NHL Rumor Mill – July 11, 2019

by | Jul 11, 2019 | Rumors | 77 comments

The Canucks and Sabres could have more moves in store, plus an update on Nikita Gusev in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


THE BUFFALO NEWS:  After the Sabres shipped Alexander Nylander to Chicago for Henri Jokiharju, Mike Harrington believes general manager Jason Botterill could have a bigger move in store. He speculates it could involve defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who’s been a frequent subject of media trade chatter. Harrington suggests it could even be a multi-player deal. 

NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien also believes the Sabres aren’t done dealing this summer. Given their depth on defense, Botterill could peddle Ristolainen for a top-six forward. One rumored suggestion is dangling him to the Winnipeg Jets for winger Nikolaj Ehlers, or perhaps a package of young forward Jack Roslovic and veteran Mathieu Perreault. O’Brien also wondered if the Edmonton Oilers would be open to a Ristolainen-for-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins swap. 

Are the Buffalo Sabres setting the table for a Rasmus Ristolainen trade? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Botterill seems to be setting the table for a bigger move involving Ristolainen. Whether that goes down this summer or during the regular season remains to be seen.

Cap Friendly indicates they’ve got nine defensemen. Jokiharju is listed as a non-roster defenseman but it’s safe to assume he’ll be part of their lineup when the season begins. Zach Bogosian could miss the start of the season recovering from surgery, but I doubt that’ll prevent Botterill from pulling the trigger on the right deal. 

Ehlers for Ristolainen could be a good move for the Jets. He’d replace the departed Jacob Trouba and his cap hit is cheaper than Ehlers. So far, however, there’s no indication out of Winnipeg that Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is shopping Ehlers or seeking a replacement for Trouba.

Nugent-Hopkins has frequently popped up in Oilers trade conjecture for several years. However, I don’t think GM Ken Holland intends to move him. While it would bolster Edmonton’s defense it would hurt their scoring depth.


VANCOUVER SUN: Patrick Johnston reports the Vancouver Canucks signing Micheal Ferland yesterday leaves them pressed for salary-cap space. Forwards Brock Boeser and Nikolay Goldobin are restricted free agents in need of new contracts. Johnston suggests center Brandon Sutter or winger Loui Eriksson could become trade candidates. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton also believes the Canucks face a cost-cutting move after signing Ferland. They have around $5.1 million in salary-cap space. Unless Boeser accepts “an extraordinarily team-friendly bridge deal,” they’ll have to clear sufficient cap room for his new contract.

Clinton considers Eriksson the best choice but his $6-million annual average value could be difficult to move. Defenseman Chris Tanev has frequently surfaced in trade speculation but Clinton feels moving him could weaken their playoff chances next season. He also suggests Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, or Tanner Pearson as possible trade options. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Boeser will be taking any team-friendly bridge deals. As one of the Canucks’ top forwards he’ll want to be paid as such. Even if Canucks GM Jim Benning can get him signed to around $5 million it’ll leave them no wiggle room to sign Goldobin or to make other moves during the regular season. I believe Benning will try to ship out a salaried player to make room for Boeser’s new contract.

Eriksson would be the best choice but that’s not going to be easy at this point in the offseason. There are clubs with sufficient cap room to take his contract off the Canucks’ hands but the remaining three years on his deal could be a deal breaker. Even including a sweetener won’t be enough unless the Canucks agree to pick up a big chunk of that cap hit.

Sutter’s popped up in recent trade speculation but he’s also a tough sell. Whlle his cap hit is lower ($4.375 million) and the term one year shorter than Eriksson’s, his injury history is cause for concern. Tanev ($4.45 million) is a UFA next summer and he’s also dealt with injuries in recent years. The pair also carry modified no-trade clauses. So does Beagle, who’s signed through 2021-22.

Roussel, meanwhile, is out until December recovering from knee surgery. Pearson netted nine goals and 12 points in 19 games after being acquired from Pittsburgh last season. Benning could be reluctant to part with him. 


THE ATHLETIC: Jesse Granger recently reported sources claim the Vegas Golden Knights seek a second-round draft pick and either a later-round pick or a lower-tier prospect for winger Nikita Gusev. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights are pressed for salary-cap space. They’re reportedly offering Gusev a two-year deal worth $2 million annually while the winger’s camp seeks $4 million. HIs asking price could explain why Vegas hasn’t moved him yet. 


  1. Updated list showing number needed to reach 23, available cap space and RFAs still to be signed including those (marked *) regarded as part of each team’s minor league rosters

    As MJS pointed out in an excellent post yesterday “Since there are a number of teams unable to sign their RFA’s, there should be several looking to deal players off their rosters for cap space, but nothing is happening.”

    Vegas 2 $0 Gusev, *Bischoff, *Schuldt;
    Arizona 2 $178,099 *Mayo, *Emil Pettersson; *Hill
    Chicago 3 $2,036,519 Perlini, *Ejdsell;
    Pittsburgh 2 $1,592,500 Bleuger, Aston-Reese, Marcus Pettersson, *Johnson;
    Dallas 2 $2,470,001 Honka, Dickinson; *Hansson;
    Toronto 0 $3,765,301 Marner;
    Edmonton 1 $3,933,001 Puljujarvi;
    Washington 3 $4,285,706 Djoos, Vrana, Stephenson, *Colby Williams;
    Nashville 1 $5,191,668 Grimaldi, Sissons;
    Detroit 2 $5,284,623 *Turgeon; *Hicketts, *Rybar;
    Florida 6 $5,414,206 Montembeault, McCoshen, Weeger, Malgin. *Hunt, *Lammikko, *Greco, *Toninato, *Hawryluk, *Mamin, *Schemitsch;
    San Jose 3 $5,382,583 Gambrell, *Letunov, *Suomela, *Wood, *DeSimone
    Vancouver 0 $5,058,24 2 Goldobin, Boeser;
    Tampa Bay 2 $5,576,669 Point, Erne, *Thomas, *Masin;
    NYR 3 $8,018,534 DeAngelo, Trouba, Lemieux, Buchnevich, *Lettieri;
    Montreal 0 $7,469,524 Hudon, Lekhonen, Armia, *McCarron;
    NYI 1 $8,653,334 DalColle, Beauvillier, *Ho-Sang;
    Anaheim 1 $9,250,242 *Kloos, *De Leo;
    Calgary 2 $9,473,292 Rittich, Bennett, Tkachuk, Mangiapane, *Lomberg, *Valiev;
    Boston 1 $7,353,334 Carlo, McAvoy, *Forsbacka-Karlsson;
    Carolina 5 $10,394,334 Forsling, Bishop, McGinn, *Maenalanen, *Carrick, *McKeown, *Fleury, *Forsberg;
    Minnesota 5 $11,346,411 Eriksson Ek, Fiala, *Sturm, *Donato; *Warner, *Soucy, *Belpedio;
    L.A.2 $9,440,606 Roy, Kempe, *Amadeo, *Rempal, *Brickley, *Petersen;
    Buffalo 3 $6,665,476 Ullmark, McCabe, Larsson, Rodrigues, *Elie;
    St Louis 3 $12,420,406 Binnington, Edmundson, Sundqvist, Fabbri, Barbashev, *Reinke, *Husso;
    Philadelphia 3 $14,967,421 Provorov, Konecny, Laughton, *Aubé-Kubel;
    Columbus 2 $15,765,918 Werenski, Sedlak, *Scott, *Milano, *Macinnis;
    New Jersey 7 $20,770,000 Carrick, Butcher, Mueller, Zacha, *Baddock, *Jacobs;
    Ottawa 3 $21,940,000 White, *Carcone;
    Winnipeg 8 $22,872,503 Comrie, Pionk, Connor, Copp, Laine, *Nogier;
    Colorado 3 $23,215,239 Rantanen, Compher. Burakovsky, Kamenev, *Greer, *Dries, *Lindholm, *Boikov

    • A few – myself included – wondered why CapFriendly (from which the above list is taken) would show some teams with 0 to sign in order to reach the major league 23 (e.g. Toronto) when there are one or more players shown in their main list who will obviously start the season in the minors.

      Any ideas Lyle? Could it have something to do with “one way” vis-a-vis “two-way” contracts in terms of their annual salary?

      • George O, if for example using Boston it shows 22 signed and there are 2 rfa and when signed that will put Boston at 24, it will stay that way until Boston designate one of them to the Ahl, since all players were on the big club at season end, they stay there until they are designated by the team.

      • Thanks Caper. Makes sense. Some, I suppose, may have to clear waivers?

      • George. You got time on your hands. How about parring that list down to who needs to move salary and who can take it (including what is likely needed to sign major rfas). I’ll give you an attaboy if you do! I’ll bet there are far more teams than need to move salary than those that can take it.

        If so then the buyers are gonna be in s great place. Could we even see teams risk not being cap compliant by season start?

      • George,

        Teams do not have to have 23 players on their roster. Carolina carried 22 most of last season. I believe the rule is teams have to have at least 20 players , 18 skaters, 2 goalies and no more than 23 on the roster.

      • Chrisms, I considered doing something along those lines, and while the calculation part is do-able and only takes time (of which I have plenty :)), it was the assumption part that tells me it would be a Fool’s Errand, simply because I have no way of knowing what all those key unsigned RFAs are seeking in terms of cap hit and term. Again, using Toronto as an example since they only have the one RFA to deal with, CapFiendly shows them with a full 23-man list and just $3,765,301 in cap space. Some sites have voiced the opinion that getting him signed is possible since they can free up $2,225,000 when Petan, Shore and Agostino (now shown as part of their 23-man roster) are all assigned to the AHL. That, added to the full $5,300,000 of Horton’s contract af ter opening day, would give Dubas $11,288,300. Say Marner agrees to a $11 mil offer, that leaves Dubas just $288,301 in wiggle room – and now with 2 short of the 23-man limit. That’s OK for a 20-man game line-up but leaves him just 1 reserve at the major league level in the event of injury.scratching, whatever. If an injury is short-term – 2 to 4 games – they can’t elevate anyone whose major league cap hit is higher than what he has available.

        But as I said, that’s assuming Marner and his camp hod out for $`11 mil per. Boston is another example. They have 22 signed with $8,103,344 to re-sign Carlo and McAvoy. If what he has isn’t enough to get both signed, he can add the combined $1,575,000 of the contracts of Lindholm and Connor if both go to the AHL giving him just over $9.6 mil – but what does he then have left for wiggle room to bring his roster up to 23? Same problem as the Leafs. But I have no idea what Carlo & McAvoy are seeking?

        See what I mean

      • I trust your insight George. Guess. 👍😉

      • The problem with assumptions is that there will be immediate disagreement. Another example is Calgary with 2 to reach 23 and $9,473,292 in cap space with Rittich, Bennett, Tkachuk and Mangiapane still to sign.

        A few weeks back I offered the opinion that Tkachuk, after the season he had, would get a big increase from his $1,775,000, naively suggesting something in the area of $5 mil. That was quickly shot down, citing demands likely closer to $8.5-$9 mil. If that’s the case, Calgary is another in Cap Hell who should be getting off their duffs to clear space.

        Bennett’s so-so 13g 14a 27 pt season won’t (shouldn’t) get him much of an increase over his $1,950,000 – but if they intend to keep him you’d think he might warrant something like $2.5. Mangiapne’s divided season between the NHL and AHL won’t get hum much above his $800,000 – perhaps an even $1 mil, but then there’s Rittich who came up with a 2.61 gaa and save % of 0.911 in 45gp. He certainly will seek something a lot higher than his $800,000.

        Yes, as with Toronto and others, CapFriendly shows several who could start in the minors (Dube, Quine, Anderson, Kylington – but they’re all minimum salaries that won’t add up to enough to satisfy the key RFAs.

        As MJS noted yesterday, trade should be happening now – but no one seems to be in any hurry. Weird.

      • Bottom line, almost total parity could become closer to reality IF those with lots of cap space out-wait those that must move bodies.

        Right now it appears to be a game of chicken to see who gives in first. Will the cap space teams get anxious and up their offers to include some of their top prospects and/or high draft picks? Or will those that need to trade wind up dealing good, solid F/D for lesser prospects/lower picks. As long as there aren’t too many Bennings around, I think the cap space teams will win out. Or at least I hope they do.

    • Your assumption that teams must reach 23 is wrong. 20 is the minimum, a lot of teams go with 22, some even go with 21.

      • Where have I used the word “must?” I know teams have gone with 20 and no one lingering in the press box, or 21 or 22 or the full allowable complement of 23. I use 23 simply because THAT is what CapFriendly has been using as a basis when showing cap space. In fact, they show several teams well over the maximum 23. Which is why I posed that question above. There doesn’t seem to be any rationale for the way they compile the team lists. Does anyone think Petan is going to start the year with the Leafs, for example?

      • A lot of teams? Aah nope

  2. If the Jets can send Ehler for Ristolainen their offseason makes more sense with the loss of top top 4 D already

    • It would be a mistake for the Jets to let go of Ehlers for anything less than being part of a ‘home run’ deal for a stud player. Ehlers is an exciting top 4 winger on a team friendly contract in a league where team friendly contracts are rare.
      Roslovic+ (maybe Perreault?) makes more sense for Winnipeg. Roslovic has the game of a top 6 player but is stuck down the depth chart in a 4th line role. Perreault is still a strong player up and down the lineup but has been slotted more down the lineup lately. Too much time on 4th for a 4million dollar player.
      Jets get a top 4 d back, Sabres get a somewhat proven prospect who needs a bigger role and a very reliable vet. Jets free up a little cap space.

      • Ehlers goes awol in the PO’s

    • One top 4D and one middle pairing D also

  3. I have to wonder what is going on in Columbus . Lots of money with only Werenski to sign. With the roster beating they took you would think they would want some retribution.
    The signing of the RFA class is taking some time. They should fall like dominos once one signs. Even though I maintain the market has been set with Meier and Aho.
    Vancouver will be a lot tougher to play against next season.

    • He should consider calling TB and grab Callahan and a 1st

      Call some other strapped teams and leverage for picks to refill the cupboards and give them some roster depth (but not long term contracts)

  4. If I’m any team with space I take a shot at gusev, 4 million X 2yrs he is a top 6 forwArd

    • From your keyboard to Marc Bergevin’s ear.

  5. Interesting tidbit in the rumour of Roslovic and Perreault for Ristolainen. Roslovic was selected by Winnipeg with the first round pick obtain from Buffalo in the Evander Kane trade and is the last piece of the trade that Winnipeg has remaining, as Lemiex, Armia, Stafford and Myers are no longer with the Jets and Winnipeg has nothing left other then Roslovic to show for this trade which was considered a big win for the Jets at the time.

  6. It just hit me how great as a player it would be to win a Cup in Vegas. Everytime you go back they would roll out the red carpet everywhere. And to be the first championship winner there….

  7. Risto & pick to TML for Ceci & Nylander?

    • Not sure the Sabres want to go from one Nylander to another Nylander, at least for a while.

      • Not sure the name was the issue lol. Nylander gives top 6 scoring for Buff…a serious need for them. Ceci holds in for Bogosian and can be flipped at the deadline.

        Risto lines up for TML next to Reilly and Barrie next to Muzzin.

    • I’d swap Trouba for Risto…..

      • i’d keep Trouba and offer up ADA & Namestnikov lol

        won’t get it done but I would at least offer it.

      • Risto has 3 more years @5.4. Makes it easier to keep Kreider. Is Trouba better than Risto?
        toss up

      • I’d take Trouba over Risto. I don’t think Gorton would even consider it. If RNH is being shopped, I’d go for him…I’ve said before, RNH and Puljujarvi for some sort of package including AdA, Namestikov,Howden and/or Buchnevich

      • Not sure why Edmonton would do that Slick? Would help Edmonton fill some holes, fair enough.
        Call PJ and Howden a wash. EDM is basically giving giving up RNH for a bunch of mediocre.
        RNH is on the high end of 2C’s, I would guess they would want a better player in the return.
        I think EDM has to chew on the bad contracts this year and next and get aggressive then if it makes sense.

  8. Jim Benning call up Vegas and offer

    To Vegas: Eriksson (50% retained) & 2nd rd pick
    To Vancouver: Gusev & Eakin

    see if he can pull one over on someone this off season since he got bamboozled for a 1st.

    • Per Homer J Simpson:

      Jim Benning couldnt fool anybody on the foolingest day of his life even if he had an electrified fooling machine.

      Bungling Jimmys trade record shows there very little or zero chance he gets the best of any GM in a trade.

      Moving Eriksson or Sutter will mean Dim Jim gives away more draft picks in his futile effort to get into the playoffs and save his job.

      • Electrified fooling machine..lmao. Ron that’s funny. Don’t know where I could pick one up do you?

      • Vinnie,

        Try the Qwik-E-Mart. Apu may have one, lol.

    • Benning cant do that. This deal moves out 3 million with Eriksson but adds on 3.85 million for Eakin and at least 3 million for Gusav.

      With Boeser and Goldobin still to sign and only 5 million in cap space I doubt Benning wants to use up even more of his remaining room.

      Of course it is Bungling Jimmy and who knows whats going through Dim Jims mind. With him anything is possible. Only certain thing is whoever Benning ends up dealing with will get the better end of the deal.

      • I was also considering him moving out Sutter or other not so useful contracts to finalize his space.

        to FLA: Sutter & Lievo
        to VAN: Hoffman


    • no, the salary and personel doesn’t make sense for either team.

      With only $3million/yr actually owed for Loui, a team like Florida, Ottawa, Columbus makes more sense, or even NJ. They’ll likely have to add a sweetner like Baertchi, Virtanen, Goldobin, or a pick upgrade.

      Similar situation for Suter, but his situation is not toxic like Erikson’s.

      • No way Ottawa would take Eriksson even with any of the “sweeteners” mentioned. They already have too many far better prospects and something like 18 picks over the next two drafts.

        I doubt Dorion is making any further deals and after White signs they will have surpassed the cap floor. What they’re seeking this coming season is improvement from all hands and another year of NHL experience for the kids – some their first, several their second.

        If he DOES make a trade it will be with one of those teams who find themselves cap-strapped and unable to re-sign their own key RFAs and without giving up anything substantial. Why would he? Expectations are low anyway.

    • Ya sure take on more cap & more players. I don’t think so lol

      • PD has to lock up White and trade for Gusev (for a 2020 second rounder and a low prospect in return). Gusev has Zaitsev as a team Russia buddy and Abramov to take under his wings. Would make a lot of sense.

  9. Who is giving Jake Gardner the reported $7m per he is requesting? How many teams can presently afford his request?

    • Caper, reminds of the Franzen (is that how you spell it?) Episode a few years ago. He believed he was getting a decent pay day and had to settle for virtually anything at the time.

    • @Caper: Nobody is either giving; nor can afford his price;especially with a wonky back.

      Best guess $5.5-6 million on a 3 year contract moving forward..BUT, he’s a puck mover who can change the outcome of a game. He will bang up the points..but, he is subject to brain farts once pressured.

      Value as a UFA is also subject to opinion

  10. Maybe McPhee in Vegas offers Gusev, Eakin, Stastny to Buff for Risto & Tage Thompson & conditional pick

    Gusev will help top 6 scoring along with a bondafide 2C for Buff. Eakins solidifies 3rd line center for them

    Vegas gets cap space but a solid young RD for the future too along with another young kid to build with.

    • I don’t know that buffalo has the space for all that….

      • Evan you are right…trading Risto gives the Sabres 12 mil in cap space, the 3 players mentioned total 14.35 mil considering Gusev gets a 2×4 contract. The Sabres also have a few RFA’s to sign especially with McCabe due a decent raise.

        @Crosby, can’t see Botterill parting with Thompson since he took such a beating in the ROR trade as is. Maybe Stastny and Gusev for Risto and the conditional pick. Mittelstadt would be the 3C anyway so no need for Eakin and Rodrigues will be 4C.

    • Hi IHC

      If the posts here are true that McPhee would accept a 2nd plus late or prospect …. I’d love Gusev on Pens (no fit, cap, or need with Leafs)

      If the news from the other day (re Anaheim looking into JJ ) is true… first of all awesome … secondly that frees up $3.25M

      I posed the other day on that …. what extra in the deal would be needed in this trade ? :

      Rust + JJ for Ritchie (that frees up $5.25)

      That move plus existing space leaves $6.85 and to sign Gusev; Petterson , ZAR, Blueger…. tough but that’s a roster of 24 … Trotman is on a 2 way… so sent down and $7.55 to sign Gusev , Petterson , ZAR; Blueger is much more doable

      Hello GMJR ? McFly ? Hello!


    • IHC

      one step further on that from this cantankerous jelly-minded late 50’s GM wannabe:

      Rust + JJ + ZAR to Ana


      Ritchie + 2nd + Steel

      Flip Ana 2nd and Ruhweedel to McPhee for Gusev rights

      That’s 6.85 M to sign Gusev , Petterson , Blueger: 👍

      Sid Guentzel McC

      Gino G-Chuck Gusev (Na Zdorovie!!!)

      Bjug 3C
      Blueger 4C

      Bottom 6 wingers and depth (in no particular order)
      Steel (note can play C)

      Letang Dumo

      Shultz Pettersson

      GudB Riikola



      …. just sayin’

      • LOL pengy…. perhaps you buy out JJ and sign Mario again…..

      • Pengy I would seriously consider

        to ANA: JJ ($1M retained) & Bjugstad

        to Pitts: Henrique

        Pitts gets room now
        Ana gets significant cap relief in 2 yrs

      • Hi IHC

        I’ve been preachin’ the buyout scenario forever

        JJ our and 53 year old Mario replacing him on D….. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

        Apparently Ana is interested in JJ (that statement is hard to think about let alone write it or even say it) so no Sal holdback needed

        Not a bad trade proposal (yours) but wouldn’t free up as much as needed ; and although I like Henrique a lot … contract takes him to 33

        Anyway that Pens can boot JJ and have Gusev would be great

        Horny is costly at his Cap but that contract isn’t moving

        I’ve got my fingers crossed on a B-Bye to JJ

      • “ihatecrosby on July 11, 2019 at 5:32 pm
        Pengy I would seriously consider
        to ANA: JJ ($1M retained) & Bjugstad
        to Pitts: Henrique
        Pitts gets room now
        Ana gets significant cap relief in 2 yrs”

        I wouldn’t retain salary, but I would give draft picks.

        Moving Bjugstad for a center would be nice.

        Then sign Hutton or Morrow.

      • Henrique would fit well with their speed in Pitts….

        kinda of why i suggested it Pengy & MG

        lots of options

        it’s who can make it a convincing argument to the sucker GM lol

  11. So Vancouver mastermind Jim Benning now has the Canucks in a cap crunch with his flurry of trades and signings and still needs to sign Boeser and Goldobin.

    The answer to the problem? Trading Eriksson or Sutter to free up cap room. Moving either one of them is going to require that Bungling Jimmy add the dreaded “sweetner” to any deal. Benning has already given away next years first round pick so the option is to further weaken future draft options.

    Outside of Pettersson and Horvat the Canucks currently have nobody that can move the puck or worse put it in the net. Roster is filled with 3rd and 4th liners and the defence is still atrocious.

    I can see top contending teams having cap issues trying to add to a Cup run. But how do teams like the Oilers or Canucks get there though? Poor signings and bad trades.

    Mismanagement and incompetency got Chiarelli fired in Edmonton yet incredibly Bungling Jimmy continues on as GM in Vancouver.

    Looks like yet another off season of Dim Jims annual make the playoffs tear it down rebuild strategy.

    How does this guy still have a job?

    • @Ron Jull
      are you Canuck fan?

    • no doubt. Sound like my old man – the most cynical and negative Canucks fan ever since the Cam Nealy trade.

    • Though they are blasting you here…agreed….tons of 3rd and 4th liners rounding out the roster. Sad no one else sees it. “grit: & “character” is temporary….the Canucks needed more skilled depth. Could have talked to TB and gotten assets rather than given a 1st up.

      Would have been easier to package the 1st with Eriksson out the door to make a move for better options.

      Ron you have the right idea of how it looks for them.

      • IHC,

        Not easy living here on planet earth, too much reality.


      • The Canucks added two power forwards who can score 20 goals…. a massive top 4 dman, quinn hughes for a full season…
        potential for 5 20 goal scorers next season.

        Maybe adding another winger for Horvat and what else could they do to make their fans happy?

        From a far it seems like a solid offseason. And compared to Edmonton and Calgarys non moves….

      • not so much bashing, more gentle rib’n;)

        You’re not wrong Ron, just a differnt way to perceive the moves, which could turn out terible, but they are not overtly terrible (e.g. Hall for Larson, Elias for Forsberg (or was it Erat?)). I prefer cautious optimism when possible – all you can do as a fan so as not to yell at the computer/tv.

    • Fo some mote cap homework. Math it up 1st & get back to me.

    • Do you think Jim’s making all these moves on his own, i think the owners are pulling all the strings, did you see on twitter where he asking people to vote on whether or not the canucks need a Captain this year

  12. Quoting Mike Harrington from the Buffalo News is equal to quoting me (a guy in Buffalo drinking a beer in front of his computer).
    Mark in Buffalo believes the Sabres are in on Jesse Puljujarvi

    • LOL Mark in Buffalo 👍😁

      Weak eyed ; feeble fingered Pengy from Toronto; typing single fingered on an iPhone ; is quoted as saying …..

      “Jack Johnson is being readily sought by several GMs”

      If your POTUS who seems to believe tweeting something 10 times makes it true… can my posting it once make it a solid and accurate statement ….🙏🤞


      • Pengy I mixed myself a Jameson Ginger with some Lemon… give me a little time and I am sure I will hear the rumors even over here in Germany…. 😀
        I could also try to trade him at my PS4. We all know that if it works on the PS4 it will work in reality too… 😉

      • Hi Juss 76

        PS4’s algorithms just might reject any JJ trade …. pre-programmed with “nobody can be that stupid to take him”

        Have a blast in 🇩🇪 with your JG and lemon

        Can you hear my jealous sigh from there?


        I hung out in high school with guys one and two years older than me and I’m going to my first 60th BDay party since my late father was 60…. ahhhhh getting old ☹️

        I’m less than 2 years away ☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️

      • Hi Pengy,

        yes i was hearing your jealous sigh 🙂

        …and going back to the internet this morning and still no news that JJ is traded… 🙁

    • mark – Amen brother. MH is just a parrot. No insight or connections and always comments 2 days after the fact.

  13. I don’t see a way, but I’d love to trade Justin Schultz and something to Buffalo (assuming the Pens can’t extend him) for Ristolainen. Younger player with 3 more years at a price less than Schultz.

    I just don’t see what that something would be to make Buffalo do it. Even a first is not enough if they can turn him into an Ehlers type player.

    • Schultz, JJ + pick(s) for Ristolainen, Hunwick + pick(s)?

      • I’ll say it again…Jack Johnson is Bobby Orr meets Rod Langway next to Hunwick.

        BUT…I might eat one year for 4 to get the younger player with term for the guy who might need a raise in a year…depending on which picks go where.

        But, again…moot if they can get an elite player for him.

      • Juss 76

        No to Hunwick please.No No No

        MG and I differ in our opinion of who is worse; JJ or Hunwick; but neither are wanted or needed by Pens

        There is no chance in Hell that Botteril takes on JJ. None

        It’s a massive head scratcher that Anaheim is interested in JJ

        That information must have come after a Jaegermeister/Ganga/heroin party

        JJ out with somehow also adding Gusev 👍👍👍

    • If/when Risto is traded it will be for a top 6 winger or 2nd line center…there is no need to acquire another D-man. Botterill has been collecting RHD all along to make Risto expendable.

    • MG & Pengy

      Botterill will be happy to take JJ off your hands provided you take back Okposo (no salary retained)


      so perhaps

      to Buff: JJ & Bjugstad
      to Pitts: Okposo

      • IHC and Pengy gotta give you guys props for conjuring up JJ scenarios on a daily basis. At first I found it annoying but now I get a laugh out of it. Keep em coming

      • I liked the Henrique idea, actually.

        I still maintain that the Pens need a legit 3C (familiar problem) and Henrique would fill that role.