NHL Rumor Mill – June 6, 2019

by | Jun 6, 2019 | Rumors | 81 comments

The latest on Erik Karlsson, Jacob Trouba, Jeff Skinner, Jason Zucker and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie said there’s absolutely nothing that indicates Erik Karlsson will sign with the Montreal Canadiens this summer. He was responding to an Ottawa Sun report claiming Karlsson hopes to get offers from the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. The 28-year-old San Jose Sharks defenseman is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

Lavoie said several people close to Karlsson claim the Sun report didn’t hold water. The blueliner hasn’t yet informed the Sharks of his intentions. Even if he hits the open market, Lavoie said it won’t be down to the Senators and Canadiens. He points out the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning could become suitors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sun report claimed Karlsson’s wife, an Ottawa native, wanted to return to the area or as close as possible. However, the Senators are rebuilding their roster with young players and seem to have moved on. The Canadiens need a left-side defenseman but could consider more affordable options than Karlsson. 

The cap-strapped Lightning must shed some salary to make room for Karlsson but they’ve also got to re-sign Brayden Point. Unless the rearguard is willing to accept a big pay cut, I doubt he’ll land in Tampa Bay. The Rangers have the cap space (over $19 million) to sign Karlsson but they could also target Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin. They can afford one but not both. 


WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe examined which clubs could make the best offer for Jacob Trouba. The 25-year-old Jets defenseman is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who’s also a year away from UFA eligibility. There’s speculation he could be traded before month’s end.

The Winnipeg Jets could set a high asking price for defenseman Jacob Trouba (Photo via NHL Images).

Wiebe lists the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and New Jersey Devils as possible trade partners. Targets for return from the Flyers include defensemen like Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim, winger Travis Konecny, or center Nolan Patrick. Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has surfaced in trade rumors this spring. 

Possible targets from the Penguins could include a defenseman like Brian Dumoulin or Olli Maatta or center Nick Bjugstad. Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei or center Brett Howden could interest the Jets, as could Devils defenseman Damon Severson. Wiebe believes the Jets could also target a first-round pick from the Flyers, Sabres, Penguins, and Rangers. 

TSN: Should the Jets trade Trouba, Frank Seravalli reports general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will try to re-sign Tyler Myers. The 29-year-old blueliner is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Seravalli said there’s no shortage of teams with interest in Myers. The Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars could pursue him. He could earn over $6-million annually on the open market. The cap-strapped Jets could try to get him at a slight discount in exchange for an expanded role on a potential winner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets’ asking price for Trouba could be a good young player and a first-round draft pick or two promising youngsters.  Landing a first-round pick means moving Trouba before the upcoming draft weekend (June 21-22) in Vancouver. I believe the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers could also get into the bidding. A Trouba trade could open the door to re-signing Myers but that also depends on the cost of re-signing Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor. 


THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers believes Jeff Skinner would be everything the Colorado Avalanche need. The 27-year-old Buffalo Sabres left wing is a four-time 30-goal scorer. Chambers feels Skinner would be a perfect fit on their second line or he could skate on the top line with Gabriel Landeskog moving down to the second. He also praised Skinner’s character and experience. 

Chambers also thinks it’s worthwhile for the Avalanche to look into signing Columbus winger Artemi Panarin. While the 27-year-old left winger is probably too expensive, Chambers doesn’t see the harm in trying. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sabres GM Jason Botterill remains confident of re-signing Skinner. If he hits the open market the Avs could consider calling him. However, they’ll have to get in line as he’ll attract lots of interest.

It doesn’t hurt to look into signing Panarin but I don’t think Colorado’s on his radar. Media speculation suggests he’d prefer signing with teams in Florida (Panthers), New York (Rangers or Islanders), California (Ducks or Kings) or returning to the Chicago Blackhawks. 


MSN SPORTS: cites a report by Mike Halford of Vancouver’s TSN 1040 saying a source claims the Canucks have interest in Jason Zucker. He said there are several proposals on the table for the Minnesota Wild winger.

Zucker carries a $5.5-million annual cap hit through 2022-23. His modified no-trade clause kicks in on July 1. The Canucks have plenty of cap room to absorb his contract, as well as some promising young players to tempt the Wild. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild reportedly offered up Zucker for winger Brock Boeser but the Canucks rejected it. Boeser, 23, is a restricted free agent. Unless he’s seeking far more than the Canucks are willing to pay, I don’t believe they’ll part with him. Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat, and promising blueliner Quinn Hughes are also untouchable. Beyond them, I’m not sure the Canucks have sufficient assets to offer up for Zucker. 


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Markus Lehto, who represents Edmonton Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi, denied a rumor claiming his client signed with KHL team Jokerit. “Totally inaccurate,” said Lehto.

THE SCORE: Sean O’Leary cited TSN’s Darren Dreger saying league sources believe Puljujarvi remains a strong trade option for the Oilers. 


  1. I think the bread man wants to go to the beach and skinner wants to stay east….but they the avs do have room cap wise for one of them and I would think they would be intrigued to skate with mac, rants, landy etc

  2. I might be in minority, but I don’t see Rangers pursuing Panarin. With both last years pick and this years, I can see both Kravtsov and Kakko in lineup this season. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to move on from Kreider either. Hes only 6 months older than Panarin. Rangers have more a need on defense. I can see either Trouba or Karlsson on team next year. Maybe both? I’d be surprised if they don’t buy out Smith. I don’t see signing Karlsson if they can’t trade Shattenkirk. Rangers have Jets 1st round pick, and have plenty of choices to add in a deal for Trouba, who I see as more of a fit right now.

    • I do believe the oilers are going after trouba as he would fill a huge need on the right side, but the ask would certainly be klefbom and a 2nd.. not sure these are wise moves considering nurse will need to resign and they still have lucicaround and kris ( with a K) russell pad stacking around the ice for the next…100 years?

      • Zero chance IMO. Trouba wants to play state side and there’ll be no shortage of suitors for his employment. Can’t see him coming to Edmonton in any scenario. Travis Sanheim from Philly would be a more likely candidate. With the Puljujarvi to Carolina for Julien Gauthier rumours maybe Holland can make it a package deal and get a blue liner out of Carolina.

  3. You have to wonder if Tampa needs to get some guys that just go out and work hard and do the little things right? I’m not saying the big names don’t work hard but that sweep by the jackets had to be embarrassing after the regular season they had

    • AMEN!

    • Tampa and Toronto.

      • Did you say that before the playoffs, Ron?

      • BCLeafFan,

        I most certainly did.

  4. Trouba to the Rangers adds more clogging on the right side..If they are able to move Shattenkirk Trouba would be the perfect addition but I am not sure the Rangers want to give the Jets back the 20th pick.
    Howden+Pionk+the 20th seems alot

    • Jeff Gorton won’t be dumb enough to trade all of those assets for an overrated d-man who disappears when it counts …

      • I think gorton would gladly give up those prospects for a guy like trouba! Pionk is at best a 4 dman and Howden and the 1st you never know? Pretty sure trouba will get more than that back

      • I’ve said all along, based on what Trouba might get salary wise (between 6-8 mil) trade value should be somewhat equal to compensation Jets would get if someone offer sheeted him. A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick. So, the 20th pick, Howden and Pionk would be a reasonable return, since Howden was a 2md rounder, and Pionk was undrafted ufa out of college. Mix and match what you want, maybe Rangers add something and take back Roslovic?

    • I honestly don’t see Pionk in their future. Trouba gives them a true top pair shutdown guy for next 7 years. Shatty gone one way or another in next 2 years. Fox hasn’t played an nhl game, nor has any right D in system.

      • I have not seen Trouba enough but when Ekblad went down in the World of Cup Trouba could not hold his jock when taking his spot in the lineup

      • Ds what cup of hockey are you talking about? Trouba is American ekblad is Canadian

      • Bigbadbruins, they played together on Team North America, (the under 23 team) of the 2016 World Cup.

      • @Bigbadbruins
        The 2016 World Cup and Team North America that had all the American+Canadian kids. They were buzzing along before Ekblad was injured… Trouba took his spot and looked lost. But I do not get to watch many Jets games so i do not know if he is a 2nd pairing or top pairing guy

      • Oh ok your previous comment just said “ world of cup “ lol I think he definitely can be a first pairing guy

      • DS, how old was Trouba when that happened.? He’s type of player Rangers should target. He’s big, he hits, and he plays defense. Logged almost 23 minutes a game. Put up 50 points on top of that.

      • @Slick62
        Trouba was younger yes but there were already rumblings about him not happy in Winnipeg or something as he sat the first games of that tournament.
        On paper he is what the Rangers need. Big prime aged RHD to play 22 minutes a night. If the Rangers moved Howden and the 20th with a contract extension… give them Pionk. No one wants ADA and Ranger fans are so high on ADA…i dont get it. he had barely any offense the last month of the season and continues to get outmuscled near the Rangers net

  5. Would love Zucker to come to Canucks. Playing in secondary role would take alot of pressure off him in not having to face top defenses.
    Horvat finally gets to play with someone with talent all year

    • Tyler,

      As a Flame fan I would hate to see Zucker with the Canucks.
      Whenever the Wild played the Flames it seemed Zucker was the most dangerous player on the ice.
      I don’t really know why Minnesota wants to trade him.

      But I agree Tyler, Horvat and Zucker would be a good tandom.

  6. Ivan Provorov took a step backwards last season after putting up 17g 24a 41pts and +17 he had 7g 19a 26pts and -16. Still there is no way he is included in a Trouba deal, I don’t do that deal 1 for 1, let alone in a package.
    My the Winnipeg reporter is just drawing lines because of Provorov days with the Brandon Wheat King.

    • I agree, Provorov isn’t going anywhere, especially for Trouba.

      Flyers have a coach now who will bring structure and accountability, a system where Provorov will have success. There is no way Fletcher should even think about trading him.

      • Provorov = untouchable if Im Philly.

      • AV is well known for his patience and ability to develop young players. Just ask any Canucks or Rangers fan. Lol.

    • Provo wears orange and black for a long time…

      Give up the Ghost and TK
      Ghost and the 1st…

  7. Glad to read Trouba for #20 + top prospect ,I have read Winny would want more , I added Lias originally
    if a true top prospect go #20 Pionk + Lindgren
    Hijak is the same game only lil better ,anyway biggest need is to bundle Shatty ,Smith , Namestikov with picks and sum salary eating to get out from under this yr and get both Panarin & trouba & Krieds signed ,still have enough to trade for a top center (R N H or Karllson VG K ?)
    we could be a top 10 next season and better after that dont forget Miller & Lindquist are 20 -21 studs
    Now its Kravtov ,KK added to Chtyl

  8. Provorov, Sanheim, Konecny and Patrick are all young players with a huge ceiling (especially the first 3). Trading any of them for Trouba should be a fireable offence.

    Fletcher has already wasted a 5th round pick on Hayes. Someone they could have gotten for mere dollars in two weeks. Unless the plan is an 8 year deal for Hayes which in itself would be lunacy.

    Good thing Hextall stockpiled a ton of picks, prospects and cap room. I fear Mr Fletcher is about to give it all away in a Philly return to the Holmgren style of management.

    Not impressed at all.

    • You could be right, but if they sign him, it’s a F(ran)king steal!!

      AV coached him and surely thought they could get it done.

    • Hayes cannot be signed for 8 years by the Flyers.

      • Yes, he can. They traded for his rights makingbthem the only team that can offer an 8 year deal. Which I pray they dont.

        We have the same last name Carrie, bizarre!!

  9. . “The Canadiens need a left-side defenseman but could consider more affordable options than Karlsson. “

    Particularly since Karlsson is a RD

    • LOL

      • George o..they did it 2-1 wow..

    • Pierre Mcquire reported on SiriusXM NHL yesterday that karlsson is more than willing to play LD as he has in the past.

      • Pierre?

        Yes, well.

        He’s been speaking to the Karlsson family, or their agent, has he?

        This guy is a relentless, pretentious self-promoter, if you ask me – which you didn’t.

        Look, if Karlsson will play LD, is able to play LD, and if Julien is OK with having a R shot on LD, then who am I to object?

        But, as Ron and George are busy pointing out, there is a lot of caveat emptor involved here for the Habs as a team.

  10. Chrisms
    Don’t feel bad, but Id start practicing saying I am the smartest man on the board if I were you…
    Handsomest too

    • Hey, no snark, was agreeing with Lyle that it was an extremely bad option.

      As for pulchritude, my wife is OK with me but I have no claims to glory.

    • Looks bad that he might be limiting his options… hurts my chances… I think the surgery actually helps my chances. I’m less confident that I was badcowboydan but I do have a ton of faith in the collective stupidity of 31 NHL GMs. Don’t get cocky yet

  11. With the situation Karlsson is in, the only way I see him settling for less than at least $10 mil per is if he can entice a tax-free haven like Florida (either Miami – as long as they deal Hoffman – or TB), or one of the other franchises with similar tax breaks (Vegas to re-unite with Stone?).

    If, on the other hand, any of the tax-happy locations such as Montreal, Ottawa (there’s a laugh), Vancouver, New York (either one), NJ, etc., expect to land him, they’d better be ready to fork over $10 mil up and for at least 5 years. Can any of them do it within their cap constraints? Do any of them want to go down that road seeing him as, perhaps, the answer to a cup run?

    • George,
      I dont see any of the teams you mentioned being ready for a “Cup Run” any time soon. I dont see Buffalo, Toronto, Philly, Washington or Columbus (teams relatively close to Mrs Karlssons preffered address) being in the mix for Karlsson either for a variety of reasons (chemistry, cap room, location).

      I wouldn’t go more then 5 years at 9.5 per and thats the outer limit. Fortunately for Karlsson theres always at least one team that will over pay.

      • His market is pretty slim … and growing slimmer until someone is absolutely certain that his groin problem is not the start of something chronic. Remember Hasek?

      • George, I see this mentioned a lot here. I worked same job in Florida and NJ. Same salary, but no state tax in Florida. Honestly, I don’t see a huge difference in my take home. Either way you’re paying federal taxes. State tax isn’t as much. I’m not an accountant, but I just can’t see a guy getting 8 mil in Fl that is payed 10 mil in NY. You’re not saving that much playing in Fl. Again, I don’t pretend to know how tax rates are. Also, EK had surgery last week and is expected to be fully recovered by training camp.

      • He’s “expected to be fully recovered” … so was Hasek … my point is, it’s going to take a GM with some big gonads to hand out a huge contract for at least 5 years on the promise that “everything is expected to be fine ….” Groin issues can become chronic – not saying they will in his case – but there is sure no guarantee that they won’t. A middle-of-the-road routine $1 to 2 mill contract is one thing, but when you’re tied up with a $10 mil+ cap hit for someone who is out of the line-up more often than in, your problems become magnified.

        Someone will take the gamble as Ron says – but they’ll be few and far between, thereby limiting his choices.

      • scenario….I’ve got a Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2016 ( & I don’t ) , great car , class of its own , resale book value is $68k.

        BTW it has been banged up and in the shop a couple of times for major repairs …..still interested ?

        buyer beware

      • George, what are gonads? Lmao. I agree groin injuries are usually a hassle, but having surgery to fix the cause usually works. It’s not just a pulled muscle. I knew someone who had problem and it required minor surgery on hips. I’d be happy if Rangers could get him for 5 years. I’ve read elsewhere that they’re not interested though.

    • Prediction: Karlsson stays w Sharks Point will sign w Tampa for mucho pesos. TBL want to get bad taste out of their mouth.

    • George 0..congrats you called the St .louis win like you said.
      They are 9-3 on the road but only 6-6 at home they can’t go to a game # 7… Maybe this is the game to wqorry about..LOL

      Wow you mention Florida and Karlsson…how scary woul they be if the got Panarin, karlsson and Brobobsky..

  12. i still say the Panthers are the top contender for Panarin. His first coach, Coach Q is running the team, and his best friend Dadynov is there.

    close 2nd will be the Rangers
    I’d say the Hawks too but can’t conceive how they could hit in his cap hit, no chance they’ll be able to trade Seabrook

  13. Although I think they are similar talent levels with different skill sets… I’d take dumo over trouba

    • Lol nice troll job! Dumolin over trouba? That’s funny are you a pens fan?

      • Big bad Bruins…cocky i know your Bruins will win the cup and they are playing great…

        But Trouba is not that great defensivey.

        Dumolin was +31 this year on a offensive minded team..if he wasnt playing with letang he might be plus +41.

        yeah im a penguins fans but if Trouba was so great was is Winnipeg moving him move another d..

        just saying

      • No they (Bruins) won’t. It’s my dark horse team all the way. First cup in 52 years of existence – they’re due (:) LOL) – thereby leaving just one team with the longest cup drought.

      • Blackngold I really don’t even want to start n argument with someone that doesn’t even know why the jets are moving him!? Go do some research first!

      • You really don’t understand what a troll is do you…

        I stated my opinion… not for the purpose of deliberately pissing someone off but simply to express my opinion… maybe induce some debate.

        A troll on the other hand might be someone that targets an individual or individuals (fan base for example) for no other purpose than to agitate.

        I can’t tell if you get off on being a troll or if you truly don’t register that’s what you are doing.

      • Blackngold… not only is dumo that but factor in his contract at 4.1 cap hit for several more years compared to what trouba will get and value is there as well.

      • Chrisms you just came on here and trolled everyone that isn’t a pens fan, you say that’s your opinion and that’s a lie! There isn’t one person in the hockey world that would say dumo is near as good as trouba! I don’t know if you just have no clue about players skill or you have know idea that you’re a troll

      • So it’s the later. Sad… but good to know.

      • DUH! Your famous quote I guess it’s the later for you too…. pathetic good to know though

      • You a Canadiens fan?

  14. George 0… I agree with you I’m rooting for St. Louis, but Boston always seems to pull it out when the pressure is on..

    Game 5 winners are usually 85 % chance to win…its in Boston tough task..

    • But the Blues already won there once. It’s like the Raptors in California – Golden State virtually invincible at home – until last night.

      • By the way, George, my oldtimer buddies in B.C. always ragged me about the last time the Leafs won the Cup.
        My reply became, “Let me know when the Canucks win their first.”
        It worked for the most part but in 2011 it almost caused a riot.

      • My wife and I were there that year not long after the series and in the White Spot we went to for lunch their big plate glass window was all taped together. Saw evidence of it in Chinatown too.

        As for the cupless Canucks, for them and Buffalo it’s been 49 years, second longest back of St. Louis and the Leafs (52 each). This incarnation of the Sens is up to 27 years.

  15. George ..The Blues are a good road team for sure…..But asking them to win twice in Boston is a lot. Blowing game 3 at home could haunt them….

    tonight’s winner wins the series !!!!

    Boston wins St. louis wont win 2 straight hasn’t been like that this series.

    St.Louis wins they come home to close it out…

    • well, Columbus won twice in TB and the NYI won twice in Pittsburgh – two pretty tough locations in which to pull off 1 win let alone back-to-back … so I’m hoping. Both teams are well aware of the picture you paint so it’ll boil down tonight to who has the best horses over 4 lines – and then there’s that D situation for the Bruins. I keep hearing Chara might suit up, but Geez, the guy’s what, 275 lbs? – and getting his nourishment through a straw. If he does play this is another example of a bit of a back-and-forth I had with someone a week or so back about players coming up big while playing with injuries that would keep mere mortals out of the line-up.

      • Deja vu all over again. Sharks beaten to submission. Bruins w/o Chara…sLB win tonight. Close at home game six.

  16. I do know a couple gentleman in the nhl and from my understanding ( they are both idiots though…with money, anyways) they get paid the salary with taxable deductions based upon number of days they are in the state or province. Another friend of mine did the accounting for both the bruins and flyers for a couple years through a private company out of toronto and he said basically the same thing. If you play for the Panthers..you would get paid for 41 home games at florida state tax. If you go on a roadie to edmonton and calvary for 4 days ( very specifically days not In games played) you are taxed for those days in the province at that tax rate…fly over to vanCity and you would pay that provincial rate for the days you are there, with what I do believe comes in as a minimum one day (24 hr) taxable day even if you fly in the am leave pm after the game.
    This is only my understanding ..definitely could use some correction, Lyle?

    • Jaysus. Is it really THAT convoluted?

  17. Big bad Bruin…typical Boston guy not starting a fight douche bag..

    .You don’t know hockey because Trouba is not near as steady on the back end as Dumolin

    ..Dont be stupid trouba is a mini Karlsson offensively great an orange traffic pylon on defense…

    wake up.. boy

    dont be delusional Trouba isn’t great in his own end look up his plus minus and some stats…

    god now hope Boston loses… 🙂

    • He’s a Canadians fan using an ironic name. FYI.

      No joke.

      • Lol listen to these two! Plus minus lmao oh and there it is….it seems like when people know they’re wrong they go back to saying I’m someone else! Keep trolling you 2 it’s all you got in your sad lives! Hey black if you can read did you figure out why the jets are trading trouba yet?

      • Example a

      • Example B

      • Chrism…You say big bad bruin is a Canadian fan..wow he’s more confused than i thought. Who cares why Winnipeg wants trade him.. he isnt close to Dumo defensively.. your an interesting cat.. my point was defensive talent if he’s so good Winnipeg would shed salary to keep him..or if he doesn’t want to b there fine…9 out 10 players will take you dumos better like chrisms is better than you..lol

  18. Trouba and later round pick to Buffalo for Ristolainen and Stl 1st rnd pick

    Roslovic and Little to CBJ for Jenner and Milano


    • The frustrating thing was, Rogers was having problems in our area all day, and when game time rolled around that channel was one of the ones that was all screwed up (pixel distortion – when it was on). No hard-line phone either – and the InterNet went down about 9:00 pm … that’s what you get for “bundling”!

      But yeah, was really happy to see them pull it off … of course, now we’ll be hearing “we wuz robbed” following the non-call on Bozak for tripping (it was pretty blatant – but the officiating has been consistently bad throughout the playoffs … why would they expect anything different in the finals?)

      • Thats Boston they all whine…..

        considering the crap that little*** Marchand has been doing for years…they shouldn’t complain..

        Bad call for sure…….. but St. Louis didn’t win on the San Jose obvious hand pass for a goal..