NHL Rumor Mill – July 1, 2019

by | Jul 1, 2019 | Rumors | 87 comments

The NHL free-agent market opens today at 12:01 pm ET. Check out the latest on Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Tyler Myers and more in today’s rumor mill. 


NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis believes Artemi Panarin is believed to be deciding between the Rangers, Islanders and Florida Panthers. It’s expected he’ll receive a seven-year deal north of $11 million annually. If the Isles fail to land Panarin, they could fall back on bringing back captain Anders Lee. The Isles could also be in need of a goaltender if they fail to land Sergei Bobrovsky as contract talks with Robin Lehner stalled. 

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman cites The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reports the Columbus Blue Jackets made a monstrous, last-minute pitch to Panarin. The offer was said to be eight years at between $96 – $100 million. Friedman is skeptical, however, that Panarin will accept it, knowing that money was there from the Jackets all along. 

Artemi Panarin poised to receive a lucrative long-term contract today. (Photo via NHL Images)

Friedman also cited Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater saying the Colorado Avalanche pitched a six-year, $70-million offer to Panarin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only reason Panarin might consider staying with the Jackets is they’re the only club that could offer him an eight-year deal. He apparently had until midnight ET to agree to it. Otherwise, they can only offer seven years if the agreement came today. We’ll find out soon enough what his decision was.


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Follow this link to check out last night’s list of notable leaked contract signings. 

FOX SPORTS MIDWEST’s Andy Strickland expects the Florida Panthers will sign Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year deal worth “around $10 million” annually. 

TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports the Vancouver Canucks and defenseman Tyler Myers are closing in on a six-year, $30-million contract. Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal expects the Canucks will also sign blueliner Jordie Benn and another defenseman today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an annual average value of $6 million for Myers, well below the rumored range of $7-$8 million per season. 


After trading away Andrew Shaw and Nicolas Deslauriers yesterday, the Montreal Canadiens now have over $13 million in salary-cap space. Elliotte Friedman speculates on possible targets for the Habs. He believes they’re in on Anders Lee, and noted they also had interest in Wayne Simmonds and Jake Gardiner. He also wondered if they had an interest in Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris. It’s believed they’ll sign Keith Kinkaid as a backup for Carey Price.

Friedman also wondered if they’ll go the offer sheet route. He pointed out player agent Gerry Johansson, who represents Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price, also represents Carolina’s Sebastian Aho. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Habs fans won’t mind if they sign Lee. They probably won’t be upset if they ink Gardiner. Given Simmonds injury history, that might not go down so well. If they offer-sheet Aho, the Hurricanes will match it. 


TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie reports the Pittsburgh Penguins could dip a toe into the UFA pool. “By the time they re-sign restricted free agents Marcus Pettersson, Zach Aston-Reese and Teddy Blueger, they probably will have a little more than $2 million to work with.” That could leave them pursuing more affordable options like Valtteri Filppula or Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. If they pursue someone like Micheal Ferland or Patrick Maroon, they’ll have to shed salary. 

THE ATHLETIC: Scott Powers reports the Chicago Blackhawks now have about $5-$6 million of salary-cap space after reacquiring Andrew Shaw yesterday. They could also consider a cost-effective depth move like signing Ryan Carpenter or Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.


THE ATHLETIC: Jeremy Rutherford cites a source claiming winger Patrick Maroon is unlikely to return with the St. Louis Blues. He took a hometown discount last season and could make more on multiple years on the open market. 

NEWS OBSERVER.COM: Despite the Carolina Hurricanes acquiring James Reimer yesterday, Chip Alexander reports they’re still trying to sign Petr Mrazek. 






  1. Hey Lyle. On Myers contract rumor, was it maybe 36 mil or 30 mil for 5 years?
    Also, I’ve seen Zuc rumor to have agreement with Wild 5yrs/6 mil and Pavelski going to Dallas3/7+mil. A lot of money for guys past their primes.

    • Hi Slick

      TSN last night said 6 @ 6 for Meyers…. I also had thought 7 per was where people were pegging him before

      Agree that 6 years on Zuccs is a big gamble; 5 better; 4 ideal

      3 @ 7 for Little Joe … so playing at 35, 36, 37 … comparing that to the Marleau contract of 2 years ago (lower overall Cap and for 6.25 per) to play at 38, 39, 40…. to me Pavs deal just fine

      • Pengy stars are definitely going for it! Picking ups pavs and even perry

      • Pengy, I’d be surprised if Pavelski can put up same numbers. By 3rd year they’ll need to sign Heiskenen. Won’t be able to save with a buyout. At least Marleau still had wheels. I was hoping they’d go for the younger Zuc, but I guess they really don’t want to give up that conditional 1st rounder

      • Is Pavelski a before 35 contract?

      • Habfan81 Pavelski is not a 35+ contract misses it by 12 days or so. According to a Capfriendly tweet.

    • Hi, Slick. According to Seravalli’s tweet (link above), it’s five year’s $30 million.

    • Leafs ..SUCK….

      .Dubas is a moron..he is Destroying the fabric of the team…and costing the organization draft picks and tens of millions of dollars ..and has done nothing ..absolutely nothing to upgrade or better the team…to add Connor Brow to Zaitsev desk is just utter none sense !!!
      Gave away A first rounded to get rid of Marleau ..and they have yet to even add s player of quality in ANY DEAL …


      • Nobody is taking on cap dollars just to help out the Leafs. Did you expect teams to lineup and taking on Toronto’s bad contracts. It cost you either players or picks to rid yourself of bad contracts and free up cap space. Everyone under the sun knew Leafs situation and took full advatage of it.

      • This suprises you how?

        Surely you dont think Dumbass is a competent GM or worse youve fallen for the mediahyped Shanascam.

    • Only 13 players scored more goals than Pavelski in the reg season last year. Pavelski scored more than 38 goals once in his lifetime. If that’s “past his prime,” I’ll take an entire top 6 “past their prime!” and suddenly be the favorite to with the Stanley Cup.

    • At least Dubas didn’t sign Brandon Tanev. Wow what a disaster Rutherford is.

      • Likely saving any cap space to get Phaneuf back on a 3 yr deal.


  2. let the first day of both crazy $’s and even crazier term begin!

  3. Losing Connor Brown hurt the Leafs depth?

  4. With the extra pieces (especially Harpur) in the Zaitz – Ceci flip… IMO Dubas won this Huge

    Best of layer in the deal IMO is Ceci ; and they forced Ottw to give up Hapur and a pick as well

    The Carcone Lachuk flip is a saw off really

    Atta Go GMKD

    Tough to end up with enough space for Ceci but a good tradeable asset …. Pens will take him 🤞🙏

    Harpur a bonus in the trade …. I know Sens not huge in him but getting him and a pick as a bonus ??? Nicely done 👍

    • Player not layer ….☹️

    • Harpur was 8th in Ottawa D depth ratings. If he’s regarded as the “steal” for Dubas, that must make Ottawa’s overall D pretty good.

      • good trade for both teams , someone on the site mentioned yesterday that Leafs could walk from Ceci after arbitration ruling , I can definitely see that. Dubas clears cap, gets a 6/7 dman but if Brown gets top 6 minutes with Ottawa I would think he can score 20-30 goals. Zaitsev may perform better due to less pressure.

    • Wouldn’t say Ceci is the best player in the deal and he’ll only be in Toronto for one season. Zaitsev is under contract for 5yrs at $4.5. Will agree that Dubas done well to get Harpur that was an unnecessary move by Dorion; however must mean they are high on Zaitsev. We’ll see.

      • Hi Caper

        I truly believe that Ceci is the best player in the deal…. much better than Zaitsev and as a potential top 4RHD that the Leafs needed; better than Brown (as 3rd line and sometimes 4th line winger) that they couldn’t afford to keep (due to Cap reasons

        Sens bonus is getting Brown as an expense for giving up Ceci and having to take on Zaitzev; but they gave up too much in adding Harpur and a pick

      • They have umpteen picks over the next 2 years – a 3rd round pick is very likely at least 3 years away – maybe more depending upon the position of the pick – from making any difference. If any if you go by the simple % of those that actually make it. Big deal.

  5. I don’t see a way for NY to sign Panarin, Re-sign Trouba without shedding some serious $$$’s off the cap. Panarin 11.5 Trouba 7.5-8. Rangers have 18.1 in space and have to deal with Buchnevich, Lemieux, Deangelo, and Kakko.

    Someone has to go.

    • Personally, I was fine with passing on Panarin, but I don’t want him on Isles! Rangers have about 5 guys that are ufa after this season. I’d say 3-4 of them aren’t in future plans and a will need to be traded at some point. Was surprised if they where serious about Panarin, they didn’t buy out Smith. Guess they will still get another chance during next window?

      • Panarin’s lady might make the decision.

  6. I think Panarin first choice is Rangers, but they publically stayed they wouldn’t get in a bidding war. Interesting side note: although owner J.Dolan ( who also owns Knicks)usually stays out of Rangers biz, he got killed on Twitter last night with Durant and Kyrie both going to Nets. Does he sit by and watch Another crosstown rival land biggest fish in free agency? Does he step in and tell Gorton to bump up offer for Panarin?

  7. I’d still like to see the Pens offer Bjugstad for Zucker and Hornqvist for Turris.

    I don’t see them having the money for Ferland. Maybe, maybe Maroon.

    I’d like to see them sign one of (in this order) Joe Morrow, Derrick Pouliot, Nathan Beaulieu. Any of them are better than Rikola and Ruhwedel.

    I still don’t see who the 3C is…Bjugstad’s not a center. McCann could be, but…I think he’d be better as a top 6 winger, either Sid’s RW or Geno’s LW.

    Worse comes to worse, I wouldn’t mind them bringing back Riley Sheahan if it’s a cheap, one year deal.

    • Hi MG

      With Slick 62 proverbially “egging on” (LIL) another one of my crazy posts :

      Pens currently with 3 players to sign with $5.1 M space

      Horny , Bjugstaad , Ruhweedel ; JJ to Minn

      Sturgeon and Rask (50 % retained) to Pens

      Now about $12.1 M in space ; 5 spots to sign/fill

      and offer sheet Aho

      Extend their 3 RFAs
      Sign UFA Pirri

      Sid ; Guentzel ; McC

      Geno; G-Chuck ; Kahun or Rust or Pirri

      Aho; Simon ; Kahun or Rust or Pirri

      Blueger; ZAR ; Kahun or Rust or Pirri

      13th Fwd…. Rask ( can be tried at any bottom 6 position) and if in major pinch with injuries …. 3C

      Letang Dumo

      Shultz or Sturgeon and Petterson

      Shultz or Sturgeon and Gudbranson


      Murray/ De Smith

      All fits in Cap

      Crazy …. yep. Does it fit into cap… yep. Would Minny make the trade … I don’t think it’s out of the realm

      Will Pens re-sign their 3 RFAs (Pettersson , Blueger, ZAR)…. I have strong confidence in that

      Could they get Pirri … yep

      Outside of the above several moves …. do they have the dough and picks for Aho …. yep

      Would this put them as serious contenders …. IMO …. absolutely puts them as serious contenders

      would GMJR have the guts/gumption to offer sheet (note: at greater than any other team) Aho AND Aho signs, AND Car does NOT match ……, me thinks not

      Ah Mondieu !

      • Easiest however

        Buy out JJ
        Extend the three RFAs
        Sign UFAs Benn, Chaison , Pirri:

        Sid ; Guentzel ; McC

        Geno; G-Chuck ; Kahun/Rust/Pirri/Chaison

        Bjugstaad; Simon ; Kahun/Rust/Pirri/Chaison

        Blueger; ZAR ; Horny/Kahun/Simon

        Letang Dumo

        Shultz Benn

        Gudbranson. Pettersson


        Murray/ De Smith

        If they can move Ruhweedel and Horny ….. bonus!!!

  8. Spezza heading to Toronto.

    • Spezza to Toronto, where’s Kadri going?

      • Interesting question BCLeafFan.
        I would have said Edmonton for Larsson a week ago, but read that the Oil are in on Fillpula, so that would be their 3C.
        MTL could sure use a guy like Kadri, but what would go back? Just picks?

      • @BCLeafFan: Yep, apparently it is so: Well dig a hole

      • I would love to get Kadri to Pittsburgh but can’t see a way to make it work.

        In terms of cap hits and needs, Kadri for Schultz works, but…the Pens need Schultz.

    • Jason Spezza? Might as well sign Jason Allison at this point.

      Rogers didn’t confuse a young geek for a boy genius, did they?

      • @MG: Jason Spezza? Jason Allison? Lets bring back the Chief, The Big M …hell..Rick Vaive Too..

        Talk about a geezer + reclamation project to lead the way for young guns

  9. According to rumours Colombus, Florida, Rangers, & Colorado and Islanders all made big money offers to Panarin….I have always considered he and Marner to be similar….does that mean that the losing teams might turn to Marner via offer sheet

    George or others with knowledge of the Sens….what do you think of Harper….strengths & weaknesses

    I saw Caracone (?) in Marlie play offs and was impressed by his speed and hockey awareness….may have more potential than Sen fans think

    • Harpur is a big boy , capable of dropping the mitts , plays the body but not a great skater on most teams would be a 6-8 d man. Reminds me of Gryba when he was in Ottawa.

      • @Fergy22: Well TML could sure use a guy like that as Dubas prefers quick skating smurfs so maybe this guy will stick around

    • As I say elsewhere Old Blue Dog, Harpur had dropped to 8th on Ottawa’s D depth chart – the main reason being that, while he is a big man he doesn’t always play that way, nor is he ever going to be listed with the fastest skating D-men. He will drop the gloves but only on rare occasions. Perhaps Babcock and his staff can get through to him to start using his size as a regular feature of his game.

      Once Ceci is allowed to walk after his arbitration decision (UNLESS the arbiter sees his true value and says he’s worth maybe $3 mil per), this deal will boil down to Zaitsev and Brown for Harpur (at the NHL level) plus whatever that pick turns out to be (can’t see it being a top 3 round pick- likely a 5th/6th).

      Only time will tell who “won” this trade.

    • Harpur is nothing to write home about. He is a big guy, but has no offensive upside and is prone to mistakes in his own end. He made me cringe a lot when on the ice and during playoffs when we made it he became a target for the attacking team. He needs to learn to use his stick and reach more.

      He was 7-8 on our depth chart for this year and we aren’t very deep. He will be at best a 6th/7th guy who may play 2nd PK minutes.

      • some good points by George and JJB , while he is big and players take notice when he is on the ice he could use his size more to his advantage. He tends to get lost in D zone coverage. Have to say the Leafs did not get any better on the backend but who knows maybe Ceci and Harpur play better under the Leafs D system. I am just happy Ceci has moved on.

  10. Jason Spezza could help TML on a one year contract; but I guess the next ? is, is Naz on the move?

    • to the wing?

  11. As Per TSN, Ceci and TML agreed to a one year $4.5 million contract

    • So, if that’s accurate, no difference, really, when it comes to the cap hit for the Leafs – except now it only runs for a year. Even so, it does nothing for cap space issue this year.

      • George, I think Ottawa won the trade , they got Conner Brown. Tireless worker who can do it all.

      • Apparently, according to Dorion, he was the key to the deal going through. We’ll soon see Vinne. He’s certainly better and with more upside than anything they’ve had on the 3rd line for several years and can slot into top line spot duty quite nicely.

    • reasonable gamble @ 4.5 x1 , Ceci had potential but flattened out the past 2 years.

  12. “you are posting to quickly slow down.” If I was any slower I be a turtle.
    Hainsey and Ennis both signing in Ottawa. The Senators picking up more of what the leafs don’t want.

    • As I noted yesterday, Caper, the higher-than-normal volume of traffic today means the comments section is busier than usual.

      • I know Lyle, just having fun. Had it pop up several times in the pass. Good thing a man of few words. but quickly forget what I typed. What were we talking about, again?

  13. oh wow: Hainsey and Tyler Ennis are expected to sign contracts with Senators?

    Battle of Ontario just took a new twist of fate

  14. It appears that Toronto Maple Leafs is getting their affairs in order early prior to the noon hour.

    Jason Spezza, Nick Shore and Kenny Agostino will be signing to minimum or close to deals today.

    Lots of moving pieces.. I suspect Defenseman signings are next order of business.

    Hainsey and Ennis are going to the Senators.

    • The leafs must not have many forward prospects yet , why waste money on spezza, nick shore and agostino?

      • Collect assets to facilitate trades? You can’t run a team by trading away your assets without finding fillers. One year contracts insure no commitment to the cap hit so it kinda gives a team a lot of flexibility especially when these players sign for league min where the contract can be buried and it’s cap hit disappears like the unwanted player.

        And the way they set up their AHL and ECHL teams they have room to move around players if you need to.

        What’s wrong with that?

  15. Zailtsev, Brown, Ennis, Hainsey all going up the 401; which a short jaunt on Highway 17 I think it is; and the day isn’t done yet?

    The is one of the best sports days of the year !

    • What this boils down to is Hainsey replaces Harpur on the D depth chart – I’ll take that for one year any day of the week. Ennis will replace Lindberg on the 4th line for a season.

      • not sure about you George but I like these 2 moves as long as they are 1 yr deals.

      • George, I like what Ennis did last year, versatile, good instincts, if he stays healthy, he’ll really help.
        Connor Brown another solid addition.
        If Leafs keep Spezza and Shore with the big club, Gauthier will be heading back to the Marlies.

  16. Now it’s rumour that Tyler Myer contract with Vancouver is 5yrs at $6m. Sound a lot better then 7yrs at between $7 and $8m
    This is a good deal for both.

    • Good signing by Benning. Have to think Myers was in high demand?

  17. Spezza will be hard pressed to get 30 points next year. 4 th line and offensive depth . He had opportunity in Dallas . Good veteran. You have to keep Kadri .

    So far so good from Dumbass. He has net cleared lots of cap. Over $9 m give or take.

    There is going to be several young 9+ m players in the league next year.
    I think Seeeney said the next hard date for RFA class is December 1.

    • If I remember right, Spezza was always decent in the faceoff circle. If he’s a 4th line centre this year, then likely the Goat is traded somewhere or sent down; what ever his contract allows

      • Joey

        Yep good on the dot

        I would think they’ll have him mostly on 3rd or 4th wing and brought in for some face offs

        At min leaguecontract… no risk

        Big gain is the flip of Ceci and Zaitz for same Cap (but only risking one year with Ceci) and they got a pick and Harpur but gave up Brown (which they couldn’t afford). The other two in trade are just minor league flips (low probability of making NHL)…. I believe Dubas won this trade

        He wasn’t dealing from a power situation (Cap crunch) and I had expected a Brown/ Zaitzev for Ceci swap

        Pleasantly surprised

        D’Agostino is depth …l fine

        I’m surprised at his other depth signing

  18. Where is this elusive “Offer Sheet”?!

    • Might as well ask “where’s Waldo?”

    • Habs? Sakic did sign a sheet himself….

    • Caper

      I would like to provide you with my offer sheet:

      JJ plus my secret Lasagne recipe for depth forward Jack Squat


  19. Wow,
    Leaf fans must not be to happy today!
    They have made their weak defense weaker, their bottom 6 forwards are inferior. It looks like a promising cup contending team will be turned into a team struggling to get into the playoffs.
    This is all because of poor cap management.
    You can blame Lamarello, or Dubas, but I think it should be put on Shanahan.
    He is the one consistent person that has to ok all trades and signings.

    • @FlamesFan: Ya the days not done; nor is the summer: Before I comment on what he’s done to reshape the team, give him a chance and see if what Shanny sees in him is justified. That’s all.

      Remember, he’s cleaning up some of Lou’s messes and still dealing with the bruises of his own misfortune with the Nylander signing. Lets see where things stand come October

    • The Shanascam!!!

      • Say shanascam a few more times, probably catch on it’s so clever. Dubas did well today i think.

  20. As per Sportsnet, be it right or wrong, Spezza, at 1 year at $700k, won 58.2 % of his faceoffs:

    I don’t think neither Kadri or the Goat did that well

    • Hope I’m wrong but it’s shaping up that Kadri goes in a trade for defensive help.

      • @BC LeafFan: Ya you and me both: I like Kadri a lot; I don’t like his brain farts or lack of discipline when under fire: Maturity comes at its own speed.

        I do believe that Kadri is on strike 2 of 3 and unless some team steps up and offers TML an offer too good refuse, he will start the season with TML

  21. @ Pengy: Ya bro, Spezza is good on the dot 58.2 %? Hell ya.

    Glad my memory is not yet failing. Senior citizen here on the Left coast still cheering for the team on the right coast.

    Unless TSN has it all wrong, TML and Ceci on a 1 year $4.5 million contract; verbal mind you; not yet announced; but were only minutes away from live in the loop

  22. Vesey to Buffalo

  23. Curtis Mac To Tampa: That works

  24. Breadman To The Rangers? Oh Wow ! Watch Out 4 The Rangers This Season If That All Goes Thru

  25. TML I’ll trade ya Shatts with $2M held for Kadri lol to help round out your defense. lol

  26. @ IHC Nah

  27. Another team taking it on the chin is Winnipeg.
    They lose
    So far, it could be more.
    Jets fans might think those guys are easily replaced, but in reality it is not.

    Two biggest losers so far in free agent frenzy
    Toronto and Winnipeg

    • Do not forget CMB who lost out on Bob, Duchene, Panarin and the rest of the top free agents.

      Think of FLA who lost out on Panarin and now stuck with bob for 7 years. year 4-5 might turn into another Luongo situation.

  28. Jason Spezza?!?!

    Start planning the parade!!!!

    The final piece of the Shanascam.

  29. Brandon Tanev for 21 million? Let alone 6 years!!!

    • Just awful; Rutherford has Alzheimer’s: