Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – August 11, 2019
Updates on T.J. Brodie, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrick Marleau, and Jesse Puljujarvi in the Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
LATEST FLAMES SPECULATION
SPORTSNET: Eric Francis told Sportsnet 960 host Pat Steinberg the Calgary Flames are still shopping defenseman T.J. Brodie. They must shed salary before the start of the season if they hope to re-sign restricted free agent forwards Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane.
A source from within the organization claims they’re having difficulty trading Brodie, leading Francis to wonder if they might have to package him with someone like Mark Jankowski to make it happen. He also dismissed speculation suggesting Hamonic could be traded, citing the rearguard’s value to the Flames blueline and his love of playing in Calgary.
Speaking of Tkachuk, Francis noted reports indicating the Flames have offered up two, five, and seven-year offers. He expects management is looking at a two-year bridge deal. He also believes Tkachuk could miss the start of the season. Steinberg said he’d heard the two sides aren’t even talking at this point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Brodie is a year away from UFA eligibility with an affordable $4.65-million cap hit this season. He also carries an eight-team no-trade clause, which could explain the supposed difficulty the Flames face trying to move him.
Their limited cap space and their need to re-sign Tkachuk could also hamper efforts to move Brodie Teams could be interested in him could be attempting to squeeze the Flames into packaging a young roster player into the deal.
As for Tkachuk, GM Brad Treliving recently said the two sides will “keep plugging away”. If they aren’t talking right now, it could be because they’re taking a bit of a break. I expect talks will heat up once the calendar flips to September and the start of training camp approaches.
SHARKS NOT INTERESTED IN MARLEAU?
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports Patrick Marleau’s off-season isn’t working out as planned. He claims the 39-year-old winger hoped to return to the San Jose Sharks but they “don’t want him”.
The Arizona Coyotes are said to be interested in Marleau but he might not want to play there. In June, the Toronto Maple Leafs trading Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes, who bought out the final season of his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks have over $4.6 million in salary-cap space, giving them more than enough room to bring back Marleau on an affordable, bonus-heavy contract. Whether they want to, however, is another matter.
When the rumors of Marleau hoping to go back to San Jose appeared this spring, I suggested that might not happen partly because of his hefty salary-cap hit ($6.25 million). While that’s no longer an issue, the decline in Marleau’s performance over the past two seasons could give the Sharks good reason to skip a reunion.
UPDATE ON PULJUJARVI
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kurt Leavins took note of a recent report out of Finland citing comments by the manager of Finland’s Karpat Oulu regarding Jesse Puljujarvi, who has requested a trade from the Oilers. Harri Aho called Puljujarvi “a really interesting player”, adding his club is following the winger’s situation.
Leavins points out Aho is the father of Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho. He also observed the Hurricanes are among several clubs said to be interested in the 21-year-old winger.
Leavins adds Karpat Oulu hasn’t made a contract offer to Puljujarvi. He speculates this could be a final bluff by the winger’s camp to force the Oilers to trade him.