Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – July 7, 2019
The latest on Taylor Hall, Tyson Barrie, Ryan Dzingel, and more in the Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
HOW MUCH FOR HALL?
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks speculates Artemi Panarin’s new contract with the New York Rangers (seven years, $11.642 million annually) could affect how much New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall receives. The 27-year-old left winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. Brooks believes the bidding for Hall could start at $13 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brooks noted the Devils have plenty of salary-cap room for 2020-21, which they’ll need to re-sign Hall. However, that might not be enough to entice him to stay.
I believe Hall intends to see how things play out in New Jersey this season. He wants to play for a winner and will need assurances the Devils are heading in the right direction. A big improvement in their performance in 2019-20 could play a big role in determining Hall’s future.
Hall’s health will also be a factor. As Brooks points out, he’s been hampered by knee injuries twice in his three seasons with the Devils. Another will affect his free-agent stock.
BARRIE TO SEEK BIG BUCKS?
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie will seek a substantial raise on his next contract. Barrie, 27, is eligible next summer for UFA status. “He apparently wants an eight-year deal and around $8 million a year,” said Simmons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs acquire Barrie last week in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche. A slick, puck-moving blueliner, he’s tallied 49-or-more points in four of the last five seasons, including a career-high 59 last season. Another 50-plus point season will push his stock higher. His current annual salary-cap hit is $5.5 million but he’s earning $6 million in actual salary this season.
The cost of re-signing Mitch Marner this summer will affect the Leafs’ efforts to keep Barrie beyond this season. According to Cap Friendly, they already have over $55 million invested in 12 players for 2020-21.
KADRI NEARLY WENT TO THE FLAMES
Simmons also reports a deal that would’ve sent Nazem Kadri from the Leafs to the Calgary Flames was nixed by his unwillingness to waive his no-trade clause. The swap would’ve seen the Leafs receive defenseman T.J. Brodie and center Mark Jankowski.
The Leafs subsequently shipped Kadri to the Avalanche in the multi-player deal that brought them Tyson Barrie. Simmons said Flames general manager Brad Treliving wouldn’t confirm or deny the potential swap.
UPDATE ON DZINGEL
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks notes former Columbus Blue Jackets winger Ryan Dzingel remained unsigned. He assumes the 27-year-old is “carrying some red flags on his resume”, especially since the Blue Jackets didn’t attempt to keep him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dzingel enjoyed a career season (26 goals, 30 assists, 56 points) split between the Jackets and Ottawa Senators. However, his production plummetted with the Jackets as the coaching staff lost faith in him. He appeared in nine playoff games for Columbus and was a healthy scratch from one contest.
Dzingel’s asking price could be another factor. Before getting traded, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported the winger sought a five-year, $25-million contract extension from the Senators.
NO MORE COACH’S CORNER?
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports it hasn’t been confirmed if Don Cherry will be back on Hockey Night in Canada this season. “Rogers is cutting all over the place, which included the removal of Bob McCown on radio and television and Doug MacLean doing the same.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t a trade or free-agent rumor but it’s an interesting tidbit. Cherry and his “Coach’s Corner” segment have been a first intermission fixture on HNiC since 1982. Now 85, Cherry’s age and his sometimes controversial views make him a frequent target of media criticism and social media mockery.