NHL Rumor Mill (Part Three) – June 21, 2019

by | Jun 21, 2019 | Rumors | 25 comments

As the opening round of the 2019 NHL Draft (8 pm ET tonight) draws near, here’s a quick look at some of the latest notable trade rumors.


TSN: Bob McKenzie reports Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban’s name is floating around in the rumor mill. The Predators want to clear salary-cap space to either go shopping in the unrestricted free agent market (Matt Duchene?) or re-sign defenseman Roman Josi. McKenzie cautions this is “by no means guaranteed to happen,” noting it’s an aspect of a lot of NHL draft trade talk.

SPORTSNET: Sources tell Elliotte Friedman the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks are looking into Subban’s availability. Any move regarding the Leafs depends upon a resolution to Mitch Marner’s contract talks, 

Three years after getting traded to the Nashville Predators, could P.K. Subban be on the move again? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Subban lacks no-trade protection. He carries an annual average value of $9 million through 2021-22. Three years ago, he was shipped to the Predators by the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber. 

If the Preds trade Subban, I’m not sure where he would fit in under the Leafs’ limited payroll. The Canucks, with over $58.4 million invested in 21 players (stick tap to Cap Friendly), can certainly afford him. The question is, what would the Predators want in return?

COLORADO HOCKEY NOW’s Adrian Dater took to Twitter with the following tidbit on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie: “Hearing some chatter about Vancouver offering Virtanen and 2020 first rounder for Barrie. We’ll see what happens.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think that’s enough to tempt Avs GM Joe Sakic into trading Barrie. Then again, we didn’t expect the Winnipeg Jets to ship Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall in this year’s draft. 


NBC SPORTS: Joe Haggerty reports sources are saying the Boston Bruins have interest in New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. The Bruins are in need of a top-six winger and there’s speculation the Rangers could try to trade Kreider this weekend.

Kreider is a year away from unrestricted free agent status and carries a $4.625-million cap hit for 2019-20.  Haggerty suggests the Bruins offer up their first-round pick in this year’s draft plus a prospect like Anders Bjork, or a prospect and their 2020 first rounder.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins (or anyone else) is willing to package their 2019 first-rounder with a top prospect, the Rangers could listen. It remains to be seen, however, if the B’s are willing to do it. Kreider could be a bit of a gamble as he could depart via free agency next summer. Haggerty speculates it could cost between $6 -$7-million annually to re-sign him.


TSN: Darren Dreger said contract term remains a sticking point for Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner. He’s not interested in an eight-year maximum term. “Remains committed to visiting with teams next week if there’s no agreement with Toronto.”


TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports the Minnesota Wild are still shopping winger Jason Zucker. “Nobody expect him to be back in Minny next season,” said Lavoie.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild nearly had a deal in place to send Zucker to the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline but ran out of time. Several weeks ago, a trade that would’ve sent him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Phil Kessel fell apart because Kessel wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause. Like most, I’m expecting Zucker will be on the move this weekend.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun tweets hearing the Carolina Hurricanes are shopping defenseman Justin Faulk “after this morning’s meeting with the player’s camp did not go particularly great regarding a possible extension.” He has a year left on his contract with a $4.83 million annual cap hit.

While it’s possible the two sides could still arrive at a deal, the Hurricanes last year traded Elias Lindholm after a similar discussion leading up to the draft also didn’t go well. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Faulk has a 15-team trade list. A lot of teams seeking a right-shot blueliner (hello there, Leafs) could be very interested in acquiring him. 


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Florida Panthers are still shopping backup goaltender James Reimer. He’s signed through 2020-21 with a salary-cap hit of $3.4 million. ” If there’s no takers, potential buyout candidate before June 30 buyout window closes,” he said. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson believes the Panthers called the Oilers about Reimer “but unless Edm can get them to take back Brandon Manning’s $2.25 mil for this upcoming season he’s a non-starter for trade and even then his 20-21 $3.4 mil cap hit is very problematic.”



  1. If the Panthers dump Reimer then they draft Knight.

  2. You’re the best, Lyle, I check back to see what the armchair GM’s are saying and you’ve put out two more columns.
    Thanks, Lyle, and, for a Montreal fan, you’re OK, I don’t care what anybody says.

    • It’s actually 4 more columns… you must not be in the premium Spector club. Only 59.99 a month if you want to join! It’s a bargain!

    • Thanks, BCLeafFan. Appreciate the support from you and everyone else!

  3. I dont see how Reimer is tradeable at that salary.

  4. It would appear that Marner’s camp wants to play hardball.

    Here’s what I would suggest. Try and deal him; Zaitsev and Gauthier to Edmonton for Leon Draisaitl; Adam Larsson and Sam Gagner.

    TML can sign Kapanen, Johnsson and re-sign Jake Gardiner!

    Works for me..

    • A lot of discussion about Marner signing an offer sheet and Toronto having to make a choice of matching it or receiving four first round picks. Not much discussion around the scenario in which he signs a 5 year 10.5 million offer and Toronto’s choice is to match it or accept 2 first round picks, a second round pick an a third round pick. Marner would be a 27 year old UFA in 5 years.

    • Laughable bad offer. Oilers (and I hate them) will not trade draisaitle and Larson for zaitsev and gautier.
      You won’t get even one of them for what you offered. Chiarelli is no longer gm

      • Sorry Antoni, just saw you are including Marner. You might get drasaitle for what you are offering, not much more.

  5. The Avalanche takes D Bowen Byram at 4. Given that Cale Makar counts as eligible for Seattle’s expansion draft, maybe Colorado does move on from Tyson Barrie at this point to give them one fewer veteran to have to protect next spring.

  6. I just heard that the Oilers drafted a Swedish defenseman who has a 2 year history of injuries.

    How stupid are these guys? The Oilers need wingers who can score, not some kid that nobody ever heard of and one that has a history of being injured as well.

    These guys will never learn. With leadership like that we here in Edmonton can look forward to a lot more losing seasons.

    as a matter of fact, everybody who has a brain should have known that Ken Holland always picks
    European born Players.

    • Where have you been? Broberg has been ranked high for a long time

    • Concussion issues, broken wrist and damaged hips. Odd thing is I could have sworn the Oilers fired Chiarelli, lol.

      Oh well, theres always next years lottery.

  7. Marner wants a 5 year term? Sounds like he wants the same $ and terms he, and his biscuit buddy Matthews has; which to me implies, should Marner get his wish, BOTH would likely bolt in 5 years via free agency.

    Well Kyle, you likely will have to trade one of the two of them cuz if you don’t, you will regret it.

  8. TML in on PK Subban? How? Why? Dubas won’t be able to do S**t about squat this weekend; as things stand.

    As 4 Marner, I get he wants his dough, I get Dubas really cant afford to sign him and I also get no GM wants to help him.

    So Kyle, no expert about anything here but the only way out of this mess is either trade Marner or Matthews; among other decisions

    • Problem was when Lou signed Marleau to 3 yrs instead of 2 with bonus laden incentives. Lou plays hardball with young RFA….probably thought he could with Matthews & Marner…..but they are not those type of RFA’s. Lou got booted….. Dubas has to bean count and make it happy. Dubas did not help by signing Nylander to that contract….. those 2 problems shot them in the foot.

      Ya don’t trade Matthews or Marner. You FIND a way to clear cap elsewhere.

      Taking on PK (30%) retained might be Kadri & Marleau.

      Marleau then gets sent off by NSH to wherever he wants for a conditional pick.

      It is every possible….but ya don’t solve the problem by trading Marner and/or Matthews.

      just IMO

  9. Lyle, always good stuff! Will say very happy that Joe Haggerty’s source was wrong on giving up 2019 1st plus for Kreider! Enjoy Hagg’s all B’s coverage… good reporter! However, drafting Beecher was right move for now. Catch you on LI site, thanks Lyle!

  10. good for the Habs , they drafted by far the best available player @15 , small ‘yes’ but you can’t teach scoring

    • I thought Vancouver made a great pick! When that Russian comes over he will immediately be a good player

      • Thoughts on the Bruins pick

  11. amazing how the US has thrust ahead of Canada in developing all around athletes & first round picks , good for them. I can remember in the late 70’s as a midget age player playing against US college players in EX games , 4-5 yrs younger …times have changed.

  12. re: the draft. In three years we’ll all be wrong. But it’s not a bad show watching the joy in the faces of friends and family. & I think the kids are OK without all the fuss: “all I want is a shot to prove what I can do”. Frankly, the more conversation here is dominated by expensive trades and the difficulty in making them, the more we should all realize that scouting, drafting, and development continue to increase in importance. My sense is that more teams are drafting for character & working on skills nowadays….used to be the other way around