NHL Rumor Update (Part Two) – July 1, 2019

by | Jul 1, 2019 | Rumors | 20 comments

With the NHL free-agent market opening shortly, here’s a quick look at the latest rumors.


THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline reports Artemi Panarin rejected the Columbus Blue Jackets’ last-ditch effort to sign him. The offer was reportedly an eight-year deal worth $96 million. He’s believed considering seven-year offers from the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

NEW YORK POST’s Larry Brooks reports being told the Rangers aren’t out of the bidding for Panarin. However, he has received “higher offers.” Remains to be seen if they’ll up their bid.


Could Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho receive an offer sheet? (Photo via NHL Images)

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Carolina Hurricanes offered restricted free agent Sebastian Aho an eight-year contract worth $7.5 million annually. His camp countered with five years at an annual average value of $9.5 million. LeBrun wonders if Aho gets an offer sheet, saying it’s definitely being contemplated.

NEWSOBSERVER.com’s Chip Alexander reports Hurricanes GM Don Waddell recently said he’d match any offer sheet for Aho.


THE ATHLETIC’s Craig Custance said he’s hearing Anders Lee could top $9 million AAV when he signs today. The Blue Jackets aren’t expected to be part of the bidding. 


Pierre LeBrun reports the Toronto Maple Leafs received plenty of calls on center Nazem Kadri over the last 2-3 weeks. While they’re not shopping him they’re willing to listen to offers. Will keep Kadri if they don’t get an offer they can’t refuse.

LeBrun’s colleague Darren Dreger reports Cody Ceci has verbally agreed to a one-year, $4.5-million contract with the Leafs. He was acquired today from the Ottawa Senators.

Meanwhile, Bob McKenzie reports former Leafs Ron Hainsey and Tyler Ennis are expected to sign with the Senators today. LeBrun said Hainsey’s AAV will be $3.5 million. 



  1. Habs would be fools to offer Lee over $9/mill AAV.

    They should offer sheet Aho.

    • Agreed..AHO for offer sheet. sign the kid to an 10 x 7 yr deal. Kids the real deal.

  2. Vesey to Buff for a 3rd

    IHC …. you like?

    • Funny since I like Vesey but since he couldn’t solidify himself in the top 6 he needed to go. Cannot have 2 million plus playing 3rd and 4th line duty. Need room down there for Lemeuix and some of the other kids making less to keep room for top end talent.

      This moves makes sense to make room for Panarin AND re-sign Kreider.

  3. Vesey to Buffalo for a 3rd

    • To think this guy was so highly sought after.

    • a solid third liner for a 3rd is a steal

  4. Andres Lee for $9 million a year? Seriously? He’s never been a point-per-game producer. He’s had one 40 goal season and one 30 goal season, with the rest between 15-28… and that’s now worth $9 million a year?

  5. Sounds like Keith kinkaid will be prices backup

  6. If Anders Lee is worth 9 million a season then isnt Marner worth 11?

    • rangers Get panarin!

      • @Ron

        now picture Panarin on the left with Kakko on the right. Zib perhaps in the middle. AMAZING!!!

        Perhaps the NYR are looking into a 2C or Chytl slots in the middle of Panarin and Kakko.

        WOW …just WOW

    • Ron

      With that comparison … yep

      This is all going to come down to term

      2 year not happening
      4 year not happening …. walks right into UFA

      7 and 8 are unlikely

      So my guess

      3 @ 9.25- 9.95

      5 @ 11-11.7

      6 @ 11.25-12

      or…. who knows ????? LOL

  7. Looks like Pan man a Ranger

    • Pengy..want Shatts in TML with $2M retained for Kadri?
      I know you still defensemen who can skate.

      • Hi IHC

        I’m still pro on Kadri.

        I can’t see his brain fart (last 2 playoffs) ever happening again …. so great $’d for a center

        Add to that the fact that I’ve never been huge on Shatt…. I have to politely decline

        Massive add with Breadman 👍

  8. Jackets will have to start all over again..is Torts the right guy for that? Would CBJ be interested in Nylander? Marner? I trade Marner for Seth Jones? CBJ wold not do that.

  9. Brandon Tanev 6yrs at $3.5 to Pitts. Love this player but term is to long and $$$ to high.

    • Caper

      To me the big bonus in that signing is that because there is basically not enough left to sign their RFAs…. Jimmy’s hand no forced …. he has to move (better to buyout) JJ…. 🙏😄😁

  10. Boy Dorion is sure throwing a lot of credence into Hainsey n Zaitsev coming their way and thanks to D J, all of this comes to fruition.

    Well ok; Dorion seems to believe he’s snagged some inside talent and maybe a gem among all of them combined and maybe he’s right.

    But ok. Leafs dumped salary and 4 players from TML signed up the highway to play for DJ. So the I guess the next question is; is this all about money or did 4 TML players just give up on Babs?