NHL Rumor Mill – September 11, 2019
Update on the Justin Faulk trade rumors plus the latest on Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine, Ivan Provorov, Brayden Point and more in today’s NHL rumor mill.
WILL FAULK ACCEPT A TRADE TO THE DUCKS?
SPORTSNET: In his latest “31 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman reports the Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks have a deal in principle but it’s up to Justin Faulk to decide. The Ducks are among the clubs on Faulk’s “no-trade” list. The deal would send the 27-year-old defenseman to the Ducks with winger Ondrej Kase as part of the return to the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes interest in Kase stretches back to last season. Friedman notes several clubs expressed surprise over Kase’s availability. He speculates the Ducks could be concerned about his health.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reports last evening by Pierre LeBrun, Eric Stephens, and Sara Civian indicate a deal still wasn’t done. LeBrun said there still wasn’t a contract extension between the Ducks and Faulk, who’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He believes a trade is contingent on a new contract for the blueliner.
In his three NHL seasons, Kase was sidelined for a total of 28 games by concussions and 34 games last season to a shoulder injury. That would explain why the Ducks are willing to part with him.
Friedman believes talks between Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs are “tense and personal.” He feels the Leafs are willing to pay $11 million annually if he agrees to a seven-year deal. Sources dismissed rumors claiming both sides would accept a two-year deal. The Leafs and the Marner camp discussed a three-year deal with the third season going as high as $15 million in actual salary, but that was months ago and no longer relevant.
He also reported the Vancouver Canucks and Brock Boeser discussed different contract lengths. It is difficult to get a read on their negotiations…Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine prefers a three-year bridge deal.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Jordan Hall wonders how defenseman Zach Werenski’s new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets could affect the Flyers negotiations with blueliner Ivan Provorov. Earlier this week, Werenski inked a three-year, $15-million contract. Hall suggests $6 million annually for five years seems reasonable.
THE SCORE: Matt Teague recently cited The Athletic’s Joe Smith reporting contract talks between center Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning remain at an impasse.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots of speculation but nothing to suggest those notable RFAs are any closer to new contracts with their respective teams. Still, that could change with training camps opening later this week.
All eyes are on Marner as it’s believed most of his fellow RFAs are waiting to see what he gets before signing with their respective clubs. However, if his impasse looks like it’ll drag into training camp and preseason, most of his peers could be unwilling to wait that long.
NO MARLEAU IN EDMONTON?
Friedman cited reports out of Edmonton last week claiming the Oilers had interest in Patrick Marleau. He doesn’t think that’s going to happen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marleau turns 40 on Sept 15 and his performance noticeably declined last season. An aging winger in decline isn’t going to help the Oilers.