewhere in there is likely market price all things factored in

    • I doubt Karlsson will want back. He wants to win and after ottawa moved other veterans and fan favorites like Stone i highly highly doubt he will want to return.

      I also doubt dorion will go that route. They have his possible replacement in both Chabot and Brannstrom though they both shoot left.

      All this comes from his wife being homesick. I suspect mostly due to the baby. Karlsson makes lots of money she can fly home from anywhere and visit often.

      Its being reported montreal may be a player in the karlsson signing. Will be interesting to see how it rolls out.

  8. NJ can always trade Hall for RNH

    then draft Kakko

    EMD needs a speedy winger for McDavid

    NJ then gets RNH with Kakko

    • I don’t think so. The only trade I would make with the oilers is for Nurse and the 8th pick

    • Hall and Mcdavid played together Mcdavids rookie year….

      I’d say less than zero chance this trade is happening. This puts the oilers in even worse shape with the cap.

  9. Hall has said he wants to play for a contender but also needs to sign at a reasonable amount if he wants to win. He would fit nice with either St Louis Calgary Sharks Dallas and Boston. All five teams would need to make some moves to fit him under the cap but nothing is impossible. If Hall wants 10 or more than needs to sign with bottom feeder.