Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – July 28, 2019
Updates on Kevin Shattenkirk, Zach Parise, and Ben Hutton, plus the latest on the Flames in today’s Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
WILL THE RANGERS BUY OUT SHATTENKIRK?
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes Kevin Shattenkirk’s tenure with the Rangers will be over “by the close of the team’s second buyout window Wednesday at 5 p.m.” That’s because the Blueshirts are above the $81.5-million salary cap by over $4.1 million with restricted free agents Brendan Lemieux and Anthony DeAngelo to re-sign. He expects those two will play for their respective qualifying offers ($874k each) because they’re coming off entry-level contracts and lack leverage.
Brooks notes the Rangers can clear $5.17 million in cap space for this season by buying out Shattenkirk. However, those savings shrink to just over $1.1 million for 2020-21 and burden them with over $1.43-million in dead cap space for the following two seasons. Still, he believes that’s better than trading one of their best players in Chris Kreider.
Brooks adds he’s got no evidence to suggest the Rangers are shopping Kreider. He’s a year away from unrestricted free agent status and carries a $4.625-million cap hit this season. There’s also no indication the two sides have discussed a contract extension.
Trading Kreider now when dealing from a position of weakness seems to Brooks to be an unrealistic proposition. At this point, it appears both sides are willing to enter the season with Kreider playing out the final year of his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton plays this. Given his recent signings, he knows he’ll have to shed salary to become cap compliant. Buying out Shattenkirk ($6.65-million salary-cap hit through 2020-21) is the quickest option. If that doesn’t happen, Gorton will either have to try to trade Shattenkirk or someone else such as Kreider. We’ll find out soon enough what he’s got in mind.
WILD EXPLORED SHOPPING PARISE
THE ATHLETIC: In a lengthy piece on Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise, Michael Russo reports Wild GM Paul Fenton looked into trading the 35-year-old left-winger. He cites sources claiming Fenton, since last month’s draft, explored what teams might have interest in Parise.
Finding a suitable trade partner, however, won’t be easy. Parise has six years remaining on his contract with an annual average value of $7.53 million and a full no-movement clause. If he waives that clause, Russo believes the Wild will have to absorb part of the winger’s cap hit and still ensure they get a decent return.
Parise said he and his family love everything about Minnesota but admitted: “The hockey part lately has been difficult.” While Parise would love to win the Stanley Cup, Russo said he’s starting to wonder if he’ll get that opportunity with the Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise’s age, contract, and recent injury history will significantly hurt his trade value. The Wild will have to pick up a big chunk of that cap hit and perhaps bundle him with a young player or prospect to make him enticing. Even then, it’ll be difficult to find a taker willing to send them an equitable return.
WHAT NEXT FOR THE FLAMES?
CALGARY SUN: In the wake of the Flames re-signing goaltender David Rittich, Kristen Anderson notes the Flames have RFAs Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane to re-sign. However, they have just over $4.6 million in cap space.
She expects they’ll make a move before re-signing Tkachuk that could potentially double their cap room. Anderson reports Flames GM Brad Treliving said his side has stayed in touch with the Tkachuk camp throughout the summer and will continue working toward a new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could cost up to $9 million annually to re-sign Tkachuk. That’s sparked frequent trade speculation suggesting T.J. Brodie, Michael Frolik, or Travis Hamonic could be moved in a cost-cutting deal to create sufficient space for Tkachuk’s contract.
That move will probably take place between now and the opening of training camp in September. My guess is it’ll be within the days leading up to the start of camp.
Andy Scott the agent for UFA Ben Hutton on @sportsnet650. Hutton is still not signed : “We will get a deal done before camp. We have had plenty of offers since July 1st, nothing has worked so far, we will continue to be patient.”
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) July 25, 2019